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Tarot Hermeneutics

Exploring How We Create Meaning with Tarot

Joseph Campbell's
The Mythic Image [1974]

A weekly tarot conference call study & discussion for tarot readers.

Anyone is welcome to join us at any time. However because our group has been meeting for years and dropping in may be disorienting to a new participants, I suggest you call me, Paul Nagy at 919-542-5719 before dropping in for some background and orientation.
These studies are offered without fees or commitments and are designed for developing tarot reading skills as well as generic esoteric study of art and symbols.

Primary texts for this study are

  1. The Mythic Image by Joseph Campbell [1974, Bollingen Series C Princeton University Press]
  2. Introduction to Picture Interpretation According to C.G. Jung by Theodor Abt [2005, Daimon Verlag] pdf here


The Mythic Image is our essential text and it is advisable that you have one on hand as we will be closely reading its texts and studying its illustrations on each call. I now understand there are two editions. Only the first edition ISBN: 0691098697 has color photography. The reprint edition has corrected some mirror inverted images but only offers b/w reproductions. The possible difference in price does not justify the expense of a 1st edition.

Introduction to Picture Interpretation According to C.G. Jung is a secondary text that is our guide to how to discuss the images in The Mythic Image and in our tarot card readings. You may access this pdf of the Abt text here.

The content of the call

The call lasts about 2 hours. It consists of general check-in conversation; a reading of the text under discussion and a study of the images; a random draw of 9 tarot cards using the Elemental Power Spread as commentary on our text and images. For visual symbolic study we refer to the Abt methods.

Background material to the readings and images under study may be included on this website and through email. Participants may offer special study materials as opportunity arises.

Telephone Contact

Dial in Number

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

Note our phone number changed

1-(712) 770-4160

Participant Access Code:

 686427#

(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.  

Elemental Power Spread

The 'Elemental Power Spread' was Introduced by Johanna G Sherman in her book for her The Sacred Rose Tarot. We have discovered it is a very useful spread to engage the tarot on commentary on our study topics. It gives us a chance to sharpen our understanding of the of how random combinations of cards may contribute depth and new insights in our readings.

see  full layout for spread

Secondary  Resources

Introduction to Picture Interpretation According to C.G. Jung by Theodor Abt

The Way of the Image by Yoram Kaufmann

Supplemental Research Topics

From time to time we will introduce research papers and illustrations which will be posted on this page.

September-October 2017 Layout
Abt Method Tools Outline Part Two Document
Abt Method Tools Outline Part Two pdf
Abt Method Tools Outline Part One Document
Abt Method Tools Outline Part One pdf
Abt Method Question Form Document
Abt Method Question Form pdf
Abt Method Outline Document
Abt Method Outline pdf
Symbola Aureae Mensae
Picture 4
Picture 3
Picture 2
Picture 1

Nature & Time
Spread for Month of August 2017
Spread for Week 14: July 25, 2017
Spread for Week 12: July 11, 2017 Part 1
Spread for Week 12: July 11, 2017 Part 2
Spread for Week 11: June 27, 2017
Spread for Week 10: June 20, 2017
Spread for Week 9: June 13, 2017
Spread for Week 8: June 6, 2017
Spread for Week 6: May 23, 2017
Sacred Mountains in Tibet and Peru
Introduction to Sacred Mountains of the World
Armenian Identity
Sacred Mountains Envirnomental Activism

 

Spread for Week 5: May 16, 2017

1) Ten of Coins
2) Judgement
3) The High Priestess
4) Four of Swords
5) King of Coins
6) Two of Coins
7) Ten of Cups
8)  The Fool
9)  The Emperor 

Spread for Week 4: May 2nd 2017
Elementary Power Spread with Interpretations 4/25/17 pdf
Week 3 4/25/17 Elementary Power Spread jpg
Cards EMP for 4/18/17 Reading jpg
Initial Research April 9, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Pages

 

Telephone Contact

Dial in Number

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

Note our phone number changed

1-(712) 770-4160

Participant Access Code:

 686427#

(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.