Psychological Tarot Class

by Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear

“Dichetul do Chennaib, or psychometric divination, was one of the Three Illuminations or prophetic skills
required of an Ollamh of poetry in Ireland. By placing his hands or a wand upon a person or object,
he gained knowledge through his fingers and could name and tell the history of that person or object.”

~~From The Celtic Book of Days by Caitlin Matthews

This is a workshop that I've taught several times over the past 20 years, and it has the advantage of being able to be used with any TRADITIONAL Tarot deck. It offers a psychological approach to interpreting the Tarot cards, which can be quite useful when you are looking for a down-to-earth method of gaining a "reality check" in your Tarot spreads...

Major Arcana

0 – FOOL:

· Absolute faith and trust in the universe
· Feeling of protection and a sense that everything will work out
· Innocence and naiveté, but open to whatever the future brings

I – MAGICIAN:

· Ability to discriminate between illusion and truth
· Realization that your personal reality is different from collective reality
· Ability to understand and describe more than one perception of reality

II – HIGH PRIESTESS:

· Represents the gateway between the outer world and the spiritual realm
· Calls for meditation and attunement to the subconscious mind
· Key to all aspects of memory

III – EMPRESS:

· Unlocks creative imagination
· Sensitive to physical and emotional needs of others
· Calls for giving love, nurturing and healing

IV – EMPEROR:

· Shows a need to identify with a powerful and established group energy
· You may need to give up some of your freedom and isolation to do this
· If you identify with this powerful person or group, your success or failure in the world is affected by theirs

V – HIEROPHANT:

· Aligning yourself to a particular spiritual philosophy in a loyal and responsible way
· Can lead to a leadership role in this philosophical group
· Represents “in-tuition”, or inner learning / teacher

VI – LOVERS:

· Working together cooperatively with others to accomplish a common goal
· This interaction validates and supports you and all concerned
· Interplay between self-conscious, subconscious and superconscious minds

VII – CHARIOT:

· Situation where transition is occurring at an amazing speed
· Total attunement with fast-moving process or event
· Your awareness of limitations and parameters of the situation allows you to instinctively know how to “ride” it

VIII – STRENGTH:

· Experience of gut-level, instinctive, compelling drives that are there for your protection or survival
· Something outside of you is strongly urging a certain course of action
· Your fierce determination to pursue your goal doesn’t seem logical, but does seem irrefutable

IX – HERMIT:

· Bearer of the light; way-shower for humanity from one who has gone before
· Need for withdrawal or retreat from others in order to get some perspective on your situation
· Once clarity is achieved, you can return to your situation and play a more satisfying and effective role

X – WHEEL OF FORTUNE:

· Events have been set in motion in a concrete, observable way
· Wishes, affirmations, etc. have triggered events
· Time to relax and wait and see how the universe responds

XI – JUSTICE:

· Establishment of equilibrium or balance in your life
· Present situation will be balanced out by its opposite
· Time for discrimination

XII – HANGED MAN:

· Reversing your perspective from the mass mind view
· Wait for better time to take action
· Look for cues and be ready to move

XIII – DEATH:

· Experience of total change, transformation or metamorphosis
· Old patterns being destroyed to make room for new
· Change is voluntary and necessary

XIV – TEMPERANCE:

· Blending of diverse elements to create something new
· Time for alchemy
· Strength through tempering process

XV – DEVIL:

· Boundaries and limitations in your life
· Narrowed view of reality
· Self-imposed feeling of being trapped or imprisoned

XVI – TOWER:

· Process of changing a core belief about the world
· Destruction of self-imposed isolation or prison
· Lightning flash of awareness of the larger picture

XVII – STAR:

· Experience of the boundless, free abundance of the universe
· Flow of pure energy is available to you
· Receiving of support and resources

XVIII – MOON:

· Guidance coming to you in the form of symbols and intuitions
· Higher self shows you the next step on your “path”
· Some doors are opening for you and others are closing

XIX – SUN:

· Time of rekindled enthusiasm
· Readiness to make refinements and adjustments
· You are re-directing your growth, using the knowledge and experience of the past cycle as a base

XX – JUDGMENT:

· Experience of the natural process of growth and maturation
· Moving to new phase in your life
· Celebrating the transition

XXI – WORLD:

· Everything is available to you
· Choices are multiple and complex
· Strength in the ability to be open to all the alternatives

Minor Arcana & Court Cards


ACES – BEGINNING

· Wands – a new identity
· Cups – a new emotion or insight
· Swords – a new idea
· Pentacles – a new form or pattern

TWOS – AFFIRMING

· Wands – claiming and validating the self
· Cups – validating a feeling
· Swords – affirming a philosophy or lifestyle
· Pentacles – choosing a physical path

THREES – PLANNING

· Wands – defining and clarifying the identity
· Cups – emotional or intuitive clarification
· Swords – planning a lifestyle; clarifying ideas
· Pentacles – planning secure structures

FOURS – MANIFESTING

· Wands – manifesting a new identity
· Cups – acting on what you feel
· Swords – acting on what you think
· Pentacles – making something tangible

FIVES – ADJUSTING

· Wands – adjusting the identity
· Cups – emotional or intuitive adjustments
· Swords – philosophical adjustments
· Pentacles – physical adjustments

SIXES – REPEATING

· Wands – a predictable personality
· Cups – a regular emotional cycle
· Swords – a regular routine
· Pentacles – predictable physical cycles

SEVENS – IMAGINING

· Wands – experimenting with different roles
· Cups – emotional variety and exploration
· Swords – mental flexibility
· Pentacles – physical experimentation

EIGHTS – ORGANIZING

· Wands – re-examining the identity
· Cups – evaluating feelings
· Swords – organizing thoughts
· Pentacles – organizing physical things

NINES – INTEGRATING

· Wands – the integrated self, moving forward
· Cups – flowing feelings
· Swords – integrated thoughts
· Pentacles – integrating security

TENS – HESITATING

· Wands – an identity question
· Cups – an emotional or intuitive crossroads
· Swords – a philosophical choice point
· Pentacles – a physical crossroads

PAGES – RISKING

· Wands – taking identity risks
· Cups – emotional risk-taking
· Swords – risks in thoughts or lifestyle
· Pentacles – security risks

KNIGHTS – FOCUSSING

· Wands – focusing on the self
· Cups – emotional or intuitive focus
· Swords – philosophical focus
· Pentacles – focused in the material world

QUEENS – FULFILLING

· Wands – a mature identity
· Cups – emotional or intuitive maturity
· Swords – intellectual maturity
· Pentacles – physical competence

KINGS – RELEASING

· Wands – releasing an old identity
· Cups – releasing an emotional pattern
· Swords – releasing an old lifestyle or idea
· Pentacles – releasing something physical


1, 2, 3 – the conceptual level

4, 5, 6 – the actualized level

7, 8, 9 – the expanded level

P, K, Q, K – the fulfilled level


Wands – Fire
Cups – Water
Swords – Air
Pentacles – Earth

The Suits of the Minor Arcana


WANDS – (Batons, Staves, Rods) – (Clubs) – FIRE

· Basic nature: Progressing, acting, future-oriented
· Growth and awareness of the self and all its potential
· Identity and ego
· Your personal direction
· Roles you want to play
· “Who am I and where am I going?”
· “How can I creatively express who I am?”


CUPS – (Coupes, Grails) – (Hearts) – WATER

· Basic nature: Centering, securing what exists, building on past foundations
· Growth and awareness of the unconscious and all its potential
· Level on which you interact with others on a non-verbal, emotional plane
· Subconscious gateway to spiritual awareness and psychic activity
· Feeling your connection with the universe
· “What are my emotional needs and how do I meet them?”
· “How am I connected to the universe on an unconscious level?”


SWORDS – (Epees) – (Spades) – AIR

· Basic nature: Progressing, acting, future-oriented
· Growth and development of the conscious mind
· Developing your system of beliefs and philosophy
· Reflect your awareness of the connectedness between ideas
· You feel an urge to communicate your own ideas and get feedback from others
· Involvement in discussion and communication
· “What so I think and how do I share, teach or act out what I think?”
· “What is my philosophy of life and how does my lifestyle reflect that philosophy?”


PENTACLES – (Disks, Deniers, Coins) – (Diamonds) – EARTH

· Basic nature: Centering, securing what exists, building on past foundations
· Growth and development of groundedness in the material, physical world
· Helps you determine how secure you feel in your physical reality
· Concerned with financial security and material resources
· Job or career – practical work you do in your world
· Your body and health
· Sexual or physical interaction with others
· “What are my physical and security needs and how do I meet them?”
· “How am I grounded in the material world?”


YES OR NO QUESTIONS

Minor Arcana:

· Odds – Yes
· Evens – No
· Page – Yes
· Knight – No
· Queen – Yes
· King – No

Major Arcana:

· Yes, if you want to put energy into working with the concept of the card
· No, if you don’t want to work with the concept of the card

Upright:

· If yes, definitely yes
· If no, definitely no

Reversed:

· If yes, lay the foundation now for later; it may not seem like yes now, but it will eventually be yes, after a delay
· If no, it may not seem like no now, but it will eventually be no, after a delay

Astrological Correspondences of the
Tarot Major Arcana

FOOL
URANUS
MAGICIAN
MERCURY
HIGH PRIESTESS
MOON
EMPRESS
VENUS
EMPEROR
ARIES
HIEROPHANT
TAURUS
LOVERS
GEMINI
CHARIOT
CANCER
STRENGTH
LEO
HERMIT
VIRGO
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
JUPITER
JUSTICE
LIBRA
HANGED MAN
NEPTUNE
DEATH
SCORPIO
TEMPERANCE
SAGITTARIUS
DEVIL
CAPRICORN
TOWER
MARS
STAR
AQUARIUS
MOON
PISCES
SUN
SUN
JUDGMENT
PLUTO
WORLD
SATURN