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.
Tarot of the Hidden Realm is an exciting deck by artist Julia Jeffrey and is scheduled to be released next fall. The images are so lovely, I cannot resist sharing them. I am finding them so inspiring, as I write the companion book.
4 of Swords
Thoughts tangled in her mind binding her in confusion and distress. Her muscles tighten. Then, she slowly exhales a prayer. In a moment, she looks up, sensing an answer. The veil of trouble echoes in her eyes, but with each flutter of ethereal wing it grows lighter. Soon it will pass away and she will see more clearly. Like gifts from the heavens, the light blue wings bring peace. The almost imperceptible whispers of air kiss her skin
Advent calendars are calendars that count down to Christmas. Some are religious and some are secular. Whether you count down to Christmas, Yule, or the Winter Solstice, etc., if you love tarot, you can make a type of advent calendar.
I made one last year. I put the cards in with backs facing out. Then each day, we'd pick one at random and turn it around, revealing the message of the day.
HERE is the post on my personal blog with the directions for what I did.
We've assembled a cast of characters HERE.
We've developed the Protagonist HERE.
Let's see more about the storyline.
In Tarot for Writers, Kenner provides spreads in increasing complexity to help outline a fully developed plot. We'll begin with the most simple, a three-card spread with cards to represent: Beginning, Middle, and End.
Apparently we are writing an epic, because we pulled all Major Arcana cards for this story: The Chariot, the Devil, and the Hierophant.
The Beginning: Our protagonist (has anyone given her a name?) rushes off to save her brother using all the resources at her disposal, including her determination and book smarts. She is lacking in
We have so many exciting things, it's hard to make a short list. To help with that task, I'll link to other lists I've made, because they are still good ideas!
Good ideas HERE, HERE, and HERE!
This year, we have some exciting new decks for the pagan or Wiccan on your list:
The Witches Tarot by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans
And how about a bag to go with it?
The Book of Shadows Tarot, volume 1: As Above
For the person on your list who wants to learn tarot in a systematic yet creative way, try Around the Tarot in 78 Days.
If you have any people on your list that you are having trouble finding a tarot-related gift for,