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.
Tarot Correspondences by T. Susan Chang
In her book Tarot Correspondences, Chang helps readers use everything they know about tarot to create their own keywords for the numbers Ace - 10 for the Minor Arcana. This is a useful exercise, one I encourage my own students to do. However, focusing on the logic and intellectual robustness of a naming numbers system can pull interpretations into the abstract. Chang presents a practice to help keep those keywords grounded in your mind, making your readings more useful and easily applied to real life. Try it!
Once you’ve come up with ten keywords, see if you can trace a story when you follow them from one to ten.
Tarot Inspired Life by Jaymi Elford
These days, most readers don't so much focus on narrow meanings for each card as they do on methodology. In Tarot Inspired Life, Elford discusses four ways to approach interpreting a card. Each method may bring something different to the forefront. Used in combination, they can create a well-rounded reading and fulfilling experience for both the reader and the querent.
Have fun trying the methods described in this excerpt:
Four Ways to Read a Card
You’ve unlocked kernels of meaning from within each tarot card, so now it’s time to dive a bit deeper and learn how to apply those meanings in readings. Synthesizing all the parts of the
Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis
We humans have been known, at times, to take ourselves just a little seriously. We can take our tarot seriously, too. Which we should, of course. But tarot is about balance and there are times when tarot gives us something we don't expect. Please enjoy this excerpt from Louis' Tarot Beyond the Basics.
Not only can tarot cards potentially represent the opposite of their accepted meanings, but at times the tarot even seems to employ sarcasm. For example, one day my wife phoned to say that a restaurant near her office was offering for take-out one of my favorite dishes, stuffed peppers. Because this establishment
Your Tarot Your Way by Barbara Moore
The Court cards represent people. Mostly. And because of that, they can be complicated. Not so much complicated to under- stand as complicated to know when to interpret them as the querent or as another person. To interpret the Court cards, you will rely on, first, understanding them and then on both context and intuition. In the pages that follow, I will tell you what I think these cards mean. Here I will tell you that sometimes I ignore all that because I know that the Queen of Wands represents my client’s Uncle Hank (physical gender is irrelevant in tarot ... it’s all metaphor).
With the Court cards, it is easier to understand the ranks