A Free Online Course Presentation
Is there any value to making a distinction between fortune telling and divination? How might Chinese perspectives compare to or inform Western perspectives? This free video (or audio) lecture will examine the etymological origins of the words for “fortune telling” and “divination” in the Chinese language, apply medieval esoteric Taoist texts to tarot reading, and propose a theoretical framework through which to read tarot, as either a fortune teller or a diviner, though the two are not mutually exclusive. We will then run a comparative analysis of that with Western perspectives and examine Western esoteric texts on the subject.
The video lecture is about 34 minutes in length. Click on the below to begin watching. Although it is in video form, you can also listen to it as an audio.
Download the Handout
For written reinforcement of what is covered in the video lecture, be sure to download the accompanying PDF handout. See below.
First Presented at the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium 2015
An early version of this talk (and it was a bit longer than this video lecture, I believe) was first given at the San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium in 2015. It is now being released free to the public two years later.
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