The seven-pointed star (or, alternately, septagram or heptagram) has accumulated many levels of meaning over the centuries. One of the oldest recorded meanings given to this star may be found within. How can this symbobl be used to gain power in our lives and within our faery interactions? Emily Carding, author Faery Craft, discusses the use of the Septagram for doing faery work.
One of the joys of tarot is that there are so many ways to look at, think about, and compare the cards. This is also one of the reasons so many people stay interested in tarot for so long. Every way of organizing and dividing the deck leads to deeper and broader understanding of the cards. This complex web also helps us build our own personal philosophy of life. Tarot expert Barbara Moore shares a few techniques to aid us in our reflections of the meanings of the cards.
The High Priestess card is one of the most loved and most mysterious cards in the tarot deck. Its very nature, the way we interpret it, everything about this card suggests the unknowable. And yet we continue to try, as we should, for in the very act of seeking we find something. Perhaps not the answers we hoped for, but something of value. Tarot expert Barbara Moore not only presents some commonly accepted truths about the High Priestess but entertains ideas of her role in the scheme of things.
Tarot decks were originally used to play a trick-taking card came called Tarrochi. While the game is still played, particularly in Europe, tarot cards are more often used for readings, with readers approaching tarot more seriously and understanding the wisdom, advice, and guidance that the cards provide. But that close connection between cards (even tarot cards) and games cannot be overlooked, and can actually be used to liven up your tarot practice. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides some fun ideas to play with your cards—and experience the tarot anew.
Learning the meanings of tarot cards is generally not that difficult; even small children can learn to associate a meaning with a particular card or describe what is happening (as far as illustrated Minor Arcana are concerned) in an image. That said, the majority of taroists will agree that the trouble lies in the Court Cards. In this fourth installment in a series on the Court Cards, tarot expert Barbara Moore delves into the Pages of the Tarot.
This article continues my series on the Court Cards. For some background information on this series, see "Court Cards, Part I: The Kings of Tarot" and "Court Cards, Part II: The Queens of Tarot." For this series, we are looking at the Court Cards as representing other people involved in the situation that the querent is asking about. Knights are known for focused action that generally gets...
To understand the origins of tarot, we must go back to Greece and the ancient philosophies that underlie the occult traditions in the Western world. For instance, details such as the number of cards in the tarot deck were not determined by accident. In fact, this number is based ultimately on the numerology and musical harmony developed by the sixth century BC Greek mystic, mathematician, and...
The Sun's energy gives us warmth, light, and life. The Major Arcana card of the Sun, number nineteen, represents the same. It demonstrates to us the symbology of rebirth, growth, and progress. In numerology, "nineteen" comprises One—the beginning, newness, creation—and Nine—endings and completion. We breathe in, only to breathe out and in again. Night gives way to day, day...
The tarot is widely known as a divination tool for discerning past, present, and future events. However, its original purpose was to preserve spiritual instruction for those interested in developing inner depth, personal growth, and enlightenment. The images contained within the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana are particularly useful in opening up various aspects of consciousness. When...
"Tarot Reader Burnout" happens to most tarotists at some time or another. Just as anything can become dull and stagnant, so too can your reading practice or study. Tarot expert Barbara Moore offers a myriad tips and tricks to reinvigorate your tarot practice.
Money is one of the two most popular subjects of tarot readings, and now more so than ever during these challenging economic times. Tarot author and expert Barbara Moore presents three spreads to help you analyze your financial situation.
Tarot communicates through symbols and through images. By doing so, it creates a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind. In this way, by manifesting this world between worlds, tarot allows a unique divinatory experience, accessing our subconscious. Often, however, our consciousness plays just a big a role in how we interpret the cards. Acclaimed tarot writer Barbara Moore explains how the representation of gender and age in tarot decks can affect a reading.
While the images of the Tarot often have obvious, archetypal meanings, often the less-prominent images of the cards in a spread can be just as telling of a situation. Janina Renée, author of
Despite the decorations, parties, and gifts of the holiday season (or perhaps because of them), this can be a particularly trying and stressful time of year. During this season of darkness, it helps to be light. Barbara Moore illustrates how to use the Tarot to bring light to a season deserving of light.
Of this card, The Sun from The Fey Tarot, Riccardo Minetti writes: "...the Sun is an Arcana that by nature is without any kind of ambiguity. It has no shadows, no veils, no half-measures. The sun represents all truths, all certainties...the joy of fullness and of security, when no doubt troubles the soul."
The Sun card is filled with so much positive energy and is generally considered one of...
“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” ~Lewis Carroll Let’s be frank. Most people use tarot cards to try and glimpse the future, right? Even when I’m using the cards to help make decisions, weigh the pros and cons of choices, find inspiration, or make a plan to achieve a goal, I usually always have a card representing a possible or probable future. I just want to know. Don’t...