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Truly Teach Me Tarot Course is a Work in Progress and it’s FREE! The course, originally taught in informal group settings was uploaded, in its very basic state, to WordPress in 2012. On a mission to re-write the entire course and all 78 Cards, both Upright and Reversed, I have been methodically and consistently working my way to that end. To date the site has grown beyond anything I had ever envisaged and is continuing to expand.
Truly Teach Me Tarot for all its grand size, is not yet a complete body of work. There is still a lot of ground to cover and I anticipate a couple more years of writing ahead for me. I am also re-visiting some earlier work with a view to bringing it into line with later and more current efforts. Therefore you will find areas that have been covered in-depth, while other areas are quite basic, incomplete, or unformed. I am the sole author and creator of all written course content which means the site can only develop at a certain pace.
Current Work Phase – 2017
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This post is prompted by historical events that happened in England, culminating on the 22nd of August 1485. I weaved in a few Tarot cards to enhance the telling of The Battle of Bosworth which marked the end of The War of The Roses, the fall of the House of York and the rise of The House of Lancaster. The death of King Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet Kings, on the battlefield of Bosworth began the reign of the Tudor Dynasty with Henry VII. With tension, intrigue, cliff hanging moments and and array of complex characters, the story of this incredibly important transitional time in English history reads like the plot of a great novel or script of a thrilling movie. It is full of superb tarot archetypes and archetypal situations. Look around you in the world today and you will see they are still here, especially in the halls of power and politics. Nothing really changes.
I have written a potted history of the story below with all key characters and events, and have mused over how certain cards might symbolically represent this powerful story. Really, the whole deck could have been used so I had to exert some discipline and self restraint. Read the rest of this entry
Trying to shake my own health demons out at the moment and thought of a song. I love associating songs and singers with the archetypal stories and characters in tarot.
I rather fancied using the wonderful and brilliantly British themed, Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell as fitting illustrations for my idol (Florence Welch) Florence and The Machine’s Song, Shake it Out! . Florence says she actually wrote this song about a hangover, but I am going to reinterpret it as a dark love story in this instance.
So with my interpretation, Florence starts out so determined to shake the devil of a romance off her back. She is ready to cut her heart out, bury that mournful horse in the ground, and be done with the past. Alas, she does not hold out for very long. Deciding she is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t, she surrenders to her fate and runs eagerly towards possible further pain, and dare I say, even further regret. Great initial intentions followed by throwing caution to the wind. As the saying goes ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’. Well what can she do when the Devil turns up looking so handsome, and in turn brings the Devil out in her too??!!! We shall have to drink to that, and here’s to the inevitable hangover! Cheers x
You may have your own interpretation so just use your imagination! The Steampunk Tarot Deck is superb and well worth adding to your collection. I just adore the imagery. What an achievement Barbara Moore and Aly Fell. I think an excellent intuitive deck for both beginner and experienced readers alike.
And all of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn Read the rest of this entry
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Now there may be many Readers out there who regularly practice what I am about to describe but this only began to register with me in recent weeks. What I am talking about here pertains to the Reversed Cards which remain sitting in the deck after the drawing or selection process has been completed. What is their purpose or use if at all? Why were they Reversed in the first place? What can we deduce from them? Should we just totally ignore them, or treat them like the remaining Upright Cards, as in, just not part of that Reading? Of course this only applies if you are using Reversed Cards in your Readings. Read the rest of this entry
I just logged on to my site today to do some writing but as soon as the page loaded, loud audio seemed to come from nowhere. I have been on to WordPress and they are onto it as I type. Responded to my call for help within seconds! Am impressed!
There may be some disturbance to your viewing and reading while this is being sorted and I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Will let you all know when issue has been resolved.
Vivien (your tarot teacher)
New Content Release!…..New Content Release!….New Content Release!
The Reversed Knight Of Pentacles
A Big Hello to All My Tarot Friends Around The World,
Well here it is at last, The Re-Worked Reversed Knight of Pentacles has finally arrived and is ready for viewing. Like The Reversed Knight of Pentacles himself, the going has been very slow and I apologise for all the delay in getting this latest piece of work out to the world at large. I have been battling Cervical Spine issues and running from one therapist to another with limited success. However, I have now found an excellent Muscular-Skeletal Specialist who is doing great work on me. It is early days yet but I hope to be back up to speed in the coming weeks. A lot of it has been my own doing so I have a big part to play in the healing process. I have learned a lot about the workings of my body in recent weeks and am now in ‘Save Vivien’ mode!
I really went into great depth with this Reversed Knight. There is a lot to read so don’t try to take it all in one go. To be honest, I could have written more but had to rein myself in eventually. Please be reassured there is absolutely no need to learn off all the associations I have provided. Your head will explode if you do! It is simply food for thought and should help in developing your understanding of the personality potential to be found in The Reversed Aspect of The Knight of Pentacles. Every Tarot Reader must follow his or her own path.
I will be leaving the Court Cards for a while as I need to come up for air. I now intend focusing my attention on The Ace of Cups along with The Emperor and Hierophant.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Heavy Earth/Scorched Earth
When the Knight of Pentacles Reverses we find a very different young man or woman. The Knight becomes overly bogged down in the Earth or loses his values and morals in a furnace of Fire. He can stubbornly resist the benefits and perks Fire has to offer him, resulting in apathy, stagnation and lack of motivation. He can lose the energy required to even rise from his bed or chair. He can grow sullen, dour and disinterested in life and the living. Mind numbing habit and routine find him drifting meaninglessly throughout the years as opportunities and the chance for adventure and fun are actively ignored or avoided. Without Fire,…………….Read the Full Description
Just a very quick note to announce the release today of the re-worked Upright Meanings, Keywords and Messages for The Knight of Pentacles. This content includes heaps of new information and detailed analysis for potential interpretations in all types of Reading scenarios; General, Personality, Relationships, Business and Careers.
I am currently working on The Reversed Meanings for The Knight, and whereas I had hoped to have it complete for launch by June 30th, it will most likely be a week behind schedule at this stage!!! I promise, it is coming though. Just not enough hours in the day at present.
I do hope you enjoy the new content. There is a lot so it might take you time to get through it all. Please note, that as either a Student or Tarot Reader, you are not required to memorise all of these interpretations. I simply provide them as food for thought and possible use. Work with only those which resonate with you. It is not possible to assign each of these interpretations to every reading you do. However, they do offer a variety of perspectives to work from.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
Greetings to All my Tarot Friends around the World,
I have just returned from vacation in France, and whereas I had intended on taking my laptop with me to continue work under the Mediterranean sun, I realised at the last-minute I couldn’t fit it into my carry on luggage as its dimensions were too large. My old laptop used to fit fine. This left me in a bit of a panic, but to be honest, it was the best thing all round as it meant I took a complete break from being hunched over a computer for hours on end every day. It was supposed to be a vacation after all and most sane people actually use that time to switch off and relax. With no time to find an alternative bag I had to leave my laptop behind and head for the airport. I experienced a certain degree of anxiety over this as I felt two weeks was a long time to be absent from my writing. However, my hands were tied and there was nothing for it but to step back and accept that work would have to wait.
So with one final sigh of regret, I boarded the Perpignan bound Aer Lingus Airbus and turned my attention to the long lazy warm days ahead in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of South West France. Thoughts of pungent coffee and croissants for breakfast, Rosé wine, salad Read the rest of this entry
Hi To Everyone in Tarot World,
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of the Re-Invented Ace of Wands. I believe the Launch Card for each Suit should be given special attention as it sets the scene for their very particular, and specific journeys ahead. The Four Aces lay the necessary ground work for all the Cards that follow. Once you understand the Launch or Origins of each Suit, it makes interpreting the rest all the easier to intuit, or deduce.
I do hope you enjoy this new body of work and assure you of my commitment to affording the same level of attention to the remaining Aces of Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
Vivien xxx (Your Tarot Teacher)
Getting The Green Light/Thumbs Up, Get Going
Ace of Wands *Remember, Wands are governed by the Element Fire and so deal with energy, action, movement, change, work, careers, creativity, inspiration, enthusiasm, exertion, strength, passion.
A Disembodied Hand appears from out of a cloud or aura. A single Wand is grasped firmly by the hand in an upright position and is offered forth as a gift of opportunity or chance. The aura represents the pure aspect of Spirit. The Wand sprouts new leaves symbolically representing the beginning of new life and potential within. Any remaining old leaves fall away to make way for new growth as nature rebirths itself. The budding leaves also represent Spring, a time of new growth, rebirth, regeneration and possibilities. The Thumb is held in an upright manner, a symbolic gesture for ‘Yes’ or ‘Affirmative’. The sky is clear and bright. Young trees come into leaf in the background while a castle sits atop of a steep hill or mountain. The castle symbolises security, goals, dreams, opportunities, ambitions, the ultimate destination. A river meanders through the landscape symbolising the emotional currents that flow through the situation. The River does not follow a straight path. This symbolises challenges ahead, but non so great that cannot be overcome.
Card Imagery and Description for The Ace of Wands – The Journey Begins
In the Ace of Wands the Element of Fire prepares to embark upon a new journey. Everything is new and fresh and much excitement is in the air for this momentous occasion. Only moments ago, a bolt of lightning lit up the sky and set our nerve ends tingling as the hair rose on the back of our neck. The electricity is palpable. and it is clear something very magical is about to happen. As we focus on The Ace of Wands we witness the first impulse or emanation of the gift of Fire as a hand from the Universe/Spirit reaches forth from a burst of cloud. The aura surrounding……Continue Reading
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Join The Wands as they set forth on their exciting and dramatic Journey throughout The Minor Arcana. Experience the Fire when they are handed their first Wand!