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.
A Study of the Fool’s Journey 2
For an overview of and foundation for this series, see HERE
Today we look at the Basic Issue of the first row, represented by the Magician and High Priestess. It is helpful to use the idea of childhood development as a metaphor. Some of the concepts we deal with in the journey are very abstract and so having a down-to-earth metaphor helps communicate these ideas.
The first two cards do describe a basic issue and they do so by representing opposing facets of that issue. In this case, the issue is about negotiating your experience in and of the world.
The Magician, being an active and extroverted card, represents how you express yourself in the
This month the Llewellyn Tarot blog will feature a series of articles exploring the Fool’s Journey using Rachel Pollack’s Alternate Major Arcana Spread, found HERE.
The Fool’s Journey was coined by Eden Gray. The Fool card is said to journey through the Majors in order, gaining spiritual wisdom and learning lessons along the way. As the idea resonated with readers, people began laying out the Majors in certain configurations, like a spread, which influenced the interpretation of the journey.
For this month’s study, we will use this configuration based on the spread Rachel developed:
We will place the Fool at the top and the rest of the Majors in order in three
Each week this month, we are taking a look at the Tarot Illuminati by Eric Dunne and Kim Huggens.
Almost every reader has a particular court card they think of as "their" card. For me, it is Queen of Pentacles.
One of the reasons so many of us love tarot is the cards...we like to collect decks because we love the art. We love reading visual images (rather than words). In addition to the symbols, composition, and style in each of these tiny pieces of art, color plays an important role in how we respond to a card or to a spread.
Interpreting color as symbol can be tricky, as not all artists use the same sort of palate. However, artists create images meant to evoke certain responses and to do that they use the rules of design and also what they know of our responses to color. I don't always consciously scan a reading for color in order to interpret it, but I do know that as a reader I do respond