I was just over at Le Fanu's wonderful blog, perusing comments about his review of my Tarot in Reverse.
I was surprised to read this conversation in the comments section:
Carla: Thanks for this review, Le Fanu. I have been one of the vocal ‘I just know when to read reversed meanings’ folks on AT, but lately, I’ve been thinking about using reversals. Even though an upside down card image really deeply offends my sensibilities! I was thinking I might get around that by having little tumbled stones on hand, and when a card comes up reversed, turn it upright but set the stone on it to remind me it has the reversed meaning. I have been hesitant to buy a book on reversals, but your review makes this one sound appealing. (Mary K Greer’s books are fine, but I’d like to read someone else for a change!) Right, off I go to order it, then!
About 5 hours later, Carla then posts: So can someone tell me why Janet Boyer is persona non grata at AT? I just started a thread there and received a PM saying threads about her had been removed. What??
Chiriku theorized: Carla, I have wondered if it had something to do with a feud she had a few years back with Nigel Jackson (the creator of the eponymous tarot as well as the Rumi and Fortuna’s Wheel tarots, and a practitioner/initiate of the Western Mystery tradition). Unless there were other feuds about which I don’t know, this one centered over her negative review of the Rumi Tarot and then his over-spirited response to her. I don’t know if this played out on AT as well; that’s just my guess. Too bad because I like her down-to-earth and detailed reviews, even if they often disagree with my own tastes and desires in decks. And I liked her book Back in Time Tarot.
Here's my reply: For some unknown reason (and I’m serious about that), Solandia banned me from AT Forums about 6 years ago (this, while she still continued to use my reviews on AT!). I then asked her to take down all my reviews, as well as the dozens of card scans I provided to her for decks she didn’t have images for.
All I know is that I take days at a time offline. One day, about 6 years ago, I saw about three DM’s from Mods at AT. When I went to go to AT to see what they were…I found that I was entirely locked out. Solandia refused to tell me why when I asked her politely several times. To this day, I have no idea why. I was never involved in anything remotely controversial the short time I was there (Nigel Jackson’s attacks on me were there on AT and via Amazon.com…but I believe I was banned even BEFORE that, because I don’t recall engaging him directly there at all).
No only does Solandia and her censoring moderators (especially “Alta”) remove any MENTION of Tarot in Reverse on AT…she also deletes any thread mentioning my Snowland Tarot deck (that is 75% completed). http://SnowlandTarot.com In fact, I made a post about censorship at AT back in Feb. on my blog:http://janetboyer.typepad.com/blog/2012/02/aeclectic-tarot-forums-censorship-world-tarot-day.html
Bizarrely, no one has stood up publicly (other than myself) to ask Solandia/AT why this kind of censorship is being practiced…while any fly-by-nighter can get massive mention and exposure just by including “Tarot” in their blog, eBook, video or self-made deck.
I’d be lying to say that it hasn’t hurt sales of my book that she stamps out any mention of my work, especially since we just opened pre-orders for our Majors-only deck: http://www.janetboyer.com/SnowlandDeckMajorsOrder.html
It’s one thing to say for her to say she doesn’t want me in her Forums for who knows what reason…but quite another to censor people even mentioning/discussing my work…especially for a site (supposedly) dedicated to the “exploration” of Tarot.
I mean, it's one thing to hate me. I'm cool with that, and God knows I have dozens of small-minded haters in the Tarot community for that one short story I sold via Amazon last November which I offered a sincere apology (an apology, by the way, that people like Lisa Frideborg Lloyd aka "Tarotize"and "Love Dove Tarot" openly mocked and called a "Fauxpology").
But does the Tarot community seriously condone censorship--even of a Tarot author, blogger, reader and deck creator that they hate? I'm serious about this, and I'd like to hear your thoughts (if you have the courage). I thought most Tarot people--even the vocal petty, neurotic and insecure ones--were all for free speech...especially since Tarot enthusiasts tend to be marginalized by the majority.
You mean to tell me that, even if you hate me, you think it's OK for a Tarot Forum that will include any and all mention of Tarot minutia in its threads to prevent people from even mentioning my works...let alone discuss them in any manner they wish (including criticism)?
I'm not asking you to like me or my work; hate me all you want. But do you condone outright censorship (which is what this is)? What if this was your book? Your blog? Your deck? Or, your best friend's or favorite Tarot author? Would that be OK?
Or is it that you're more than pleased with others censoring the mention of work of those you loathe...to the point of Schadenfreude? (Again, I'm not talking about my presence on the AT Forums--could care less that I'm not wanted there--I'm talking about preventing individuals from even mentioning my books, blogs, deck and so on so that others may discuss them).
So, who has the courage to share their thoughts? To actually post this blog somewhere and invite discussion about it? That will maybe start a small movement saying, "Hey, our kind has been marginalized and censored for aeons. We do NOT condone it when it happens to one of our own" (even if you happen to hate a particular member)?
Or will you all stay silent as you have for months?