May 2015: Wheel of Archetypal Selves, From Hanged One to Star (The Major Arcana from XII to XVII)
In this on-line writing course offered through Story Circle Network in May, we will use the Major Arcana as a focal point in order to make connections to the archetypes and to our past and current experiences. In turn, we mine these writings and others inspired by the imagery of the Tarot to help revise existing writing projects or inspire new ones. We will focus, one card per week, on the third set of six cards that make up the Major Arcana progression (from the Hanged One to Star), connecting our own past experiences to aspects of each archetype as well as answering weekly questions based on definitions assigned the cards by Tarot scholars. We will also read excerpts of published work based on the Tarot. Students will keep a Tarot Journal for the duration of the course, noting any experiential synchronicities occurring during the week in relation to the cards under study.
We will deepen our inquiry by writing about the minor mentor suit cards (or gifts and challenges) that correspond numerically to each Major Arcana. Approaching the Tarot from a relaxed, open-hearted stance, we will explore how the cards inspire us to understand our experiences as a soul traveler passing through the arc of the hero’s journey. We will also use the Tarot Journal writings as a source to help revise current writing projects or to inspire new creative writing.
By the end of this class, students will have a working knowledge of the third set of six Major Arcana cards and their corresponding Minor Mentor cards. This class is open to all level of writer; no prior experience needed in working with the Tarot. Images from a variety of Tarot decks will be provided weekly (including Roots of Asia, Poet Tarot, Rider-Waite, Thoth, Motherpeace, Daughters of the Moon, Voyager, and more).
This six week on-line course is offered through Story Circle Network starting May 18-June 25, 2015. Cost is $192 for members and $240 for non-members. To read a Unit by Unit description of this course and to sign up, go to SCN’s page for The Wheel of Archetypal Selves.
For a related post on my background and tarot lineage:
Tarot Butterflies 2: Exploring the Minor Mentors of Tarot
For a tarot writing exercise:
Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Using The Tarot to Inspire Your Writing Practice
Tarot for Two, where I co-blog with Mary Allen:
For an example of the kind of writing these courses produce, see this post by Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus:
Guest Post at Laundry Line Divine, with Tarot Haiku:
Radiating Color: Mirror Daughters, Tarot Archetypes, and Web Mothers