Intuition, symbols, synchronicities and tarot to create your future.
From the Class on Friday November 30th 2007 in Portland Oregon
Experience modern, progressive tarot with tarot master, James Wanless, Ph.D. No longer a medieval fortune telling game, tarot is a spiritual and psychological tool that gives you a holistic map for how to create the fortunes you desire. Rather than a passive, deterministic old world process, tarot is an empowering, proactive compass for navigating your life in this changing, complex world.
In this hands on tarot evening, you will pick take-home cards and symbols from the Voyager Tarot Deck, and find your path and action to manifest your visions and dreams.
About the Presenter:
James Wanless, Ph.D. is the noted creator of Voyager Tarot, and also the author of Way of the Great Oracle, Strategic Intuition for the 21st Century, New Age Tarot, Wheel of Tarot and his latest book, Intuition@Work.
He has often been called “Mr. Tarot” or the “Tarot Revolutionary” because of his enormous contribution to the field of tarot. With his magical blend of personal charisma, humor and pragmatic enthusiasm, he is thought of as a “corporate shaman” and an internationally known authority on intuition.
He keynotes, trains, and consults with organizations throughout the world. He has also developed a groundbreaking technique for using the tarot as a proactive tool for “Life Coaching.”
Let’s complete our journey through the symbols of the Sun, Judgement and the World.
Welcome to the Hermit’s Journey. My name is Bonnie Cehovet, and today we will be continuing on our journey through the symbols in the Major Arcana. As I noted in the first Pod Cast of this series, that of the Fool, the imagery and symbolism in the Tarot is what connects us to its archetypal qualities and wisdom. It acts as a gateway between our conscious and our unconscious worlds. Each deck carries with it its own unique brand of imagery and symbols. For the purposes of this discussion, I will be referring to the Waite-Smith Tarot (also known as the Rider-Waite Tarot), as it is a traditional reference, and quite often used for teaching purposes. Interpreting the imagery and symbols is done in two ways: through the intent of the author/illustrator (and here we need to remember that the background for the Rider-Waite deck is that of the Golden Dawn), and how the Seeker sees it through the veil of their own personal life experiences.
Let’s continue our journey through the final cards of the Sun, Judgment, and the World. The major theme for the Sun is that of renewal. The energy of the Sun is intense masculine energy (as opposed to the feminine energy of the Moon).
The Sun itself symbolizes life force, and its twenty-one rays symbolize the twenty-one cards of the Major Arcana, with the center representing the Fool.
The four Sunflowers, sacred to the Sun, represent the four elements.
The wall indicates a boundary of some sort – the child being outside of the wall indicates that he is beyond limitations.
The white horses are solar symbols, as well as symbols of our inner self. In “The Heart of the Tarot”, Sandra Thomson also indicates that the white horses represent force subdued by reason.
The naked child riding the horse has nothing to hide. The red banner symbolizes action and intent. The red feather goes back to the card of the Fool, showing that the Fool has been transformed through a mystical death and is now an innocent child.
When the Sun appears in a reading, the Seeker may be bringing a childlike innocence tot he situation. Take a look at the surrounding cards to see if they need to balance this by paying closer attention to their environment. The force of the Sun’s energy also represents the potential for unbounded creativity – the thought here is that the Seeker not burn themselves out….
- Opening Music: The Oracle Speaks by William Wilde Zeitler from Elegy for Atlantis
- Hermits Journey Music: Dark Moon by Suzanne Teng from Enchanted Wind (www.magnatune.com)
- Closing Music: Wish Fulfilling Jewel by Sibelian from the Soul Rush (Magnatune)
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