Although I have not been a formal student in many years, the end of August always makes me think of going back to school. As the days grow shorter and the weather cools, I want to buy pens and notebooks.
This seasonal focus on learning is probably a good thing. Although most of us don’t spend a lot of time in classrooms, we are always learning. Life teaches us things every day. Sometimes the lessons are easy, and sometimes we learn the hard way.
Learning keeps us sharp, and keeps us engaged in life. As long as we live, there will always be more to learn.
Now, more than ever, there are opportunities for us to learn all kinds of things. There are in-person and online classes available in every art form, spiritual practice, hobby and sport.
Why not use the back-to-school energy of the end of August to learn something new?
There are many cards in the tarot deck that can refer to learning something new. Of course, each card has a lesson to teach us, as well.
Here are five Major Arcana cards that I see as referencing school, learning and study. It’s interesting to see the different types of learning in the individual cards, and see how they compare and contrast.
As you look at them, think about which types of learning are most natural for you.
The Fool is on an expedition. He learns through curiosity, experience and observation. His study is not focused, he will learn whatever comes into his field of vision.
In a reading, the Magician can indicate attendance at a formal school. The Magician learns through a focused study of his tools, his skills and his abilities.
The High Priestess
The High Priestess holds a book of wisdom, but she also has the ability to look within the subconscious mind, and discover the secrets within. The High Priestess has inner knowledge and wisdom.
The Hierophant is the keeper of doctrine, tradition, dogma and rules. His teachings are precise and advanced. With focused study of a traditional body of knowledge, the Hierophant becomes an authority in his field.
It could be said that the wisdom of the Hermit combines all the learning techniques of the previously mentioned cards. He has made a journey, he has developed his skills, he has looked within, and he can access a body of knowledge. The Hermit now holds the lamp of wisdom to light the way for others.
This past Sunday, August 24th, we enjoy a conversation with author, Egyptologist and newspaperman Kingsley Guy. Kingsley Guy is perhaps best known for his work with the Sun-Sentinel, through which he has traveled the world and met many heads of state.
Kingsley Guy visited the Psychic Café to talk about his novel of Egypt, “Queen of the Heavens.”
This coming Sunday, August 31, we will feature one of my favorite episodes of Christiana’s Psychic Café, our “Night of 1000 Fools.”
The entire show is about the tarot Fool, and features interviews and art from some of tarot’s most interesting voices, including Val Sherrill, Lisa De St. Croix and Theresa Pridemore.
Christiana’s Psychic Café is my weekly webcast. It airs on the Para Encounters Network, each Sunday at 9 pm Eastern.
Join Val Sherrill, Lisa De St. Croix, Theresa Pridemore and many more for our “Night of 1000 Fools.” First aired in December, 2013, our show honors the Tarot Fool, and discusses the many ways this card is illustrated and interpreted.
Sunday, September 7, 9 pm
Christiana’s Psychic Café
We’ll revisit a conversation with tarotist and artist Jordan Hoggard. Jordan is the designer of “tarot from the Land of Mystereum.”
Monday, September 8, 7 pm
The Four Elements and the Minor Arcana
Please join us for a 75-minute-long webinar about the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) and the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.
This class will cover the powers and properties of the four elements, and how they relate to the four suits in tarot.
You will learn ways of interpreting the pip cards and the court cards based on their elemental association. You will learn ways of designing and performing tarot spreads based on the four elements.
This class is appropriate for beginners, and readers of all levels.
Christiana has been a full-time tarot professional for more than twenty years, and is the author of two books about tarot. In 2008, Christiana was granted the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America. Christiana provides readings by phone, Skype, and in her office in Lutz, Florida.