This summer, the Omega Institute offered a Masters of Tarot weekend workshop featuring me, Theresa Reed, Sasha Graham, Mary Greer, and Rachel Pollack. One of the signs of a good teacher is that they are always investigating and exploring. Even if you’ve had classes with them before or read their books, they always have something new to offer…or perhaps a new approach to an old favorite topic. It was a wonderful weekend for both us teachers and for the students.
Rachel is well-known for her books Tarot Wisdom and The New Tarot Handbook. She continued her investigation into using tarot for what she calls wisdom readings and also blended in a new idea: instead of asking big wisdom
One thing many students of tarot find fascinating is learning what some of the mysterious symbols on the cards mean. During the Renaissance, when the tarot was invented, people were largely illiterate and were therefore very literate in symbol recognition. Their churches told the stories of their faith in stained glass and granite images. These days, we as a culture lack a shared symbol system and even the popular Rider Waite Smith tarot includes many symbols that are meaningless today. Meaningless until we unearth the meaning.
In Rachel Pollack’s brilliant Tarot Wisdom, she casually and conversationally reveals many symbolic meanings. If you are looking for an enjoyable and
Recently, James Ricklef asked several regular users of Tarot how they think giving readings with the cards actually works. He published the answers on his blog in two posts located HERE and HERE.
In his posts he begins by sharing his own theory and that of Robin Wood. He also shares the beliefs of Rachel Pollack, Mary K. Greer, Thalassa, Julie Cuccia-Watts, Lon Milo DuQuette, Pamela Steele, Mike Hernandez, Joseph Ernest Martin, Robert M. Place, James Wells, Bonnie Cehovet, Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman, Lisa Hunt, Ferol Humphrey, Katrina Wynne, and myself (James even included a nice little drawing to make my theory clear).
So here are 18 theories as to how the Tarot works,
In 2001, Rachel Pollack published a spread in the Llewellyn Tarot calendar. I fell in love with it immediately and have loved it for over 10 years now.
It is a unique spread that uses all the Major Arcana cards. It gives you an overview of your spiritual journey and provides so much insight.
Although the Tarot calendar is now out of print, luckily Rachel also wrote an article about it for the Llewellyn Journal (which has tons of great articles, so if you haven't yet, do go explore). Here is the link: