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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Llewellyn is known for our wonderful tarot decks, and great art is part of what makes them so wonderful. Our authors create concepts and card descriptions, and Llewellyn finds the right artists to bring these decks to life. Have you ever considered being a part of a tarot deck project? Or, if not, perhaps now is the time to do so!
Making a tarot deck is a big job, requiring 79 illustrations (78 cards and the card back). Our decks usually require full scenes (rather than portraits or vignettes). It is also a long-term commitment; most artists take 18 – 24 months to complete a deck. But, being the
Third Eye Tarot Exercise
In Tarot Healer, Leeza Robertson leads us through an exploration of our chakras, with assistance from tarot. Through a series of exercises that build on one another, we learn to identify areas of weakness and discover ways to strengthen them. Here is an example of an exercise that gets us started with the crown chakra. Although part of a series of interconnected exercises, this one can stand alone.
Grab your deck and start looking for a card that you feel best represents the energy of the third eye, or the energy of the third eye chakra, you wish to have once your healing work is further along. Recommended cards for this chakra include the High Priestess,
Learn Something New
The Page of Pentacles from the Wizards Tarot
The first six months of quarantine have been very difficult for me (this is written in August; and I'm sure I'm not alone). One of the things that really helped me was learning something new. A friend asked me if I’d like to study Marseille Tarot with him. I did and it was like a lifeline during my darkest months. For two months, we used Zoom to study and do practice readings with each other. We are both seasoned RWS tarot readers with decades of experience but we both had only a nodding relationship with Marseille. That was, we think, key to its effectiveness in engaging us so fully.
If you find yourself
It's been quite a year, and it will likely continue to be quite a year. For so many reasons, many of us feel ragged and worn. A little inner peace would be nice. Elliot Adam, author of Fearless Tarot, has some words of wisdom for us, brought to us by the Four of Swords.
Fearless Tarot, by Elliot Adam
Four of Swords from Llewellyn's Classic Tarot
"Restoring inner peace."
The Four of Swords symbolizes our need for inner peace. It encourages rest and recuperation. The appearance of the Four of Swords gently reminds you to call your attention to your body, and any areas where tension has been building up. You may need to give yourself some peace and quiet to