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Tarot Certification Board of America

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 02 Nov 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



RedWood  02 Nov 2002 
http://www.tarotcertification.org/

has 7 levels...
Gives a list of all who have certification...Mary Greer...Rachel Pollak...etc.. 


Rhiannon  02 Nov 2002 
cool, thanks Red! The required knowledge for each level is interesting. Has anyone done this? What exactly happens, I mean... how does your "instructor" know when you've completed all of your requirements?

R :) 


jmd  02 Nov 2002 
Though the older thread was recently propped up by a recent reply, I thought I would give a link for the sake of discussion.

It is Tarot Certification Boards - are the standards valid?

Though possibly recognising the historical knowledge someone may have or the number of years a person has been engaged in Tarot work, my personal views on the matter are that any form of certification becomes worthless when 'certifying' the authenticity of the Reader.

In my view, such certification is an unhealthy development and does a dis-service to Tarot. 


MystiqueMoonlight  02 Nov 2002 
Well said JMD! 


Sea Sprite  03 Nov 2002 
What would be interesting to know is of all those famous names who received certification. How many were awarded Honorary certifications (without having to take their courses and tests)? 


divinerguy  03 Nov 2002 
I'm not too keen on certification boards because there's no defined answers in Tarot. Who's to say what a 7 of swords means when its reversed, in position 6 in a celtic cross, just after a queen of cups and before a reversed moon.

The answer is that Rachel Pollack, Mary Greer and everyone else will give a different answer.

In order for someone to give out a certificate and have it mean something, someone has to step forward and claim to be the great oracle of Tarot.

I prefer to allow my own experiences to guide my readings. Save the certificates for people who make appearances on talk shows. 


Lee  03 Nov 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Sea Sprite
What would be interesting to know is of all those famous names who received certification. How many were awarded Honorary certifications (without having to take their courses and tests)?
This is an excellent question. I believe the majority of the "famous" Tarot authors who have a degree from one of the organizations in question did not go through the classes and testing, but were in fact awarded their degrees on an honorary basis, and I also believe that this was a cause for much controversy among the members of that organization.

-- Lee 


Diana  03 Nov 2002 
edited 


blue_fusion  03 Nov 2002 
though i haven't been through the entire site, i like the idea of the organization, in that it provides a venue for tarot readers to assess and rate each others' skills, as well as to give validity to each other. this helps the individual readers have more credibility (professionally, or perhaps if one would be applying/proposing something tarot-related to a company of sorts.... maybe book publishing?). however, it may also provide a venue for other people to just make money at the expense of others, i mean it's ok if they charge for maintenance costs and minimal profits, but its another thing if those become rather pricey. also, there's the issue of outcasting others who do not abide and believe, by and in their standards, or even just register and take their tests. i would hate it when it comes to the point that they dey pursue an active stance in discrediting those who are not members, or "alumni" of their organization. 


Sea Sprite  03 Nov 2002 
Re: this helps the individual readers have more credibility (professionally, or perhaps if one would be applying/proposing something tarot-related to a company of sorts.... maybe book publishing?

Have you guys read any books in your lifetime that was utter nonsense, hogwash?!
I have read a few and have concluded that these authors were not masters in the subjects they wrote about. I also feel that if two people were to seek employment as tarot readers, one with a certificate and the other with real life experience. The one with real life experience would land the job. You're more than likely gonna have to undergo an interview/testing with a prospective employer. Whenever I seek a tarot reader, I never go out of my way to look at her walls to see if she has any diplomas/certificates. She could have a Harvard degree for all I care. If she does a good job, I'll be back; if not, what good is the degree to her? 


MystiqueMoonlight  03 Nov 2002 
Once again the ugly head of materialism rears itself!

These "boards" really only issue honorary degrees to authors so they can say they have their degree. It makes it that much more attractive to the gullible Tarotist. "......if Mary Greer has one of these degrees then I best have it too..." kind of sales pitch.

IMO it's a whole lot of baloney! What on earth would someone need a degree to anything that is perfectly natural?

These things are just the brain child of some money hungry, power thirsty individual.

Did Picasso have a certificate to say he could paint, did Leonardo De Vinci have a certificate to say he could draw? 


Ladyfog  09 Nov 2002 
My dear: As with everything that is evaluated, who state the standards? How they could possibly evaluate readings that deal with the past, inner knowing, yes or no....future....best decision..other options....etc...? As a teacher, I know you need a good standard to grade someone, or give a degree? They can only grade knowledge, maybe some technique.....but comprobation without doubt they could never had. Tarot deals with the dark and the unknown, with other realms that only can be access by a personal intuition vocabulary that you use to converse with the cards.....and if you are gifted,from psychic powers. Of course, as best you get to know the cards meanings and the symbols you will be a better reader. But that is not all.
I wish you joy, Ladyfog

Quote:
Originally posted by Sea Sprite
What would be interesting to know is of all those famous names who received certification. How many were awarded Honorary certifications (without having to take their courses and tests)?
 


catboxer  09 Nov 2002 
Diana:

An improper question is, "How would you like to come up to my place and see my hand-printed woodcut tarot deck?" (the occultic variation on "my etchings.") 


The Tarot Certification Board of America thread was originally posted on 02 Nov 2002 in the Talking Tarot board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Talking Tarot, or read more archived threads.

 
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