In this second class of six, we will focus on the Suit of Swords, and how each card relates to the various Planets. We will study the meanings and associations of the Planets and discuss how each card relates to them, and continue to see the various mystical patterns found throughout the Tarot.
Introduction to the Tarot is a 6 part class series. We will start at a beginner level, for those with little or no knowledge of the tarot. However, the amount of information we will cover in relation to the Golden Dawn interpretations of the cards, will take you to an Intermediate level quickly, by the end of the 6 week class!
We will focus on the Golden Dawn interpretations of the cards, which are determined by multiple associations-Planetary, Alchemical, Elemental, Astrological and Kabbalistic. So, this course will not only cover the tarot, but will be a crash course into ALL of those areas of study. Each week we will cover one area of knowledge, and apply it to the cards. As we go, each week will build on the previous week, and our understanding and ability to interpret the cards will grow exponentially as we go through the class.
In the past I have provided a tarot deck for this class. However, as I have decreased the cost of the class, you may now choose to either use the pictures provided in your manuals, or you may purchase the deck we use in the class for $20. We will be writing and drawing on our decks, as well as discussing the imagery of each card, to help us learn and remember various associations, so we need to all be working from the same picture source. So, you may either purchase a deck, or use the pictures in the manual, as well as bringing your own deck if you wish.
Many people do not realize that the common tarot owes much of its current form to the Golden Dawn. Arthur Edward Waite, co-creator of the "Rider-Waite" Tarot Deck, was an Adept of the Golden Dawn system. His tarot deck was based on the symbols and cards of the Golden Dawn. That's not to say the Golden Dawn created the Tarot, by no means, the tarot has been around much longer. However, many of the meanings of the cards (especially the more 'traditional' decks) draw from the original Golden Dawn cards for their imagery and meaning. As part of this class, I will bring some images of the original Golden Dawn cards, some of which have never been publicly released, that have been handed down to me by some of my teachers.