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.
The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot by Johannes Fieberg & Evelin Burger
Fieberg and Burger present lots of interesting tips in their book, many of which can apply to decks other than the Rider-Waite-Smith. For example, they share this:
A good way of achieving independence in interpreting the cards within a short space of time is to concentrate on the four suits. And when we regard the court cards as personalities that helps us to understand these four elements more fully.
Each court card represents an ideal type, a person who has complete and sovereign command over the element in questions.
The individual court figures within a suit display specific character
Psychic Tarot by Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard
In Psychic Tarot, Antenucci and Howard tell us that integrating the wisdom from a reading is the biggest challenge of divination. They say it is the most challenging because it requires change (breaking patterns and forming new habits)…we humans aren’t great at that. Here is their advice for facilitating integration:
In truth, you may begin to lose some of the insights you were given almost as soon as the reading is over. Shortly after a reading, capture the essence of what initially rang true for you. First impressions are always important. What surprised you? Might you feel, think, or act differently with these new
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