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.
Do you identify with a tarot court card? I have always thought of myself as a King of Swords/Queen of Pentacles-type girl. But lately, I’ve been having an identity crisis or sorts. It all started at this year’s MATS. Julie Cuccia-Watts did a workshop on the four Queens. At one point we randomly pulled a court card and had to do a reading for our partner as that card. I drew the Queen of Wands. I’ve never been completely comfortable with the Wands in general and certainly could not relate to the Queen of Wands (although I do admire people who do).
Last week I was on vacation and pulled a card about what I need to focus on. I used the special edition Majors Only Gaian Tarot by Joanna
Last fall I spent five weeks in Torino, Italy working at the Lo Scarabeo offices. While there, I did a variety of work, including writing some Little White Booklets (those small booklets that come with decks).
After reading the one I wrote for Tarot of the Dream Enchantress, Riccardo Minetti, the editor at Lo Scarabeo as well as a deck designer, said that he could see how I “dragged the image meanings kicking and screaming in line with the Rider-Waite deck in my head.”
It is true—I was enslaved to my mental deck, which is the Rider-Waite. After spending so much time with Riccardo, I saw the value in freeing myself from that enslavement. But that is another discussion for another
Today is the first really warm day we’ve had in Minnesota for about a month, which is very unusual since it’s early August. Such a day makes me want to set work aside and just play. At the 2009 Reader’s Studio, Rachel Pollack spoke about the importance of play. Anyone who has read Rachel’s books or heard her speak knows that she takes tarot seriously. But she also recognizes the wisdom in humor and light-heartedness. Playing frees the mind and relieves expectations. Rachel reminded us that great truths and wonderful gifts can be revealed during play. And after all, tarot cards were first used to play games. After chatting about the importance of playfulness, Rachel introduced us all
Welcome to Tarot Pathways! I’m Barbara, and I’ll be your host here at Llewellyn’s tarot corner in the blogosphere. I’ve lots of things planned and so much to share. As tarot enthusiasts know, talking tarot with other like-minded people is a rare pleasure. And I am hoping that this space becomes that—a place where dialogue occurs, opinions are shared, and new ideas are generated. Tarot has evolved over the centuries. It is organic and remains alive and vital because so many people bring so much great energy to this astonishing collection of cards we call tarot.
Tarot Pathways will have two new posts every week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As with any new blog, it will take a