Who is Tarot Professionals?
Tarot Professionals was founded by Marcus Katz, M.A., M.B.A.. & Tali Goodwin, Marketing Director. Marcus has been studying, reading and teaching Tarot for 30 years. His first Tarot book, Tarosophy, is now published. Tali has co-authored Tarot Flip, Tarot Twist, Around the Tarot in 78 Days and Tarot Face to Face.
Together they researched and published Abiding in the Sanctuary, the discovery of A. E. Waite's second Tarot, the Waite-Trinick Tarot.
We publish the worlds leading Tarot magazine:
and the Tarot social site with over 8,000 participants sharing some of the best in Tarot development!
The Tarosophist of the Year Award (2011)
Each year we ask the several thousands of Tarot students, enthusiasts, teachers, artists, designers, developers, collectors and authors who are engaged in the Tarot Professionals networks, such as Tarot Town, our Facebook group, Twitter, Tarosophy® Tarot Associations, Alliance and Membership, to vote for one person who has shown outstanding contribution to Tarot throughout the year.
This allows us to recognise those who often go unrecognised, as it is said, "the worker is hidden in the workshop".
The contribution they make to Tarot is often to ensure it is better considered, integrated, made more accessible, better educated, or re-invented for contemporary society. It is often a professional contribution or an academic one, but it always raises the level of Tarot towards its spiritual integrity.
THE WINNER BY POPULAR WORLDWIDE VOTE FOR 2011
CONGRATULATIONS, ANGELO, FROM ALL AT TAROT PROFESSIONALS!
Angelo's simple and "non woo-woo" approach to Tarot, delivered mainly on YouTube, with over 100 videos, has provided a role-model for many new young Tarot readers who quote his "genuine passion" and "educational and inspirational" videos as a major source of their Tarot development. When Angelo produced a video case for his nomination to the award, he touched upon our own vision of using Tarot as a means of engaging life, particularly useful for all ages, not just in later years.
Angelo was also voted for being a lifeline to Tarot readers in conservative areas, who were unable to connect to local friends or colleagues in Tarot.
Here is one of many comments we received in the votes for Angelo: " I have been watching his Tarot videos on YouTube since 2008. His videos have inspired me to study the Tarot and provided guidance on which Tarot books to buy according to my level of expertise. Angelo's Tarot videos are a wealth of information, from Tarot deck and Tarot book reviews, to the meanings of each Tarot cards. He also has a blog where he often does a Tarot reading for the day. Angelo has a very down to earth, and friendly personality. His noble approach and passion towards the Tarot has inspired not only me, but others whom I share his videos with. Thank you for this opportunity to express my gratitude and support for this wonderful Tarot practitioner."
It is of note that this year that in hundreds of votes worldwide, there were fewer votes for deck designers, artists, etc., and many more for social media tarot readers, whether Bloggers, Tweeters, or Facebookers. As last years winners were Podcasters, and this years winner is a YouTuber, it will be interesting to see how Tarot continues in the online social media world. Perhaps next year we will have an App Developer?
The winner of the Award is given a life-time membership of Tarot Professionals and an animated trophy to display upon their website and in other social online media. Their work is championed throughout the following year.
NEWS: IN 2012 we will be taking nominations and votes for a full range of Tarot categories for The Tarosophies, international awards of Tarot excellence. Awards will be available in categories ranging from Best New Deck to Most Outstanding Tarot Video. There will also be a Lifetime Acheivement Award. Keep in touch with the Tarosophy Academy deliberations, nominations, scandals, and awards in Tarot-Town over 2012.
Award Holders from Prior Years
By popular vote, we were delighted to announce our 2010 Tarosophist of the Year Award went to:
Donnaleigh de LaRose & the cast of Beyond Worlds Radio Show.
Donnaleigh, Theresa and Georgianna have consistently produced an educational, wide-ranging, contemporary, relevant, fun, accessible, professional and well-produced online radio show for Tarot. Their guests have included Lon Milo Duquette, Rachel Pollack, Mary K. Greer, and I personally discovered how friendly and professional they were as hosts when I appeared on the show during the year.
Donnaleigh's infectious enthusiasm and courteous questioning gets the best out of every guest, supported by Theresa's no-nonsense approach and Georgianna's down-to-earth authenticity. As a group, they are the ideal "four suits" of a full deck and demonstrate the diverse heart of the Tarot.
You can access the archives, showtimes, and schedules of the show here: BEYOND WORLDS RADIO
As we have listened to so many shows on BlogTalk Radio, the system used by Donnaleigh, Theresa and Georgianna, for this show and their own individual projects, we have realised how much work goes into making a professional production on a technical level - Beyond Worlds has consistently managed to attain this production level. They have managed to bridge Skype calls, handle the chatroom and switchboard, promotion and production, post-editing, graphics, show-notes, supporting documentation and yet on-air sound cheerily breezy as if there was nothing else happening! Kudos!
Those voting for Donnaleigh, Theresa and Georgianna often referred to the show as "dynamic", "refreshing", "innovative", "constantly curious", "educational" and "meaningful", all the qualities for this well-deserving TAROSOPHIST OF THE YEAR AWARD. We truly applaud them and look forwards to their exciting projects in 2011.
We would like to thank everyone who voted in this years award and those who received votes for their outstanding services to Tarot, including Barbara Moore, Corrine Kenner, Thalassa Therese, Anastasia Haysler, Maureen Rothwell, Janine Worthington and many more who received votes in what has been a watershed year for Tarot.
Our previous winners of the Tarosophist of the Year Award 2009 were Emily E. Auger and Ciro Marchetti.
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