The Marseille Tarot is a wonderful and powerful series of decks that are gaining ground in the west. Some say that they are the foundation of modern tarot. The 5 workshop series brings together some of the worlds most interesting and dynamic readers from around the world who are working with this deck. Enrique Enriquez, Camelia Elias, Christophe Carrozza, Yoav Ben-Dov and Andrew McGregor. Each videos description is below.
If you have wanted to learn abot this powerful deck you won’t find a better class anywhere.
If you are unsure about taking this workshop you can go and listen to my podcast with each presenter to get a taste of how wonderful they all are!
This class is manually fulfilled and you’ll get your login during business hours Tuesday to Friday 12-5pm.
Cost is $250
Introduction into a language of fools with Enrique Enriquez
The Marseille tarot is a language with only two grammar rules, each one defined by its own exceptions. This is a poetic language that speaks to the eye by means of visual rhymes, to have us tapping onto the poetic intelligence of the world.
Once we learn the tarot’s language we can read it in everything around us.
Through the tarot a magician becomes a poet of the ‘out there’, using language to reveal a formal matrix he can interact with. These ideas are as simple as the postures of yoga or the katas of martial arts. Understanding them is relatively simple. Mastery is a matter of turning life into a practice.
Symbolic thinking is not the same as poetic thinking. The former is dry and the later is wet. The Marseille tarot is a malleable model that have us experiencing the constant motion of the life of forms. The goal is to acquire a circular mind, the divine brain of the fool.
Enrique Enriquez (Caracas, 1969) His work with the Marseille Tarot hasn’t granted him any award, monetary compensation nor any other form of prestige whatsoever. He is not affiliated to any respectable institution. He doesn’t know important people nor can he be associated with any celebrity. Thanks of this persistent state of dereliction he has been able to develop a deep understanding of the tarot’s poetics, without having to endure the distractions of fame and derailments of success. He lives in New York with his wife and his three kids.
Tarot de Marseille – Snap it Up with Camelia Elias
In my workshop I intend to do the following:
- Give a short intro to the practice of reading with the Tarot de Marseille, classical style, and exemplify with concrete reading situations.
- Offer examples of sample readings with the trumps only (3-card and 5-card spreads).
- Offer examples of reading with the trumps only in parallel with the pips as clarifying pointers (the French cross).
Part of the discussion based on my examples will also touch upon:
- The challenge in figuring out agency when we read spreads without assigning position to the cards. What are the advantages in not assigning a specific position to the cards (such as ‘this is you’, ‘this is your house’, ‘this crosses you’, this is your fear’, etc.)? Are there any disadvantages in not knowing before hand what we supposedly are talking about? How do we determine who is who, and who is doing what to whom?
- The benefit of regarding context. Why is formulating a very specific question important? How does this impact on our so-called intuition? What does it mean to say that we combine what we see with what we see emerging as a pattern? In this synthesis a result of our analytical thinking or part of what we feel in our gut? How can we determine when we have good balance between our cognitive faculties, such as decoding and understanding, and our sense for what is best, regardless of what we understand the logical way.
As a treat, I’ll end with a reading for a recent ritual that I’ve devised for a large festival in Prague, where hundreds of people participated in making an invocation that I wrote based on divination with cards. Followed by a Q&A.
Camelia Elias, PhD, Dr.Phil., is Associate Professor of American Studies at Roskilde University. Her research is in poetry (particularly oracular voice), creative writing, critical studies, and hermeticism. She is editor-in-chief of PsyArt and EyeCorner Press. She is also the president of the largest in the world collection of tarot cards and esoterica at Roskilde University Library.
Symbols of the conscious and unconscious with Christophe Corrozza
The Tarot is the master, for it may reveal your inner master, the one and only, you inner god, “the” sparkle. The Tarot is an incredible tool for opening the unconscious mind, and its traps, like treasures yielded up after a little alchemy-like work. The Tarot is the base to which are applied other tools, “metagenealogy” (transgenerational positive therapy) and “psychomagic” (a combination wherein gestalt therapy, shamanism, magic, theatre and other elements are deployed in a therapeutic way to undo unconscious knots), for powerful results.
Twenty years ago Richart Carrozza first went to a seminar about Tarot by Chilean creative polymath Alejandro Jodorowsky. Jodorowsky’s unique and specific pioneering technique of “Psycho-genealogy” helped him understand the major influence the family structure has on the psyche of the consultant, on his unconscious and ultimately on life itself. Since then, and as a leading exponent of the Jodorowsky School, Richart Carrozza has developed his work with and through the Tarot, which sometimes opens the door for acts of psychomagic.
The Magic of the Marseille Tarot with Yoav Ben-Dov
What is the secret behind the magic of the Tarot de Marseille? In what does it differ from other decks? How can we give the cards their own voice in a reading? And how do we use them as talismans to improve our life situation?
In this online class, we will:
- Examine the CBD Tarot de Marseille, a restoration of the most authentic version of the traditional Tarot.
- Learn to notice the art which gives this deck its special powers
- Look into the subtle symbols hiding in the illustration details
- Understand the unique qualities and powers of each part of the deck (majors, aces, courts, numbers) in reading and psychomagic
- Learn the “open reading” approach which makes the cards come alive in the reading
- And finally, discuss some parallels and connections between the Tarot, quantum mechanics and chaos theory.
Yoav Ben-Dov studied physics and philosophy of science in Tel Aviv University, authored the first tarot book in Hebrew, and did his doctorate in Paris-13 University on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. Following two decades of teaching physics and philosophy in several schools and universities, Yoav restored and published CBD Tarot de Marseille, and recently published the book, Tarot – the Open Reading.
Practical Magic – from the Reading Room to Your Life with Andrew McGregor
The tarot is a powerful tool to help reveal our sacred nature to ourselves and guide us towards directing that power into our lives. The Marseille cards are especially well suited to magical interpretations and the construction of ceremonies. This workshop will take you through the three elements of successful magic – diagnosing the problem, giving a prescription, and taking action in the world. We will talk about the role of magic in cultures around the world, my spirit guide Melinda’s approach to magical divination, and my work drawing from Caribbean and western magical systems.
All of this will be grounded in a simple, practical, and anti-superstitious approach that respects personal power, ethics, and responsible practices.
Andrew McGregor works to blend magic, philosophy, and psychology into his reading practice. Through years of exploring the cards, art, magic, and traditional orisha practices he has evolved a sophisticated understanding of the interplay of spirit and world.
Banner image includes cards from the CBD Tarot de Marseille by Yoav Ben-Dov.