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.
You’ve heard of her before, haven’t you? One of the great lights in the tarot community, author of Tarot for Yourself, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, and—one of my favorites—21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card.
I’ve been really lucky. Most people “meet” Mary through her books. Some get to learn from her at conferences. She is a lovely, smart woman and an excellent teacher.
At the 2009 Readers Studio, attendees were encouraged to move to different seats and thereby get to work with and know new people throughout the weekend. At one point, I found myself sitting next Mary. Even thought I’ve known her for over ten years, I still get all star-struck and stupid when I’m
We all know the importance of sacred space, right? I think that the act of reading is an act of connecting with the Divine. A time of honor and respect. By creating the right atmosphere, we prepare ourselves to enter liminal place, a place conducive to bridging our conscious and unconscious minds, a place where “As Above” meets “So Below.” Certainly it is worthy of the small effort of lighting a candle...or at least clearing away the clutter. I’ve discussed the importance of sacred space many times in books. I believe in the importance of it. I have a lovely collection of cloths, candles, crystals, feathers, acorns, etc., etc.
On some websites and community forums, sometimes
This week Llewellyn opened its new home on the internet to the world. There are many great features for you. I confess that my favorite parts so far are the blogs. They lend a very open, welcoming, fresh, and personal feel, don't they? I also like how each blog is separate, exploring its own path and developing its own personality. But then, all the blogs come together in the Roundtable. Each month each of us bloggers will contribute to a single question or topic, exploring it from our own area of interest or expertise. This month we are all talking about the our new home. So I did a reading for the site. I used the Gilded Tarot and pulled three cards with no spread positions. Believe
Some of you may remember Llewellyn's Tarot Calendar, 2000-2001, or our tarot almanac, The Tarot Reader, 2006-2008. Sadly, while they were awesome (in my opinion), they didn't quite work. But at Llewellyn we love annuals and we love tarot, so we never really let go of the desire to create some sort of tarot annual.
In the coming weeks, we'll be brainstorming and kicking around ideas about this. Join the discussion. Share your comments and ideas. If you are familiar with the annuals mentioned above, tell us what you liked and what you didn't like. What would be useful? What makes a tarot annual? What is the best way to connect tarot to the idea of a year...or should we scrap that idea