Video Course II is a 12-video orientation course released alongside the sepia-toned Vitruvian Edition of Spirit Keeper’s Tarot.
Although the content is keyed to the 2019-released sepia-toned Vitruvian Edition cards, almost all of what’s covered here can also be applied to First Edition decks. So even if you only have the First Edition deck, these videos may still be worth watching.
You can work through the guided Initiate’s Tarot Reading, Seeker’s Reading, or Keeper’s Reading with any of the three editions.
Video Course II
The Video Course II series will give a technical overview of the deck’s architecture and operating system. Then there will be three guided tarot reading sessions, based on the reading methods covered in the Medium White Book.
- Key 0 and the Significator
- The Major Arcana
- The Empyrean Courts
- Scepters: Ace to Ten
- Chalices: Ace to Ten
- Swords: Ace to Ten
- Orbs: Ace to Ten
- The Minor Arcana
- Initiate’s Tarot Reading
- Seeker’s Tarot Reading
- Keeper’s Tarot Reading
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Video Length: 2:57 minutes
I’ve created the 2019 course series in an effort to accommodate both First Edition and Vitruvian Edition deck holders. However, there are a few notable differences beyond the aesthetics. Both decks are anointed with the holy oil described in this video, but the First Edition decks are consecrated, whereas the Vitruvian Edition decks are just anointed.
Key 0 and the Significator
Video Length: 4:41 minutes
SKT is your standard 78-card deck, but you get 80 cards. That’s because there are 3 versions of Key 0, the traditional Fool card. For my deck, I’ve re-purposed Key 0 so that if you read with significators, then Key 0 will always be your significator. You select the version of Key 0 based on your intentions or the nature of your inquiry.
The Major Arcana
Video Length: 18:54 minutes
The symbol by symbol explanation of each detail for each card is going to be found in the Book of Maps, which is available only with the premium package order of SKT. Some of the key details are found in the free Medium White Book, however.
This video covers the overall structure of the Majors plus 21 keys in under 20 minutes, so I don’t spend a whole lot of time on card meanings. Instead, the purpose of this video is to alert you to some of my intentions as the artist and designer, and to highlight some of the patterns I hope you’ll spot.
The Empyrean Courts
Video Length: 13:34 minutes
Of all the sections in the deck, the one I changed up the most from your traditional understanding of the tarot is the courts. You mind as well throw out common court card interpretations when using SKT because in this deck, the courts stand in for entirely different concepts. For starters, they almost never indicate actual living people (though they can show up as messages from the other side, or dead people….like ancestors and such….).
The Empyrean Courts are the emissaries and bridge between the unseen spirit realm we can only perceive through our psychic sense and the material, tangible world we perceive through our five physical senses. They occupy that liminal space and appear to us when we need their guidance in understanding both the unseen and seen worlds that influence us. The names for the courts– Archangels, Shields, Shining Ones, and Strongholds– come from angel hierarchy.
The Four Suits
Although all texts that accompany the SKT deck order the keys by numbered realms, i.e., all the Aces are grouped together, all the Twos, all the Threes, etc., here in the video series, I’ll discuss the pips grouped by the four suits. First up, the suit of Scepters, or suit of Wands.
Scepters: Ace to Ten
Video Length: 13:43 minutes
Scepters are the active, emitting elemental energy of each numerical Realm. Fire is the composition of the physical plane and astral body. The creativity, will, innovation, and passion of each Realm are embodied in the Scepters. In the lunar paths, this is the new moon. In the solar paths, this is the sun in Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Led by the point of Aries, this is the spring equinox of every Realm. The directive to the magus and power attained when pathworking through the Scepters key in any Realm is To Dare. The sacred relic to be unveiled here is the Scepter (or Spear) of Destiny.
Chalices: Ace to Ten
Video Length: 10:16 minutes
Chalices are the passive, receiving elemental energy of each numerical Realm. Water is the composition of the emotional plane and psychic spirit. The concord, empathy, and intuition of each Realm are embodied in the Chalices. In the lunar paths, this is the first quarter waxing moon. In the solar paths, this is the sun in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Led by the tropic of Cancer, this is the summer solstice. The directive to the magus and power attained when pathworking through the Chalices key in any Realm is To Keep Silent. The sacred relic to be unveiled here is the Holy Grail.
Swords: Ace to Ten
Video Length: 8:32 minutes
Swords are the active, balancing elemental energy of each numerical Realm. Air is the composition of the intellectual plane and astral spirit. The knowledge, sophistication, force, and tensions of each Realm are embodied in the Swords. In the lunar paths, this is the full moon. In the solar paths, this is the sun in Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Led by the point of Libra, this is the autumn equinox. The directive to the magus and power attained when pathworking through the Swords key in any Realm is To Know. The sacred relic to be unveiled here is the Sword of the Spirit.
Orbs: Ace to Ten
Video Length: 7:32 minutes
Orbs are the passive, rejuvenating elemental energy of each numerical Realm. Earth is the composition of the material plane and physical body. The material resource for construction, assembly, and development for each Realm are embodied in the Orbs. In the lunar paths, this is the last quarter waning moon toward the dark moon. In the solar paths, this is the sun in Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Led by the tropic of Capricorn, this is the winter solstice. The directive to the magus and power attained when pathworking through the Orbs key in any Realm is To Do. The sacred relic to be unveiled here is the Bread of Life.
The Minor Arcana
Video Length: 12:28 minutes
General overview commentary on the Minor Arcana cards in the SKT.
Initiate’s Tarot Reading
Video Length: 7:33 minutes
Using The Initiate version of Key 0 as your significator, deep-dive below ordinary consciousness for a divinatory message and revelation from your own inner divine genius. You will be asking: “What do I most need to see right now?” and pulling a single card, follows by self-reflection and journaling.
Seeker’s Tarot Reading
Video Length: 11:37 minutes
Using The Seeker version of Key 0 as your significator, invoke the Angel Who Records to reveal to you which area of life you need to focus on at this juncture point of your life path, to ensure that you achieve your Greater Purpose. Then proceed with a guided three-card reading.
Keeper’s Tarot Reading
Video Length: 10:35 minutes
Using The Keeper version of Key 0 as your significator, you will be setting the intention for communion with Spirit. You will be opening parts of yourself up to spirit interaction, so prior to that stage of the guided reading, we will begin with a shielding recitation and lay out our cards in such a way as to first form a ward.