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.
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The I Ching is a traditional Chinese oracle. The meanings of the oracle are created using combinations of lines and dashes (in the instructions called continued and discontinued lines). Each hexagram is made up of six lines; the oracle has 64 possible hexagrams. Each hexagram has a meaning, much like a Tarot card or a rune. One reason people are drawn to Tarot is the images on the cards. They speak directly to our subconscious and help create a bridge from our inner wisdom to
There is a lot of buzz in the tarot community now about reading with Lenormand cards. Lenormand cards are a deck of 36 cards with simple images (Rider, Clover, Bear, etc) with fairly concrete meanings (as opposed to tarot cards, which can have many meanings). People who use these cards say that they give very clear readings and are better at everyday life and predictive readings.
Do you use Lenormand? What is your opinion of the readings versus tarot readings? Do you use them in conjunction with tarot? How?
What resources do you wish you had for Lenormand readings (books, decks, what type?)?
I am still learning and finding the adventure very interesting.
Tarot cards have numbers (except the court cards) and suits (or names for the Majors) as well as images. I have always used these elements in several ways when interpreting a single card or a reading.
The numbers, I have always thought, affected the individual card meanings. For example, all the Aces (1) are new beginnings of some sort. All the 2s have an element of choice in them. And so on.
I recently heard of a school of thought that says the numbers on the cards are only there for playing with (when using the cards as a game) or perhaps for calculating (things like birth cards). They say that the numbers have no inherent meaning or significance.
What is your opinion?
Today I wanted to give you a taste of Around the Tarot in 78 Days. It is a big book full of wonderful information and activities. My problem was one of choice, which is easy enough to remedy. The 3 of Cups is one of my favorite cards (below, see the 3 of Cups from the Steampunk Tarot along with some text from the Manual the comes with it), so we'll see what Day 57 (dedicated to the 3 of Cups) in this 78 day journey has in store for us.
I will not, of course, share all the lessons for this day. Instead, I'll share ways to know if you are blocking this card in your life, how to connect to the card, and the message of the card. One of the things I love about this book is how it helps you