What has happened to people who are dedicated to learning something well? News of the last six-session beginners’ tarot course I was going to offer generated many interested nibbles, but when it came down to the crunch, only one person was actually ready to sign up, so I cancelled it. There’s a lot of buzz about my upcoming Level One Reiki course on the last weekend in June, but so far no one has actually laid any money on the line. Many times, on discussion groups and even in books printed by major publishers, I’ve seen unnecessary misspellings such as “querant” instead of the correct “querent”, or “alter” when the person means “altar”. If we’re going to do tarot, or reiki, or circle, or astrology, or therapy, or writing, or massage, or whatever it is we do, let’s know our terminology and how to use it. Let’s know our tools and processes and how and when to use them. Let’s not come across as flakes. Let’s actually learn and practise before offering our services, whether we do them on a for-pay basis or as favours for friends. I’ve seen a couple of people in Toronto who took a one-evening, three-hour Learning Annex tarot class, then hung out their shingle to do readings. I’ve been working, playing, and living with tarot for almost 29 years and I still don’t know it all. When I come across something that excites me and that will enhance my work, I do my best to learn and integrate it. End of rant.