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.
Once I was in a yarn store with a friend. I was teaching her to knit and we were picking out yarn. The yarn she wanted was in a skein not in a ball, so I told her had to wind it into a ball before she started knitting. She asked, “how do you wind it into a ball?”
I cannot remember when I learned to wind yarn (or string) into a ball. I cannot remember not knowing. It never occurred to me that someone wouldn’t know how.
That happens a lot, when people have known how to do things forever. Shuffling and selecting cards is a lot like that. I tell people to shuffle and draw the cards for the reading. They sometimes look baffled and I realize that they are waiting for instructions,
Yesterday I got to see some new items from Lo Scarabeo that will be available in the US very soon.
Lo Scarabeo creates innovative tarot and oracle decks. They also make many other items that are of interest to tarot enthusiasts, such as bags and reading cloths.
I am particularly excited about their newest reading cloth. It is large (47 x 31 inches), rich dark blue velvet, with a small very light grey satin border and tassels. I like it because there is no design in the center to interfere with my cards.
See more about the cloth HERE
There are three new bags, one featuring art from the much anticipated Illuminati Tarot, one with the Universal Tarot Magician, and one with art
Today I am again playing with cards, just as I did the other day HERE.
I am again using the Deck of 1000 Spreads but today I'm also using the Steampunk Tarot.
There has been a lot of change in the day to day things of my life. Nothing huge, just mundane stuff, like joining a new gym (after having been with my old one for about 3 years) and switching to cable after being with satellite for 10 years. Through most of my life, such changes were nothing. I always adapted easily. But lately, I feel stubborn and weird about changes, even if they are good ones.
Today I asked why I am being this way. I randomly pulled three cards from the Deck of 1000 Spreads to create the positions, then
Today I needed to play, so I selected the Deck of a 1000 Spreads and the forthcoming Anna.K Tarot (available May 2013, but you can pre-order it!)
Do you ever have those times when you want to play with your cards but don't have a question to ask? The Deck of 1000 Spreads is great for that.
I shuffled the deck and randomly drew three cards to create the spread. I trusted them to know what I most needed to know right now. I got: Hobbies & Talents, Hopes & Fears, and Positive Influences.
I laid them out, shuffled my Anna.K and drew three cards.
Tarot, as usual, always seems to know what is needed. I've been wondering a lot about my career,