How to Download Learning the Tarot. Tarot Course Table of Contents. Table of Contents Lessons Introduction Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Tarot --- A little history, some philosophy and a rationale. Elements of the Tarot Lesson 2 - The Major Arcana --- Fool's JourneyLesson 3 - The Minor Arcana Lesson 4 - The Spread Doing Readings Principles of Interpretation IntroductionLesson 11 - Interpreting a Single CardLesson 12 - Major and Minor Arcana Cards Lesson 13 - Aces Lesson 14 - Court Cards Lesson 15 - Card Pairs Lesson 16 - Position Pairs in the Celtic Cross Spread Lesson 17 - Reversed Cards Lesson 18 - Creating the Story Closing Lesson 19 - Some Final Thoughts --- A few closing thoughts about the meaning and purpose of tarot work.
Exercises Card Information Pages Spread Information Pages Sample Readings Charts Miscellaneous [ Home ] [ Course ] [ Cards ] [ Decks ] Lesson 3 - The Minor Arcana. While the major arcana expresses universal themes, the minor arcana brings those themes down into the practical arena to show how they operate in daily events. The minor arcana cards represent the concerns, activities and emotions that make up the dramas of our everyday lives. There are 56 cards in the minor arcana divided into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. [Note] Each of these suits stands for a particular approach to life. Wands The Wands are the suit of creativity, action and movement. They are associated with such qualities as enthusiasm, adventure, risk-taking and confidence. The suits are structured much as our everyday playing cards with ten numbered cards (Ace - Ten) and four court cards (King, Queen, Knight and Page). Aces An Ace announces the themes of its suit.
Exercises for Lesson 3 Lesson 4. Lesson 2 - The Major Arcana. The standard tarot deck consists of 78 cards divided into two sections, the major and minor arcanas. The word arcana is the plural of arcanum which means "profound secret. " To the alchemists of the Middle Ages, the arcanum was the secret of nature. The tarot cards are therefore a collection of the "secrets" that underlie and explain our universe. The 22 cards of the major arcana are the heart of the deck. Each of these cards symbolizes some universal aspect of human experience. Each card in the major arcana has a name and number. The major arcana cards are special because they draw out deep and complex reactions. A major arcana card is always given extra weight in a reading. The major arcana is often considered as a unit.
Many interpreters view the major arcana as showing the different stages on an individual's journey of inner growth - what some call the Fool's Journey. Many times we try to overcome our difficulties, but fail repeatedly. Often we experience lessons out of order. Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Tarot. Years ago, when I told my brother I was studying the tarot, his first comment was, "How can a deck of cards possibly tell you anything about anything? " I laughed because I thought his reply summed up pretty well the common sense view of the cards. I, too, had my doubts about the tarot, but I found out that the cards can make a real difference in the way you perceive and deal with the challenges in your life. In this introduction, I'll try to explain why. The origin of the tarot is a mystery. We do know for sure that the cards were used in Italy in the fifteenth century as a popular card game. Later in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the cards were discovered by a number of influential scholars of the occult.
Although the roots of the tarot are in the occult tradition, interest in the cards has expanded in the last few decades to include many different perspectives. The tarot is most commonly viewed as a tool for divination. Consider the Empress. Exercises for Lesson 1. The Tarot institute - where you learn and master tarot.