A Beginnerís Guide
to Learning Tarot
By James W. Revak

ORGANIZATIONS

A variety of reputable organizations with significant track records exists that may be helpful to new students; selected ones are briefly described below.  Should you become an advanced student, these groups may continue to serve you. 

Before you plunk money down, however, be sure that an organization is reputable and offers what you need and want.  Because someone has created an “organization” with an impressive name, a board of directors, and Website does not mean that it will meet your needs.  Sometimes it may lack credibility among experienced Tarotists or even be a scam.  Sadly, this has been and is true of some organizations that purport to certify Tarot readers.  Therefore, ask others who have had experience with a given group for their advice prior to making a commitment.  Finally, know that an organization or instructor who promises to make you a competent reader in, say, an evening is overstating what can be delivered.

Builders of the Adytum (BOTA).  Founded by renowned occultist Paul Foster Case, this well-known group reports that it is a “religious organization irrevocably dedicated to spiritual attunement through enlightened worship in the Tradition of the Western Mysteries.”  Among its many programs, it has long offered its own Builders of the Adytum Tarot and correspondence courses that teach Tarot.

International Tarot Society (ITS).  “Our purpose is to unite, educate and promote tarotists across the globe,” says this organization.  Offerings include conferences and conventions, some local chapters, and a newsletter.

The Tarot School This organization reports that it “has been created to give you a rich and continuous education in the many facets of tarot, while having fun with kindred spirits of a like mind.”  Offerings include correspondence and telephone classes, classroom instruction, workshops, a degree program, a magazine, and a newsletter.

GROUPS TO AVOID

James W. Revak, the owner of Villa Revak, recommends that you avoid the Tarot Certification Board (TCB), Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA), and Tarot Institute.  He and many other responsible Tarotists find that these related organizations have acted unethically and/or unprofessionally.  He also recommends that you avoid the American Board for Tarot Certification (ABTC) which has no significant track record, virtually unknown leadership, and lacks credibility among many Tarotists.

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