Esoteric Tarot

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Sundays, Sep 18-Oct 23. 3-5 p.m.

| “The Secret Spiritual Symbolism of Tarot” |

What is the esoteric tarot? The esoteric tarot developed over the 18th and 19th centuries as a way to integrate a variety of symbolic systems including qabalah and astrology with the spiritual development described in the Fool’s Journey. The esoteric tarot allows us to go deeper into the spiritual symbolism of the cards, but also provides techniques for getting practical everyday information in ways that produce very detailed and specific results.

Practical Qabalah and Intuitive Astrology or familiarity with the basics of qabalah and astrology are highly suggested prerequisites.

In this 6-week class you will learn:

  • Basic qabalistic symbolism and how it relates to the tarot (includes the four qabalistic worlds and the ten sephiroth of the Tree of Life)
  • Basic astrological symbolism and how it relates to the tarot (this includes the elements, the planets, and the signs)
  • how to determine difficulty vs. ease in spreads using the relationships of the four elements
  • The esoteric titles of the cards
  • How to determine detailed timing using the cards
  • How to read the Minor Arcana in decks without illustrations
  • How to perform the five operations of the Opening of the Key (what I call the mid-life crisis spread—it seems like you could unfold the rest of your life if you do the whole thing!)
  • How to seamlessly integrate esoteric information into your readings without confusing your querent

For this class bring one of your esoteric decks: the Crowley Thoth deck, the Ciceros’ Golden Dawn deck, Wang’s Golden Dawn deck, the Dowson Hermetic Tarot or a Marseilles style deck. Other unillustrated decks ok with instructor approval. Check out my blog post, Golden Dawn Cheat-Sheet Tarot Decks, for recommendations and cards samples.


  • Joy Vernon, Instructor
  • When: Sundays, Sep 18-Oct 23, 2016. 3-5 pm
  • Where: Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 South Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
  • How Much: $150. $50 Deposit is due by Sep 4. Balance is due the first day of class.
  • How Long: 6-week class
  • See the flyer.

What Joy’s students are saying about this class:

“Excellent! I found the Minor Arcana information very helpful to better understand the basis for traditional meanings/interpretations.”

“What I liked best was community, focus, challenge. New way of looking at tarot, qabalah, astrology. Provided new sources for meditation…therefore spiritual growth.”

“I loved this. The tests, accountability, depth and symbolism were what I liked best about this course. I feel like my readings will have so much more depth.”

How to register:

How Many: Six students minimum/Twelve students maximum for this class.

  • Pay the deposit or pay in full using the PayPal link below to automatically register yourself. –or–
  • Register at Denver Tarot Meetup by RSVPing “Yes.” You can pay via PayPal on the DTM site. –or–
  • E-mail me and let me know you’re coming! We’ll make arrangements for you to pay the deposit by cash or check by the deadline.
  • Remember to review my cancellation and refund policy before making any payments!