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7 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Intro

      0:48
    • 2. Choosing Your First Tarot Deck

      2:18
    • 3. History of Tarot

      2:47
    • 4. Interpreting Card Meanings

      5:42
    • 5. Caring for Your Cards

      1:35
    • 6. Basic Tarot Spreads

      1:27
    • 7. Congratulations!

      0:35
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The art of Tarot has been around for centuries. For me, the true magick of the Tarot does not come from a rule book written by the publisher, nor does it depend on it's controversial history or origin. The images themselves – and the underlying abstract messages, speak to the human psyche in a way that is difficult to find anywhere else. So many layers of symbolism and meaning are wrapped into the illustrations, that every deck – regardless of their creator – will find a way to effect those who use them. 

Each deck is a piece of art – a tangible collection of manifestation at work. Each artist had to meditate on the meaning of the card itself, and decide what it means to them. They then recreate that vision onto blank canvas or paper and put it out into the world for you and me to admire and interpret for ourselves.

Tarot is a way for humanity to connect with one another, to share our inner dreams and perspectives and dig deeply into the farthest reaches of our subconscious mind. The best tarot readings stir up great feelings of emotion, forgotten memories of the past, desires for the future and inspiration for our spirits – and that is what makes Tarot a beautiful and powerful tool for our lives.

In this course I will cover:

  • What is Tarot and where did it come from
  • How to find the right deck
  • Interpreting the meanings of the cards
  • Three easy spreads for beginners

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Elisha

Freelance Writer, Artist and Lifestyle Blogger

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Elisha is a freelance writer and lifestyle blogger for modern mystics. Her favorite topics include spirituality, writing/blogging, holistic parenting and heart centered entrepreneurship. 

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1. Intro: Reading taro is a spiritual practice that can help us get in touch with our emotions, guide our thoughts and consciously manifest our future. This course I will cover the development of taro, how to find the right deck, interpreting the meanings of the cards, and three easy spreads for Beginners. I'm Alicia and I'll be your taro teacher. It's important to note that this is an introductory course. So the intention is to cover the basics for those of you who are just now beginning your taro Journey provides a fun and deeply effective way for humanity to connect with one another, to share our inner dreams and perspectives and explore the furthest reaches of our minds and hearts. And that is what makes taro a beautiful and powerful tool for our lives. Let's dive in. 2. Choosing Your First Tarot Deck: Now there are literally thousands of tarot decks to choose from. It can be pretty overwhelming when you're starting out to know which one might be right for you. I suggest going online to do some research on different deck's available in the market today. You may also want to take a trip to your local bookstore or metaphysical shop to see what is available in your community. Sometimes it's nice to pick up a deck and hold it in your hands before you make the purchase. Most decks fall into three different categories. The first of which is the classic DIC. These are the ones that have been around for a really long time. The most popular of which is the writer weight deck. Other examples include Alice tacrolimus, both taro, the Maasai deck, the Visconti cards, and the hermetic taro. Next we have the collectible decks. These are usually cards made and published by independent artists. They usually have a limited production run and aren't typically found at big bookstores because of this. They're usually a bit more expensive to purchase, but appreciate and value as time goes by. Finally, you have the niche and novelty cards, which range from black cats and ferries to steam punk and manga. You can be sure that whatever your taste styles, or interests, you can find a Tarot deck that's perfect for you. Let's say that you're not quite ready to invest in a deck and you want an affordable way to learn taro, then you can just go to your local grocery store and buy a double deck of poker cards. A set of two packs are available almost anywhere for less than $10. In fact, you may already have a few sets laying around the house. You will use the first step to represent the minor arcana. Then take out the Joker card from one of the decks. This will be the fool. From the second deck, you'll select 21 cards and remake them. You will need to get a little creative with this step. You can find principal cards on Etsy and print them out on sticker paper than adhere them to your poker deck. Or you could paint or draw or collage your cards. When using the first deck, keep in mind that the clubs are ones, the diamonds or Pentecostals, the hearts are cups and the speeds are Swords. The nave and night combined in the jack cards while the king and queen remain the same. 3. History of Tarot: The Art of taro has been around for centuries. For me, the true magic of the taro does not come from a rule book written by the publisher, nor does it depend on its controversial history or origin. The images themselves and the underlying abstract messages speak to the subconscious mind in ways that are profound. So many layers of symbolism and esoteric meaning or wrapped into the illustrations of every deck. Each individual card is a piece of art. The creator had to meditate on the meetings of the card itself and then recreate that vision onto a blank canvas before releasing it into the world. For you and I to admire and interpret for ourselves. I would like to start the class off with a quick history of taro. There's a lot of mysticism and controversy surrounding the origin of taro. I can only present the facts alongside the myths and allow you guys to decide for yourselves which you believe. European esotericism of the 18th and 19th century often claimed that taro began with the Gypsies, who are known to us today as the Romani. It was the belief of these occult tests that the Romani peoples were the descendants of a group of initiates who fled ancient Egypt during the Roman era and wondered the world with the secrets of the ancient mistakes contained in their deck of mundane playing cards. While this myth has been the source of much debate, we do know that the earliest playing cards that are similar to taro was developed by the Mameluke Ottomans. For this reason, they are known as the Mameluke cards and are thought to have been made in the 12th century. By the 15th century, a revival of hermetic philosophy swept through the European continent. Works of antiquity such as the corpus hermetic them were being translated and printed to wide audiences. The development of Isaac Luria system of Kabbalah was also incorporated into the movement of Christian mysticism and Neo gnosticism, which had profound influence in the Renaissance period of the Enlightenment, was at this time that the viscosity is Forza deck was commissioned by the Duke of Milan. And the Tarot deck that we are most familiar with today began to take shape. A few centuries later, romantics and revivalist and Britain, France and other Western nations took up their hermetic doctrines of their predecessors. Groups like the esophageal society and their hermetic order of the Golden Dawn produced volumes of literature and gave public lectures on Christian is the CISM cover law and the ancient mysteries. It is during this Victorian era that it cultivates a weight. And Pamela Colin Smith co-created the modern writer weight deck. It is from this deck of cards, but the majority of today's taro artists based their own designs. 4. Interpreting Card Meanings: There are countless books and websites dedicated to interpreting card meetings. I'm not going to get into the specifics in this class since it is a simple introduction, I will however, give you some basic fundamentals. First, every deck is split into three groups, the major arcana, the minor arcana, and the court cards. The major arcana represents the alchemical archetypical journey. You start out at 0 with the fool who is happily sitting out into the unknown, the depth and ends at 22 with a wildcard having come full circle with another layer of wisdom, preparing to begin the next phase all over again. These cards also represent the archetype of forces of creation as laid out in her medicine, DSM and Karbala. Seven of the cards stand-in for the seven luminaries or planets, the sun, the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. 12 of the cards symbolize the zodiac. And the last three represent the three mothers in the Hebrew language, Shen, mm and Alice, or fire, water, and air. These 22 cards are also frequently assigned a path on the capitalistic tree of life. Though there's some debate amongst a coat groups as to which system to use. These are advanced mysteries and require research and experience to fully develop. If you fall in love with taro, then you will find your own path forward. The minor Arcana is split into four groups called suits. Each one representing an element. Ones are fire, cups or water, sort. Our air and tentacles are Earth. The numbers begin with the ACE, which stands for the primordial energy, full of potential of that element, but not yet tangible. Than the energy unfolds descending down the tree of life from Catherine through the other tends to Pharaoh until it reaches the kingdom. While QUT, the earthly plane of existence that we all live in. The tree is also divided into four groups, also known in Kabbalah as the four worlds. The top triangle contains the world of absolute Catherine, Pokemon, and Bina, and is symbolized by the ones, the spiritual force of fire, known in some spiritual systems as key Purana or kundalini. The layer below houses this spheres of hazard Guevara, and too far it, it is known as Bria, the world of creation, symbolized by water or cups. Next is the spheres of net sac code and you sold, which form the realm of formation known as yet Sarah. This Astroworld of mental projection and higher thought is represented by the air element and the suit of swords. Finally, at the bottom, all of the supernatural forces culminate and are directed into the material world of Isiah, the physical world represented by the earth element and a suit of tentacles. While the four distinctions can be made inside a single tree, the principle of as above, so below shows us that each element also has a complete system of these spheroids for deeper contemplation of the mysteries. When we stack these four sets of ten spheroid, Jacob's ladder is formed. We're now left with the number 40, the same number of days that no, it into words, the reigns of the great flood. The same number of years the Israelites wandered the desert and the same number of days that Jesus fasted in the wilderness. The court cards represent the process of mastery of the elemental forces, hence, the association with royalty or sovereignty. The names are princesses are represented by the bottom sphere of the nights. Or princes symbolize those who have reached the level of T4 it, or beauty, where the opposing forces of the universe are harmonized, are chemically. And then we reach the queen and king, each sitting upon the two pillars of wisdom and understanding Pokemon and beyond. Many people ask what method is better for reading taro? Should interpretation come from pure intuition? Or is it better to make a more disciplinary approach? Memorizing the meanings and exploring there called significance. I would answer that it depends on the person and the situation. While knowledge of the archetypical meanings of the cards is essential, it is also important to use your connection with the Divine in order to give readings that provide value and guidance for a person in need of the answers. This doesn't happen overnight. It takes time to develop a relationship with taro and with your own intervene. For me, the perfect formula is a dash of intuition, a pinch of knowledge, and a heaping spoonful of personal experience that yields wisdom or someone define it, gnosis. The Tara was a tool that can initiate individuals into the sacred mysteries. But these hidden revelations cannot be given to you by another person. As you begin working with the 78 cards, they're deeper significance will make themselves known to you over time. When you are just starting out, you may want to reference the card meetings in the book that comes with your deck. If you're using playing cards or used deck, then you can use the Internet to find meetings or purchase a book that provides general interpretations for each card. 5. Caring for Your Cards: Once you have your Tarot deck and hand, it's important to know how to take care of them. To start, I recommend that you cleaned your cards before use. This will dispel any negative energy and serve as a symbolic anointing. This is especially important if you're using a US to deck or a set of old playing cards. The word consecrate is a verb that means to declare something to be sacred or that you were formally dedicating an object or tool to be used for a spiritual or divine purpose. If you want to take things a step further, then you can perform the following ritual. On the night of the next full moon. Make an altar outside under the moonlight. Place your cards in a vessel or on a plate with some cleansing herbs and crystals. Speak out loud or write down the sacred purpose of your cards and ask for intuitive guidance from your higher power to be channeled through yourself in the courts. Use this time to give thanks and make an offering of gratitude. Next, you'll want to find or create a sacred space to store your cards when not in use. You can use the box that you're Tarot deck came in. But if you want to personalize it a little more, you can find hundreds of taro bags and boxes online or at your local metaphysical store or craft shop. You can also use ethically harvested white sage, palo santo, or smudging one's to cleanse your cards between uses. You may also want to store the deck with a few crystals to keep them cleansed and protected when not in use. Clear courts were cylinder is perfect for this. 6. Basic Tarot Spreads: We're going to start out with some very basic taro spreads. The first one I recommend is what I call the daily draw. Either in the morning before you start your day or at night before you go to bed, pull a single card, lookup the meeting. Consider your own thoughts about its symbolism, and do a 10-minute meditation on how it relates to your life. Doing this exercise is the fastest way to learn taro. In fact, many seasons taro pros do this as part of their daily spiritual practice. Next, you can move on to the basic three cards spread. There are many ways to go about using this spread. You can use situation, action and outcome. Or think, feel, do, or maybe problem, cause, solution. And of course, the most popular past, present in future. I also want to include one of my favorites that I use for myself all the time to plan my month ahead. The first card represents the new moon, the second, the waxing moon, the third is the full moon, and finally the fourth is the waning moon. Use this as a situational spread for different phases of life or to help choose a weekly concept to focus on. Using the spread helps me stay in sync with the lunar flow and keeps my material plans and goals aligned with my higher purpose. 7. Congratulations!: On skillshare, every class has a project that must be uploaded to the community in order to complete the course for this class, our project is fun and simple. I want you to get your new deck and do a reading for yourself. Post a picture of your reading. Go ahead and give us a summary of what the reading meant to you. And that's it for this intro class. Learn how to read taro. Congratulations you did it. Thank you so much for joining me for this class. Be sure to follow so you can stay informed about upcoming courses and projects. Thank you.