With a turn of the wheel and a spin of the cog, the oracular machinery lumbers into action. The curtains slowly draw back; the time has come to reveal your destiny.
Created by award-winning tarot expert Barbara Moore and brilliantly brought to life by artist Aly Fell, The Steampunk Tarot deck offers a glimpse of the future through a lens to the past. Retooling the gears of the Rider-Waite tradition, each card's intricate artwork depicts a scintillating fusion of man and machine, nature and technology, science and alchemy, romance and fashion. The included manual offers tips, original spreads, and guidance in card interpretation.
"An electric marriage of favorite geeky things, this deck is the perfect formula." —Geek Mom Blog on Wired.com
One of the first "confusions" many tarot students encounter is regarding the Strength card, its meanings, and its numbering. What is the card about? Is its number important? And how has it changed throughout history? Tarot expert Barbara Moore explains.
As readers, we are often asked for clarification about a situation. This technique and spread can help provide that clarification, if there is more than one person involved. Tarot expert Barbara Moore presents the Group Dynamics Spread, intended to to aid in understanding the other person (or people) involved so that the querent can develop the best plan to improve the situation or help progress a goal.
When in our tarot "comfort zone," we likely use the same decks for the same clients using the same approach; doing so gives us a feeling of confidence that allows us to do stable and dependable readings. But, anything that stays too long in the realm of the reliable can easily turn stagnant. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides 5 ways we can shake up our ideas and processes to bring new ideas to our reading.
The Moon is such an interesting card, with many layers and whose meaning has really changed over the centuries in ways that really reflect (pun intended) our collective beliefs about the world and symbols. It is only natural that as we evolve, our symbols are affected. However, we may lose something important in our enthusiastic re-imagining of the Moon. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore discusses the meaning of the Moon.
While many of us are attracted to Steampunk because of the aesthetic, can a Steampunk-themed tarot deck be more than simply a novelty? Barbara Moore, tarot expert and creator of the Steampunk Tarot, answers this question, and explains just how the Steampunk genre parallels the journeys of the tarot.
Most tarot readers consider the Major Arcana cards to be doorways to powerful archetypal energy, life lessons, important life changes, and events beyond our control. Like her colleagues, Tarot expert Barbara Moore accepts this view, but she also worries that by imbuing the Major cards with such importance, they may become too heady, too for removed from us, too unapproachable. Discover a technique to reunite the Major Arcana with our physical existence—and maybe discover your ideal healthy activities, as suggested by the cards, along the way.
When Tarot expert Barbara Moore first began studying the tarot, there weren't many books on spreads, and the ones that were available were mostly collections of spreads with no explanations or directions. This left her with many questions, and led to a ten-year tarot journey through spreads. Here she discusses techniques to revamp your tarot spreads (and your tarot practice), as well as her new book, Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings
Tarot is constantly evolving, both the deck itself and the way we use the cards. Whether or not you personally believe that Tarot is a tool for predicting the future, there are things to take into consideration when doing predictive readings for others. Here, Tarot expert Barbara Moore explains the pros, cons, and hows of predictive Tarot readings.
Way back in "Revitalizing Your Tarot Practice, Part I," we began this series by visualizing a horrifying scene: you shuffle your beloved cards, lay them out, stare at them, and suddenly see…nothing! Or worse, you don’t even feel like picking up your deck. Or perhaps you lay out the cards and you feel uninspired and bored. The cards don’t seem like familiar friends full of wise council; instead,...
"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.
I talk to people about tarot all the time, and one of the things I hear a lot is, "Oh, I'm not good at tarot," or, "I've tried and it just doesn't work for me," or, "I just don't feel it with the cards."
Well, first of all, you might not feel it, and that's okay. I grew up playing cards, from Go Fish through Hearts and Gin Rummy, everyone in my... read this article