London, UK (PRWEB) May 18, 2011
World Tarot Day™ (founded by Den Elder in 2003) celebrates the tarot as an authentic spiritual tool of self-discovery and divination for modern life. It is a tool for our times which has seen a phenomenal upsurge of interest during recent economic, political and spiritual uncertainty. In response to this growth, Tarot Professionals, the largest tarot organisation of its kind, works with World Tarot Day™ to provide support and education for tarot enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.
There will be a range of announcements, activities and sharing during the day. A large free online Tarot lesson will be given for those new to Tarot reading. Tarot enthusiasts around the world of every level of interest can find an activities sheet on the main site to get engaged with the project of bringing tarot to a whole new generation.
Get your Tarot activities sheet from the main site at http://www.worldtarotday.com.
On the day itself, the ShindigTarot.com system will be used to give free readings, uniquely combining video chat and a virtual tarot table with an interactive tarot deck. Tarot readers can register to offer readings at http://www.shindigtarot.com.
“The new technology means I can deliver a face-to-face tarot reading as if I were in the same room as the other person. The system is easy to use and just like a reading in person. It will promote professional and ethical readings which means a lot to me if we are to restore the spiritual dignity of Tarot”.
Marcus Katz, Author of Tarosophy: Tarot to Engage Life, Not Escape It.
This evolution of Tarot has already seen an animated tarot deck (Ciro Marchetti, Tarot of the Divine Legacy), a Transparent Deck (Emily Carding, Transparent Tarot) and urban-based decks such as the NYC Tarot of the Boroughs (Courtney Weber and George Courtney).
This year has also seen production started on the first feature-length documentary on Tarot by Chris Deleo, featuring Enrique Enriquez, whose poetic work is inspiring whole new insights into the art of tarot. Similarly this year brings the publication of a significant academic anthology, Tarot in Popular Culture, edited by Emily Auger.
For more information on Tarot and World Tarot Day™, please contact our Marketing Director, Tali Goodwin.
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Tali Goodwin, tali(at)tarotprofessionals(dot)com
About Tarot &Tarot Professionals
Tarot arose in the 15th century, in Italy, and has since proven popular throughout the world as a means of self-discovery, spirituality and divination beyond its original card-playing origins. It is now regularly used by hundreds of thousands of readers and students, with approximately a thousand different tarot decks in publication.
Tarot is usually composed of a deck of 78 cards, broken into four suits (Pentacles, Swords, Cups and Wands) with Ace-Ten and four Court Cards, plus twenty-two Major Arcana such as the Lovers.
The origin of the word is unknown however it is believed to be of Italian origin, perhaps first referring to “triumphs” or the “trick-taking” aspect of the game of Tarot. It is probably best-known for its appearance in a range of films and TV shows, including the James Bond film, Live and Let Die, in which Jane Seymour, as “Solitaire” used a special deck actually designed for the film by Surrealist Scottish artist Fergus Hall, who also designed covers for the band, YES.
Tarot Professionals is the largest professional organisation for Tarot readers, students and enthusiasts, with honorary members including leading teachers and authors Lon Milo Duquette, Rachel Pollack, Dr. Art Rosengarten and Mary K. Greer. It offers education, advice and support for all stages of the Tarot journey.
The social network for Tarot Professionals, Tarot-Town, has over five thousand members and offers free courses in Tarot, video lessons and innovative social sharing of Tarot exercises and experiences.