The Tarot, seen as an initiatic tool, offers a perception of the inner work that a human being has to achieve as he associates with his Soul. This leads to contact with the higher mind and its universal experience.
This is a new exploration of the Tarot, which reveals the esoteric numerological links underlying this ancient system. It also connects the journey of the tarot to the initiatic teachings, which express the idea of the work with the expansion of consciousness.
This expansion takes place through the realization that there is more to life than the outer form. As we explore beyond those physical, emotional and mental aspects in us that we call the personality, we find another energy that is not so easy to define, and which seems to move us at a deeper level; this is the Soul. It is by being receptive to its mystery that we can start to connect to the universal collective energy of the Spirit.
The different stages in this pioneering expansion into the unknown, unseen world of Soul and Spirit are reflected in the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana. They provide a structure or map on which that journey can be recognized. The symbols on the cards are translated into practical steps that can be applied to the everyday lives of those who seek greater consciousness.
These symbols, at the time they were made, were linked to what was known of the ancient traditions, such as the Ancient Egyptian, Hebraic, Christian and Islamic cultures.
Like parables, they tell the hidden story in a universal language that can be translated according to the understanding of the reader.
The Tarot is a book for disciples and aspirants, or those who are open and ready to hear the symbolic language of the Soul. The first language was number, then the language of pictures and myths kept the knowledge of initiatic enlightenment alive.
Numbers give us a never-ending appreciation of the cycles of manifestation of life as it progresses towards its apotheosis. Every card is a stage in our personal transformation.
The Tarot is a pictorial crystallisation of the mysterious language of number to guide us through the cycles of spiritual transformation. Each card can only be understood in relation to the one before and the one after, just as with numbers.
We can really only truly understand a 2 or a 3 if we've understood what the number 1 was about. Number 1 by itself without time and space has no chance of realising itself!
This workshop is not about using the Tarot as a method of prediction, but rather as a guide through which we can look at the state of our awareness of the world as it is today. It offers a new perspective on the traumas and crises that face us. This new perception comes from the point of view of Soul.
Each of the twenty-two cards in the Major Arcana is presented and explored in the numerical sequence in which it occurs in the Oswald Wirth Tarot pack. A detailed and in- depth description of the symbolism and qualities of the particular card in question is given, as well as how what we learn from it can be applied to everyday life.
This is a 12-day workshop, each day we will experience the energy of two major arcana in order to deeply explore the initiatic energy of each card. The workshop will be held in 2 parts, each one of six days.