RWS 8 of PentaclesI have been a student of the Tarot most of my adult life. I first became interested in the Tarot when a friend shared his deck with me and attempted to do a reading. I was 19 at the time. I became very intrigued with the cards and soon thereafter purchased my first Rider/Waite deck.

For several years that deck sat on my bookshelf waiting for me to pick it up and start playing with it. Once or twice I pulled one or two cards but I wasn’t able to really do much with it. I had purchased a book on how to read the tarot but found the instructions more confusing than helpful.

It wasn’t until I took a class from an experienced reader that I began to be able to work with the Tarot. In that class our teacher encouraged us all to participate and learn from each other.  That was the moment when I really began to work with the Tarot. Following that class I studied for many years reading every book I could get my hands on. I began to perform psychic readings for others and eventually I started to work at fairs and bookstores and to charge for my readings.

It’s hard for me to believe that I have been reading professionally for over 30 years. I have worked at Renaissance fairs, New Life expos, psychic fairs and psychic lines. I have done thousands of readings.

Yet, I find that there is always more to learn about the Tarot. By far and away the most helpful venue for my development as a reader has been through my interactions with others in classes and conferences. No book has ever been able to teach me how to have a dynamic relationship with the cards. If anything most books are confusing because each author has something different to say about each individual card. We may be tempted to conclude from reading books that some authors are right and some are wrong. I have come to understand that this is not the case. Each of them is sharing their own personal dynamic relationship with the Tarot. The Great thing about the Tarot is its flexibility. You cannot learn this lesson from a book. No book addresses that issue. The best place to learn about this is at a Tarot class or conference. At a conference, class or workshop you have the opportunity to hear many different interpretations from each of the students participating. That more than any book, teaches you to accept the flexibility of the cards.

We are very lucky here in Colorado to have such a large dynamic community of Tarot students and teachers. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Denver Tarot Meetup organizers, Joy Vernon, Sherry Shone, Sherry Padilla, and Linda Bean, and all the DTM Leadership Team members, we have eight tarot meetups a month. This summer Denver Tarot Meetup in partnership with Tarosophy Tarot Association will be conducting our first ever Tarot Convention.

I am very excited about being able to present at this convention. I am even more excited to have the opportunity to hear presentations by other teachers such as Mary Greer. I am equally thrilled to know that I will have a full weekend of sharing with many other students of the Tarot.

I have come to understand that I can learn from everyone no matter what his or her level of experience is. I know that I am going to enjoy sharing with all of you. I look forward to our time together. I hope to see you all there.


Richard will be speaking on “Numerology and Tarot” at TarotCon Denver 2015. Visit our Speakers page for the full line-up of presentations and workshops.


About the Author

Richard Hartnett, H.W.,M. has over 30 years’ experience as a Spiritual counselor and teacher. He reads professionally at conferences all over the United States. He has clients all over the world that contact him for consultations. He is a Nationally certified Psychic and Master Tarot Instructor with The American Tarot Association. He specializes in the study of spirituality, myth and science. His background includes studies in Native American spirituality, Sufism, Jungian Psychology, Grudjieff’s “fourth way” and World mythology.

Richard has developed a series of classes which he presents under the banner of Quantum Spirituality seminars. He is a writer and has two books published through One Spirit Press out of Oregon. His books The New Old Gods and The Call of the Soul are available on Amazon and Kindle. He is currently working on a new book about the Tarot. He is friends with several published Tarot authors, such as Mary Greer and Amber Jamanti.

For more info, visit his website Quantum Spirituality.

© 2015 by Richard Hartnett. All rights reserved.

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