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Censorship at Aeclectic Tarot

Tarot--the highly-symbolic set of cards that serves divination, meditation, pathworking, inspiration, creativity and illumination--is a "fringe" practice that, to some extent, is becoming more mainstream...just like Paganism in all it's diverse, vibrant expressions.

And because both expressions are "fringe" (meaning we tend to be objects of ridicule, exclusion and/or marginalization), we need to support one another.

Which is why it's so bizarre to me that Solandia (Kate Hill) refused to list our Snowland Deck, Coffee Tarot or any of my Tarot books on her website, Aeclectic Tarot. 

She'll list digital decks, Majors-only decks, OOP print decks--even oracle decks. 

But she not only refuses to list our decks and my books--but her aggressive Moderators will delete any mention of our work most times, especially links to our website. I'm even banned from the Forum for unknown reasons. 

This happened well over five years ago, an polite inquires to Kate have went ignored. 

There are theories. One, is that after I reviewed Nigel Jackson's Rumi Tarot deck (I didn't like it and shared why at length), he attacked me on the AT Forums. I stood by my review and it angered Nigel fans. My theory is that Solandia banned me from AT, and refused to list our decks, because I used to review for her, for free, on her site. When I realized that she only wanted to post glowing reviews on AT (presumably, to generate more kickbacks from affiliate sales--because negative reviews may equate to a "no sale"), I asked her to remove ALL my reviews from her site...including the cards I meticulously scanned for her.

So why write about this now?

Well, we recently sold a Snowland Deck to someone and, as usual, I asked her where she found out about us (I'm always fascinated at how people discover our work). She remarked that she seen a mention on AT about seasonal decks. I tried to look for it, and did see a mention--with a Moderator saying that "many" had a negative opinion of me in the Tarot world (!). And the moderator, of course, removed the link to our site so others could investigate on their own. (I'm surprised he left the mention on there!).

The buyer JUST emailed me, saying:

"I received the deck today! It's just perfect. Our family celebrates the winter solstice each year and I always do a reading for anyone that wants one. The deck fits our holiday theme like no other deck in my collection. A winter deck is almost impossible to find, so I am very appreciative of your creation. My sincere congratulations for a deck well done!"

So, here we are--a husband and wife team who have self-published decks, doing everything ourselves...having our work prohibited from discussions. And not listed in the biggest Tarot directory and forum online.

It's one thing if one or more people don't like me, my objective reviews or personality. A ban from the Forum seems bizarre and partisan, but it's happened before. Just ask James Battersby, artist for the Simply Deep, King's Journey, Chinese Cultural Revolution Tarot AND the Twisted Tarot Tales deck and book. You can read about his experience on his post Aeclectic A$$hol** and Dodgy Lamas here, as well as comments about the Moderators' questionable behavior. I really don't care about that, since they don't seem like the people I'd like to spend time with, anyway.

But to refuse to even LIST a body of work in the database? And to refuse to reply to polite requests asking why the blackballing? And to delete any discussion ABOUT the deck?

Shameful, in my opinion. (Fortunately for James and his creative partner, Christine, AT actually listed their new Twisted Tarot Tales deck! You can see all his decks here).

Now that the Winter Solstice, Yule, Hannukah and Christmas is almost here, I can't help but think: how many MORE people would discover our deck and find it a joyful addition to their collection...if Aeclectic Tarot would at least list our deck and allow people to discuss it (good or bad)?

When you put your heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears into a creative project (hubby Ron Boyer painted evenings and weekends for TWO solid years, and I provided the creative/scholarly guidance for the images...as well as wrote the companion book, formatted our deck and all social media posts)...it stings when a supposedly "objective" database won't even LIST a work (even if it's controversial, as James and Christine's self-published China deck is to some people). 

If you're as disheartened as I am--or perhaps even angered at this gross censorship--you can contact Solandia/Kate Hill directly at http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/contact.shtml

Thanks for reading,

Janet

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot and Tarot in Reverse, as well as the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot. With her teen son, she created the Boyer Charming Oracle and Animal Totems Charm Oracle. Currently, Janet is working on her third and fourth traditionally-published Tarot books, both forthcoming from Dodona Books—Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped Down Advice from the Cards and 365 Tarot: Daily Insights. As a respected, trusted Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. In addition to being a Tarot teacher, author, deck creator and professional reader, she is also a frequent radio guest (and former host), essayist, short story writer and homeschooling Mom. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, watching retro TV on DVDs (60s + 70s), trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), serving as a Patron of the Arts, photography and reading (especially mysteries/suspense). Visit Janet online at JanetBoyer.com.

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  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis Tuesday, 20 December 2016

    The comments in this thread have been removed as they were quickly moving (on both sides unfortunately) from reasoned debate into personal and emotional attacks. I will remind all of you that you (both bloggers and commenters) are expected to adhere to the community standards listed under "Site Usage Guidelines" on the left.

    If you cannot maintain a civil discourse, actions will be taken, as they have been in this case.

  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Thank you for stepping in, Aryos. Personal attacks and uncivil discourse are uncalled for.

  • Lisa Allen
    Lisa Allen Tuesday, 20 December 2016

    Hi Janet! You are wonderful - as a tarot deck creator, author and tarot reader! :-) So I don't mind giving my two cents. As far as I can tell, Aeclectic Tarot does themselves a dis-service. Why? Because they claim to be the only complete tarot card directory/source, and by not including decks from you or any others - they are therefore NOT a complete one-and-all source of tarot on the internet!! Seems to me that they need some competition! ;-)

  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer Thursday, 22 December 2016

    Thank you for your kind words, Lisa! :) That was one of my points: you can't claim to be THE authority of Tarot deck listings if you deliberately leave out ones you know that exist...

  • Vanessa Green
    Vanessa Green Tuesday, 20 December 2016

    When I think of censorship I think of an authority coming in and shutting down the presses or making editorial changes to films back during the "code" era in Hollywood. In those cases they had the actual power to destroy or suppress a work from ever being created.

    In the case being described, the website doesn't have the power to keep anyone from creating the decks that they want to - they are just removing content after an incident of rule-breaking. Any site like Aeclectic where people come to comment or discuss things is expected going to have guidelines as well as codes of conduct.

  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer Thursday, 22 December 2016

    I see your point, Vanessa. :) Listing decks in a database, however, has nothing to do with guidelines or codes of conduct...

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