19th 20th October 2018 London

Venue: Holiday Inn, Kensington High Street
(2 mins walk from Kensington High St tube)

Key Speakers: Rachel Pollack & Benebell Wen with Geraldine Beskin, Jo Watkins, Cilla Conway, Tero Hynynen – Lunchtime with Linda MacLean  


Registration opens from 10a.m. for a meet and greet with coffee/tea and pastries.   Conference officially opens at 10.45a.m.

Rachel Pollack: Chicken Feet, A Big grin, and Forbidden Questions–the Devil card in the Raziel Tarot – The Raziel Tarot, created by myself and Robert place, is based on Jewish stories.  One result of this is a Devil that is neither Christian nor Pagan.  The story behind it involves King Solomon (featured on the Magician card) capturing and enslaving a demon named Ashmedai.  Foolishly, Solomon asks the great forbidden question, “When and how will I die?”  Ashmedai tricks Solomon and then takes his place.  Through this story we can look at the (subtle, maybe secret) relationship between the Magician and the Devil,  not just in the Raziel, but in all Tarot decks.  Inspired by this connection, we will do a reading on how to understand the Devil—and the Magician—in any Tarot.

Benebell Wen: Tarot and the Four Pillars: Divining for Self-Empowerment –  The four pillars of esoteric or mystical wisdom are: to do, to dare, to keep silent, and to know. These four pillars correspond with the fixed modality or four fixed signs in Western astrology: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius respectively. Fixed modality is the Key to personal completion, transcendence, to oneness and wholeness. You’ll find that instructive Key revealed at the juncture point of the Fool’s Journey, in Key 10: Wheel of Fortune (Rider-Waite-Smith) and then at the completion point of the Journey, in Key 21: The World, both cards featuring imagery from Merkabah or Chariot mysticism per Abrahamic mythos—acknowledgement of the four directions, four elements, and four seasonal points, the wholeness of space-time.  In this course we’ll work with the four pillars, using The Hierophant, Strength, Death, and The Star in tarot as our guides, anchors, and significators to learn tarot techniques for self-empowerment. What must we do? How can we dare and manifest our audacity? What secrets will the Universe and Spirit divulge to us? What is it that we must know? A portfolio of tarot reading techniques will be shared so that readers might help themselves and help others toward self-mastery of the four pillars.

Jo Watkins:  The Oracle within Tarot  Action packed -discovery session. Exploring -Who is The Oracle within Tarot ?What is -the meaning of the word Oracle ?, within Tarot ? Discussing methods- how to use information through Tarot to enhance the Oracle. Ice breaker activity to explore together, further qualities within your own realm.   Why – taking on ones ownership of The Oracle within Tarot is valuable . The Outcome – To clearly  identify  your own personal strengths, as the True Oracle you are through Tarot.

 Friday Evening Talk: Geraldine Beskin: The life of Pamela Colman Smith –  An opportunity to experience first hand, special information about Pamela never shared before.

Lunchtime Workshop with Linda MacLeanThis presentation will begin with a brief history of Hermetic Qabalah, and how and why it deviates from the attributions of most Jewish Kabalistic traditions. The Hermetic Qabalah was developed by the Golden Dawn and is reflected in the imagery of the RWS Tarot deck. Hidden meaning can be discovered by looking closely at where those cards are placed on the Tree of Life. We will also touch on Kabbalistic Magick (time allowing).


Benebell Wen: Tarot and Katabasis: Keys to the Underworld –   The Underworld is a projection of that psycho-spiritual realm beneath the waking state of this material plane. It’s a collective unconscious that subsists below physical reality. Different laws of physics and different natural laws apply in this psycho-spiritual realm, which in psychological terms, is simply to say we are not who we are in these subterranean realms. What happens in the Underworld, stays in the Underworld… though we’ll take back with us memories of those experiences, sensations, and life lessons. In Greek mythos, the ruler of that Underworld is Hades; in Egyptian mythos, it’s Osiris; in Chinese mythos, it’s Yan Wang; in Buddhism, Yama. This ruler is in part ourselves, our own inner godhead, or willpower.  Together in this course, we will learn how to possess that inner godhead, wield that power, and navigate the Underworld with tarot techniques.  The tarot reading techniques taught in this presentation can be applied to the following aspects of katabasis, or descent into the personal Underworld:

  • Interpreting dreams, on the presumption that the dream is a message from the psycho-spiritual Underworld, or unconscious mind
  • Dealing with death, to help ourselves or others make sense of a recent loss of a loved one
  • Shadow work, to better understand personal unconscious impulses driving some of the recurring negativity we’ve been experiencing in our lives
  • Facing our fears and gaining full control over those fears through the inner godhead of the Underworld and neutralizing those fears so that they no longer disempower us

The techniques can be applied in personal tarot work or in a professional setting to help clients navigate their own Underworlds. Using the metaphor of the Underworld and the katabasis journey, you’ll learn how to help yourself and others interpret dreams from the unconscious mind, deal with death and loss, confront and then dispel negativity in our lives, and face our fears to become the master in control of our own Underworld, or unconscious mind.

Rachel Pollack: What do you do if you ask for a vision of your soul and you get the Devil?   For many people the Devil is one of those cards they prefer not to get.  But what happens if it shows up in a position they hope will be positive, such as “Outcome,” or “Highest Good?”  And what if the Devil is one of your “soul” cards (derived from your birth date)?  We will look at ways to understand the Devil, both in his fearsome state and his potential power.  We will derive a reading that begins with assuming the Devil has come up in a place you don’t want it, and how the deck can help you deal with it. 

Tero Hynynen: History & Evolution of the Tarot Devil (incl. The Seven Faces Spread) Looking at the iconographical evolution of the Devil card, comparing its journey through the centuries in different packs with that of the Devil outside of the Tarot. From mythology to art, from pop culture to Dark Arts, the many lives and faces of the Original Rebel become revealed. During the second half we’ll focus on the Seven Faces Spread, where we explore the psychology and wisdom of the Tarot Bad Boy. The Devil’s motto “The only way is Excess” will ultimately lead us into a more balanced state of being.

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