In a recent interview with the illustrator of a new Steampunk themed Tarot card reading deck, inventor of the unique new Tarot Card deck Barbara Moore discusses her roots in Tarot and how the new deck came about.
As recently reported by westword.com, Barbara Moore discusses her inspiration for the deck and Tarot roots.
Westword: How did you first get into Tarot and what has your journey in that aspect of life looked like?
Barbara Moore: In college, at a party, a friend brought out a deck and I fell in love without really knowing what it was. I was working on my history degree with a focus on the Middle Ages and Renaissance, with additional interest in art, mythology, and psychology, so the tarot was a perfect blend of my degree. That was over twenty years ago.
In the beginning, I studied on my own, buying books and experimenting. The Internet wasn’t what it is now. Later, when I moved to Minnesota, I got a job with Llewellyn Publishing, a company that publishes tarot decks. Over the years, I worked with them to create a job focused specifically on their tarot line. Working on helping other projects come to life and reach bookstore shelves has been satisfying. Later, I had the opportunity to work on my own projects.
I currently do project development for Llewellyn and Lo Scarabeo, an Italian tarot publisher. In addition, I continue to write books, design decks, do readings, and teach. One of my favorite things is speaking at conferences. It combines some of my favorite things: tarot, travel, and meeting other tarot lovers.
Can you talk about the decision to come out with a Steampunk deck?
About five years ago, I bought a necklace through Etsy. It was a cool combination of Victorian and some sort of futuristic yet retro feel. It was a look that I always liked but didn’t know was an actual look, if you know what I mean. The necklace was tagged with the descriptor “Steampunk.” A few Google moments later, I understood. “So what I like has a name!”
All excited, I told a colleague (Andrew, who is mentioned in the book’s dedication) about it. As we discussed the themes of Steampunk, he said, “you should make a Steampunk tarot.”
How did you go about deciding how to draw this deck — the suits and the major arcana?
You mean, how did I decide about the art direction, right? Because I didn’t draw it. I designed it. British artist Aly Fell is the artist who worked with me.
I didn’t want this to be just a novelty deck. I wanted it to be a good reading deck, one that I would want to use professionally. Because I studied and work with decks grounded in the Rider Waite Smith tradition, that is the basis for the Steampunk Tarot.
All in all the new Steampunk Tarot Card deck appears to be very well done, and quite usable for accurate Tarot Card Readings as it is based upon the tradition of Rider Waite Smith Tarot Cards.
What do you think of this unique new Tarot Card theme? Be sure to leave a comment.
Are you searching for the top iPhone Tarot Reading apps available? Here is our list of the Top 5 iPhone and iPad Tarot Card Reading applications which may give you mysteriously accurate predictions about love, health and wealth.
Many people feel that Tarot Card Readings by phone or in person can give them an insight into the future or help them understand certain aspects of their life. So with that said, here is our list of our picks for the Top 5 Tarot Reading Apps.
Tarot by Nuclear Elements is one of the best tarot applications. Available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store this app has many different reading styles including a spin cycle which moves the cards fast giving you the opportunity to stop it with a tap. This easy to use tarot app is ideal for experts and beginners. With 78 cards including their meanings you will be able to use more spread choices including Basic 3-Card; Basic 5-Card, Between Extremes, Celtic Cross, Creative Process, One-Card, One Major Arcana, Psychological, Relationship and Shadow Truth.
Learn Tarot App
Learn Tarot by MoodWorks is a great way to learn how to read tarot cards with a simple reference guide. Priced at £2.49 at the App Store, this app will help you with the use of a Tarot deck. With information and details on the meanings for every one of the 78 cards, you will learn how to interpret in different situations with the option to learn a card a day. There are over 300 pages of explanations for 78 cards and 4 situations of each.
Tarot Pro App
Tarot Pro by Nuclear Elements is an updated version of the first app mentioned for $2.99 at the App Store. This has almost everything you need to do a professional reading. You can now switch between gorgeous renderings of the Rider-Waite Deck and the Marseilles Deck with 78 cards in each. Available on the iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch, this application allows you to enter questions and save spreads like a journal for you to monitor. There are 10 insightful spreads to choose from, including the classic Celtic Cross. Also containing a deck spinning option you will find this application has great features for you to use.
E Tarot Pro App
E Tarot Pro by Phemka is available for $3.99 through the iTunes App Store. To use as a mobile fortuneteller this app gives you a true interpretation of the draw. In every game, texts are different according to the chosen theme, whether it is love, money or work. There are original and clear texts by Emanuela, Astrologer and Tarologer with four different games.
Daily Tarot Reading App
Daily Tarot Reading by Nefas Bilisim Elektronik is available for $0.99 at the App Store. This application will help you predict a daily tarot card reading with clear instructions on dos and don’ts. Obtain predictions on job, love and environment with a simple explanation of what the tarot means and according to the tarot how your days going on. Using this application can be an addictive way to give you the enhance look and feel of the tarots.
In addition to our list there are many other Tarot Card Reading Apps available for the iPhone and iPad, along with new apps becoming available every month, to give you entertainment and education on the world of Tarot Card Readings; however, for an Accurate Tarot Card Reading consider calling a professional Tarot Card Reader by phone who specializes in Tarot.