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.
Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card is an amazing book. Every time I dip into it, I am amazed all over again. Because I’m thinking a lot about myth right now, I read some of what Mary writes about myth and tarot.
Read more about the book HERE
She quotes Joseph Campbell: “A myth is a public dream; a dream is a private myth.” Then she goes on:
Myth is metaphor. If you believe the myth is literally true, you’ll miss the deeper truth buried within the story. The many dimensions of a tarot card help reveal that deeper truth.
Likewise by examining a myth or story for a querent, you can:
See where in the story the querent is right now.
Predict what the
It seems fitting that around Valentine’s Day we look at the Lovers card. This one is from the Steampunk Tarot. I remember when we were working on this and I kept pushing Aly to add more passion. Then I stopped pushing…because steampunk is usually situated in the Victorian era and consequently, emotions were contained and now always expressed very dramatically.
Image from The Steampunk Tarot. You can find out more HERE.
From the Steampunk Tarot Manuel:
6, The Lovers
“I could not have made a better choice.”
Core meaning: Making a decision that makes your heart glad.
Love is an interesting phenomenon, and this is
At the beginning of a new year, people often make a resolution to keep a journal. Keeping a journal has many benefits and can be done any number of ways. One way is to journal about tarot cards. In Tarot 101, Kim Huggens provides lots of great journaling questions for each card. You could work through the book in order or randomly draw a card and look up the questions she has created.
The beginning of the year often brings peace, calm, and hope, the very energy of the Star card. Here are Kim’s questions. Pull out your favorite version of the Star, grab your best pen or favorite markers and settle in with this gentle card.
Questions for Journaling about The Star
Am I hopeful?
We don’t always use the cards for readings. Sometimes we want to use them in creative ways or to spark our own creativity in other projects. Whether you are writing a story or are looking for a fun way to work with your cards, story telling and tarot have always gone hand in hand. Writers use the cards in all aspects for story creation, from character generation to plot structure to scene development. Corrine Kenner’s Tarot for Writers has lots of great applications. Here is one that would be fun to do on a snow day or perhaps at a party or meet up.
Creating Characters from Tarot for Writers
Try using the cards to answer any of the following questions. You can pull as many