Understanding the Symbolism of the Tarot

How do 78 pictures represent every experience all humans can possibly have across time?

This course will be split into two parts covering the minor and major arcana, using the Universal Waite-Smith (aka Rider-Waite) deck. The goal is for you to understand the contributing actors that create the general vibration of each card so you can interpret tarot cards with accuracy. The factors that we will discuss include colors, numerological influences, symbolism, astrological influences and religious connotations. You will grow with this knowledge in wonderful ways you will never forget. 

Exploring Tarot

The Minor Arcana

In this 8-week class we will study Ace through King of each suit. Each suit represents an aspect of your life such as relationships, career, finances and challenges. Each week we will study the different numbers of the minor arcana. The first class we cover the Aces, the next class the Twos and Threes, etc. We’ll examine the meanings of the suit, the attributes of the number and the symbolism in the card to gain an understanding of each card’s overall meaning. You will be asked for your interpretations of the cards to better trust your intuition and to become used to putting the vibrations you feel into words.

The Major Arcana

In this 12-week class, we study the 22 soul-filled tarot cards from The Fool to The World. These cards represent your deep thought processes and identify spiritual patterns. This lesson will include an overview of the meaning and symbolism of the card as well as a guided visualization to help you find your own individual understanding of the vibration of the card. This will strengthen your ability to use your natural intuition. 

Understanding Tarot’s Major Arcana

This course has been taught by Maribeth McNair since 2005 and has proven to be a healing experience for each participant and their family and friends! It is wonderful for beginners, and experienced readers will benefit as well. The goal is for you to understand the contributing factors that create the general vibration of each card so you can interpret tarot cards with accuracy. The factors that we will discuss include colors, numerological influences, symbolism, astrological influences and religious connotations.

After we cover the four suits in the minor arcana (swords, cups, wands and pentacles), we then learn to understand The Fool and explore his/her journey to The World. Each of the major arcana cards represent spiritual life experiences that are above and beyond the four suits (pentacles, cups, swords and wands). Known as ‘the soul’s journey to enlightenment’, understanding these major arcana cards will help in all areas of your life. These lessons will include an overview of the meaning and symbolism of the card and an opportunity to share your personal perspective, as well as a guided visualization to help you feel the vibrations of each card. Because you will experience a dream-like interaction with the characters of each card, you will find your own individual understanding of the energy surrounding the card. This will help you on your spiritual journey by learning to trust your intuition. All classes are on zoom so that you can view the recording at your convenience.

Student Requirements

In our materials, we will be using the Universal Waite deck. You will want your own deck to use. Any version of the Waite-Smith (aka Rider Waite) deck will work. You will also need a 1” binder to keep your paperwork in. Each week I will email the documentation, including traditional card meanings and work sheets where you will write your initial interpretations and journal.  This is a beautiful gift to give yourself and wonderful to share! Classes begin via Zoom in September of 2021. 

May this journey open your heart to the joy and knowledge that you can share, and the beautiful fulfillment that comes from helping others who may need healing.

Testimonials

“Maribeth gives from her heart. This multi-month Tarot journey has revealed her respect for every person’s ability to draw out messages. She is ever-encouraging with affirmations and questions too. Her intuitive ear for the subtle, as well as not-so-subtle, is matched with her frankness abs humor. This class was very helpful, especially the meditations with the Major Arcana, in illustrating how Tarot can assist us as an intermediary for understanding and accepting our present while listening and acting with an eye, and ear, to the future. 

Trixie

Toronto, Canada

Maribeth provides great insight into understanding the Major Arcana, as well as resources for further and deeper study. Hearing the interpretations of the others in the class has also added to my understanding of these archetypes. Not only have I learned about the card meanings, but have developed strong personal relationships with the group through this deep shared experience.

Ina

Saguache, CO