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.
Being able to do quick (around five minutes) readings is a great skill to have if you read for parties or events. With the holiday season approaching, many of you will find yourself in situations where the quick reading will be helpful, such as for events or at parties with friends. It is also useful if you are short on time but have a client or friend who needs a quick reading. Quick readings help you learn to see the main point of a situation, determine the best way to address that point, communicate the answer clearly, and set boundaries with your querent. Practicing these skills will help you be clearer and sharper when performing longer readings as well.
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This spread, called Titania’s Dream, is from the Victorian Fairies Tarot companion book by Lunaea Weatherstone (art by Gary Lippincott). It was created for this deck and thus pulls inspiration from the theme. However, most spreads can be used with any deck.
It is inspired, as well, from a passage from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While we are quite past midsummer, many of us feel the urge to start new projects in the fall, so this spread may prove quite timely.
Using the Victorian language of flowers, this spread weaves an illuminating dream to help you clarify the next steps on your path. The meanings of the flowers are shown in parentheses.
Mix your deck and lay
This spread, called Alive, Dead, and Undead, is from the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night book. It was created as a companion to the deck and thus pulls inspiration from the theme. However, most spreads can be used with any deck.
With autumn upon us, we often engage in more self-reflective readings, so this spread may be particularly useful for you in the next month or so, although it can be used anytime, of course.
For this reading, you will use just your court cards and just your Major Arcana cards. Keep them separate.
Shuffle your court cards however you like. Use these cards to draw for positions 1, 2, and 3.
Shuffle your Majors. Use these cards to draw for positions 4,
Rana George’s The Essential Lenormand is quickly gaining a reputation for being a very approachable guide to this fascinating system. Her decades of experience and vivacious personality make the book a delight to read. She makes learning easy. One of the challenges of Lenormand is that the cards don’t simply have a set meaning. The cards’ meanings are very dependent on surrounding cards and their position within the Grand Tableau.
The complexity of the relational dependence of card meanings can make a teaching challenge. Rana overcomes this by introducing concepts in layers. Take, for example, her introduction to the Clover:
“A green four-leaf clover is usually depicted on