About the Instructors

Wald Amberstone won the World Divination Association's Best Divination Award for 2021.

Meet Wald and Ruth Ann

The AmberstonesRuth Ann & Wald Amberstone are co-founders of The Tarot School. Together they teach, write and publish about tarot on all levels from divination to psychology to esotericism and magical practice. They are perpetual pioneers of new Tarot techniques and remain lifelong tarot students. Between them, Ruth Ann and Wald have amassed more than 100 years of experience as tarot practitioners. Ruth Ann began her career as a reader in 1974, and Wald picked up his first tarot deck and began his Tarot studies in 1959. They were each awarded the honorary rank of Certified Tarot Grandmaster in 1998.

More than a thousand students have taken live classes at The Tarot School since it opened its doors in 1995. Their weekly Tarot Salon is now being held via Zoom. Their extensive body of original work includes correspondence courses, audio courses, study guides, music and meditations, as well as the popular Tarot Tips Newsletter.

The Amberstones are authors of The Secret Language of Tarot (Weiser), Tarot Tips: 78 Practical Techniques to Enhance Your Tarot Reading Skills (Llewellyn), and contributors to Ciro Marchetti's Legacy of the Divine Tarot and Llewellyn's Tarot Reader almanacs. The High Deck, a symbolic deck of cards created by Wald's father, Arthur Amberstone was published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit (an imprint of Schiffer Books).

The New York Tarot Festival, presented in June 2002 by Ruth Ann, Wald, and the students of The Tarot School, was the first international tarot symposium to be held on the East Coast. Their widely celebrated Readers Studio international tarot conference has been produced annually since 2003. (It is currently on hiatus due to the pandemic.).

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Our Story

For a more personal history of how Ruth Ann and Wald met and created The Tarot School, be sure to read Our Story.

Private Consultations

Both Wald and Ruth Ann are available for private readings and coaching, via Zoom or telephone. Email us at tarot @ tarotschool dot com to schedule an appointment.


Beyond Worlds radio interview with Wald and Ruth Ann — with Donnaleigh de LaRose (November 15, 2009)

Today's Tarot Podcast interview of Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone — look for Podcast #15 (December 5, 2006)

Celebrating the Tarot - interview with the Amberstones by Diane Wilkes.

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Digital painting by Luc Georges

Photograph by James Greene