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Barbara Moore
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1 Dec 2010
"Tarot for Beginners" makes it easier than ever to learn all you need to know about reading the cards. Award-winning tarot expert Barbara Moore provides a complete foundation in tarot, clearly explaining each aspect while encouraging you to develop your own unique reading style. Begin with the history and myths behind tarot, and discover the meanings of all seventy-eight cards-broken down into suit, number, and major and minor arcana for simpler learning. You'll also explore symbols, reversals, spreads, interpretation techniques, tarot journaling, and more. Sample readings of predictive, prescriptive, interactive, and intuitive styles will also help you give insightful and fulfilling readings for yourself and others.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719559
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore's personal and professional lives for nearly twenty years. Right from the start, tarot intrigued her with its marvellous blending of mythology, psychology, art, history, mystery, and magic. She has studied under renowned tarot scholars such as Mary K. Greer and Rachel Pollack, and continues to work with some of the brightest lights in the tarot world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars tarot for beginners 16 Jan 2014
By Josie
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I bought this book as I am a novice reader. Each card has 3 pages devoted to it. There is usually a single paragraph giving a general definition on the first page. The second page is entirely taken up with pictures of the card in 3 different decks (Universal Waite, Legacy and Shadowscapes). The third page has a few lines tailored to the specific image on each of these 3 decks. This might be useful if you own one of these decks but is of limited use if you don't. The book also includes a few chapters on related topics i.e. spreads, developing skills etc.
If I had to sum the book up in 1 sentence: short on information, long on graphics and white space.
However, if you are practising readings and don't quite trust your own interpretation of a card, it might be handy to have next to you so you can just quickly flick to that page for a reminder.
If you are looking to buy a book for more in-depth study of the traditional meanings of the cards to supplement your own thoughts then there are far better books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a starting point 30 Aug 2013
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This is a gentle introduction to the tarot cards and is easy reading. I would recommend it to a beginner, however there was not enough definition on each of the cards for me. I would have preferred more detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 20 April 2011
Barbara Moore great as always. She is the ultimate master of setting out complicated things in a way, that they seem to be suprisingly simple. And she's witty. So a lot of eureca-moments in this book for most tarot beginners.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a Master with Beginner Mindset 28 Oct 2010
By Victoria - Published on Amazon.com
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. It is non-threatening and intellectual: such "scary" for the beginners cards like The Devil or The Tower are lifting up the veil of scariness and opening their deep, subconscious meanings: "A choice, action or situation contrary to your best interests" for the former and "An unexpected event that changes everything" for the latter. Along with the core meanings Barbara dives deep into the cards from the three decks she used for this book. I have to say, that both the Legacy of the Divine and the Shadowscapes decks have had Barbara Moore's influence onto their lives! I think you can learn more about it from other sources; I will concentrate on the review.

The Minor Arcana cards are presented in the same practical format. Initially, I did not like that the Court Cards are clustered together in their own section, all Pages, all Knights, all Queens and all Kings together rather than following the 1-10 cards of their correspondent suits. But it made sense: it is easier to compare and understand the court cards, usually called "the most difficult to interpret". Well, not with Barbara's book. It is simple and direct, like "The Knight of Wands is someone whose actions in this situation are fired by his will. He has something very specific he wants to achieve; he very much wants to have his way and will stop at nothing to get it. The knight is all hepped up and passionate about something, and he may needlessly run roughshod over anyone in his way. If his will is in sync with the querent's, he will be...." and so on.

The Finding More Meaning section of the book introduces the reader to the techniques that bring meaning and depth to the reading. Secrets of the Suits, Numbers, Elemental Dignities, Reversals, Significators smoothly run into Adding Something Extra: creating a Sacred Space, application of final questions and cards, practical how-to's on taking care of your decks, and finally, the section I found the most enchanting: Developing Your Skills. The series of exercises given there will be much useful for any Tarot Reader, even the one who's been working with cards for decades. Multiples and Combinations are presented in easy-to-understand format, taking, as usually with Barbara's book, all the difficulty out of them.

Spreads, sample readings, practical tips on working with a journal are adding to the attraction of this book in the eyes of any Beginner, desiring to be guided by a Professional who truly understands and values the Beginner Mindset.

I recommend this book for every new-born Tarot Enthusiast out there.

Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Beginners 28 Oct 2010
By Theresa Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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.

My only critique: There are three different decks featured in the book - Rider Waite, Shadowscapes, and Legacy of the Divine. Some readers will appreciate it (especially those who do not read with the Rider Waited deck) but I felt this was a bit unnecessary and somewhat distracting for me (my brain prefers to focus on one thing at a time - too many things to look at makes me a bit dizzy). However, this is simply a matter of taste and not a major issue.

I do a lot of teaching and I especially like working with beginners. I am going to heartily recommend this to all of my students. It makes a great manual! But even old hats like me will find something useful here. So don't let the "beginner" title hold you back from grabbing a copy.

I give this book 2 Swords Up. Get it, devour it and start shuffling!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starter 21 Nov 2013
By Mariah - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 27 Mar 2011
By That Darn Kat - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally-for beginners! 11 Mar 2012
By Avalon - Published on Amazon.com
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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