Introduction to the Tarot with Robert M. Place
at the NY Open Center
Three weekly sessions on Thursdays, 8 – 10 pm;
On April 6, 13, and 20, 2017
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, the Waite-Smith Tarot, or one based on the Waite-Smith Tarot.
For this class it is recommended that you buy The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination or Alchemy and the Tarot, both by Robert M. Place. The course is based on either book and you will get the most out of the class if you read one of these. The books will be available at the Open Center bookstore. You may also buy a copy of either one or both and read them in advance of the class.
For more information on the class contact the New York Open Center
Tarot at the Met
An Afternoon of Tarot History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 2 to 4:30 pm
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 $75 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 by myself; so all arrangement must be made through me.
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Coming up, a series of workshops with Robert M Place and Rachel Pollock in Beijing, China,
June 16-19, 2017
The History and Symbolism of oracle Decks
The Origin of the Mystical Tarot
Alchemy and the Tarot
More information to come
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