Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 4 #9 / October 1, 2012

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: Memorizing Card Meanings
- What's Gnu?
- Tarot Card Showcase: The Emperor
- Guest Article: Learn to Read Tarot... FAST 
- Featured Tarot Blog: A Fool's Journey 
- Upcoming Events

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
And a special welcome to our new readers.
October is one of the best times of the year for
divination, and certainly one of the busiest for
professional tarot readers. But if you're first
learning to read, that busy season may feel like a 
long way off. (That is if you'd like to go pro -- 
you certainly don't have to in order to enjoy tarot!)
When most people discover tarot, the thought of
memorizing all those card meanings can seem the most
intimidating aspect of learning about the deck. Over
the years we have been asked many times about the 
best way to remember the meanings of the cards. Another
frequent question is how long it takes to become a good
reader. This month's Tarot Tip and guest article address 
these very issues.
As a special treat for our subscribers Dan Pelletier of
The Tarot Garden and Brigit Esslemont, the owner of
Biddy Tarot each share unique perspectives on learning
tarot. The all-knowing and wise Emperor is the showcase
card in the issue. The newest blog takes you on a
fool's journey.
This issue is loaded with information. Enjoy!
And one more thing...
We've just launched the 2013 Readers Studio website! It
contains everything you need to know about the event,
including details on the exciting new Tarot & Psychology 
Conference on Thursday. And if you register this month, 
you can take advantage of a 5-month payment plan! 
Check it out and tell your friends:
Yours truly on the tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip
Dan Pelletier has spent a great deal of time with tarot
cards. So much so that not only is he an amazing reader, 
he is in the business of selling decks. This is what Dan 
had to share about memorizing the meanings of the cards:

He writes, "Yeah...I get that question all the time,
"How do I learn to memorize 78 card meanings?" 
You don't. Any more than you'd memorize 78 paintings 
in an art museum.

Back in school, art teachers asked us to ask, "What was 
the artist trying to convey, how did they feel? How did 
they want us to feel?"

A Tarot card is nothing more than art constructed using
images to depict neo-platonic philosophies. Each time
you revisit a card, it may inspire a different story
inside your head. The story today is the meaning today.
"But what if I'm wrong?"

See - that's the power of the imagery - if you trust 
the image, you cannot be 'wrong'.

Historically, today's 'meanings' have derived from 
Eteilla's meanings enumerated in his 1785 book titled, 
Manière de se récréer avec le jeu de cartes nommées Tarots
Note that Mathers mistranslated Etteilla's "le present" as
"gifts" or "presents", and many modern cartomancers 
perpetrate this interpretation, when in reality it meant 
"now," present tense.

These were grown men mistranslating third grade French.
Trust the images, you'll never go wrong.

A lot has been written in game theory, and about
investment strategies and even baseball games regarding
'process verses outcome' driven methodologies.
Outcome-centric thinking produces poor results over
time, whereas attention to process reduces poor
outcomes. In his book Moneyball, Michael Lewis
wrote: "It's looking at process rather than outcome," 
Paul says. "Too many people make decisions based on 
outcomes rather than process."

We should consider embracing this mindset in the world
of Tarot. Become involved with the images, and you are
process-focused. Memorization is outcome-focused, and
although it might seem counterintuitive, it produces
poor outcomes.

If you turn the same card over three times in three
readings, it should mean three different things. When
you won't. When you play with the
images, become involved with them, and they will tell
you a different story each time.

Visit Dan at

#1: Readers Studio + Tarot & Psychology!
The big news is that the Readers Studio 
website is finally ready! We're very excited 
about all the great teachers who will be 
offering master classes, leading study groups, 
facilitating breakfast discussions, and guiding meditations. And we're especially pleased to introduce the new
Tarot & Psychology Conference on Thursday!
Want to lead an RS Study Group?
We're now accepting proposals for RS13.
To submit your class for consideration
follow the submission guidelines at:
The Fool - The Empress
New "1+1=Tarot" teleclasses Thursdays, October 25, November 1, 8 & 15 
Perfect for students at all levels! 

Tarot Card Showcase

In this section we will feature tidbits on a specific tarot card. 
While there are many systems and decks to choose from in 
the world of tarot, here we use the Universal Waite Tarot 
images and symbols.
Copyright 1992 U.S Games.

Astrological Attribution: Aries
Hebrew Letter: Heh
Meaning: Window
Esoteric Title: Sun of the Morning,
Chief Among the Mighty
The Emperor rules over his domain from a cubed throne
flanked by rams. In some decks his legs are crossed
forming a triangle and he sits posed with his head in
profile. Waite's design has a forward facing bearded
man wearing armor under a cloak.

The Emperor's white beard shows his great age and
wisdom.  He is suited in armor as the defender and
protector of his realm. The Emperor corresponds to
cardinal fire and the first sign of the zodiac Aries. He is associated with the color red which is associated with Mars. He holds the ankh and the orb of dominion, a
reference to his imperial status.

He is the paternal aspect of all masculine deities as creator god, reminiscent of 
the mythological tales of Zeus and Osiris. The warmth of the yellow and gold hues
shows his connection to the power of the sun like most male gods.

The Hebrew letter "heh" means window. Windows are symbolic of ways 
we view the world around us. Windows are common in dreams and are 
often transparent thresholds that lead to greater awareness of self or
sometimes opportunities and it tells us that The Emperor is very conscious, 
perceptive and sharp.

In a reading, this card suggests that you are seeing things from a linear 
perspective indicating lots of right-brained activity. Strategy is required 
for any situation when this card appears. In some cases, issues related to 
your father or an older father-like figure may play an important role in your life.

Positive Keywords: Stability, order, power, authority, leadership, strategy, 
protection, options, opportunity, vision, insight, imagination, balance, 
reason, and logic
Negative Keywords:  Brutal, domineering, rigid, stubborn, warlike, violent, 
harsh, tough; clouded vision, foggy thinking

Tarot Affirmation: I see things clearly and my life is orderly.


Join us as we begin the cards of the Major Arcana... 
We're taking a break from the Minors so we can look at
the other cards at the top of the Tree of Life. The structures
will begin to reveal themselves and you'll see how everything
fits together. 

1+1=Tarot is especially created for students of all levels!

The Fool - The Empress
4 Thursdays,  October 25, November 1, 8 and 15 

9-11pm Eastern Time
Tuition: $95 for the series -- includes .mp3 recordings! 
Earns 8 Degree credits for live participation 
You'll receive the mp3 recordings even if you can't attend the classes.

Guest Article
By Brigit Esselmont
Are you struggling to find the time to learn to read
Tarot? Or perhaps you've been studying for years but
you're still not connecting with the Tarot cards.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Here are my top 5 tips to learn to read Tarot... fast.
1. Keep It Simple
Forget using the Celtic Cross if you haven't mastered
a simple 3-card spread. And forget using reversed Tarot
cards if you haven't mastered the upright cards.
Keep it simple. Don't over-complicate things.
2. Keep It Real
Wear your 'Tarot glasses' every day and see the
world as an active Tarot deck. Look at your favourite
TV star - what court card is he or she? Your day
yesterday - what Tarot card would describe it best?
The more you associate the Tarot with your daily life,
the more 'real' it becomes and the more 'you' it becomes. 
Once it is a part of your own make-up and worldly 
understanding, it becomes much easier to work with.
3. Focus on what matters
When you start learning something new, it's easy to
become daunted by everything you have to master to
reach your final goal.
Tarot is no exception. With 78 Tarot cards and a raft
of different scenarios and possible meanings, the
concept of doing an accurate Tarot reading without a
book by your side seems near impossible. This is why
focus is critical.
Focus on just one Suit, or just the Court Cards, or
just three-card spreads, or just reading on love and
relationships. Start small and then grow from there.
4. Tell the Story
One of the simplest techniques for reading Tarot is to
tell the story in the card.
Take a Tarot card. What do you see? Who is in the card?
What are they doing? Who or what else is present? How
are the people or objects interacting? What emotions
are being conveyed? Tell the story of what is
Now imagine you turn the page - what might happen
next? What is the outcome or result of what you're
seeing in the original picture of the card? How might
the interactions or emotions change?
And finally, what is the moral of the story in this
card? What lesson is this card trying to convey?
And suddenly, in just a few minutes, you have a rich
story from just one Tarot card. Imagine if you
incorporate this into your readings and began to tell
the story within and across all the cards in your
readings. Amazing insight comes just by explaining what
you see in the picture.
5. Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice Tarot reading from Day 1. Don't wait until
you know 'everything' about the Tarot cards -
that day may never come! Start now and build confidence
as you go. "Fake it 'til you make it", I say!
Start by practicing reading Tarot for yourself, then
for friends and family. Read for strangers by providing
free online Tarot readings - they can't see when
you quickly have to look something up in your book! Or,
set up a table in your local community centre and offer
free Tarot readings to anyone who'll give you honest
Love These Tarot Reading Tips?
You'll find even more in my newest Tarot eBook,
Confidence. Follow my 31 day program and you'll be
reading the Tarot like a professional in no time. Build
a personal connection with the cards and take your
readings to the next level. Find out more at


The High Deck coming Fall 2012



Featured Tarot Blog
Dixie Vogel offers humorous, easily accessible advice
from the heart of tarot wisdom. As she states on the
site, it's wisdom even for those who don't give a
@!# about the cards. Information is for the querent and
anyone interested in reading tarot.

Check out the Cards pull-down menu at the top of the
page for videos of Dixie doing actual readings. 

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