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.
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
One of the many things I love about Anthony Louis’ Beyond the Basics is his overview of the historic evolution of so many of the facets of tarot. This really helps modern card interpretations make more sense.
For example, in his chapter Number Symbolism and the Tarot, his explanation of how the Golden Dawn numerology is based on the Sephirot made more than any I’d ever read. Usually books just give the Sephirot meanings without making it clear how these associations developed to a numerological symbolic system. Tony provides the list that we are probably all familiar with:
1. Kether: Supreme crown
2. Chokhmah: Wisdom
But then he explains that the Golden Dawn
This is a good technique if you are reading for yourself or for someone who is willing to be interactive with you and the cards.
I've been working with the idea of adding signposts to my readings in various ways. I call them signposts because they mark something specific that you are looking for in a reading.
Here's one way I use signposts. If a client wants to know if something is going to happen, I have them go through the deck and select a card that represents their goal. They put the card back in the deck and we shuffle. Then I flip through the cards one by one until we find that card. I place the three cards that came before it on the table in a line. Then I place the signpost
In tarot, many cards seem to share meanings, or at least aspects of meanings. For beginners this can be frustrating.
One way I encourage people to work through this confusion is to compare cards with similar meanings and note both how they are similar and how they are different.
For example, there are a number of cards that represent the idea of endings. Death, the Tower, and the 10 of Swords are just a few. Let's see how they compare.
They all indicate an ending of some sort.
The Tower, with its energetic lightning blasts, suggests a sudden ending. Death, in real life, can be sudden, but for me The Tower is sudden, unexpected endings. Death, in tarot, with its promise of