The TGA Committee

The Tarot Guild of Australia’s committee includes a wide variety of Tarot readers, authors, teachers and professionals from all over the Australian Tarot community.

The committee all generously donate their time and energy towards building the Tarot Guild of Australia, and into helping to grow interest in the Tarot within the community.

Our Committee comprises:

President & Secretary: Anne Shotter (Vic)
Vice President & Treasurer: Naomi Towers (Vic)
Website Mistress & Audio/Visual Officer: Cheryl Ford (Vic)
Website Mistress: Liz Davies
Membership Secretary: Breed Barrett
Sydney Group Co-ordinator: Molly Talbot
Committee Member: Doreen Van Boxtel
Committee Member: Karen Seinor
Committee Member: Marlana McCarthy
Committee Member: Monique Fowler
Committee Member: Thais Brown

President & Secretary: Anne Shotter (Vic)

anne shotter tarot guild australiaI had a normal upbringing in Melbourne in the 1950’s. One of my big loves as a child was collecting swap cards and creating stories about the characters. Having been educated by nuns and part of a catholic family, I have always believed in the power of positive thought and miracles even though I have re-framed those from religious to spiritual as I have moved through life.

I spent many years working in the corporate world in an administrative capacity. The years I spent working in the Psychiatric Department of a major hospital with psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, greatly enhanced my connections between psychology and the Tarot. I am very grateful for their interest and contribution to my learning. This was followed up by a study course at the Jung Institute in Switzerland.

I have been passionately involved with Tarot for over 30 years. During that time I have carried out thousands of Tarot readings and taught many, many students. I consider this a special privilege, to have been a part of so many life stories. I have given many workshops and lectures in Australia and also overseas.

The formation of The Tarot Guild in 1991 with a dedicated group of people who contributed to its formation was the reason why I am back as President. During this time I have learned and practiced many other things including many courses into the area of psychology and archetypes, hypnotherapy and past life regression therapy. At 51, I completed a post grad degree and became a Civil Celebrant. However Tarot has always been my primary occupation.

I am very blessed to have my family who are a special part of my life. My husband has always been a great support and my grandchildren bring me much joy.

Interesting little unknown facts about me
I lived for several years at Melbourne Zoo and had the privilege of cuddling Mzuri the baby gorilla. I also visited the Hopi Indian reservation in The United States.

Vice President & Treasurer: Naomi Towers (Vic)

naomi towers tarot reader teacherI have been a widow since 2000 when my husband of 20 years died. I am the loving mother of one son who lives in Queensland with his wife and my 3 wonderful granddaughters.

Originally my career was in IT (computers). I had 36 years in that industry before I was retired (made redundant). Most of that time I was in management so while I know a lot about people and what makes them tick, do NOT expect me to know much about computers and anything technology focused. (My knowledge in that area is out of the dinosaur era).

When I left that industry, I needed to do something else, so I intensified my studies into Tarot and Astrology (and other esoteric areas); and (because it was an obvious fit) became a Property Developer. Now I read and teach Tarot (combined with other esoteric modalities) and as a Life Counsellor, travel to my clients for individual readings, parties, functions or corporate events.

I attempt to keep reasonably fit, so I walk my two dogs every day; I play golf (badly) every week and I attend Yoga and Zumba classes weekly. As I love dancing (any style… including Ballroom, Latin, Rock & Roll, Swing, Line Dancing, etc.), I dance whenever I get the opportunity.

I have become a very active member of the Nunawading branch of U3A (University of the 3rd Age) where I teach all levels of Tarot as well as attend other classes and demonstrations.

Apart from U3A, I run Tarot courses for all levels, (both group classes and individual private training). Contact me for dates, times and prices.

Interesting little unknown facts about me
I first learned to dance at the age of 4 and danced professionally onstage (in a pantomime at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne) at the age of 6. In 2009, as part of a two-week retreat in Sedona USA, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a World Wide Native Peoples Gathering.

Website Mistress & Audio/Visual Officer
Membership Secretary:
Cheryl Ford (Vic)

tga committee cheryl fordI have 3 wonderful adult children and 4 gorgeous grandchildren: Monica, Leonardo, Murray and Nathaniel.

I fell in love with the Dandenong Ranges where we built our first home in Tecoma. We lived in “The Hills” for over 20 years where we were unfortunately exposed to the harsh tragedies of the Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday fires.

Living with the constant fear of bushfires during our hot and windy Summers, we reluctantly decided to move to the quaint and leafy suburb Berwick. I now live in Pakenham opposite a lovely park with my dog Jasper for company.

I love music from all genres. If it’s good then I love listening to it and depending on my mood, anything from heavy rock to opera and everything in between. I saw Deep Purple live in concert at the age of 13 followed by Led Zepplin, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and lots more. Later on I was privileged to enjoy Aida and then Carmen in the round.

I love playing the piano after having lessons later in life, and I regret never pursuing singing lessons as I was too self-conscious and shy. I’m also an avid stamp collector, since my teens.

My main passions are in the esoteric realms such as: Tarot, Astrology, Mythology, Crystals, Numerology and many others modalities.

I am passionate about helping people on their life’s journey through the Tarot and consulting their Astrological charts. I also love teaching the Tarot and many other esoteric modalities.

Interesting little unknown facts about me
I am a Life Long member of Nursing Mothers’ Association (now Australian Breastfeeding Association). I played high level netball, I’m a Badged Umpire, and Coached at Club and Representative Levels. I was Managing Director/Co-Owner of a database management company – Response Computing Pty Ltd.

Sydney Group Co-ordinator:  Molly Talbot

molly talbot tarot reader teacherDo you believe in fate? I do.

In 1966 I was invited to a party in London which changed my life. There I met an Australian guy with whom I had a relationship for three years, prior to immigrating to Melbourne as a ten pound POME. After a rocky period, we broke up and I went to live in Perth for eight months. I subsequently took the Indian Pacific to Sydney for sightseeing and intending to go on to Melbourne, but never got there! I had an instant love affair with Sydney and stayed.

It was meant to be as fate intervened again. In 1983 I went to a meeting to support my astrology teacher Chris Turner who was speaking. There I met an American, Ted, who invited me out. Subsequently, we became a couple and spent four months cruising the Whitsundays on his yacht. We married in 1986 and live in the beachside suburb of Freshwater.

Who would have thought as a young English girl, I would move to Australia where I would marry an American?! As you can imagine, we’ve had some wonderful holidays visiting family and friends in our two countries of birth.

So next time the Wheel of Fortune comes up, be prepared to grab the opportunities that come your way.

Molly is an insightful reader and teacher who has been offering understanding and practical guidance to clients and students for over 25 years. Her extensive experience enhances the depth and quality of her work. She integrates her knowledge of Tarot, Astrology and Numerology to provide a fresh view into what is happening in your life and empower you to move forward.

Molly is a regular speaker at both Tarot and Astrology conferences and meetings. Molly is a Professional member of both the Tarot Guild of Australia and the Association of Professional Astrologers.

Committee Member: Thais Brown

tga committee thais brownI have been working in the corporate world for 45 years. In the background, for the last 30 years, I have been exploring the esoteric world. The esoteric exploration has provided me with much joy, it has also helped me find the modality to capture and engage me, The Tarot. I have come to understand a person can never stop learning from what the Tarot can reveal, as such I have remained a student of Anne Shotter for the last 15 years.

The TGA provides a great opportunity for others to explore and learn Tarot, Lenormand and other relevant modalities with its speakers and workshops. It is a venue to meet and learn from like-minded people. It is for this reason I became a Committee member to assist in perpetuating this important resource for the next generation of Tarot readers.

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