I just renewed my membership in the American Tarot Association. What a fabulous group of people! The first time I joined was way back in 1998 when I first started Tarot Totes as a business. I had been reading tarot for the Psychic Friends Network (Dionne Warwick's org.) at the time and had made tarot bags for my own decks. Then I decided to make a few more bags and sell them on eBay. From there Tarot Totes was born. It just took off on a path of its own and soon a website was added.
I know ATA existed even before that, but I don't have the date. Do you? If so, let me know via blog or email. ATA helped many tarot readers develop a Code of Ethics, which went a long way towards changing the public's viewpoint of tarot readers. Even in those early days, they promoted continuing education and professionalism, two much needed traits in the emerging field.
Personally, I think this organization is the next best thing to chocolate candy. For the tarot reader, novice, or collector in the United States, it is the "must join" group, if you want to learn more about tarot.
As a member, you'll receive:
The ATA Quarterly
A fantastic publication packed with informative articles, deck reviews, spreads, and much more! A sample issue is available for download. [PDF]
The ATA's Monthly Online Magazine in email link.
Discounts on Great Tarot Courseware
Discounts of up to 25% on our exclusive ATA courseware. In addition, we offer several correspondence courses which are exclusively available to ATA members. You can't get these great educational resources anywhere else ... at any price! Find out more.
Never pay full price again! ATA members receive substantial discounts on membership fees for any ATA-sponsored conference, including regional, national, and virtual conferences!
Access to Members-only Discussion Groups
Participate in exclusive private, email-based discussion groups. These provide a great opportunity to interact with other members ... and hear about ATA events before anyone else!
Get an ATA Email Address
Members may request an ata-tarot.com email alias. Once in place, any email sent to "
" will be forwarded automatically to your "real" email address or to any pre-existing email address you specify. Unfortunately, they are not able to forward email to AOL addresses at this time, so please have an alternate available.
The annual fee is a mere $25. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit www.ata-tarot.com
Are you currently a member too? If so, please share your viewpoint with our blog readers about the pros and cons of membership. Your comments are welcome.