Tarot Fundamentals - tentative table of contents

 

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Table of Contents Welcome to the Cards Jump Start to Reading the Arcana (Quick guide) i What it Means to Read Tarot i How to Read the Tarot i Six Essential Components of a Reading i Magical or Psychological Link? i How to Begin i Ask a Question i Draw a Card i Ending Your Reading How to Start Reading Tarot in 5 minutes The Majors i Key to the Major Arcana i Fool - World cards – Essential Meanings – Keywords – Traditional Meanings – Traditional Reversed Meanings – Description – Symbols – Alternate Names – When the Arcanum Speaks to you … – Lesson – Aspects of the Arcana in Various Decks – To learn more about this arcana and archetype see... The Minors i Key to the Minor Arcana i Wands/Swords/Cups/Pentacles cards – Essential Meanings – Keywords – A Simple Sentence – Description – Divinatory Meanings – Reversed Meanings – Aspects of the Arcana in Various Decks 5

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Court Cards i Key to the Court Cards i Sword/Wand/Cup/Pentacle cards – Essential Meanings – Key Words – Divinatory Meanings – Reversed Meanings – Occupations – Classic physical references – Strategies, Behaviors and Attitudes – The Card as “You” – Aspects of the Arcana in Various Decks How to Use Tarot i Unlocking the Meanings of the Cards – Forge a Relationship – Actively Use the Cards i Application and Practical Use i Divination and Cartomancy i Reading the Future vs. Changing the Future i Why Read the Past? i Decision Making and Advice i Self Reflection i Meditation i Focus i Magic i Deck Collecting i Building Intuition i Entertainment i Creative Endevours i Games i Tarot as Profession i Gateway to the Esoteric Arts Selecting Your Deck i The Quest for the Perfect Deck – The Mental Deck – The Physical Deck – Setting Expectations Aside – The Perfect Deck i Getting to Know a New Deck – Opening the Deck 6

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– Breaking in the Deck – Initial Reading – Listening to the Unique Voice of a Deck Simple Ways to Bring Tarot into Your Life Ritual and Tarot i What is Ritual i A Ritual’s Importance i Consecrating a New Deck i Smudging i Full Moon/Sunlight Cleansing i White Cloth Cleansing i Crystal Cleansing i Basic Cleansing Rituals i Literal Cleansing i Who Can Touch the Cards? i How to Shuffle? i Storing a Deck i Additional Ritual Elements i Selecting Your Space i Candles and Music Understanding Tarot Symbols i Testimony of Symbols i Basic Symbolism i Decoding Tarot Symbols – Step one: List the Symbols – Step Two: Make Associations – Step Three: Suggest Strategies One Card, Many Meanings Tarot Structure i The Major Arcana – Trumps, Triumphs and Majors – The Hero’s Journey – Archetypes and the Majors i The Minor Arcana – Minor Hero’s Journey – The Four Suits – Names and Figures 7

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Consider the Four Suits Consider the Court Cards Reading Reversals Simple Spreads i One Card Spread i Three Card Spread i Celtic Cross i Balance of the Spread Keeping a Tarot Journal Different Approaches to Reading i Intuitive Reading i Symbolic Reading Focus on Tarot Techniques i Negative Cards – Dealing with Negative Cards for Yourself – Why You Must Deal with them eventually – Dealing with Negative Cards for Others i When the Picture Doesn’t Match the Meaning – Why Decks Differ i Using Age and Gender in a Reading – Getting Stereotypical – Suits – Masculine vs. Feminine – Male and Female Characters – Age in the Arcana Meditating with Tarot i Ten Stages to Meditation i Acclimatising Tarot for Expression i Themes i People Tarot and Social Media 8

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Questioning Tarot i Asking and Phrasing i Right Questions i Precise Question, Precise Answer i Avoid Why and When, Embrace How and What i Generic Questions i Seeking the Answer i Staying on Topic i The Answer Forms the Question Exercise Reading for Yourself i Coping with your Personal Bias i The Modern Approach i Why You Should Read Cards for Yourself i Challenges i One Card a Day Introduction to Tarot History i Historical Timelines and Brief Outline – Important Points – Esoteric Milestones – Innovations of the French School – Innovations of the English School – Modern Tarot Milestones – Important Points to Remember i The Visconti Tarot i Printing Dynasties of the Marseilles i Esoteric Historical Backdrop of Tarot’s Evolution i Interesting Note on Tarot’s Historical Personalities i Court de Geblin i Jean-Baptiste Alliette-Etteilla i Paul Christian i Eliphas Levi i Papus i Oswald Wirth i First English Teachers i Formation of the Golden Dawn i Arthur Edward Waite i Pamela Coleman Smith i Waite and Smith Collaborate i Aleister Crowley, Freda Harris and the Book of Thoth i Modern Marseilles 9

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i Tarot and the Twentieth Century i Modern Tarot and Mysticism Talking About Tarot i Tarot FAQ i Common Misconceptions about Tarot i Tarot, Magick, Mysticism and Religion i Tarot and Young People Tarot Infographs Bibliography 10

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