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.
One of the main reasons people turn to tarot is because they want answers, clarity, and guidance. Driven by that need, we want to desperately prescribe absolutes to tarot: how it works, how we use it, and what the cards mean. However, I think clinging to that rigidity is counter to the spirit of tarot. Tarot is a tool that continues to fascinate us because it is flexible enough to adapt to changes in individual, social, and human consciousness.
Consequently, I believe the way we teach tarot should change. And that’s why I wrote Your Tarot Your Way. Below is an (unedited) excerpt from the first chapter explaining more about this idea.
It’s All About You
Tarot Fundamentals is a big book packed with great information laid out in an interesting and pleasing way. While it is aimed at beginners, there is enough information here to interest even a more seasoned reader. We all don’t know everything and the breadth of ideas presented in this book promises something for everyone.
Many readers seek to hone their intuitive skills, sometimes at the expense of learning, practicing with, and incorporating the structure of the deck and the symbolism in the images. I think that sometimes we think that pulling in intuitive information or even relying solely on intuition will make a reading better…and easier to do. What is easier than learning
Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin always have something interesting to share. Their ideas range from connections based on intense research and solid scholarship to innovative, modern techniques. They also have a way of asking interesting questions. In the excerpt below, from Tarot Face to Face, they ask questions about questions.
Asking Questions Out Loud—Yes or No?
Whilst some readers have told us they do not need to actually hear the client’s questions, they are somewhat struck when we ask them how they know that they are not performing a reading for a question that is against their own ethics, e.g., “Should my four-year-old brother stop taking his medication?” You can see
Anthony Louis is well known for his objective and full understanding of the tarot. That is one reason Llewellyn asked him to author this book, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot, for their series “Llewellyn’s Complete Books.” In addition to tons of general information about tarot and its various schools (such as Marseilles, Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth), he also provides a great overview of the individual cards, including their historical meanings. It is really fascinating to trace the evolution of the changes in cards meanings. Here is an example from the book:
Key XVII: The Star.
Astrology: Aquarius, the Water Bearer (an Air sign ruled by Saturn and Uranus).