Way back when I first became involved with tarot, there were not very many tarot organizations. I remember three: the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and Daughters of Divination. They were known for, among other things, their conferences. The ATA put on many regional conferences throughout the country. The Daughters of Divination hosts BATS (the Bay Area Tarot Symposium). The ITS hosted the World Tarot Congress conferences in Chicago.
***I actually forgot the name of the ITS and had to google “world tarot congress” to find it out. I was shocked to see a picture of me dressed as Death taken at the 2002 costume banquet. Then I kept looking at photos…getting completely distracted. There are some really funny images out there!***
Sadly, the ITS is now defunct. The ATA is entirely re-created. It still focuses very much on education, but does not (as far as I know) host conferences. The Daughters of Divination still hosts BATS.
Now, about a decade later, there are many more tarot organizations. In addition to organizations, there are less formal communities, some virtual and some meet at a physical location.
I am a bit ashamed to say that I don’t technically belong to or participate in any current tarot organizations or communities except my local Twin Cities Tarot Meet Up. I had not really thought about it until someone recently brought it to my attention.
So now I am curious. Do you belong to any organizations or communities? What do you like best about whatever group(s) you participate in? Oh, and if you are asked to speak at an organization’s conference, you should probably join it, right? Yeah. I thought so. I better go take care of that.