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Course Outline

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...the portals of ancient temples bore the motto, "Know Thyself;" hence Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God, which is within you;"

Paul Foster Case, "Introduction to the Study of the Tarot"

The Course

Module 0 – Introduction
Overview; basic concepts; first layout;
Short history of the Tarot.

Module 1 – The Ones
Aces;
Scaffolding Tarot 1: Numbers
Scaffolding Tarot 2: Elements
The Magician
The Magic of Numbers

Module 2 – The Twos
Twos;
Scaffolding Tarot 3: Picture
Scaffolding Tarot 4: Major Arcana 1
High Priestess
Activity: Finding the soul card
History of Rider-Waite deck

Module 3 – The Threes
Threes;
Scaffolding Tarot 5: Colour
Scaffolding Tarot 6: Layouts 1
Empress
Activity: The Life Reading
The Colours of the Soul

Module 4 – The Fours
Fours;
Scaffolding Tarot 7: Major Arcana 2
Scaffolding Tarot 8: Layout 2
Emperor
Activity: Rachel Pollack Four Card Layout
The Magic of Detail

Module 5 – The Fives
Fives;
Scaffolding Tarot 9: Kabbalah 1 - Letters
Hierophant;
Activity: Hebrew Letters
The “Egyptian Connection” – the “Occult Revival”

Module 6 – The Sixes
Sixes;
Scaffolding Tarot 10: Kabbalah -2: The Series of Nine
Scaffolding Tarot 11: The Architecture of Number
The Lovers
The Devil
Activity: Series of Nines; return to the Life Reading
The Magicians of the Golden Dawn

Module 7 – The Sevens
Review:

  • Numbers: Geometry (1)
  • Numbers: Architecture (6)
  • Elements (+ Alef, Mem and Shin) (1) and (5) (Hebrew Letters)
  • Picture
  • The Major Arcana in sequence – the soul’s journey
  • Colour
  • Hebrew Letters
  • Series of Nine

The Major Arcana in Series of Nine:
Magician * Wheel * Sun
Sevens;
The Chariot
The Tower
Activity: Three card sample reading
The Decks of the Golden Dawn

Module 8 – The Eights
Eights;
Nines;
Scaffolding Tarot: 12 – The Metaphysic of the Tarot
Strength
The Star
Activity: Eight Card Spread
Kabbalah, Cabala, Qabalah

Module 9 – The Nines
Nines;
Scaffolding Tarot : 13 – Kabbalah 3: The Tree of Life 1:

  • 1. Overt Tree of life Symbolism
  • 2. Implied Tree of Life Symbolism
  • The Pillars
  • The Lightning Flash

The Hermit
The Moon
Activity: Celtic Cross Spread
The Magic of the Tarot

Module 10 – The Tens
Tens;
Scaffolding Tarot : 14 – Kabbalah 4: The Tree of Life 2:

  1. The Four Worlds
  2. The Sephiroth
  3. The Paths on the Tree

Activity: The Tree of Life layout
Letters, Trumps and Paths

Module 11 – The Court Cards
Knights;
Queens;
Kings;
Scaffolding Tarot: 15 – Alchemy
Layouts – general considerations
Time in the Tarot
The Wheel;
The Sun
Activity: “Wheel of Life” layout.
The Tarot and Astrology

Soul Maps at a glance

Tarot

Astrology

Spiritual Readings

The Way of the Wyse-Art


External Sites

Association for Tarot Studies (Australia)

Trionfi - History of Tarot

Tarotpedia - online Tarot encyclopedia

Astro.com - starting point for all things astrological

Download the introductory module for free:

Tarot Course Introduction

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Tarot Course - 1

Tarot Course Registration

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