Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 3 #3 / February 1, 2011

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Q&A with Barbara Moore (Part 1)
- Reader Feedback: Confusing Spreads
- Tarot Card Showcase: Page of Pentacles
- Upcoming Events
- Best Practices: The Bad News Bearer
- Featured Tarot Blog: Tarot Gals

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new readers.
Today The Tarot School turns Sweet 16! 
It's become our tradition to give you a special gift 
and this year is no exception. You can claim yours at
We've also updated our Interviews page with three
recent content-rich and provocative discussions and
teaching, including the first-ever World Tarot
Organizations Summit, hosted by The Tarot Guild. 
We had lots of fun on all three shows and think you'll 
enjoy them, too. You'll find the links to these and other
Tarot enthusiasts grazing the bookshelves of their
favorite bookstore in the Tarot section have no doubt
come across the writings of Barbara Moore. Barbara will
be one of three Master Class Instructors at the 2011
Readers Studio, and has graciously answered a few
questions for Tarot Tips. Since there's so much great
info, we'll be publishing her answers over two issues.
The Page of Pentacles, traditionally a card of study,
instruction and schools will be featured in the card
showcase. Waite, among others, interpreted a reversed
Page of Pentacles as a "bearer of bad news." The
'Best Practices' column will look at why some
querents seek out the "bad" news in a reading and
ways to deal with delivering the negative in readings.
This issue is packed with good information. In addition
to a new tarot blog, we are including a response to the
last issue, "Confusion, Challenges and Faulty
Interpretations" from contributor Peggy Firth, that
offers more insight on the challenges of being a
With love and celebration,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip

For the past 20 years, Barbara Moore has been immersed
in tarot in many ways. Through the process of reading
and writing about tarot, Barbara has emerged as a
prominent figure who continues to heighten our
awareness of tarot and what we love about tarot cards.

In both her writing and on the social networks, Barbara
exhibits an air of practicality, sincerity, and dedication to 
the tarot community.

Through her work with Llewellyn, Barbara has done a lot
for the modern tarot writer. She is a familiar face at
tarot events like The Readers Studio, and we are especially
excited to have her presenting a Master Class this year.

We wanted to get a few words from Barbara on publishing
and her views on tarot and she gave us so much more!
Here is what she shared with us:

TT (Tarot Tips): What keeps you interested in tarot?

Barbara Moore: When I first discover tarot, I reveled
in the way it wove together so many of my existing
interests: art, history, philosophy, mysticism, religion, 
spirituality, psychology, mythology. Exploring any 
one of those areas would take a lifetime. So tie them 
all together in a beautiful package and I'll be content 
for years. 

But it doesn't end there...because there are so many 
decks, one more beautiful than the next, or more 
intriguing and compelling or more challenging. It is a 
world steeped in fascinating topics and a community 
of the most creative and brightest people I've ever known. 

The world of tarot has become the world in which I 
live my life. I think tarot. I create tarot. I shuffle tarot
and create my life. What keeps me interested in tarot?
Life. Everything. I cannot imagine not being interested. 
It would be like saying "I'm bored." I cannot imagine 
being bored.

TT: What surprises you about tarot?

Barbara Moore: After 20 years, very little about tarot
surprises me. I guess I'm more surprised by us, the
users of tarot. I'm always surprised when someone
comes up with a new technique or pairing for tarot. Or
a new type of Emily Carding's Transparent
Tarot. I was surprised by how I fell in love with the
Anna K Tarot--a very simple and astonishingly
evocative deck.

I am surprised by how everyone's journey with tarot
is different and yet how we can all relate to each

I am surprised that, after all these years, I love
shuffling the cards so much. It feels so good and
always makes me think of its endless possibilities and
combinations and permutations.

TT: Do you have a favorite tarot experience?

Barbara Moore: Honestly, I cannot pick out one favorite
tarot experience. I know as soon as I send this to you,
I'll think of three at least!

TT: What are the advantages of attending The Readers

Barbara Moore: For me, the best thing about attending
The Readers Studio is that it feels like a family reunion. 
No. More than that. A gathering of the tribe, as some of us 
like to say. Think of the most amazing, wise, kind, 
compassionate, witty, intelligent, practical people you can. 
Imagine over 200 of them. Put them in a room. Amp up 
the good vibes. Add a bunch of astonishing decks and 
other very cool items. That is The Readers Studio.

There is no doubt that it is tarot that brings us
together and tarot that gives us our common language.
But the tarot comes to life in the hands, mouths and
minds of those who shuffle it. Being with those people
brings out the best in us all. I go for that. I want to
hug and talk to everybody. I get so happy just standing
there looking at them all that I almost cry.

There are other reasons. The learning and practicing
opportunities are second only to the people. What is
best about these workshops is they are not merely (or
not even mostly) lecture or a conveying of knowledge.
We can get that from books. What cannot be reproduced
is being able to practice with others. So being taught
a technique and then let loose to practice with others
is the best. This is true of the main stage workshops
as well as the evening study sessions.

For me, another reason is the shopping. I know it is
not for everyone, but I do love shopping at The Readers

First-timers or those who think "Oh, I'm not famous, 
I cannot go up to so-and-so"--please do go up to 
so-and-so. Introduce yourself. Ask a question.
Ask to practice a technique. If you see a group of
people (even if you think of them as "celebs"), butt in. 
Start chatting. You will be welcomed. And if you don't, 
you'll kick yourself later. If you are shy around the biggies 
(and you know who they are!), come up to me and I'll 
introduce you.
Part 2 of our Q&A with Barbara Moore will appear in
the February 15th issue of Tarot Tips.

Reader Feedback

The following letter is in response to the issue of
Tarot Tips published on December 15, 2010. You'll
find it, along with other back issues of Tarot Tips at:

I just read the article about a confusing spread and
have some extra points to consider. Such a spread
happened to me when I was tested for a certification
and my querent, the president of the ATA, gave me these
suggestions along with ones that I have picked up over
the 20+ years of reading.

Images you have formed from the cards often have to be
reformed and questioned. Abstract ideas often have to
be interpreted/probed into an understandable story. Our
subconscious mind often lands on a symbol that will
generate answers. This situation requires lots of
questions since the querent's issues are often deeper
and require more probing. The root/real issue may not
be what the querent brings to the table.

All probable variations on the most minute aspect of
any given reality exist. We weave in and out of
probabilities constantly, picking and choosing as we go
along. Once formed, the pattern will follow. Free will
is always available but the overall framework can often
be detected.

Ahh, the challenge of the tarot...and consciousness.
-- Peggy Firth

Tarot Card Showcase

In this section we will feature tidbits on a specific tarot card. 
While there are many systems and decks to choose from in 
the world of tarot, here we use the Universal Waite Tarot 
images and symbols.
Copyright 1992 U.S Games.

Astrological Attribution: Season of Winter
Qabalistic Attribution: Malkuth in Assiah
Esoteric Title: Princess of Echoing Hills, 
Rose of the Palace of Earth, Princess and Empress 
of the Gnomes, Throne of the Ace of Pentacles.
The Page of Pentacles is called the card of the
perpetual student. He stands in a lush field, towering
over the landscape of the card. His gaze upon the
pentacle he holds suggests a contemplation of the
infinite possibilities in nature.
Grounded and down-to-earth, the Page of Pentacles
willingly works hard for his accomplishments. His
attire shows he is accustomed to quality. The red hat
symbolizes an alert and agile mind with a passion for
learning or discovering new understandings of the world
he lives in.
This card shows a wonderment and an awe of nature. 
The hills, grass, flowers and groves of trees represent the
luxury of nature personified by the Page as the Princess 
of the Echoing Hills.
Pages (Knaves or Princesses) are illustrated standing,
with feet planted firmly in the world of Malkuth where
they are positioned on the Tree of Life. The Page of
Pentacles demonstrates the ability to concentrate,
making this Page a diligent and disciplined student.
As a member of the court of Pentacles, she has been
groomed in the art of cultivation. This means she has
learned that bounty and prosperity in whatever form
needs steady assessment, preparation, and refinement
before it comes to fruition.
In a reading, this card can indicate a training of some
sort. It can be a formal but practical education or
learning some new skill on your own. It can refer to a
child or having childlike awe and wonder, looking at
something through the eyes of a child.
It can also indicate too much of a focus on the
material. Status, power, money may be the essential
drives in life when this card is present. In contrast
there could be a shift to the inner world. One could
become conscious that what matters is not on the
outside, but that cultivation of the world within is
more important.
Positive Keywords: Wonder, study, work, management,
school, learning, development, investigation, data,
research, focus, growth, the mystery of nature,
agriculture, inquisitiveness and ambition.
Negative Keywords: Decay, waste, physical disability,
unfavorable news, ignorance, negligence, damage.

Upcoming Events:
  • January 27, February 3 and 10
  • Secrets of the Queen of Pentacles Telecourse

    The recording of Class #1 will be ready soon
    so you can still join us!

    3 Thursdays: January 27, February 3 and 10.
    9-11 pm Eastern time
    Tuition: $60 for the series - includes .mp3
    Earns 6 Degree credits

    You'll receive the mp3 recordings even if you can't
    attend the classes.

  • April 29 - May 1, 2011
  • The Readers Studio (RS11)
    Queens, NY
    Presenters include: Caitlin Matthews, Corrine
    Kenner, Barbara Moore, Mary K. Greer, Bev
    Haskins, James Wells, Carolyn Cushing and
    many more!

    Best Practices for Professional Readers
    In the business of being a helper we have to expect 
    the good and the bad, the smiles and the tears, the
    positive and the negative. Plenty of readers,
    especially in the beginning, may skirt around
    delivering negative news. Your querent's (or your
    own) initial anxiety may run the gamut from a fear of
    hearing anything bad to having a curiosity about
    whatever is bad.

    I realize that information by itself may or may not be
    characterized as good, bad or otherwise. However,
    readers will not be able to avoid querents who ask
    negative slanted questions.

    Everyone wants good news but there has been research
    that shows that people will seek out information they
    know will hurt them. In a recent article in Psychology 
    Today, Matthew Hudson writes about one test that 
    showed that when subjects had a chance to view remarks 
    of people ridiculing them, a large percentage felt that 
    reading the remarks would do more harm then good, 
    but only 13 percent opted out of finding out what those 
    remarks were.

    Hudson explains that "curiosity is a 'hot' state
    much like hunger and lust - it simply cannot be
    resisted." Curiosity does a lot for us in terms of
    survival. It helps us learn what is good and not good
    for us, what is safe or not and what works and what
    doesn't. Curiosity gives us an opportunity to ask
    questions and make new discoveries.

    What about fear? The fear generated by a reading
    containing "bad news" may be the anxiety of being
    presented with options or situations a person may not
    be ready to confront. The information given in a
    reading may be simply unexpected or different from 
    what the querent thought it should sound like.

    Assessing your comfort level and ethics of reading on
    certain topics is a great place to start. Many say that
    there are no good or bad cards. The same can be said
    for the insight of the reader. The bottom line here is
    that sometimes a reading just doesn't deliver the
    hope, expectations, or relief the querent wants. Bad
    news can negatively affect a person's view of their
    future, and don't be surprised if blame is laid on
    your skill or your psychic ability.

    The best thing you can do in giving a reading that
    doesn't appear to give the best of news would be to
    do so confidently, without tension and without a sense
    of coldness. In some instances a productive plan is
    needed especially if a querent is inquiring about
    something like finding a job in a tight economy. The
    best approach there would be to stay away from a time
    frame and strike a balance between reality and hope.

    Here's a brief confession, however. I don't always
    have the time or the opportunity to give a thorough
    reading. Reading at fairs, parties and 15-minute
    appointments has taught me I need to shuffle, lay out
    the cards, and give the best (and most accurate)
    reading that I can -- quickly.  In situations like
    that, I set the intention of asking for guidance. I
    have had plenty of bad news to give in readings and
    more times than not, it has lead to an appreciation of
    truth and honesty that puts a querent on track to doing
    or becoming the best that life has in store.
    Questions arise when developing or transitioning
    to professional Tarot Reading status to earn
    income. These can range from "How can I make
    money with Tarot?" and "How do I get started?"
    to more complex technical and business questions.
    You may already be up and running and have
    questions about how to enhance or ramp up your
    business. We would love to hear from you. Send any
    questions, or interest in a future class on the
    Business of Tarot, to

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