About Me

Well, if we're going to become friends, I should tell you a bit about me.  It's not HUGELY exciting, but here we go anyway....

I've been reading professionally since 2003 or thereabouts.

I have been the Chairman of the Tarot Association of The British Isles quite a few times! Previously, this was post I held for eight and a half years. My most recent stint was joint Chair position with my colleague, Joanne Sprott.

I edited TABI's e-zine for about four years too. We carried all sorts of articles - from what it was like to work on physic phone lines, to interviews with famous authors!

Contrary to how this sounds, TABI is not an organisation that consists entirely of me.  There are hundreds of members and loads of great volunteers and they're all very friendly - so if you'd like some company on your own Tarot journey, you could do worse than sign up for a year with TABI.  You get access to our members-only forum and a comprehensive free reading by one of our volunteer Tarot readers. It's only a tenner and it doesn't matter whether you live on the Isle of Dogs or the Isle of Mauritius - we'll be happy to see you! :-)

TABI also provides free readings for those early birds that can get to our website before we run out of available slots! I read there under the name of Fortune! :)

I also run the Glasgow Tarot Meet-Up group - if you're in the area, please sign up and come along to our regular monthly meetings.  We're a nice bunch of people at all stages of the Tarot journey, from Noobs through to Thothites!

I am also the author of two ebooks: A Year in the Wildwood, based on the regular posts that I made as an admin of the Wildwood Tarot facebook page and Tarot Kaizen, based on the 111 exercises that the TK facebook group carry out over 22 weeks.

Home is currently a small Scottish island where I live in almost constant cold, wet weather with my partner, son, hamster, assorted fish and my big and black retired racing greyhound, Nero.  The fish are were in a tank, it's not THAT wet here *she adds helpfully*  All the fish have now passed on into that great pond In The Sky.  And the hamster has her very own headstone in the garden :)

I design websites, help people with their virtual admin and sometimes manage to factor in a little light housework, if I can be bothered. Mostly I can't be bothered.

Which court card do I see myself as?  Probably veering between the confidence and bravado of the Queen of Wands and the austere bullshit-free zone that constitutes the Queen of Swords.

You can find both alter-egos on Facebook.....

And my alter ego, or should that be ALTAR ego, Hestia, the domestic goddess of...well, not much really, can be found here: http://hestiaslarder.blogspot.co.uk/

While I am delighted to receive written correspondence at the address below (including any review copies of any decks or books!) please note that I do not carry out readings at my home without prior appointment.

Minister's Brae
PA20 9BG


  1. I love your blog as you always fill it with interesting news and facts. I especially loved reading your review of The Secret Language of Birds. It was great to hear your view on the structure of the court cards which certainly had me puzzled. Now I see how it works.
    Keep up the good work it is very much appreciated.

    Cara xx

  2. Well, I'm excited about this Wildwood book you're writing! Hope you'll keep us updated about that :)
    Beth x

    1. Beth - thank you! It is based on all the posts that I make on the Wildwood Tarot's fb group. An entire wheel of the Wildwood's year :-D Hopefully available for Christmas so that people can treat themselves to a wee download with their christmas money lol!

  3. Hi Alison,

    I love your blog, its awesome! If you ever need pictures to illustrate the cards, I invite you to use my photography of the Ghetto Tarot deck (in which the RWS cards come alive in Haiti): https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-ghetto-tarot/x/162441

    I wish you all the best,

  4. Just wanted to say once again that i am a great admirer of your both sides - QoS and QoW :*


  5. Hi Alison!

    Do you have an email address from which one could contact you directly?

    Thanks so much!


  6. Hi Alison,

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    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Tarot Thrones has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 75 Tarot Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 75 Tarot Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

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  7. Lovely site. Just followed you on twitter :)

  8. This might be a bit of a random comment, but I love that you live in Rothesay, the seat of the Stewart family/dynasty. Scottish medievalist here!


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