Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Professional
Tarot has been around for centuries but our growing fascination with Tarot, as a form of divination, is becoming more and more evident and the demand for Tarot readers has never been so great. The need to shed wisdom upon the uncertain times that we live in today has seen a surge of adverts in magazines, newspapers, on the internet and Tarot readers even have their own television shows.
Romance? Wealth? Happiness?
It’s only human nature to want to know what the future holds for us and every year thousands of people turn to Tarot readers to provide them with some glimpse of ‘things to come’.
Are you ready to open yourself to the mysterious world of tarot?
Do you want to learn more about how the Tarot works? How the cards can come alive for you?
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This workshop will give you a good insight into how the Tarot works, how to interpret the cards and give short readings.
This workshop is for people who want to know more and who have attended our Beginners course or equivalent. This will give you a more in depth interpretation of the cards, the various spreads and the confidence to give readings to others.
For those who want to know even more, this workshop is for those who want to read the Tarot cards professionally and set up their own business. You must have completed our Intermediate level or equivalent.
A Brief History of Tarot
The exact origins of the Tarot are a little obscure, but it is widely accepted that Tarot cards are one of the oldest and most fascinating divination methods known to mankind. Fortune tellers have been consulted as a way of looking into the future for hundreds of years and it has become very popular in recent years, perhaps because of the air of mystery and exotic that surrounds the cards themselves. It was precisely this which, in a more superstitious age, saw tarot cards condemned and outlawed as ‘the Devil’s Picture Book’ and even today, they are still regarded with suspicion in certain quarters.
Such fears are born of ignorance for anyone who learns anything about Tarot quickly realises that there is nothing intrinsically sinister or potentially malevolent in the cards. Rather, Tarot cards work, not by invoking occult entities or indulging in magic, but by providing a channel for the reader’s intuitive responses as impressions coming from his or her unconscious and impressions which make connections between a seemingly random selection of cards and elements of a person’s life.
It is for this reason that Carl Jung held an avid interest in the cards and their representations and was the first to use the tarot in his field of psychoanalysis. Jung claimed the illustrations depicted on the cards of the Tarot were actual representations of our own human archetypes. He would question his subjects as to what cards they were most drawn to, and would use the insight of the archetype to look into the subject’s self perception.
We all possess this intuitive capacity (ranging from simple ‘hunches’ through to precognitive dreams) but we often suppress or dismiss it. Tarot readers learn how to develop and harness this capacity and use it for guidance.
The Tarot Deck
First referred to as tarocchi, the tarot is a deck of richly illustrated cards normally numbering 78. They were first found to be used in the mid-15th century for a number of cards games and trickery, including Italian tarocchini and French tarot.
It wasn’t until the late 18th century that the decks would come to be used by mystics and occultists as a form of divination. Through the cards, they would hope to determine future events and find solutions and spiritual answers to life’s many mysteries.
Manuscripts from as early as 1735 are the first that provide evidence for the tarot as an oracle or predictor of future events. 1735’s ‘The Square of Sevens’ and 1750’s ‘Pratesi Cartomancer’ both provide documentation by providing divinatory meanings for the cards as well as layout formats for the reading of the cards and their predictions.
Unlike the earlier decks that were used for game play, the Tarot is broken down into two parts:
The Major Arcana, or the greater secrets, are represented by 22 trump cards and are not related to any particular suit. The most common names for the cards of the Major Arcana are:
The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgment, and The World.
The Minor Arcana, or the lesser secrets, are 56 cards that are divided into four suits consisting of ten numbered cards and four court cards. The court cards represented by the majority of the decks consist of King, Queen, Knight and Page. Originally, the suits were represented by swords, batons, cups, and coins, however, in more modern decks, the suits have come to be known as swords, wands, cups, and Disks.