SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE
SPEND THE DAY WITH TAROT LEGEND RACHEL POLLACK
Author of the classic Tarot handbook, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom
Tarot in the 21st Century would not be what it is without Rachel Pollack and a handful of other “Founding Mothers.” Come spend the day exploring the Tarot with this fabulous,
witty, and oh-so-knowledgeable Tarot scholar, author, and teacher.
LOCATION: Howard Johnson /675 Main Street /South Portland/ Maine
directly accessible off Maine Turnpike Route 95
FEE: $95 for the day-long Seminar
Payment accepted by check, PayPal, or Venmo
Space will be limited to 60 participants, so register early to guarantee your seat!
THE TAROT IS A BOOK OF LIFE
When we think of the Tarot we often think of the things people do with it—these include fortune-telling, psychological insight and growth, complex and profound spiritual and occult doctrines, guidance in specific situations, magic, ritual, and art.
In this day-long workshop we will look at these and other ways people have used the Tarot.
We will even do a short “lottery” to let the cards choose one of several possible options for one of our exercises. One of my long practiced guidelines with Tarot can be summed up as, “Why should I try to make all the decisions myself when I have a source of great wisdom right next to me?”
And yet, despite all these great ways we use the Tarot it is not in itself any of these things. It is not a list of meanings, or a stand-in for ancient teachings. It is a Book Of Life that changes every time we pick it up and shuffle it.
There is an ancient tradition, in many cultures, of a book that is not simply about magic or divine truth, but is itself magic. The Tarot is such a book because its wisdom and meanings are contained in pictures, not words. The words come from us, based on tradition, and insight, and sometimes psychic flashes, but the pictures are the essence. And when we ask the cards a question, and shuffle the deck, it becomes new every time.
All Tarot readings begin with a question. The reading involves the “querent” (sometimes called the “sitter,” or “client,” or “seeker”), the reader (who might also be the querent), and the cards. We will look at the power of questions—how to ask the right ones, but also how to let the querent ask the question they want, without changing it.
The Tarot is magic, but it is also a game—literally, for it began in 15th century Italy as an elegant game with wondrous pictures. Knowing this does not trivialize the cards. Instead, it releases them—and us—from arguing over the correct meanings, or purposes, or even the order of the cards. Instead we can experiment. We will experiment with what I call “Alternate Major Arcana,” in which we take the 22 named and numbered cards (from 0/Fool to 21/World), shuffle them, lay them out and see what new discoveries reveal themselves.
If a game can change the cards, a game can change us as readers. One of my favorite exercises is called Dr. Apollo’s School Of Theatrical Fortune-Telling, in which we each take on the identity of a mysterious magical fortune-diviner (complete with made-up name, exotic story, and miraculous readings for famous clients). When we read as this person we have fun, but we also free ourselves from our usual practice, and truths may emerge that will startle both reader and querent.
This seminar is experiential and open to all levels, from beginner to professional.
We all learn from each other, and we learn from ourselves.
Wisdom and Wonder!
The Hotel has reserved a block of rooms at a special rate $159 per night per double queen room.
YOU MUST BOOK YOUR ROOM PRIOR TO 8/11/2020 TO RECEIVE THIS REDUCED RATE
(Room check-in is 3:00 pm, check out is 11:00 am.)
Contact Howard Johnson (207) 775-5343 and use “Rachel Pollack Seminar” to receive the discounted rate!
contact Jeanne Fiorini.
Space will be limited to 60 participants, so register early to guarantee your seat at the table!
Rachel Pollack is the author of 44 books, including two award-winning novels.
She has also written a series of books about Tarot cards known around the world, a book of poetry entitled Fortune's Lover, and has translated, with scholar David Vine, Sophocles's Oidipous Tyrannos,("Oedipus Rex") under the title Tyrant Oidipous.
She designed and drew her own Tarot deck, The Shining Tribe Tarot, and in collaboration with artist Robert Place has created two more decks: The Burning Serpent Oracle, and The Raziel Tarot. She has taught and lectured on four continents.
Rachel lives in New York's Hudson Valley.