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.
Last time we talked about identifying how we feel about individual cards so that we can eliminate biases. One card that is almost always "not liked" is the Hierophant. Maybe Kim Huggens' exploration of and exercises for this important card will help you not just make peace with the card but really value it.
V The Hierophant
Often depicted as a priest or person of religious authority, the Hierophant is not al- ways a well-received card by modern Tarot readers. Sadly, some people’s bad experiences of religious authority have tainted their view of this card, so it is wise to be aware of one’s own views when studying it.
If the Magician is the Word of Power that
Giving relevant and useful readings is easier to do if we are not bogged down by our own biases. This exercise, from Your Tarot, Your Way, is a good way to start identifying your own blind spots. Once you've done that, you can work on healing your relationship to that archetype so you can see it more objectively.
Love, Hate, Neutral
Go through your Major Arcana cards and divide them into three piles: ones you love, ones you hate, and ones you are neutral toward. Do this quickly and without a lot of analysis; just go with your first reaction. Keeping the piles separate, shuffle each one, and randomly draw one card. So now you have one card from each pile. Get out your
Back in my early days of learning tarot, many readers used reversals consistently. But the last few decades ushered in an era where many readers do not use reversals or use them to indicate states of being, such as blocked energy. Many of the newer books do not include reversed meanings because the authors do not use them.
If you are someone interested in a book that gives almost equal attention to the reversed meanings as the upright, you'll probably really enjoy Tarot Plain and Simple. Here's an example, using the High Priestess, a favorite of most readers.
2, The High Priestess
Juno, The Papess, The Female Pope, La Sacerdotisa
365 Tarot Spells provides spells incorporating tarot cards for each and every day of the year. While all the spells are connected to the day they are listed, they can also be used at any time you need them.
Today's is all about bringing the best possible love into your life.