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.
How do you use them?
The most common way I've seen Elemental Dignities used is in triplets. The reader lays out three cards. The center card is the main card and the two flanking cards affect the middle card. I've also read that EDs are said to affect cards that "near" other cards in a spread, although I've never seen that in action nor have I been able to make sense of that application in my own readings.
I recently learned, from a student of mine, Merissa Lovett, of a very clever technique. She also lays down three cards. The first one is the main card. The second card influences the first. The third card shows how to reconcile the first two.
How do you use EDs? Or, if you
This article was inspired by an idea I learned from Mark McElroy almost a decade ago. It is based on his technique What Would the Majors Do described here: http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/572
I was thinking about Tarot and Ethics. I was also thinking about how, if you lay the Majors out in three rows of seven (not including the Fool), it shows a version of the Fool’s Journey that many read as:
First row: learning the lessons needed to become socialized
Second row: questioning those lessons and finding your own way
Third row: spiritual growth and self-actualization
That idea has been with me through most of my tarot life and consequently I cannot help but think of
Need a vacation but don’t have the time? Or do you need a vacation right NOW? Here’s a simple way to take a quick get-away.
Pick a tarot card. Look at it until you can see it with your eyes closed. Lay back. Imagine the card getting larger and larger until you can step into it. Then step in and see what happens.
For example, perhaps you’d like to visit Loch Ness courtesy of the forthcoming Sacred Sites Tarot:
Or maybe give the Wheel a spin with the Wheel of Fortune from the Dark Fairytale Tarot:
I cannot, however, recommend visiting the Strength card also from the Dark Fairytale. She's not as charming as you’d think!
As for me, I’d