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.
Instead of telling you the one way to read tarot, Your Tarot Your Way embraces the reality that tarot has evolved continuously since its creation and that there is no one way. Each reader must discover his or her own way. To do that requires a lot of self-reflection and asking of some hard questions. Because tarot is a tool and not system unto itself, we—those who use the cards—impose our systems on tarot. So before you accept someone else’s belief system as seen through the cards, maybe consider your own and how it would find expression in the cards. Here are two of the many questions that Your Tarot Your Way asks you to consider.
How does the tarot work?
This is a big
Tarot Experience is the second in a three part series. This second volume provides over 600 pages of intermediate information, spreads, and techniques. One section that I really like is “Working with Multiple Decks.” They describe some of the benefits of working with multiple decks, such as deepening your understanding of tarot, accelerated personal growth, historical study, and increasing ways to communicate with querents. Then they give some really great ways to work with multiple decks. My favorite, which I had not tried before, is called Defining Deck. It goes like this:
“The reader randomly shuffles the Major Arcana of a single deck. Three cards are dealt face up. These
Tarot Fundamentals is the first in the three part series. This first volume provides over 600 pages of everything you need to develop a strong foundation in tarot. In addition to card meanings and how to do readings, this book includes lots of other information that many people don’t realize they need to know. For example, when someone goes out to buy their first tarot deck, they can be overwhelmed by the many choices. If they don’t know much about tarot, when they get their deck home, they might feel confused because it seem to match up with the book they just read or the deck their friend uses.
Tarot Fundamentals has a section called “Unmatched Illustrations” and talks
From 365 Tarot Spreads by Sasha Graham
Opening a Gift Spread
This spread is an unexpected present for you. Unwrap to discover what the magic of the holiday season has in store for you all through the year.
Take a moment to thank the tarot and honor yourself for all the soul-searching, divining, hard work, and effort you put forth this year. Make a solid promise to enjoy your day, relax, and be thankful for the goodness in your life.
Shuffle your deck. When satisfied, remove the top five cards without looking at them. Place the remaining deck in front of you. Build a house of cards—or, in this case, “wrapping” around your gift—by creating a five-card house around the