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.
Nancy Antenucci’s book Psychic Tarot is filled with great ways to enhance your connection to the cards and to spirit.
It is also filled with practical tips for each of the six steps or, as she says, principles of a reading.
For example in the chapter on Closure, Antenucci offers this gem:
“I suggest my clients refrain from making any decisions about the reading right away. Instead, they should let the dust settle over the next forty-eight hours, to see what new connection have been made.”
For me personally (and my clients as well), this is part of closure and a transition into integration (the final principle).
We are so used to thinking and also (although sometimes
Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone have a wonderful book called Tarot Tips. It is filled with bite-sized tips that are perfect for dipping in and adding something new to your practice or to bring to a Tarot Meet Up or tarot play date.
Reversals are always interesting. Every reader has their own perspective. One offered in this book comes from Tip 30: Secret Paths. It is called The Reversed Major Secret Path and it goes like this:
The next time a Major Arcana comes up reversed, take a look at its numerological partner. You may find the information you need is found there:
21 World/ 3 Empress
20 Judgement/ 2 High Priestess
19 Sun/ 10 Wheel
18 Moon/ 9 Hermit
17 Star/ 8
Taken from Tarot Spreads: Layouts and Techniques to Empower Your Readings by Barbara Moore.
The Judgement card is about, in part, hearing a calling. It is a moment when you feel compelled toward something larger than yourself. These callings can be difficult to respond to, as they can be powerful but sometimes vague or very different from your current way of thinking. This spread helps clarify the calling and gives advice on how to respond to it.
1, Calling: The nature of the call. This is the heart of the matter, the focus of change, the major energy being communicated.
2, Spiritual response: This is how you are being asked to respond spiritually to this call. It can show
Sasha Graham’s book 365 Tarot Spreads has a spread for every day of the year. She also includes an important historical moment from that day and additional tarot tidbits. The book is both fun and serious.
The spread Sasha designed for today, April 8, is the Wisdom of Swords Spreads. The spread is inspired by the historical fact for this day. On this day in 1692, arrest warrants were issued for Elizabeth Proctor and Sarah Cloyce, accused of witchcraft. While these two women ultimately escaped the gallows, nineteen others similarly accused, did not.
Tarot reflects the spectrum of the human condition. The decision to end someone’s life falls under the darkest