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.
Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot
It is not often that book comes along that really changes the way we understand tarot. Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin are incredibly thorough and dedicated researchers who have written a book that will change almost everything we think we know about the Waite-Smith Tarot.
Using Waite’s own writings (heretofore unpublished), visiting the place where the images were created, and immersing themselves in Pamela (Pixie) Coleman Smith’s world, Marcus and Tali answer questions about symbolism and design that we’ve only been able to guess at.
For example, the mismatched shoes on the figure in the 7 of Wands have been an issue of speculation for as
The Role of Intuition in Divination
From Tarot Beyond the Basics by Anthony Louis:
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Intuition is such an important topic in tarot divination that this entire chapter [chapter 4: The Role of Intuition in Divination] is devoted to it. As Francis Bacon suggests, thoughts that come unbidden during a reading are often the most telling. Author Richard Roberts was so impressed by the significance of intuition that he advised his readers to throw away their interpretation books. Please don’t throw away this book, however.
One has to wonder why
As we study the cards, we realize that each card has many meanings. A common question is “how do you know which meaning to use in a reading?”
Mary K. Greer’s book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card is fantastic for lots of reasons. It is interactive, it helps you get involved in your cards, it leads through a journey of self-discovery as well understanding tarot. It is also packed with gems that can help anyone hone their reading skills.
In fact, in it, she answers that question “how do I know which meaning?” She writes:
The Giveaways to Meaning
How can you know what, out of the many meanings, will be relevant in a particular case? You must combine the rational with the
The publishing industry has been changing for a long time now. Publishing can be a very slow behemoth, very conservative. So it was really refreshing and exciting to me to learn that our partner, Lo Scarabeo, is trying something very new. You may have heard that they are running a Kickstarter campaign. You can learn all about it HERE.
Crowdfunding this project makes sense on a few levels. First, the material is not written by one person. Many people contributed to make this work possible. So you will have a wide range of methods and opinions. It has been carefully edited and material added as needed to fill in the gaps and smooth out the various voices. Instead of a collection of pieces