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.
Because tarot is my job (as well as one of my passions), it plays a huge role in my daily life. Almost every day I’m thinking about, using, and writing about tarot: writing blog entries, articles, or reviews, analyzing projects for possible publication, reading forums and blogs, working on my own books, planning conferences and retreats, and working with the cards in my personal practice.
It is normal for me to pull a card for advice before going into a meeting. I use the cards in my journaling. I do readings about situations when I need help. I continually study to increase my knowledge. I lose myself in the beauty of the art. I collect original art or prints to hang in my office. I
I buy a lot of tarot decks. It’s part of my job and it’s one of my passions. Obviously I have access to all Llewellyn and Lo Scarabeo decks. But there are plenty of decks published every year by other publishers or that are self-published. Like most of you, I don’t have an unlimited tarot budget, so I have to pick and choose. I think I’m pretty similar to most tarotists when considering purchasing a new deck. I check out images available online, read tarot forums, and check them out in person when possible.
I also read reviews. Different reviewers have different styles and include different sorts of information. Just like with movie and restaurant critics, I’ve learned which
For quite a few years it has been the trend amongst tarot readers, authors, and teachers (myself included) to encourage readers to help their querents (person asking the question) rephrase certain types of questions. What kinds of questions did we like to rephrase?
1. Yes/No questions
2. Questions involving a third party without their consent
3. Predictions about the future
4. “What” or “When” questions
These questions are often considered less than helpful because they assume a pre-determined future and because they do not empower the querent. Questions that are favored are ones that:
1. Help the querent identify what they want
2. Give the querent guidance
I think I’m really going to enjoy this whole blogging experience (I hope you are, too!).
So many times an idea floats through my mind and then, whoosh, there it goes. It is never anything more than an idea. But this blog forces me to capture these ideas. Once captured and shared, they can start manifesting and affecting (positively, I hope) the world.
One idea that’s been dancing around my brain lately is this: How would the court cards interpret other cards? The beauty of this idea is that it has many layers of goodness. You get to see a card through your eyes (as usual) and from the point of view of someone else (the court card), thereby expanding your understanding of the card.