It is likely that learning Tarot is the first time you've heard the word 'hierophant'. What even is that? My spellchecker doesn't even think it's a word. According to Wikipedia, hierophant is a word from Ancient Greece meaning a kind of chief priest or religious leader. It is most associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries, so … Continue reading 5. The Hierophant: Those who came before us
I, like many people, find The Emperor a little difficult to relate to. With his stern face and cold stone throne, he's a little intimidating. But if you have ever been in a leadership position, such as a manager, or if you have had to deal with someone in a position of authority, The Emperor … Continue reading 4. The Emperor: Leaders and Tyrants
NSFW warning: female nudity in this post. On August 7th 1908, a workman found this figurine while excavating a Paleolithic site near the village of Willendorf in Austria: The figurine was about 11cm tall, carved from limestone, and coloured with red ochre. The limestone wasn't from the same area that the figurine was discovered. It … Continue reading 3. The Empress: Mother Earth
The Secret Commonwealth. If you have read Philip Pullman's Book of Dust series, you might recognise that name. To see where Pullman got his inspiration from, we will have to go back in time to over 300 years ago. In 1691, minister of Aberfoyle, Rev. Robert Kirk wrote of a land of fairies, or sith … Continue reading 2. The High Priestess: Thin Places
Have you ever seen the TV shows Avatar: The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra? The first thing I think about when I see the typical Magician card is lightning bending. In the Avatar series, many of the characters can 'bend' or manipulate one or more of the four classical elements, earth, water, air and … Continue reading 1. The Magician: Bending Lightning
Have you ever heard of the term Shoshin (初心) from Zen Buddhism? Shoshin means beginner's mind, and it means being open-minded, eager and not having any preconceptions. Even when you are an expert in your field, having this attitude can be really helpful. Many of us have had an experience of introducing someone to … Continue reading 0. The Fool: Beginner’s Mind
If you are interested in learning Tarot, I recommend getting a notebook to take notes of anything that stands out to you when learning about the cards. Some foundational facts about the Tarot before we get started: A typical deck of Tarot cards consists of 78 cards. 22 of these cards are known as The … Continue reading The Fool’s Journey
A lot of people hear the word 'Tarot' and immediately think 'I don't believe in stuff like that.' It's pretty normal to have that initial response, but I hope that I can convince you to approach it from a more open-minded perspective. I don't believe in fortune-telling. I don't think that there is a spirit … Continue reading Why Tarot?