Robert M. Place teaching in Beijing
Introduction to the Tarot with Robert M. Place
at the NY Open Center
Three weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 6 – 7:45 pm;
May 8, 15, and 22, 2019
and again on
November 20, December 1, and 11, 2019
at The New York Open Center, 22 East 30th Street, New York
The Tarot is a deck of cards that can be used as a tool for developing intuition, but it is more than this. The cards in a Tarot deck contain symbolic images that express a mystical philosophy, a philosophy that stems from the mentors of Western culture, Pythagoras and Plato, and that has been cherished by mystics and sages over the centuries. The philosophy is expressed not only in individual pictures but in the structure and organization of the deck. Effectively, the Tarot is a map of the spiritual universe, a mandala, divided into separate components but maintaining the pattern through the relationship of each component to another. When this philosophy and structure is understood and the cards are used as an intuitive device, a communication happens between the conscious self and a source of wisdom in the unconscious that I call the Higher Self. Used in this way, the Tarot is like a personal sage that one can converse with whenever guidance is needed. As day to day decisions are made from this place of wisdom, using the Tarot becomes a spiritual path.
In this three-part class we will first study the symbolism of the Tarot as its Italian Renaissance creators intended and come to see the spiritual message contained in the deck. Then we will learn and practice techniques for developing intuition and reading the cards as a message from the Higher Self. Students will need a Tarot deck created by Robert Place or the Waite-Smith Tarot.
For this class it is recommended that you buy The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism by Robert M. Place. The course is based on this book and you will get the most out of the class if you read it. The book will be available at the Open Center bookstore. You may also buy a copy of from this website and read it in advance of the class.
For more information on the class contact the New York Open Center
Hermeticism and the Tarot
With Robert M. Place
Creator of The Alchemical Tarot, The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, and author of The Tarot, History, Symbolism, and Divination
July 14, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
23 Mill Hill Rd,
Woodstock, New York 12498
In The ancient city of Alexandria, Egyptian, Jewish, and Greek culture merged to become one amalgamated Hellenistic culture. In this cultural melting pot the mystical Egyptian god Thoth, the god of magic and words of power, was equated with the Greek Hermes, the god of communication, magic, and wisdom. In the Egyptian texts, the name, Thoth, was customarily followed by a triple title; therefore, in Greek his name became Hermes Trismegistus. And this thrice-great Hermes was credited as the author of a series of texts that covered magic, alchemy, and astrology. These Hermetic texts became the cornerstone of the Western mystical tradition.
In this class we will use The Alchemical Tarotto learn how Hermeticism was infused into the Tarot form its origin. And how we can make use of this ancient wisdom to make our lives better today. We will discuss symbolism and learn how to read the cards as a message from our inner wiser self.
Contact Jeff Cuiule at
Tarot at the Met
An Afternoon of Tarot History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A Wednesday, in the Summer
To be announced
I will once again take a small group of people into the back rooms of the Metropolitan Museum to look at the museum’s collection of historic Tarot and divination cards, ranging from the earliest woodcut Tarocchi, printed in 15th century Italy, to rare 19th century Le Normand divination decks. All accompanied by my talk on the history and symbolism of the cards. This year we will also see one of the oldest and richly illustrated books on divination with cards, Le Sorti, published in Venice in 1540.
The afternoon at the Met is $80 per person, prepaid. Each participant is also responsible for obtaining a ticket for entrance into the museum for the day. There is only room for 14 people at this event so don’t delay; it will fill up quickly. I will be handling this event myself; so all arrangement must be made through me.
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Payments can be made by PayPal, check, Visa, or Master Card, or by requesting a PayPal invoice.
Using The Traditional Tarot:
Divination with The Tarot of Marseilles and early Italian decks
For Further details contact Giselle Gao at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or WeChat: GiselleGao
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