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.
Intentional Tarot by Denise Hesselroth
There are a lot of reasons to love Intentional Tarot by Denise Hesselroth, such as her unique approach which brings practical benefits and her lovely writing voice. Another bonus in these pages is her discussion of learning styles. Newbies often ask "how is the best way to learn the cards?" Every reader would have their own advice, probably based on their experience. However, people learn differently and their natural inclination should shape their learning process.
In this excerpt from Intentional Tarot, Hesselroth discusses three types of tarot learners.
Getting Off Book
It seems to me there are three types of beginners
Intentional Tarot is a remarkable book that begins where a reading usually ends. A reading usually describes what happened, what is happening, and what is likely to happen, all very useful information. However, most of us don’t believe that we live in a predetermined universe. Most of us believe that we the will and ability to shape our own future. This book teaches us how to use our cards to do just that. Here’s a look into Hesselroth’s wisdom:
In a traditional tarot reading the Querent wants to learnsomething of benefit to their question at hand. In Intentional Tarot we want to dosomething of benefit to someone or some situation.
Tarot Inspired Life
Sometimes living an inspired life means having tools to deal with times where inspiration or creativity feel blocked or lacking. Luckily, Elford gives us a spread to help with those times.
T. Susan Chang
Lots of people want intermediate level tarot material. If that’s you, or if you are beginner who is in love with tarot correspondences, then this book is for you. Most people are familiar with the Golden Dawn astrological associations. But there are more and older versions of astrological correspondences. You can learn about them in the pages of this handy and useful reference.
Have you wondered about the Justice/Strength numbering switcharoo? Or swapping the Emperor/Star Hebrew letters? You can learn about that in this book as well. Just take a peek: