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.
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The Green Witch Tarot is the a deck that I’ve been waiting for ever since Ann Moura wrote Tarot for the Green Witch back in 2003. It is finally here and it is worth the wait. Charmingly illustrated by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, this is a deck full of stories, wisdom, and symbols. Interestingly, Leonard studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, which is also where Pamela Coleman Smith studied for two years (the institute had only been open six years when she enrolled).
Moura tells us that:
“The Green Witchcraft approach to the tarot is based on a personal relationship with nature, earth magic, the elementals, and the power of the immanent Goddess
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Maggie Stiefvater is a storyteller, a musician, and an artist. She is a Magician, creating worlds that we can all explore. I first came into contact through her early young adult stories published through Flux (the Young Adult imprint of Llewellyn), Lament and Ballad. I fell in love with her work when I read the Shiver series. And she won my heart forever with her Raven Boys series (and I am absolutely dying until March, when the next book in the series, The Raven King, comes out).
What does this wonderfully diverse and prolific creator have to do with tarot? In the way of so many magical creations, she started playing, combining interests, and pretty soon
My friend Fordrena Griffith recently asked my opinion: Is tarot reading an art or a science? If science why are not all equal? If an art, what distinguishes gifted readers from others?
I think tarot is both an art and a science, in the same way that art or cooking mingles both art and science. And in the same way that all art and all cooking are not equal, tarot readings will also not be equal. So much depends on the reader’s skill, confidence, understanding, and creativity. I’ve had readings where it felt like the reader was simply repeating book definitions for each card in each position without alteration. In a way, they had much of the science, if by science we mean a solid
Not long ago, my friend Joanne Matthew asked me how I would advise people to choose a first deck and what we should do with conflicting information in books, what we should be aware of so as not to get discouraged.
Many new readers are overwhelmed by the many options of tarot decks available. Most are advised to select a deck with art that appeals to them. That is fine advice, but I think people who are new to tarot could do with a little more guidance than that.
First, be aware that there is a difference between oracle decks and tarot decks. Tarot decks have 78 cards, with 22 Major Arcana cards and four suits with 14 cards each. There are some variations with additional cards,