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The above-linked Introduction page will give you an overview of what this series is about and provide a course contents listing.
The Twos is the second of seventeen videos in this series, “Tarot Card Meanings with Benebell” (formerly titled “Learn the Tarot Card by Card”).
Are These the Only Way to Interpret the Cards?
If you’ve read more than three books on tarot card meanings, especially contemporary publications, you quickly realize how fluid the interpretation of card meanings can be. When you start to work with different decks with varying imagery and symbolism, the differences grow even more apparent.
The card meanings covered in this video series are narrow in scope: for the Marseille, we’re working exclusively from Mathers and Papus; for the RWS, Waite’s Pictorial Key and my 2015 book Holistic Tarot; for the Thoth, Crowley’s Book of Thoth. For the SKT, since I designed the deck, anything I say goes, right? =)
This series is a primer, which means it’s nothing more than a starting point. It’s about offering historical, cultural, and philosophical context for these keys of the tarot from four different deck styles.
As you progress in your studies of the tarot, you will take the cumbersome block of all facets of card meanings that you’re learning and whittle away at what doesn’t work for you and further expand upon what does, to eventually formulate your own analytical and intuitive methods for interpreting the cards.
To deepen your exploration of card meanings, here are a few book recommendations:
Tarot de Marseilles
- Jodorowsky’s The Way of the Tarot
- The Marseille Tarot Revealed by Dr. Yoav Ben-Dov
- My book, Holistic Tarot published by North Atlantic Books
- The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A. E. Waite (Dover Occult, 2005 edition)
The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot
- The Crowley Tarot: The Handbook to the Cards by Hajo Banzhaf
- The Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley (Weiser Books, 1974 edition)
Spirit Keeper’s Tarot
- Little White Book (Vitruvian, 2019) [download the PDF]
- Medium White Book (Vitruvian, 2019) [free PDF or $9.24 paperback]
- The Book of Maps
Oops! Too Long…
Running at almost 35 minutes, I lost control over content direction here. My initial self-imposed restriction was to keep every video at a digestible size, capped at around 20 minutes per video, so this one definitely got away from me.
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7 thoughts on “The Twos: Tarot Card Meanings”
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This series is superb. Thank you for all your hard work and obvious dedication to the Tarot and it’s followers.
Wonderful series, Bell!
This is a great series and a very big undertaking. I enjoy watching the video and would like to see it converted into a Lulu download book or published, for a longtime it frustrated me that the tarot systems were not in the one book and this series makes things more accessible. I only one on the Thoth and Waite but it is very basic is the Susan Levitt book “The Complete tarot kit”, the consolations was you received two mini decks with the book, I happy to love mini decks they are easy to pack when travelling. If anyone is interested in getting two classic decks the book can be purchased on Amazon. One can additionally order mini Marseille tarot decks.
Publisher: U.S. Games; Pack edition (30 Nov. 2002)
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