Founders

Mary K. Greer

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Mary Greer is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional tarot consultant, known for her innovative teaching techniques. With over 50 years of experience, she is the author of 12 books on tarot and on magic, including the groundbreaking, Tarot for Your Self. Recipient of the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mercury Award, and the COVR award for best divination book, Greer is featured at conferences and workshops in the United States and abroad. A Priestess in the Fellowship of Isis and founder of the Iseum of Isis Aurea, she has a wide following in the women’s and pagan communities for her work in women’s spirituality and magic.

Greer is the author of many books on tarot and magic, including the classic Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation, and a scholarly biography of four 19th-century women magicians, Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses. The Essence of Magic: Tarot, Ritual, and Aromatherapy is her work on magical aromatherapy and Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, won the Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for best divination book. Many people find her Complete Book of Tarot Reversals is their go-to book for upright and reversed card interpretations. She recently co-authored with Stuart Kaplan, Elizabeth O’Connor and Melinda Boyd-Parsons an art book and definitive biography of Pamela Colman Smith: the Untold Story.

Mary Greer has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Central Florida, where she first taught tarot in 1974. She was also a faculty member and administrator of New College of California in San Francisco for 11 years. She currently lives in Northern California.

Rachel Pollack

Rachel Pollack is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the tarot. She has published 36 books, including two award-winning novels and the tarot classic, 78 Degrees Of Wisdom, referred to by readers, teachers, and tarot professionals as “the Bible of tarot readers.”

She also designed and drew the The Shining Tribe Tarot, described by Caitlin Matthews as “the crowning jewel of geocentric shamanism,” and (with renowned tarot artist Robert M. Place) she created The Burning Serpent Oracle.

Pollack is a member of the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and the Tarot Guild of Australia, and has been conferred the title of Tarot Grand Master by the Tarot Certification Board, an independent body located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rachel Pollack is also a poet, fiction writer, and a comic book artist. As a fiction writer, she has been bestowed many honors and awards, among them the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction (for Unquenchable Fire) and the World Fantasy Award (for Godmother Night). She is a recommended member of PEN International, and has written for numerous publications.

Pollack holds an honors degree in English from New York University, a master’s degree in English from Claremont Graduate School, and has taught English at New York State University. With fellow tarot author Mary Greer, she has taught at Omega for more than 30 years.