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.
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Tarot Compendium focuses on the esoteric workings that shape but more importantly power the meanings of the cards. As the introduction says, comparing exploring tarot to exploring a foreign city, “Esoteric information is like miles of electrical lines concealed under pavement. It is the water gushing through the buried pipes so large you walk through them with an elephant. It is the hidden network of tunnels speeding thousands of commuters over tracks to their station stops.”
While modern tarot approaches focus on the psychological, often at the expense of the esoteric, we should remember that “the evolution of esoteric Tarot and modern psychology
People wonder how to bring their readings to life. Those who focus on learning traditional meanings sometimes feel that their readings lack unity, depth, or just that certain something that makes them feel like more than a computer-generated interpretation. Those who focus intuition or reading the image alone can find that their readings lack focus, practicality, or structure making them feel like a collection of interesting observations but lacking in cohesion.
For me, blending both approaches allows the rational mind as well as the intuitive self to feel supported, allowing the natural strengths to shine and to fill in the blank areas each approach necessarily has.
Whether or not to read reversed cards in a spread is a decision each reader must make for themselves. For those who choose to read reversals, they must then decide how to interpret the reversals. Most do not use the older methods, such as reading them as the opposite of the upright meaning or using a memorized traditional meaning (which often have nothing to do with either the upright meaning or the image). Instead, readers struggle to find a coherent method. Leeza Robertson focuses on five distinct aspects in her new book, Tarot Reversals for Beginners. Here is what she has to say:
When a card lands in your reading reversed, there is more going on here than just an upside down card.
Melissa Cynova’s Kitchen Table Tarot is known for its straight talk and insight. Cynova tells it like it is, with sass, compassion, and clarity. In addition to interpretations for each individual cards, she also provides an understanding of what each group of numbered cards means. That is, she explains what Aces, 2s, 3s, etc. mean in general. This is a great way for beginners to start to learn the cards. By looking at them in groups, it breaks down learning meanings into smaller chunks. Start by learning the numbers…there are only ten of them. That is much less daunting than jumping into learning all forty of the numbered cards. This creates a sketch of the tarot structure, which