Significators play a powerful role in Tarot readings. Not only do they identify a certain person, place or object, they can heighten the focus of the reader as well as the client when addressing the question at hand. But, choosing the best card to signify the main subject of one’s question can be challenging. Susyn Blair-Hunt, author of Tarot Prediction and Divination, provides some guidelines to identify which images of the Tarot will bring the greatest amount of focus to your readings.
Despite being comprised of a finite number of cards, seventy-eight to be exact, tarot opens us to an infinite universe, both within and without. A newcomer can be overwhelmed by the vastness of the tarot landscape. In addition to the general “bigness” of it all, there is that delightful, freeing aspect of tarot that can also be the bane of a beginner’s experience: there are very few hard and fast rules with tarot. Tarot expert Barbara Moore, author of Tarot for Beginners, explains just what tarot newcomers can expect from her new book.
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.
Looking through a typical Tarot deck, you find that human characters in the cards are distinguished by many different kinds of headwear. Tied in with the symbolic conflation of hat, head, and mind, headgear says something about different states of consciousness. Tarot author Janina Renée explores the many meanings of hats, crowns, and other headwear in the Tarot.
What is ahead in your life? Do you want to know what is around the corner? Curiosity is a great cure-all because it generates energy and enthusiasm. Even if you don’t have much control over your present circumstances, you can nevertheless indulge your curiosity with the tarot. Janina Renée, author of Tarot for a New Generation and Tarot Spells, presents a “card search” technique that can help you anticipate future happenings and gives you something to look forward to.
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 first installment in a series on the Court Cards, tarot expert Barbara Moore delves into the regal Kings of the Tarot.
In her article series on revitalizing Tarot practice, Tarot expert Barbara Moore has addressed both decks and spreads. In this article, she approaches using the tarot as a framework for study, to enhance both your knowledge and your practice.
In the darkest of seasons, the Yule sun begins to rise a little earlier each day, and all the world seems ready for change. Use the Solstice Light spread to strengthen your hopes for the future. Plan, make wishes, raise your spirits—knowing that the creative fire of spring is promised to you at Yule.If you have a specific question in mind, ask it as you shuffle the cards.To begin, shuffle the...
Seven years ago Ciro Marchetti began a journey into tarot he could never have foreseen, simply by sending a portfolio to a publisher. Now, tarot expert Barbara Moore details just what exactly the legacy of the Legacy of the Divine Tarot is—Ciro Marchetti's latest, and most likely, last tarot deck.
It’s not crazy to think you can quit your job and be a full-time reader. It does take a lot of preparation, commitment, creativity, and courage. You need to overcome many fears. I was petrified in the beginning, with a thousand worries. What if I stink and I am just deluding myself? What if everyone thinks I’m a crackpot, a fortuneteller, a snake oil salesman? How the heck will I...
The imagery of the tarot can be used as the focus for rituals that help us concentrate on goals, channel archetypal energies, and shape the quality of our daily lives. The following rite uses the imagery of the Sun, Judgement, and Magician cards to activate the Sun within and put its creative energies to work. It is a rite you may especially wish to use on winter mornings, when you can feel...
Forget those long, complicated spreads; try spending an hour or more with just one tarot card. With a little diligence you will receive more detailed information with one card than from a large spread read quickly.
You will need a full deck with scenes depicted on all the cards, or just the twenty-two Major Arcana from any deck. Shuffle and draw one card while asking, “What do I most...
Winter is a season of rest, when the quiet beauty of a snowy evening brings time for meditation, ritual, and planning. In winter, we are reminded that everything is born, is creative, dies, and is reborn. If we are open to this understanding of winter, then nature's barren months allow us to begin a process of deep healing, and we return to spring with a renewed creative fire.
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Birds flitting with twigs in their beaks, orange flowers dotting the fields, creeks running with fresh snowmelt: the month of March is rich with new energy and the surge of life. In spring, the ego is given the opportunity to relax and enjoy the renaissance of nature. As the ego awakens, our natural enthusiasm for life flares up anew, and we begin a unique journey at the Vernal Equinox in the...
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...
Last week I took a short vacation to the stunning North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. At one point, we decided to attempt a hike down a mountain through the woods on a hardly visible trail. We were warned that it was a hike for experts. After getting lost and feeling like we were in way over our heads, we left and headed for a State Park, with clearly marked and groomed trails. The...
"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.
We’ve all done readings that go along very well until suddenly your brain freezes and no words are coming out of your mouth. If you’re reading for someone else, this can be awkward or embarrassing. Even worse, it may cause you to lose confidence yourself or create a disconnect between you and your reading mojo. Luckily there a lot of techniques that can help you overcome just such a moment. And,...
Being an ever-practical Capricorn, I’ve never had a close relationship with The High Priestess card. But lately, I’ve been actively seeking her wisdom. Even though I believe I’ve made progress, The High Priestess still seems like a challenging card. She’s not exactly easy to get to know! But she is, ultimately, worth the effort. Not only is she fascinating in her own...
Draw one to three cards in the morning for guidance for the day. Draw one card for focused guidance. Draw two cards to compare and contrast. Look for differences to see where challenges may arrive. Draw three cards to look at synthesis and flow.Throughout the day, notice the synchronicity. If you have to make a decision, contemplate the spread to see if it has advice for you. Sketch part of your...
Sooner or later you are going to find yourself reading for a friend. Be it a best friend or a new friend, somewhere along the line she finds out that you read cards and she will ask if you would be kind enough to read for her. For me, many of the friends I read for know what the tarot is about; there is no need to explain. Either they are not good at reading cards, or they prefer another style...
There is a spell to help you develop extrasensory perception and open up channels of higher awareness. The awakening of psychic abilities will give you personal guidance, comfort you with the assurance of spiritual existence, and enable you to see and explore the fabric of the universe.This layout takes the shape of a crown. As a crown sits atop the head, it symbolizes expanded consciousness,...
I can still remember doing my first Tarot reading. I had just bought a Tarot deck, and after carefully studying the little white book that came with it, I figured I was ready to do a reading for myself. But although the question I had in mind was a ...
When I was first contacted by Llewellyn with the proposal of creating a tarot deck, I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea. There were, after all, many themes in common with my personal illustration work. However, even though Barbara Moore ...