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.
Complete Book of Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot by Sasha Graham
Recently we posted about Stuart Kaplan’s generous foreword to this remarkable work. Keeping with the theme of beginnings, let’s look at how Sasha’s investigations into the creators of this deck shaped her ideas about the Fool. This book isn’t just a triple biography (Waite, Smith, and Kaplan) but also a close examination of the creation and meaning of the deck itself and an in-depth study of the symbols in each card.
"Stories can be sung, some painted, some written in poetry or prose. But all stories can be told, and told so that every human being can understand them."
~ PCS The Evening
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7 of Sea (Cups) from the Magical Dogs Tarot by Mickie and Dan Mueller
There are plenty of cat-themed tarot decks and while there have been a few dog-themed decks, we knew there was room for another, especially one based on the Rider Waite Smith tradition with fully scenic minors. Mickie is well-known for her art and her work in tarot. Her co-creator, Dan Mueller, works in veterinary health and knows lots about dogs.
One of my favorites is this Corgi from the 7 of Sea. Who doesn’t love a Corgi?
A pleasant walk through the garden has taken a surprising turn; a Welsh Corgi, a breed known as a faerie dog, has had his daydreams interrupted by a
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If you are interested in the rich stories and mythology of the orishas and are already familiar with tarot, the Orisha Tarot is a wonderful way to learn. One of the great benefits of tarot is that once you know the basic language, you have a kind of Rosetta stone for learning other things by using themed decks.
The art is fresh and lively and draws upon the layered symbolism of the orisha tradition. The book tells the stories, provides interpretations, and includes solutions to various situations represented by the cards. Let’s take a look at one of my favorites, Oshun as the Lovers
It feels like amazing decks have been getting most of the attention over the past few years. In the coming year, 2019, we have quite a number of great new books, in addition to some absolutely lovely new decks.
For those of you who loved the Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova, you will be happy to hear that her next book will be available in Winter 2019. Tarot Elements is a collection of tarot spreads based on the elements in tarot (spirit, earth, air, water, and fire). Many times, people want readings when their lives are (or feel like) a complete mess. This makes it really difficult to tease out the foundational questions or even to know where to start. Melissa’s approach allows