Tarot and Transformation – PSY 515

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Our pursuit of knowledge stems from an archetypal need. This need, as reflected through the energies of mystery and magic that characterized our primordial traditions, gave form to our Western way of thinking. This course introduces Tarot as a tool for personal transformation that also embodies a complex and sophisticated system of knowledge. It will place Tarot within a historical perspective and explore some of the major currents that have helped defined Tarot as it is known today, including shamanism, astrology, Gnosticism, magic, alchemy, Neoplatonism, Kabbalah and depth psychology. As the major and minor arcana in the Tarot are explored, students will meet a cosmology that is intimately interwoven with the way we perceive and interpret the world. Tarot accrues meanings and layers of interpretation through time. It facilitates a deeper understanding of our psyche and of the numinous qualities of our inner Self, even when it is used as a divination tool; “Arcanum” means mystery. This course will guide the student to discover mysteries hidden within each one of us, as we enter the mystical and mystifying world of images and symbols embodied in the cards.

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

Session 1:   A Brief History of Tarot
Session 2:   The Major Arcana: Keys 0 – VII
Session 3:   The Major Arcana: Keys VIII – XIV
Session 4:   The Major Arcana: Keys XV – XXI
Session 5:   The Seven Hermetic Laws, Alchemy, Astrology
Session 6:   Tarot and Qabalah: Introducing the Minor Arcana
Session 7:   The Minor Arcana, numbers 5 through 10
Session 8:   Introducing the sixteen Courts
Session 9:   The art of nonsense and world of the numinous
Session 10:  The Chakra Spread and the art of self-inquiry

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1:   To understand how the Archetype of the Quest has constellated in your persona and in your life’s choices.

Outcome 2:   To be able to access images from a literal to a symbolic level that would help the students map and define their own personal mythologies.

Outcome 3:   To use divination as an opportunity to tap into the numinous aspects of your inner Self.

Outcome 4:   To understand intuition as a learned skill that helps us throughout our journey of personal transformation.

 

PROFESSOR

Yolanda Robinson, Ph.D. – holds a doctorate in Literature and Linguistics from U.C.L.A.  She is a retired Foreign Service Officer who has served as a U.S. Diplomat overseas for over twenty-five years.  As a member of Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), a Western mystery school founded by Dr. Paul Foster Case, she has completed the thirteen year course in Christian Qabalah and Holy Tarot from this institution.  She is presently a private counselor and writer who also holds a Master’s Degree in Transformational Psychology from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles.  In her present work she uses both the I Ching and Tarot as mystical tools for personal transformation.

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PURCHASE AUDIO / VIDEO

The lecture series from this course is also available for independent study.
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