In recognition of TABI’s 20th anniversary this year, we have asked some of the earliest members of TABI to share some of the history of the organisation’s founding, as well as their personal memories, observations, and thoughts about the future of TABI. This is the third post in the series. Click here for Part One. We’ll have more interviews with other early members throughout this year.
Interview with Ania M
What was your role in TABI’s beginnings?
I was the 2nd official member, having been persuaded to join after completing the first TABI Training course. Within a few months, Diana stepped down as Treasurer and I volunteered. I was in that role for several years and also wore a few other “hat,s” including covering as Webmaster and briefly Events Coordinator. TABI was part of my daily life for many years and I have met some lovely people through it over the years, both online and in person.
What is most memorable to you about the early days of TABI?
It was just a fun place to be. In those days we used Yahoo groups and so you received a daily digest of the posts. There was a lot of enthusiasm amongst the members (obviously a much smaller group then) and there were some really interesting discussions. Some of us would have meet ups in Glastonbury and there were the annual Conferences, where I met some lovely people, not to mention leading lights of the Tarot world.
If you were to choose three Tarot cards representing TABI’s past, present, and future, what would they be?
Past: The Fool – an exciting new adventure that was not without a few cliffs and pitfalls along the way.
Present: The Wheel – still trundling along 🙂
Future: The Star – hope and faith that it will continue to survive, thrive and do good things
What are the biggest changes to TABI since its founding? How does it compare with what you envisioned when you started?
It’s difficult to say how much things have changed, as I am much less involved than I once was and not very active on the forums. There was a time when I knew or would have recognised the names of all the members. In the days of the Yahoo group, it was a lot easier to keep in touch with what was going on through the digests, so you could be passively or actively involved. The forum requires you to be more proactive and people don’t always have the time to do that. I think the enthusiasm and desire to participate is still there but it’s not always evident.
What are your hopes for TABI over the next decade?
I very much hope that it continues to thrive and bring in new members who are enthusiastic about Tarot. That it will continue to educate and spread the word about how useful and helpful the Tarot can be as a tool for dealing with everyday life situations.