It is with great pleasure and appreciation that we introduce our Our 2020 CARTA Cartomancy Awards panel judges for the eligible decks and products of 2019

Melissa Pandina

Melissa is a freelance illustrator (BFA from MassArt) whose work has been internationally published and sold. Fifteen years ago, she began studying tarot reading. Since then, she progressed to reading professionally.

Melissa's interest developed into studying the runes, tea leaf reading and palmistry.

She has felt honored in having the opportunity to teach divination and earth based spirituality at several festivals and is now teaching painting at HCC.

To add to an already impressive  portfolio, Melissa also co-founded Awentree, a metaphysical store in Massachusetts.

Melissa is now looking forward to the release of the deck that she has created: the Oracle of the Seer (slated for a 2020 release).

Attila Blága

Attila Blága, from Transylvania, is  a self confessed Tarotrolog,  a Tarot reader, cardmaker and artist.
He has dedicated his entire life to research and study of esoteric sciences.
Currently, Attila transposes the knowledge that he  has gathered over the years into creating Tarot decks and writing books. 

He is also an active partner in the International Tarot Foundation

Pamela Steele

Pamela Steele

Pamela Steele

Pamela is the Mother of the Steele Wizard Tarot, the self published deck that has received global recognition as a deck for self mastery, self knowledge and self empowerment. 
In addition, Pamela created the wonderful Wizard's Pets Tarot. 

A tarot reader since 1979, Pamela has put her talents to great use, teaching workshops, classes and developing a library of tarot presentations that she has given to students, both beginners and masters over the years.
At present, Pamela jointly admins the Tarot Deck Creators Group and Page on Facebook established over 6 years ago to help other Creators in the divination field. 
She is also the co-founder of the annual Brooks Medieval Fair which began in 2003.Currently she is the Art Director for the Northwest Tarot Symposium held annually in Portland Oregon. 

J. R. Rivera

J. R. Rivera, is the accomplished author/collaborator of the internationally recognised, multi award winning Beautiful Creatures Tarot Deck. 

J. R.'s dedication and love of Tarot began as a 13 year old teenager, where he developed his skill as an intuitive reader with his first ever Tarot deck:  the Latin American Tarot deck called, Tarot Egipcios.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, with a vast knowledge in Italian and Portugese , utilising his language skills to allow the opportunity of reading Tarot cards for a large number of clients from around the world.

J. R. will admit that he is an ardent deck collector who appreciates and recognises the work of others. 

Along with his accomplishments, J. R. proudly holds a B. A degree in communication.

As the original founder of the PECTO ( became the CARTA Awards) awards, J. R. enjoys an active role as secretary for the CARTA Awards is now focused on his creative endeavors, developing a new and exciting cartomacy deck.

Pearl Annie

Pearl Annie,  is a much respected Tarot presence within the online Tarot community. Her commitment to academic study has led to her developing a plethora of  insight and knowledge, combined with 10 years of dedication and experience . Pearl gained a Tarot Diploma and certificates with The Tarot Professionals, and went on to enjoy further formal studies in Lenormand. As a student of Magicka School, she also completed tarot courses, as well as one on an introduction to Hermetic Kabbalah.

Pearl continued in her own development by attending various workshops plus participating in an on line course : Mastering Meditation with James Van Praagh.

On a professional level Pearl turned her skills to reviewing on line video courses and more recently to writing an excellent Tarot and Astrology course for students of the International Tarot Foundation.

Pearl has prepared and presented on line events and designed a wonderful range of supporting materials for the developing reader.

​As a key partner in the International Tarot Foundation, Pearl is an ethical, generous and encouraging teacher. In her position of Admin for the Tarot Readers Development and Study Group, she is an excellent role model for readers of all levels, generously sharing her knowledge and offering guidance to those who need it.

Lara Houston

Lara is the founder of the International Tarot Foundation, she enjoys the teaching and the study of Tarot with both passion and committment, having written a comprehensive range of popular courses.

Her foundation is educationally based, having worked within a formal school setting for pupils with special educational needs.  Her professional and formal qualifications involve the study of  the learning and behaviour theorists including learning concepts  plus 10 accreditation courses with Manchester University including Autism, Dyslexia, Delayed Development Disorders, Speech and Language, Makaton sign language, Dyspraxia, Complex learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties.

This formal study has offered a reliable foundation for her work with the International Tarot Foundation.

Lara's  focus and love is of the spiritual aspect of Tarot, the spiritual journey and soul development.  An important aim for Lara is thatTarot will be given the recognition that it deserves as a serious academic study.

She describes herself as an intuitive reader being initially self taught from giving hundreds of reading free and journalling. 

Lara also founded the Facebook group: Tarot Readers Development and Study Group which now enjoys over 15,000 members.