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.
Adapted from Your Tarot Your Way
As we know, different people will feel differently in the same situation. That is, at a large party full of witty conversation and high energy, introverts will feel overwhelmed and extraverts will feel stimulated and happy.
One of the great skills in reading tarot is seeing how the energy of various cards works together to create a story. Court cards represent people, so we can learn more about court cards in general and gain practice reading energy interaction with this simple activity.
Separate your court cards from the rest of the deck. Shuffle the rest of the deck and lay them out as below…except leave the position of Card 1 - Significator
Most of the time, I create tarot spreads for specific questions. Sometimes, though, I am inspired by a quote, a particular card, or even a whole deck. Anything can provide inspiration for spread creation. Here is how a deck inspired me and the resulting spread.
From Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings
True Magic Spread
A few years ago, I did some writing for an Italian. Each magazine came with a tarot deck and part of my job was to create spreads that were inspired by the deck. Here’s an example; it is called the True Magic Spread and was created for The Sorcerer’s
Many people think that the court cards of tarot are antiquated and no longer relevant to modern people. They may be right, but for some reason even when deck designers rename and re-imagine them, people usually revert back to the traditional names. For example, when using a deck with a court card called Seeker of Air, they will use the traditional card name in addition to or even instead of the name given by the creator, in this case, Knight of Swords.
For better or worse, we can’t seem to release these names from another time. If we can’t let them go, perhaps we’d do better to try to understand them more deeply.
In Tarot Court Cards for Beginners, Leeza Robertson gives
As most tarot readers know, tarot has a long history. Tarot is alive. It changes as we change. Sometimes the old ways are simply no longer relevant and sometimes they just fall out of popular use. In Tarot Time Traveller, Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin provide not just a fascinating overview of tarot reading throughout the ages but also how to apply these old methods to modern needs.
From Tarot Time Traveller:
You are about to take a journey through time with nothing more than a playing-card deck, a tarot deck and perhaps a Lenormand deck in your hands with the tarot time-traveller to guide you.
On this journey, you will learn how to read the future as you pick up