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.
Tarot by the Moon is Victoria Constantino’s new book. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but they’d be wrong in this case. The cover is gorgeous as is the interior design. The cover and design promise a revealing of the moon’s magic combined with tarot and the book delivers. The October moon usually called the Hunter’s Moon marks a time of year when our ancestors hunted and preserved meat for the winter. In modern life, it is the time of year we begin putting our gardens to bed and preparing the house for winter. In addition to spreads, spells, and rituals, Victoria includes tidbits of useful tarot (and other related) tips. Here you can sample a reading to help you prepare
Sasha Graham has established her expertise of doing shadow work with tarot. Her latest book, The Magic of Tarot: Your Guide to Intuitive Readings, Rituals, and Spells, will be out next month.
The exercise below will give you a taste of how she teaches shadow work and combines it with tarot. Naturally the book goes into more depth, but in this sample you can get a sense of her practical, loving, and magically-fueled approach. Enjoy this excerpt:
Write down five things you can't stand about other people. Five qualities that make you go crazy. Five things people do that fill you with a tasty, bitter bile of anger in your throat. It could be five qualities of a single person, or from
Sasha Graham’s 365 Tarot Spreads gives a spread for everyday of the year. They are connected to significant or interesting events that happened on that day. Most can be done on any day of the year. Today’s spread is for September 10, giving you a few days to make time for it, if you want to do it on that day. It is the birthday of Marie Laveau (b. 1794). Since the page layouts from this book are so lovely, we’ve included it below where you will find Sasha’s Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Spread.
The Magic of Tarot by Sasha Graham
In her forthcoming book, The Magic of Tarot, Sasha gifts us with her unique and magical way of approaching tarot and life. She is also eminently practical. In her section on ways to study the tarot, she gives plenty of tips on ways to study and where to find materials. Her advice on how to identify a good teacher is priceless:
How to Find the Right Teacher: Finding a gifted teacher, a personality you respond to, and someone who inspires you is a beautiful experience. Stars often align and a teacher will appear out of the blue when you least expect it (that's magic).
Create space for an amazing teacher to enter your life by keeping a door open