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.
Over at the Aeclectic Tarot forum, there was a conversation about shuffling. Well, it started off as about asking the question, but wandered over into shuffling.
Shuffling is something those of us who have been doing it forever don't really think about. But those who are new to tarot sometimes have concerns about doing everything just right. They have an idea that tarot is this magic formula that unless you do everything just so, then it won't work. There may be tarot readers who believe that. However, among my tarot friends and colleagues, the common belief is that there is no magic formula and that every practitioner has their own methods.
I like the idea of making the shuffling
Because I am so suggestible you all get the chance to win a prize.
Christopher Penczak is one of the my favorite authors and his new book The Witch's Coin: Prosperity and Money Magick is just out, so of course I am reading it. He writes, "New witches start their magickal practice doing waxing Moon magick to accumulate all the things they want. Wiser, more experienced witches find as much value, if not more, in waning Moon magick, banishing unwanted forces to make room for blessings they might not yet have dreamed of." Then he tells us to clean our home or office. So I cleaned my home office.
I found that I had two copies of the 2002 Llewellyn's Tarot Calendar. The Tarot Calendar
One thing I love about my job as tarot acquisitions editor is watching an idea go from concept to manifestation. An author or artist approaches us with an idea. Everyone likes the idea. It grows and evolves. It is completed…well, the art and the text are completed. But there is still a lot that happens before the deck hits the bookstore shelves.
There are numerous meetings about the look and presentation of the deck. Who is the audience? What is the personality of the deck? How can we best express the essence of this deck in an image a buyer may look at for a split second before moving on? How do communicate all the promise that these particular seventy-eight cards hold? And all of
I really enjoyed the experience in (The Queen, The Tower, and Me) and decided to have another. This time I changed it up a bit by picking a deck I love but that isn’t based on the Rider-Waite tradition (by that I mean decks with cards that are recognizable to those familiar with the Rider-Waite deck). I selected another court card with which I don’t have a great relationship: the Knight of Cups. The card that the Knight and I will interpret is the 3 of Pentacles (just because I took a fancy to it). These cards are from the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight.
For me, one of the hardest aspects of working with a non-Rider-Waite clone is letting go of the ingrained meanings I have for