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First study the science.
Then practice the art which is born of that science.

                                                                                 Leonardo DaVinci


Tuition to suit all levels of experience

  • Introductory Courses
  • Weekend Intensives
  • Intermediate Levels
  • Advanced Workshops
  • Individual Supervision  



First Steps in Tarot
An Introductory Course

 Course Content

Level 1: General Introduction

Level 2: The Major Arcana

Level 3: The Court Cards

Level 4: The Base Numbers A - 4

Level 5: The Numbers 5 - 10

Level 6: Layouts

Level 7: Developing a Reading

Contrary to how it may appear, tarot is an incredibly complex system. Learning the tarot is essentially a life-long experience, but as the old Chinese saying goes:
                "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step"

The purpose of this course is to give the complete novice an introduction to the vast potential that is contained within the tarot.
In this introductory course we will:

  • Learn about some of the history and philosophy surrounding the tarot
  • Examine the cards individually and collectively
  • Have the opportunity to undertake some experiential work with them

Breaking it down into its component parts, beginning with the etherial level of the major arcana and working our way down to the denser nature of the number cards. This course presents a simple way to understand a complicated subject.


 Recommended Reading

Learning the Tarot - Joan Bunning
Tarot for Beginners - P. Scott Hollander
78 of Wisdom - Rachel Pollack



 Next Beginners course starts Monday Jan 23rd 2006 at Mysteries, Covent Garden




 Intermediate Tarot

A series of three courses which take a deeper exploration of the principal levels of the tarot. These four week courses are open to those who have completed the First Steps foundation course or those who already have a working knowledge of the tarot. They are structured in such a way to give the student a greater understanding both through tuition and a higher emphasis on experiential work than in the beginners course.



 The Major Arcana: Archetypes & Storytelling

This course is focussed towards developing your personal interaction with the mysterious forces of the archetypes. By developing a clearer understanding of the archetypes and their mythological context we begin to understand how tarot may be used to effect our own personal lives and those of our clients.

In the context of a reading we can think of a spread of cards telling the story of a clients life at the present time. The exercises in this course develop this storytelling format by taking a more detailed exploration of the archetypal level of consciousness as depicted in the major arcana. As we move forward we will be able to see how these are then expressed by the personalities of the court cards, and then, the actions described by the number cards.

Some simple self-development exercises are also included that provide an opportunity to think about and identify personally with the archetypes. Through role-playing you can actually act out some of these different roles for yourself. 


The Court Cards: Personalities

Throughout life we find ourselves constantly adopting different modes of behaviour. The personality we project and the actions we assume in one situation can be very different to those we might express in another. Learning about these predispositions is regarded as a fundamental element of self-awareness.

Ways to assess and to comprehend our inner motivations are manifold. Different schools of philosophy, psychology, and other human sciences have made attempts to interpret and categorise these various 'typologies'. From the original astrological and numerological models of the ancient Greco-Roman era, via Jung's Personality Types, to the modern MBTI testing, we have been provided with many diverse ways to comprehend ourselves, our actions, and consequently, others too.

This course will employ knowledge derived from some of these methods to deepen our understanding of those difficult court cards. 


The Number Cards: The Realm of Actions & Experience

Sometimes thought of as the 'lesser' cards of the tarot, but nothing could be further from the truth. Ever since the time of Pythagoras, numbers have been thought of as determining factors in life. Hebrew thinking also recognised their importance. The system of gematria is central to the Kabbalah, as is the Tree of Life diagram that in turn has many correspondences to the tarot.

The links between Kabbalah and tarot are not as direct as (Levi) some would have us believe, it is another result of the synthesis of ideas that occurred during the Renaissance. Nevertheless the Tree of Life is a good platform to understand the cyclical process of development. We will also be looking at the Tree of Life spread and exploring its potential as a commentary on cycles of development. We can use it to look at how any external situation is progressing, or, how a client is reacting and relating to the external situation.


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