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An Open Letter to the American Tarot Association

In the latest ATA Quarterly, President Stephanie Arwen, aka Tarot By Arwen, writes this:

I like to keep this letter positive, but I have to confide in you. I'm very concerned about the future of the ATA. You pay dues to belong to this group. What is it that you want? What is it that you need? As your president, it is my job to make sure you are getting your money's worth. So please, tell me what you need from the ATA. Is this still a viable organization? If not, what would make it viable for you? “It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity." ~ Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

I've said this before, but I want it to be clear that 2012 marks my last year as president of this organization. I have always felt that new blood rejuvenates groups. So, in an effort to practice what I profess, I will not run for any ATA board offices in 2013 when my term is up. After five years (I was elected in 2007), my blood is old and you de-serve a new head for this group. I'd like this last year in office to be hallmarked by membership growth and membership satisfaction. So I need to hear from you. Email me at 

You SHOULD be concerned for the ATA. Your blood is more than just "old", Stephanie, it's toxic. Under your "leadership", you bullied the ATA Board to ban any future mention or review of any of my Tarot books (like Tarot in Reverse and Back in Time Tarot), as well as our forthcoming Snowland Deck. What kind of leader censors a recognized Tarot author and expert...especially one that has FREELY contributed CONTENT to both the ATA Quarterly and ATA Reflections?

Who else have you censored? What other fresh, daring Tarot voices aren't we hearing because YOU have determined that they shouldn't be heard by due-paying members?

-- Janet


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