From Where Do the Cards of the Tarot Originate? Mystery shrouds the origin of Tarot cards, but ancient oracle decks have been found in a wide range of places, from Hungary to India to China. Some historical sources credit the traveling, wandering musicians and performers who roamed (originally) from India to Persia to Egypt for carrying cards and methods of divination with them.
When in our tarot "comfort zone," we likely use the same decks for the same clients using the same approach; doing so gives us a feeling of confidence that allows us to do stable and dependable readings. But, anything that stays too long in the realm of the reliable can easily turn stagnant. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides 5 ways we can shake up our ideas and processes to bring new ideas to our reading.
Tarot readers and teachers are often asked, "What is the best way to learn tarot?" All teachers have an opinion, which is generally reflected in their teaching style. What is probably a better question to ask is: How do you best learn? There are various theories about different learning styles and this article will just touch on a few, and I imagine most people are combination learners. So look...
Being a tarot reader but finding it difficult to read for yourself is a bit like a cobbler whose children have no shoes. "How can I read for myself?" is a common question from tarot readers. Author and tarot expert Barbara Moore addresses this question and provides several tips to help tarotists read their own cards.
The Moon is such an interesting card, with many layers and whose meaning has really changed over the centuries in ways that really reflect (pun intended) our collective beliefs about the world and symbols. It is only natural that as we evolve, our symbols are affected. However, we may lose something important in our enthusiastic re-imagining of the Moon. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses the meaning of the Moon.
Most tarot readers consider the Major Arcana cards to be doorways to powerful archetypal energy, life lessons, important life changes, and events beyond our control. Like her colleagues, Tarot expert Barbara Moore accepts this view, but she also worries that by imbuing the Major cards with such importance, they may become too heady, too for removed from us, too unapproachable. Discover a technique to reunite the Major Arcana with our physical existence—and maybe discover your ideal healthy activities, as suggested by the cards, along the way.
When Tarot expert Barbara Moore first began studying the tarot, there weren't many books on spreads, and the ones that were available were mostly collections of spreads with no explanations or directions. This left her with many questions, and led to a ten-year tarot journey through spreads. Here she discusses techniques to revamp your tarot spreads (and your tarot practice), as well as her new book, Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings
Tarot is constantly evolving, both the deck itself and the way we use the cards. Whether or not you personally believe that Tarot is a tool for predicting the future, there are things to take into consideration when doing predictive readings for others. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore explains the pros, cons, and hows of predictive Tarot readings.
Usually when we scan an email or an article, we miss important information or significant details. When we use scanning in a tarot reading, as a single step in a multi-step process, it becomes a powerful tool that creates a framework for the message. Here Tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses how scanning a tarot reading can provide valuable insight.
One of the joys of tarot is that there are so many ways to look at, think about, and compare the cards. This is also one of the reasons so many people stay interested in tarot for so long. Every way of organizing and dividing the deck leads to deeper and broader understanding of the cards. This complex web also helps us build our own personal philosophy of life. Tarot expert Barbara Moore shares a few techniques to aid us in our reflections of the meanings of the cards.
Despite being comprised of a finite number of cards, seventy-eight to be exact, tarot opens us to an infinite universe, both within and without. A newcomer can be overwhelmed by the vastness of the tarot landscape. In addition to the general “bigness” of it all, there is that delightful, freeing aspect of tarot that can also be the bane of a beginner’s experience: there are very few hard and fast rules with tarot. Tarot expert Barbara Moore, author of Tarot for Beginners, explains just what tarot newcomers can expect from her new book.
The High Priestess card is one of the most loved and most mysterious cards in the tarot deck. Its very nature, the way we interpret it, everything about this card suggests the unknowable. And yet we continue to try, as we should, for in the very act of seeking we find something. Perhaps not the answers we hoped for, but something of value. Tarot expert Barbara Moore not only presents some commonly accepted truths about the High Priestess but entertains ideas of her role in the scheme of things.
This is a fun way of exploring the feminine archetypes in the Tarot, world mythology, and within yourself—regardless of your gender. I encourage you to do this
spread even if you are still shy of interpreting the cards: the sooner you begin to
get used to the process of reading, the sooner you will improve. If you have to use a book to give yourself a head start on the meanings feel free, but...
Learning the meanings of tarot cards is generally not that difficult; even small children can learn to associate a meaning with a particular card or describe what is happening (as far as illustrated Minor Arcana are concerned) in an image. That said, the majority of taroists will agree that the trouble lies in the Court Cards. In this first installment in a series on the Court Cards, tarot expert Barbara Moore delves into the regal Kings of the Tarot.
Way back in "Revitalizing Your Tarot Practice, Part I," we began this series by visualizing a horrifying scene: you shuffle your beloved cards, lay them out, stare at them, and suddenly see…nothing! Or worse, you don’t even feel like picking up your deck. Or perhaps you lay out the cards and you feel uninspired and bored. The cards don’t seem like familiar friends full of wise council; instead,...
The recent economic downturn has had a ripple effect on most businesses, including those in the psychic and astrological consultation sectors. Most people are cutting back on life's little extras and are spending money more wisely, but does that mean you need to forgo your regular psychic consultations? Lisa Barretta, author of The Street Smart Psychic's Guide to Getting a Good Reading, details just how to make the most of your psychic spending during these tough economic times.
Le Monde (The World). Corresponding to the number Twenty-One, also to the Hebrew letter Tav. [Note: Waite’s deck places The Fool here (though this card is still numbered Twenty-one, and The Fool is still numbered Zero). In terms of correspondence to the Hebrew alphabet, inserting The Fool here is correct; Tav is the last letter of the alphabet, and Shin (the letter corresponding to The Fool)...
The Two of Wands portends something unexpected will happen or enter the picture, or loss or failure in your new enterprise. Meaning The Two of Wands is not an auspicious card. Something unexpected is going to happen or enter into the picture. It is something you did not or could not allow for in your plans. At the least, it will catch you by surprise. But it could mean a loss or failure in your...
Money is one of the two most popular subjects of tarot readings, and now more so than ever during these challenging economic times. Tarot author and expert Barbara Moore presents three spreads to help you analyze your financial situation.
One of the most important traditional uses of the Tarot is in meditation. In fact, some scholars consider this its greatest value and believe that the Tarot was designed for this purpose and only later was applied to fortunetelling. As focal points for meditation, the cards’ images can help you think about paths to spiritual self-improvement, broaden your understanding of the human conditions...
Although all seasons bring about their own types of changes, those of autumn seem the most spectacular and profound to many. Whatever the season, changes are about letting go of the past and facing the future. Tarot expert Barbara Moore shares a couple of tarot spreads designed to help you embrace and understand change during this season of transition.
Do you believe you’ve lived before? At a party I attended in 2006, I met a middle-aged man who claimed to have recovered memories of a past life. After dinner, he pushed back his plate of bread pudding and announced, “In a former life, I was a black woman. I clearly recall giving birth to a baby in the middle of a cotton field behind the railroad tracks.” Earlier the same year, I met a woman...
What do to: Earlier [in the book], I mentioned one TV psychic who zips through her Tarot cards as fast as she can. In fifteen seconds, she’ll go through ten cards, smacking them into piles and making up a story as she goes. “King of Cups! You’re seeing an older man, aren’t ya? Three of Coins! It’s lots of work maintaining that relationship, eh? But here’s the Eight of Coins, which tells me you...