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This class is concluded. See front page for current teleconferences.

Tasking the Masque of Tarot: A Study of Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology, a weekly teleconference

Sessions every Tuesday,  7-9 PM Tuesdays (GMT 12 AM-2 AM Wed.) and weekly there after. Drop-ins welcome. No fees or tuition. 

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This is a free teleconference that reads and discusses Enrique Enriquez's book Tarology as well as related material in a relaxed and informal way. Drop-ins welcome. See phone number instructions here.


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Interim Preludes and New Cycle study of Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology entitled Tasking the Masque of Tarot: A Study of Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology, a weekly teleconference for voices Session 1 Tuesday September 3, 2012, 7-9 PM Tues (GMT 12 AM-2 AM Wed.)

 As with previous classes call in around 7 PM Tuesdays. No registration is required. No fees or tuition for these sessions. You are welcome to attend regularly or as intermittently as you can or wish. If you want to be added to the usual weekly email notification reminder send pnagy@tarothermeneutics.com  an email to that effect. Likewise if you wish to be removed from the email list, email Paul asking to be removed. It will expedite removal if you’re sure to state what email add you sign up under.

Privileged Text and Deck: Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology (Eye Corner Press)
Tarot de Marseille Jean Dodal, Lyon c.1701 by Jean-Claude Flornoy ISBN 9782914820103 (Tarot Garden) or (Tarot Art). Other Marseille decks can be used or consulted for this study but our central references will be to the 78 Dodal deck.

 

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For a few weeks we will engage with a variety of Tarot projects and trial discussions. In September we will begin to read Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology (Eye Corner Press)

In a series of chapters that may provoke the experimental styles of the Continental literary avant-garde such as - Dada, ‘Pataphysics, Oulipio - Enrique Enriquez experiments playfully pastiche with such derived theories to challenge the classical views of tarot reading.  As such Tarology attempts to demystify and free tarot reading conventions from the occult lore and rote referrals and instead make it exploration using possible game procedures such as alphabetic anagrams, visual puns and other visual and verbal constraints and clinamens.

Unlike umpteen tarot-how-tos or recipe books on basic tarot card reading and manipulation of the cards, TAROLOGY (ISBN 978-87-92633-12-5) is for the truly adept tarotist or tarososophist, struck by symbol glut or associationist salad into a state of occult ennui.
If your readings seem staid to the point of boredom, a bit of serious perusal of Enrique Enriquez's TAROLOGY may nudge one out of subconscious doldrums into a wondrous state of poetic afflatus and may, at its very least, encourage tarotists to take lessons from poetry and the poets, those universal editors of the divine utterance or oracular tarot readings.
On entry, the tarot is considered an object ‘pataphysics the author invites us to work using such an arbitrary system of symbolism based on the shape of letters, or by applying various recipes to facilitate construction of stories from details of entering into resonance.
The form is as successful as the bottom, and one wonders if in the end we read a book disguised as ‘pataphysics tarot manual, or handbook Tarot sauce ‘Pataphysics.

 

Dial in Number

Dial at 7-9PM EST [12-2AM GMT]:

1-218-339-2699

Enter access number:

567737#

(You will be charged your regular long distance rate, if applicable. There are no hidden charges or tolls for this class.)

You are welcome to dial in at anytime during call.  

If attendance is heavy we may ask most to listen on mute and we'll cycle through groups of people for sharing.

Muting through system is *6; or you may mute using your own phone mute.

The alternative number is when and if the 1st number is not working properly

Alternative number: 1 (605) 715-4920

Access number: 2160089 # 

  • Music Plays if you are first. Wait others will soon arrive.
  • *6 mutes your line so hearing reception may be clearer.

For any information or queries please contact the coordinator at pnagy@tarothermeneutics.com

Skype

You can use Skype to call this number: be sure to add international USA flag icon code if outside USA Canada.[11-]. Consult Skype for phone connection fees. A subscription plan with Skype maybe the least expensive way to connect, if you plan on regular attendance. Remember to use a headset with microphone.

In Skype you can add people to your line [effective limit 4-5? before call line degrades].

Is a conversational tarot study and discussion designed for people who wish to sharpen their skills as tarot readers.

Is a direct dial teleconference that meets weekly

How to register. (you do not need to register unless you wish to receive reminder emails)

Email Paul with your email and skype name and email address.

Call Structure

  • It is expected you have already read posted pages for class.
  • Your cash investment in the class is purchase of the books and tarot deck.

Each session includes analytic review of reading, an application of an Elemental Power Spread to the readings, a general discussion of the topics.

  • the call begins with general greetings and sharing of news
  • next we review the Elemental Power Spread for this session. It should be available for download in the syllabus part of this page
  •  we review readings following the order of texts.
  • In the review of the readings we follow the order of the texts to discuss topics.
  •  relate Elemental Power Spread to the topics of the readings and
  •  open up to a more unstructured and exploratory conversation
  • end the call with informal review  of topics and announcement of next weeks readings, any community news or notes to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the session cost?

A: It costs only your time and commitment to social learning.  Depending on your long distance plan it could cost you nothing. You are investing your time and life experience wisdom and sharing it with other people interested in perfecting their skills in tarot reading.

Q: Who is this study designed for?

A: This study is for people who want to learn to perfect their skills in tarot reading and theory. It is not a beginning course in tarot, nor is it a forum to seek a personal tarot reading.

Q: What is expected of me?

A: That you read the material ahead of time and be prepared to discuss it. (If you could not read the assigned material we ask you not to talk during the analytical and review portions of the session.) You are welcome to talk during the discussion of the Elemental Power Spread, and during the open general discussion which is toward the last half of the call.
People who are shy or do not want to discuss readings are welcome to just listen and eventually share in due course.

Q: What if I cannot commit to regular participation?

A: You are always welcome to drop in anytime as you can. It is important to read the texts ahead of time for full comprehension but anyone may drop in when they can. You get out of this what you put in.

Q: How long will the study last?

A: Each weekly session should last no more than 2 hours. The syllabus is keyed to the texts and could take well over one to two years to complete a thorough study of the books.
Holidays and other situations may mean weeks are skipped. I have included other breaks and review sessions at intervals. It is expected that people will join or leave as they will, and that anyone with a preliminary grasp of tarot is welcomed to join the sessions at anytime.

Q: What benefits will I get doing this study?

A: Yes committing to this long course of reading and discussion requires a settled life-style and a serious interest in tarot. It will eventually offer many new and experimental ways to approach tarot, for revamping your own tarot classes or design considerations if you want to create your own deck. It will become a forum to discuss issues in card reading and interpretation with people you will get to know well enough to recognize their biases. It will give you the possibility to learn at greater depth many issues often left not discussed in other tarot learning opportunities. In the end you will get as much out of it as you can put in, returned tenfold in unexpected ways.

Q: What is the Elemental Power Spread and why do we use it for each session?

A: The Elemental Power Spread was developed by Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman during the development of her The Sacred Rose Tarot Deck and Guide Book (US Games) some 30 years ago. Some of us recognized it as a good way to have the tarot comment on our study and offer its own guidance to our deliberations. (This is akin to Rachael Pollack's wisdom readings we will explore in readings). It allows us to collectively use and share our skills as tarot reader's each week and is practical recognition that tarot itself is the best teacher of tarot. Also see.

Q: Who is Paul Nagy and what is Tarothermeneutics.com? 

A: Paul Nagy is a tarot reader with a long history of esoteric exploration. He has been formally reading tarot on and off, professionally and recreationally, since 1978. He is active in several tarot groups and events including the Tarot School, The Reader's Studio, and attends the Bay Area Tarot Symposium (BATS), when he can.
Paul's role is to facilitate the sessions and moderate the calls. Content is provided by selected texts and all participants bring their expertise.
Tarot hermeneutics focuses Paul's perennial interest in schemes of translation and meaning and interpretation in tarot practice and dream. Some of Paul's views can be read in his interview with Enrique Enriquez.

Q: How were these texts chosen to be the focus of study?

A: Paul consulted with friends with whom he has studied previous Tarot classic texts, among them Meditations on the Tarot by anonymous and the graphic novel Promethea by Alan Moore. We discussed future initiatives, deciding to change time  when groups meets to accommodate more peoples schedules, and to try a comparative approach to reading contrasting innovative and authoritative texts about the tarot. 

Q: How can I help?

A: The soul of this style of study is bringing your own experience of the cards to the conversation and contributing your voice, your unique point-of-view to the deliberations on the texts read and the spread deciphered at each session. This is collegial study where everyone is a peer, on the same level. We realize that few people will be able to commit to uninterrupted attendance. You are always welcome to join  the call when you can and want to.

 

 

 

Related Pages

Most of you know Enrique Enriquez and I have a pleasant rapport, and I support his efforts in tarot reading even when dumbfound by what he is doing. Likewise, perhaps, he refrains from comment upon my forays into the unutterable.

ATTENTION: IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE MARSEILLE TAROT PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:

1. Read poetry and about poetry while assuming that it is all about the tarot.
2. The tarot (de Marseille) cannot be explained by non-tarological means. To make that evident, once a week we deploy language in a tarological way. Subscribe to our tongue exercises (counter-exegesis). TO SUBSCRIBE please send an email to the following address: enrique(dot)eenriquez(at)gmail(dot)com explaining which one is the fastest letter in the alphabet, and why.

Thanks,

enriqu(e e)enriquez

 

Schedule:

Open discussion and exercises and games.

Beginning September 3 Study tarology

Text & Deck

In this course we use the text by

  • Enrique Enriquez’s Tarology (Eye Corner Press)

and

  • Tarot de Marseille Jean Dodal, Lyon c.1701 by Jean-Claude Flornoy ISBN 9782914820103 (Tarot Garden) or (Tarot Art). Other Marseille decks can be used or consulted for this study but our central references will be to the 78 Dodal deck.

Telephone Contact

Dial in Number

Dial at 7-9PM EST [12-2AM GMT]:

1-218-339-2699

Enter access number:

567737#

(You will be charged your regular long distance rate, if applicable. There are no hidden charges or tolls for this class.

You are welcome to dial in any time during call.  

The alternative number is when and if the 1st number is not working properly

Alternative number: 1 (605) 715-4920

Access number: 2160089 #

  • Music Plays if you are first. Wait others will soon arrive.
  • *6 mutes your line so hearing reception may be clearer.

 

A Way to Tarot Wisdom Syllabus

Major Arcana Tarot de Marseilles Camoin- Jodorowsky

Template for Elemental Power Spread

Handout List

Elemental Power Spreads List

 

ATTENTION: IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE MARSEILLE TAROT PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:

1. Read poetry and about poetry while assuming that it is all about the tarot.
2. The tarot (de Marseille) cannot be explained by non-tarological means. To make that evident, once a week we deploy language in a tarological way. Subscribe to our tongue exercises (counter-exegesis). TO SUBSCRIBE please send an email to the following address: enrique(dot)eenriquez(at)gmail(dot)com explaining which one is the fastest letter in the alphabet, and why.

Thanks,

enriqu(e e)enriquez