I have been a tarotist since 1985, a professional tarot reader since 1993, and a tarot teacher since 1995. My first (and some of my favorite) teaching gigs were through adult education programs.
I have also taught tarot in churches, shops, nudist resorts, yoga studios, military bases, assisted living facilities, festivals and conferences; basically anywhere I could find an audience. I teach privately as well. At this point quite a few of my students are now professional readers. Many, many more continue to use tarot as part of their spiritual path, and as a tool for personal growth.
While it is very exciting to be able to help train new tarot professionals, I always stress that the importance of learning tarot is not about being able to use tarot professionally; learning tarot is its own reward. Everyone who learns tarot benefits from ownership of that life-enhancing body of knowledge.
In 2011 I began teach tarot online, providing both free and premium webinars. I chose Cisco’s WebEx as my platform and began teaching a series of five premium webinars, two free webinars and my free monthly Global Tarot Circle. This year I will add to those offerings.
My webinars repeat regularly. I try to keep class sizes small, so there is opportunity for me to interact with students, and for students to interact with each other. Those who feel that webinars aren’t “personal” enough enjoy the one-on-one attention they receive in my webinars.
When I first started presenting webinars three years ago, mine were amongst very few other available tarot webinars.
Now it seems that every day I get an email encouraging me to take a different tarot webinar.
I think being able to take a variety of tarot webinars is a good thing. Most tarot webinars are very affordable. The enthusiastic student has the opportunity to study with many different tarot professionals.
I believe the more teachers you have, the better.
I’ve specifically noticed a few webinars that offer to teach you to become a successful professional tarot reader quickly and easily.
I can promise I will never do that. In my opinion, there is very little that is quick or easy about the process of becoming a skilled professional reader. Professional tarot is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t want it so much you can taste it, you don’t want it enough. If you don’t have some natural talent, no amount of study will make you a great reader, although your life will certainly be enhanced by your study.
Different teachers bring different experiences to the table. Some have been reading for years, others are just starting out. Some of the people teaching professional tarot reading have not been full-time professionals for very long, or ever. Some have not had the experience of reading tarot in a variety of venues, and have never had to handle the challenges that they are asking to prepare you to handle.
No matter whom you choose to study with, if you are open to learning, you will learn. Each person has something valuable to share. That knowledge is so readily available in such a variety of presentations and formats is a blessing.
Learning tarot is an unusual thing, because each of us has a unique tarot style. To learn to read tarot is to develop your own style. No one can teach you that. Tarot teachers must provide the environment, the knowledge and the inspiration for each student to find their own tarot voice. That’s why I think the expanded field of available webinars is a good thing. Each teacher will have their own valuable perspective to share.
The culture around psychic work in general changes so much every year. Professional tarot is very different now than it was ten years ago, or twenty, from my perspective. I think everyone who has read tarot professionally has something important to teach us. However, I think there is some value in having at least one tarot teacher amongst your resources who is currently actively engaged in the actual process of professional tarot reading.
When I learned tarot in the 1980s, I had eight hours of class time in our local New Age shop, a shaky video that I rented from said shop, and tattered copies of books by Eden Gray and Mary Greer.
Now, the internet offers a wealth of tarot information for everyone, from hobbyists to professionals, beginners to experts. Our technology has advanced to allow us to have real-time classes that join us together from across the globe.
Please, if you are interested in tarot, take some tarot webinars. Try mine, and try all the offerings you can find. You will have an easier time developing your own tarot style if you learn from a great variety of people and pull from each lesson the things that resonate for you.
At the same time, you will understand your teachers’ perspectives best if you understand their background and their own level of experience.
If professional tarot is your calling, by all means get out there. Professional reading can be the greatest career adventure ever.
Not everyone who loves tarot loves professional reading. If you don’t feel called to read professionally, don’t think your tarot path is any less important or valuable than a professional reader’s tarot path.
Never let anyone tell you that reading tarot is a quick and easy way to make a bunch of money.
If you want a quick and easy way to make money, get a job. If you want to embrace a spiritual tool that allows you to access personalized wisdom from the Universe for yourself and others, learn tarot.