Tarot Class Recording:
Links to images used during class
The first page contains the card comparisons:
The second page contains sample spreads:
Interview with Sarah Taylor:
From Eric: Recommended Tarot decks for a true survey of time periods
Jodorowsky-Camion Tarot de Marseille
A 15th-century deck that is a 20th-century restoration of the truly old-style tarot. Every reader needs to be familiar with an old deck, and this is in my opinion the best of them. The restoration project was supervised by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the magus and surrealist film director. It is not easily found, but it can be ordered online. When in doubt, contact the Astrology Shop in Covent Garden, London. Ask for Barry and tell him I said hi. There are other decks from this genre but I have not done a thorough review — however, for a quality, bargain version get the Tarot Classic and you’ll get the idea.
Thoth Tarot (Crowley Tarot)
A 20th-century deck devised by Aleister Crowley and painted in tempera color paints on wood boards by Lady Frieda Harris. It was painted in the 1940s and finally published in the late 1960s. The originals still exist. I have never seen them but I once saw the building they are supposedly in, somewhere in London.
This deck, viewed as some kind of radical departure from something, is really close to the Marseille tradition. The minor arcana does not have people in it. It has depictions of the suits and numbers which are enhanced by visual representations of energy flow and quality. It also has direct astrological references rather than ones encrypted in the illustrations.
The deck is somewhat difficult to use for reading in my opinion as the cards are a bit astral and sticky. But you will learn a lot from studying them. The Book of Thoth is, in my view, the very best tarot book, followed by Tarot: Mirror of Your Relationships, which is also about this deck.
This is an early 20th-century deck, based on an earlier deck, drawn by the magnificent Pamela Coleman Smith and supervised by Edmund Arthur Waite. This is one of the best decks for regular use. It is a departure from the Marseille deck in that there are people shown in the minor arcana. No overt astrology references. They are stitched and woven into the major arcana. This is a high-vibration, easy-to-read deck. It seems simplistic but it’s a work of genius, reflective of its most gorgeous artist, Pamela. The deck exists in many many versions — I recommend either the original Rider Waite or a modern repainting, the Universal Waite.
This is a truly modern deck, designed by James Wanless. It’s made of collages from cut up magazine advertisements. The deck is 100% made of sliced up ads, and is a work of art. It departs from the normal suits and the usual court cards; you get the Man of Worlds instead of the King of Pentacles, for example. This is the deck I’ve used for approximately 72 readings in the birthday reading series.
This is a modern traditional deck, using the usual suits and references, but beautifully painted with new scenes. It is not a novelty deck like so many other contemporary decks. It was supervised by tarot master Rachel Pollack and painted by Hermann Haindl.
Salvador Dali Tarot
If you want to spend a lot of money for a gorgeous deck, get the Dali tarot. His interpretations are ingenious and a tad demented and surreal. The deck is soaked in love — it was a gift for his wife Gala.
Good Afternoon Eric and Amy,
I wanted to write and say thank you again for providing this class. I just finished an intense 24-hour-long tarot training course, which started out with listening to this class. I have been studying tarot from books for a couple of years now, so I had some basic knowledge, but no practical experience. I remained intimidated by the woo-woo factor and fear of getting it wrong.
Eric, the way you articulate the beginning moments of the reading, and the mental process of the reader in such a way that de-mystifies it, made it so much easier for me to jump in, which I did. By mid-morning on Sunday, I was leading most of the discussions on card interpretations. The instructor was listening in on all of my readings and adding very little. It was gratifying, if a little exhausting.
I feel like someone who was living in a foreign country, where they only speak enough of the language to get by, to being someone who can now follow the conversation and engage. I still have a lot of practice to do, but at least now I can speak the language. Thank you for helping me crack that open.