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.
From Sasha Graham’s 365 Tarot Spreads
The spread for January 7
Excellent Eating Habits Spread
On This Day The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, a gastronomic class, was published this day in 1896. Its emphasis on good foods, fresh flavor, and variety is why it remains a favorite to this day.
Summation of Spread The consumption and preparation of food is a connection to the life force itself—an opportunity to indulge in pleasure and health simultaneously. If you plan to change eating habits, emphasize the positive rather than dwell on the negative. This spread focuses on cultivating excellent eating habits.
Cast Your Cards Notice bright sunlight dappling your kitchen, feel the
Winter is a time that we, in the Northern Hemisphere, naturally turn inward. Well, I should say that it would be the perfect time to turn inward, but mostly our society keeps us moving full tilt all year long. But still, for those of us interested in attending to our spirits, we tend to turn inward in the winter.
The work best suited for this time is quiet and contemplative. On the outside, it may look like nothing is going on, but there are (or can be) profound changes…dare I say “transformations”?).
This is a good time to look at what you’d planned for the year, what you accomplished, what you didn’t, what energy you want to keep and bring forward to spring, and what
Image: Death from Llewellyn's Classic Tarot
One of the wonderful things about tarot is that, if one wishes, it can provide a lifetime of learning. Working with the cards in readings and in personal reflection, our understanding of the cards deepens. The tapestry of our belief system becomes more complex, more nuanced. Sometimes we learn or experience things that cause us to rip former threads of understanding from our tapestry (often this is connected with Tower experiences, which tend to change fundamentals of our belief systems).
For me, I’ve noticed changes in my own understanding and interpretation of the Death card. When I first began learning the cards, I talked
The Judgement card is a dramatic one, calling us to new life. It is not, as its name implies, about judgement, not exactly. When we hear the call that Judgement heralds, we may judge our current life and find it wanting, but it is not about being judged by anyone or anything external. Instead it is about being invited to a something fresh, something new, something that makes you feel reborn.
In the New Tarot Handbook, Rachel Pollack provides spreads for all the Majors plus other spreads for the suits and court cards. For her, the Judgement card inspired the following spread:
1. What calls me to rise up and become