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Friday, October 22, 2010

From Tarot Dynamics Web Page....

 MODERNIZING TAROT IN THE 21st CENTURY

By 1998 whether due to the growing fascination with computers or the advancing preoccupation with instant self-gratification (and maybe both) it was becoming unusually difficult to get a Tarot class together.  More importantly virtually all of the students had some very eclectic preconceptions concerning the Tarot, and if that weren’t enough, almost everyone had wanted to learn Astrology, but found it too difficult, time-consuming or both; while the Tarot “sounded and looked much easier and faster.”  When I explained that learning the Tarot wasn’t simply a matter of waltzing into class and ordering three super large secrets of the universe to go, you should have seen the  “how-long-will-this-take” look on their faces! That year, for the first time in 17 years of teaching, I learned more from my class than they did from me.
THEY taught ME that if the Tarot was to survive and thrive -- certain aspects of its’ teaching and presentation needed to change with the times.
Now, since the financial collapse in 2008 people have become even more self-aware yet due to the economic uncertainty their attention spans and “free time” are also shorter than in 1998. So think about it. How would you go about reintroducing the Tarot without undermining its’ principles or completely rewriting it, maintain the students interest and enable them to differentiate more easily between what they want to see and what they need to know—when they need to know it most. Tarot Dynamics first step was to assign definitions and that todays people, can understand and apply to what’s happening in their lives now, and offering explanations that provide a more practical and personal means to help students to identify more closely with the roles of the various cards that comprise each suit.  What more can you suggest?

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