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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore's personal and professional lives for over two decades. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Today she continues her tarot journey, both by learning from others and sharing her ideas through writing and teaching. Indeed, this erstwhile Hermit is discovering that she enjoys traveling the world sharing her love of tarot. She is the tarot acquisitions editor for Llewellyn and consults for Lo Scarabeo, an Italian tarot publishing company.

Barbara has written over a dozen books on tarot, including: The Steampunk Tarot, Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings, Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading the Cards, Tarot of the Hidden Realm, and the Mystic Faerie Tarot.


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Tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore's life for over twenty years. Right from the start, tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, history, mystery, and magic, as well as its eminently practical applications. In addition to providing professional readings, Barbara consults for both Llewellyn Worldwide and Lo Scarabeo and is one of the founders of the Minnesota Area Tarot Symposium (http://minnesotatarot.com/).

Barbara enjoys giving a voice to tarot cards not only by doing readings but also by writing the books that accompany decks. She has had the good fortune to write books and booklets for several decks, including A Guide to Mystic Faerie Tarot, The Gilded Tarot Companion, The Enchanted Oracle, The Mystic Dreamer Tarot, The Vampires of the Eternal Night Tarot, The Witchy Tarot, The Dream Enchantress Tarot, Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, and Shadowscapes Tarot, Pagan Cats Tarot, The Pagan Magical Kit, and The Book Shadows Tarot, volumes 1 and 2. In the fall of 2010, her new edition of Llewellyn's Tarot for Beginners was released.

A Hermit at heart, Barbara has been getting out and about more, speaking at conferences, such as MATS, TABI, and Readers Studio as well as appearing on Beyond Worlds. When not exercising her newfound social skills, she is busy playing with her cards, writing Llewellyn's tarot blog, designing an exciting new tarot deck, and working on a novel that may very well include fortune telling.

You can contact Barbara through her website: www.practicaltarotreadings.com

Customer Reviews

And boy was I glad they did!
Victoria
I highly recommend this book to all those who want to explore the realm of Tarot and anyone who is brand new to Tarot like me.
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Very easy to read and understand.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on October 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
What happens when an acknowledged Tarot Professional goes back and adapts the Beginner Mindset? A masterpiece such as this book is. Barbra Moore speaks simply yet informatively and very, may I say so, "engagingly" of complex matters of which the card meanings, though representing the core of this book in volume, are NOT the core of the book in meaning.

"Well, what is "the core" then?" -- you ask. In my opinion, it is the calm excitement of a true Professional who knows what it is like to be the one with the cards; who knows what it is like to lift the veil of the unknown both in predicting the future and trying to understand oneself and one's circumstances; it is the gratitude for one's long and not always easy way and desire to take a Beginner by hand and walk them straight through the bushes of being confused by choices and dry benches of lack of confidence onto the path that leads to the field of Mastery. And the Field of Mastery, as we know, has no end, but it is the Journey and Exploring that matters.

When a friend gifted me this book (THANK YOU!!!!!) I thought: "oh, well, another book for beginners" and trust me, I have read many of them. After all, nothing compares with actually spending time with the cards. But nonetheless, the design was SO attractive, the highlighting inside drew attention to the professionally explained (because they were LIVED by the author) cards' core meanings, the familiar pictures of the Universal Waite, Legacy of the Divine and Shadowscapes decks called me into the book. And boy was I glad they did! Assumptions and judgments, inevitably associated with cards' meanings are vanishing in this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Even though I have been reading tarot for many years, I still read a lot of tarot books. And you may be surprised to hear that I read plenty of beginner's books. The reason why is this - each author has a different take or method for learning tarot and I am always finding new ways to understand the cards. A beginner's book often will be written clearly without some heady esoteric mumbo jumbo (which I enjoy on occasion) and this lends to clear, practical insights.

Barbara Moore has delivered such a book with her newest offering, Tarot For Beginners. The writing is crisp and easy to follow - there is no arcane murky language here to contend with, making this book ideal for anyone who wants to delve into tarot but felt intimidated.
She sets a great foundation by covering all the basics without hard and fast tarot "rules". This creates an energy that allows the reader to have a strong base but still room to be an individual with their own unique voice. Moore offers interpretations for each card along with a "core concept" - which is a short, pithy statement that defines the core meaning of the card. This is a great idea and gives a beginner a simple easy to remember sentence, which makes it simpler to grasp and retain the basic interpretation. I love the extended interpretations as well but the core concept is a brilliant idea - and ideal for budding tarot readers.

Moore also lovingly covers all the basics - numbers, Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, suits, elements, Court cards, spreads, history, different readings styles and more. This is a lot of information to digest, but once again, her friendly relaxed tone makes it easy to understand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mariah on November 21, 2013
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Just a disclaimer: this is my very first tarot book and I'm still quite green at tarot as a whole. But from a newbie's perspective, it has been very straightforward. After only a few weeks of studying, it's not hard to see how intricate tarot reading truly is. This book does a great job of getting your feet wet and letting you become familiarized with how the art works by covering the core card meanings, addressing jargon as well as the most common techniques among established tarotists, and helping you develop personal style. The only gripe I could mention is that AS a novice, I don't have the order of the cards memorized, so when trying to flip through and reference a particular one, it takes a little while. It would have been very helpful if she had broken up the table of contents to 'Major Arcana', 'Court Cards', etc. Overall though, an encouraging starter book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By That Darn Kat on March 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've only been studying the tarot for a couple months and this is the only beginner's book that has helped me and given me a solid foundation. The book is very simple, but her descriptions are packed with information! I'm so glad I bought it and I'm going to keep an eye out for anything else she writes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avalon on March 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been trying to learn Tarot for years. I have read many "beginner" books that didn't help at all. This book teaches in an easy to understand and remember way that was a total relief. After one reading of this book, I really know the cards. This book is an excellent way to break the cards down to their easiest form, to learn the basic foundations. All the details and richness come later.
I love how she compares three decks. This helped me compare my deck and see how the imagery compares and works on my own. Although one of my decks is very different, I could see where it ties into the original meaning of each card.
She compares the popular Waite deck, the Legacy which is more mystic but very similar to the Waite and the Shadowscapes, which is very unique and magical and completely different. Seeing each of these cards compared to the basic meaning helped me understand my deck better and has made it easier to use other decks. I can now read just as easily on my favorite deck or pick up my friends witch deck or a just for fun Vampire deck and it is no big deal. The comparisons have made me much more versatile.
I think this is a fabulous book for beginners. It doesn't have a lot to offer advanced readers but it was exactly what I was looking for.
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