Spiritual Roots of the Tarot

In this video presentation by Russell Sturgess, exclusive to the Tarot Association, you will discover a new way of looking at the Tarot Major Arcana.

In 2014 we invited Russell Sturgess to travel half-way around the world from Australia to present his talk on the Tarot de Marseille (TdM) to our audience at TarotCon (UK) in the Lake District.

His presentation is based on a reading of the TdM as an illustration of ancient Cathar teachings, developed into a concise yet comprehensive model of personal development, taking us on a spiral journey from the prison of the self, through a transformation of consciousness, to arrive at a new freedom of undifferentiated awareness.

We were asked by virtually everyone to make the presentation available and now, in the light of Russell’s forthcoming book, The Spiritual Roots of Tarot (Inner Traditions, October 2020), we are delighted to offer this teaching to all those who were unable to see Russell in person.

This is also the powerful and passionate presentation that inspired Ciro Marchetti (also a guest at the event) to create a TdM!

This class contains the entire presentation in 2 video parts of 40 minutes + 1 hour with full PDF handout of the presentation and associated ‘Awareness Enhancement’ self-completion survey which is worth the entire presentation alone.

If you have an interest in the Tarot, Tarot de Marseille, Tarot History & Theories, Spiritual Life or Self-Improvement, you now have the opportunity to see why we had Russell travel from the other side of the world to share his ideas and teaching.

You will learn Russell’s proposal of a Cathar teaching in the Tarot, a relationship of the Major Arcana to the Beatitudes, specific symbolism of the Tarot de Marseille Majors – such as why the Chariot is a cube – and a presentation of the Major Arcana as an instantly recognisble map of your own life, challenges and downfalls, prisons and traps – with an escape route also mapped in the cards.

This presentation is suitable for all levels and backgrounds of interest, from absolute beginner to seasoned professional, and will add to your use of the Major Arcana in practical readings whilst providing a unique, applicable and invaluable map of self-development.


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