We are delighted to announce the winners of the largest professional awards for your favourite tarot & divination decks and books in 2016.
Congratulations to the winners of the seventh annual Tarosophists Awards 2016, which now lists in its nominees and winners such an incredibly diverse range and scope of cartomantic treasures.
The awards this year received a comprehensive range of nominees, unprecedented voting numbers and it was also the closest-run contest in seven years, with just one or two votes out of over a thousand making a difference in several categories. We would like to congratulate the nominees for their work and services in making 2017 such an exciting year in Tarot.
The winners of these awards receive wide publicity through the year across our highly-funded social media platforms, worth thousands of dollars of advertising and promotion. As we utilise a massive social platform with paid-for promotion; work with the publishers through direct contacts; reach out to indie designers through the Association; utilise a funded professional survey system for collecting votes; and spend weeks of initial selection work and award/site design, winners are also guaranteed a high level of acknowledgement of their award.
Further, this is now the seventh year of the TAROSOPHISTS and each year has allowed us to refine the process and ensure that the lists reflect the global trends in our field.
2016 has been a watershed year for divination decks and books, with the major publishers picking up several independent decks and also adding to the Lenormand publishing revival. In fact, this year has seen the publication of several parallel deck-types to tarot, including Tarot de Marseille and Kipper card decks.
The market has grown to allow for a growing demand for innovative and unique designs in divination and is likely to continue this trend into 2017. As a result we have added a new category this year for Innovation in Tarot Design. We have made a double award for this category in 2016 ahead of regular nomination and voting in 2017.
In short, 2016 has been an incredible and exciting year for tarot professionals and we look forward to recognising your choice of outstanding decks and books in 2017.
We begin these awards with our seventh annual Tarosophist of the Year, a category chosen by the staff of the Association. The winner is chosen from those who have worked with the Association and Tarosophy over the year in bringing innovation and raising the bar for professional tarot.
This year we have a joint award due to the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Matthew which brought the challenge of perseverance in the face of adversity to our colleagues, friends and attendees of TarotCon 2016. We award all attendees of that event a “Hurricane-Level Tarot Reader” hon. award, and our two Tarosophists of the Year for their stalwart support at that time, before and beyond.
TAROSOPHIST OF THE YEAR (Joint Award for 2016)
WINNER: Christiana Gaudet, for setting the example of professional tarot reading, teaching and organisation.
WINNER: Jenna Matlin, for development of a professional development program based on passion, experience, common-sense & professionalism.
TAROT (Mass Market)
WINNER: Pagan Otherworlds by Uusi
LENORMAND (Mass Market)
Amor Oscuro Lenormand by Diana Chin
Scrying Ink Lenormand by Siolo Thompson
Clair de Lune Lenormand by Luna Solare
The Middia Lenormand by Klara Spali?ska
CARDS OF ANTIQUITY
Pierre Madenie 1709 by Yves Reynaud
INNOVATION IN TAROT DESIGN (Joint Award 2016)
WINNER: The Orbifold Tarot by Michael Bridge-Dickson for the simple elegance of a deck which is thoroughly contemporary yet grounded in tarot tradition and elemental structure.
WINNER: The Starlight Dragon Tarot by Nora Huszka & Steph Engert for the conceptual breakthrough of a deck that chains cards together in colour-coded rings – and has dragons.
ORACLE (Mass Market)
BOOKS (Mass Market)