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Barbara Moore   

Barbara Moore

The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has been active in the American Tarot Association and has spoken at tarot conferences around the United States. Barbara’s articles on the tarot have appeared in several tarot publications and in Llewellyn Publications New Worlds of Mind and Spirit magazine. She has also sat on the Tarot Journal editorial board. Barbara’s own education in the tarot has been and continues to be broad and enlightening. She has studied under renowned tarot scholars Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and she has taught the tarot to all manner of would-be tarot readers.

Barbara enjoys the challenge of giving a voice to tarot cards and oracle decks. She has had the good fortune to write books for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, The Hip Witch Tarot, Enchanted Oracle and The Mystic Dreamer Tarot.

What Are Tarot Reversals?

When people get to together to discuss tarot, one of the topics that often comes up is “do you read reversals?” Reversals are cards that appear upside down relative to the orientation of the reading. Like this (The Lovers from the Llewellyn Tarot by Anna Marie Ferguson): The topic of reversals includes several subtopics, such as […]

What is the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot?

Many decks published today are identified, in part, as being based on the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (RWS) or as not being based on it. That identification only means something if you know what the RWS Tarot is. For seasoned tarot enthusiasts, it is ingrained, but for people new to tarot, it might be helpful to understand […]

What are the Suits of the Tarot?

The Minor Arcana of the tarot is divided into four suits, much like a deck of playing cards. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. They are usually associated with elements, fire, water, air, and earth respectively, although some decks do reverse Wands and Air. Each suit contains the Ace – 10, Page, Knight, […]

What are the Court Cards?

A tarot deck has 78 cards. The cards are divided into sections, which makes learning them easier because the section a card is in shapes its meaning. The sections are: Major Arcana (22 cards) Minor Arcana (40 cards) Court Cards (16 cards) This article focuses on the Court Cards. The Court Cards are technically part […]

What is the Minor Arcana?

A tarot deck has 78 cards. The cards are divided into sections, which makes learning them easier because the section a card is in shapes its meaning. The sections are: Major Arcana (22 cards) Minor Arcana (40 cards) Court Cards (16 cards) This article focuses on the Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana is divided into […]

What is the Major Arcana?

A tarot deck has 78 cards. The cards are divided into sections, which makes learning them easier because the section a card is in shapes its meaning. The sections are: Major Arcana (22 cards) Minor Arcana (40 cards) Court Cards (16 cards) This article focuses on the Major Arcana. The Major Arcana cards are usually […]

The Role of Court Cards

People ask me a lot about court cards, about how to interpret them in a reading. I’ve written about this before, on other people’s blogs, in my books, in articles. But just in case you don’t know my method, I’ll share a short version of “here’s how the court cards work” speech with you here. […]

How the Kings Manage Time

The Kings and Time Management In addition to playing important roles in readings, the court cards can help us learn about ourselves, show us how to shine our brightest, and clue us into weaknesses that might, if unchecked, get in the way of our happiness or success. As a freelance writer juggling many projects, I’m […]

Personalities of Decks

Many people think of their tarot decks as a collection of 78 wise friends who they can turn to for advice and guidance, and I agree. But many people also agree that decks as a whole have a distinct personality. In our lives, we have many people who we turn to for advice and guidance. […]

Cats Inspirational Oracle Cards

One of the reason I love working for Lo Scarabeo is the interesting assignments they give me. Their instruction of “make a deck called the Book of Shadows that is comprised of 2 different decks” was the most challenging. Their instruction to make a 32 card inspirational deck featuring cats wasn’t quite as overwhelming, but […]