Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone are co-founders of The Tarot School. Together they teach, write and publish about Tarot on all levels from divination to psychology to esotericism and magical practice. They are perpetual pioneers of new Tarot techniques and remain lifelong Tarot students. Between them, Ruth Ann and Wald have amassed more than 80 years of experience as Tarot practitioners. Ruth Ann began her career as a reader in 1974, and Wald picked up his first Tarot deck and began his Tarot studies in 1959. They were each awarded the honorary rank of Certified Tarot Grandmaster in 1998.
More than a thousand students have taken live classes at The Tarot School since it opened its doors in 1995. Hundreds more from around the country have participated in Tarot Telecourses (an innovative program of classes given on the telephone), and students from all over the world have purchased recordings from The Tarot School Audio Course Series and study The Tarot School Correspondence Course. Tarot Tips, the Tarot School's email newsletter, has thousands of subscribers worldwide.
The Amberstones are authors of The Secret Language of Tarot (Weiser), Tarot Tips: 78 Practical Techniques to Enhance Your Tarot Reading Skills (Llewellyn), and contributors to Ciro Marchetti's Legacy of the Divine Tarot and Llewellyn's Tarot Reader almanacs. Schiffer Books has recently published The High Deck, a symbolic deck of cards created by Wald's father, Arthur Amberstone.
The New York Tarot Festival, presented in June 2002 by Ruth Ann, Wald, and the students of The Tarot School, was the first international tarot symposium to be held on the East Coast. The Readers Studio, also produced by The Tarot School, is an annual tarot conference providing cutting-edge practical techniques to intermediate and advanced students, professional readers, teachers and authors. The 13th annual Readers Studio is scheduled for April 24 – 26, 2015, along with their 3rd Tarot & Psychology Conference on April 23rd.
Featured In: The Washington Post, "The Today Show", "Fox and Friends", Discovery Channel.
Members Of: Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy, American Tarot Association
For a more personal history of how Ruth Ann and Wald met and created The Tarot School, be sure to read Our Story.
Beyond Worlds radio interview with Wald and Ruth Ann — with Donnaleigh de LaRose (November 15, 2009)
Today's Tarot Podcast interview of Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone — look for Podcast #15 (December 5, 2006)
Celebrating the Tarot - interview with the Amberstones by Diane Wilkes.
Digital painting by Luc Georges
Photograph by James Greene