CLASS: TAROT III
DAY & TIME: TUESDAY 2:30-4:00P EST/EDT
TERM: FALL & SPRING—registration by the year only
LOCATION: ONLINE (please see this link for technical requirements)
AGES: 24 and up
TEACHER: CATHERINE SHAINBERG
THEME: Suits of Minor Arcana (continuing)
This semester we focus on the Minor Arcana, their numbers and families. What do the numbers mean? The four aces, all ones, but of different families, are portals to different potentialities. The types of tarot configurations we put down, one card, two cards, three, four, seven, ten, will color our readings and we explore which configurations will best match the questions we’re focusing on. Our tarot configurations will be read as dreams to which we apply the DreamOpening methods.
If you haven’t followed the Major Arcana, but know something of them, you can still join this class.
Required are a Rider Waite deck and a Marseilles Camoin deck.
Please have both decks available with you when you come to class.
The language of the Tarot is one of images, shapes, colors, letters and numbers, which is the language of dreaming. Therefore we will study the cards through your night dreaming and through guided imagery exercises applied to the cards. We will not focus specifically on divination, although anyone interested in Tarot reading will get great benefit from studying the cards for their deeper inner meaning. Our focus will be on illuminating the different paths and stumbling blocks to transformation.
The Tarot speaks of balancing the different opposites to reach a state of paradoxical balance. It suggests that illumination can only be experienced as a balancing act that is always in movement but becomes a solid anchor to the one who cleaves to the practice of the path. Our aim is to clarify both the steps to inner transformation and the practice that leads to it. Our main purpose will be to study the book of Tarot as a whole, as well as each card, to uncover the profound teachings and path to inner transformations that the cards illustrate.
In each class, exercises are presented, and each student is asked what (s)he saw after the exercise is done. Guidance is given individually to each student, depending on the necessity revealed in that student’s imagery. The exercises are powerful, revelatory, effective and easy to do. One of the advantages of this method is that very little mind-resistance is encountered, so the process is simple and quick.
While we do not know the origins of Tarot—the first decks appear in 1500 CE—the Tarot can be considered as a compendium of the Western spiritual teachings. Indeed, the cards speak to an age-old wisdom that is akin to the Jewish mystical tradition. There were other influences in the formation of the deck, and we will look at possible historical links to the Western esoteric tradition as well.