THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018
The human psyche is as fascinating as it is complex. Understanding it is a major goal of psychologists, as well as anyone engaged in self-inquiry. There are many approaches one can take, and many tools that can help. Tarot is one such tool that is gaining in popularity as a way to support and facilitate personal understanding. As Dr. Arthur Rosengarten wrote in his classic book, Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility:
“The Tarot is a remarkable collection of images and symbols that picture multidimensional themes of universal human experience. With a random series of cards properly interpreted in pre-designated positions (a spread), the intuitive observer will be surprised by the amazing subtlety and sophistication with which this method facilitates self-reflection, deep insight, and spiritual wisdom.
Contrary to an habitual Western mental reflex, in practice the placing of supreme trust in the natural intelligence that collects momentarily around events awakens a unique, non-linear, mode of perception through what we respectfully call ‘sacred’ or ‘empowered’ randomness. Loosely speaking, this is what is meant by ‘divination’ and is how the Tarot method is set in motion. Yet for all the minor fascination this arcane tool has evoked in popular culture, the correct message has not been adequately communicated to those who would put Tarot to greatest use: helping professionals.
For Tarot to evolve on any meaningful scale into the 21st century (and beyond) it must have a stronger application emphasis, utility, and accessibility, that is, it must speak compellingly to people's lives. In this regard, clinical usage would seem a natural context for a technique which, as we shall see, offers so many psychological opportunities and benefits.”
In this ground-breaking event, we're bringing both the psychological and tarot communities together to explore some of tarot's possibilities and techniques for deep and effective personal understanding. There are three large and important questions that psychologists and readers at the conference would like to answer:
Can tarot help in the psychotherapeutic process?
The answer to all these questions is a resounding YES!
For psychologists, this conference will open the door to a whole world of surprisingly powerful and helpful theory and practice they may never have experienced before.
For tarot readers, it will be the opportunity they have been waiting for to get a real introduction to the practical psychology they can use in their professional practice.
Tarot of the Future
As the psychological dimension of Tarot extends into the 21st century, edgy subliminal rumblings of turf war to the tune of “Whose cards are these anyway, doctor?” may be heard in the back corridors of arcane purity. I feel it is essential that these misguided internecine battles do not persist any longer, as the world should be adult enough today to examine anything and everything fairly presented that might bring some light to our muddled and polarized societal and mental condition. While conventional psychology is generally loathe to consider the merits of the metaphysical level, I think it's fair to say that the clinical community–psychologists, social workers, family therapists, mental health workers, academics, researchers, and especially psychiatrists–remain outright suspect in Tarot quarters, as well.
The psychologist may wax poetic on multi-generational family dynamics of morbid obesity, or the atypical character disorders ad nauseam, he may exude the marvels of cognitive reframing until he's blue-in-the-face, or trumpet with modest pride his beloved “evidence-based” treatments which now corner the market on legitimacy, or extol the down-right cleverness and future horizons of cutting-edge depression-elimination pills, and laud the stunning breakthroughs of their rising young mental science, but simply put, deep spirituality, mysticism, magic, oracular divination, occult correspondences, ancient wisdom teachings, and the so-called “perennial philosophy” as posed by Aldous Huxley in 1945, were simply not his thing.
Transpersonal psychologist Stanley Krippner reminds us:
“There are other epistemologies, ‘ways of knowing’ relying on the body, on feelings, on intuition, and on transpersonal and anomalous experiences, that are capable of taking us to realms that mainstream science has yet to acknowledge, much less to appreciate.”
(Excerpted from Tarot of the Future: Raising Spiritual Consciousness, Paragon House, 2018)
In this Powerpoint presentation, clinical psychologist Dr. Art Rosengarten, creator of Tarot of the Nine Paths (TNP), and author of Tarot and Psychology, Spectrums of Possibility, and his just released book Tarot of the Future: Raising Spiritual Consciousness, will present a lively conversation on what he foresees as Tarot's psychospiritual future, including its unique role as facilitator of metaphysical travel, lived space awareness, and timeless time experience. Art will explain some of the underlying metaphysics of TNP, and suggest new parameters and directions he believes Tarot must embrace to become a truly revolutionary and transformative tool for the future.
Arthur Rosengarten, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice for over 35 years. He wrote the first accredited doctoral dissertation on Tarot (1985), which was compared experimentally with dream interpretation and projective storytelling. In addition to seeing private clients for psychotherapy, he teaches Intuition Mind Seminars and The Tarot Circle, now in its 25th year. Art has been an Adjunct Graduate Professor of Psychology at a number of universities and has lectured on the psychology of Tarot widely, including major conferences throughout the US, in China and India. Rosengarten is author of Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility and creator of the Tarot of the Nine Paths: Advanced Tarot for the Spiritual Traveler.
Engaging the Tarot Archetypes for Growth and Healing
The tarot is both a living oracle and a vehicle of self-transformation. If you have used the tarot then you probably know what it is like to see the cards lay out for you exactly what you are currently experiencing, and later prove correct in predicting the likely manifestation. The depth of insight the cards convey engenders feeling of awe.
What makes tarot work is a matter of speculation. It may be a way of connecting with that numinous, intelligent energy that underlies existence, or it might be a link to your personal unconscious. Either way, the cards act as a mirror in which your own consciousness is reflected back to you.
This workshop will focus on tarot's connection to our personal sub-conscious, and on our ability to make conscious use of that connection in order to take an active part in our healing and evolution.
The 22 Images of the Tarot's Major Arcana are archetypal. Archetypes refer to “primordial, universal images that have existed since earliest times.” (Jung) — patterns that have been repeated over and over in all cultures, in all places. These repeated patterns form “a memory deposit derived from the condensation of innumerable similar experiences.” (Jung), which together form the collective unconscious, that part of our psyche we share with all mankind.
At birth these inherited images are already sleeping in our central nervous system, simply waiting to be awakened by the correct stimulus. This stimulus can come in a number of forms, and one of them is the Tarot.
Images are the primary mode of communication from the unconscious to the conscious mind — dreams are a prime example of this.
And since communication is a two way street, we can speak back to the unconscious, and influence our personal healing and evolution, by choosing specific images to dwell upon.
All images are powerful, and archetypal images are doubly powerful; they speak directly to the deeper realms of consciousness, often bypassing the conscious mind, and stimulate states of being.
In this workshop we will discuss the unique aspects of the self that are awakened and enlivened by each of the 22 Major Arcana. We will learn a variety of simple meditative techniques to engender the process of stimulating chosen archetypes, including ritual image gazing, inner journey, and Jungian active imagination. Even without any previous study the power of the images can convey the message to the subconscious mind.
Engaging the tarot archetypes radically enhances our consciousness and our quest for self-realization. As Jung stated: “The image series of tarot cards [are] the descendants of the archetypes of transformation.” Let us learn how to make conscious use of them.
Ellen Goldberg, M.A. is both a psychotherapist and a mystic. An internationally known teacher of tarot and palmistry, she has maintained a private, holistic therapy practice in Manhattan for over 30 years. In her own journey towards wholeness she has investigated many paths, and this has made her a rich resource for others. She knows from experience that you can change your way of being with yourself and being in the world.
Ellen is the author of the bestselling book, The Art and Science of Hand Reading, which is based on her 40 years teaching palmistry. It recently won the prestigious COVR (Coalition for Visionary Resources) Peoples Choice Award for the best book published on divination in 2016.
Teaching is her passion. She is the founder and director of the School of Oracles in NYC, where she offers 100+ hour certification courses in both Tarot and Palmistry. Ellen has been on the faculty of the New York Open Center since 1986, where she has taught Tarot and the Western Hermetic Tradition, including such classes as Tarot and Kabbalah, Tarot and Alchemy, Tarot and Archetypes, and The Cup of Receptivity: Developing Intuition with Tarot.
In addition, Ellen has taught at the Omega Institute, and at many Open Center Esoteric Quest conferences in such cities as Prague, Czech Republic; Florence, Italy; Granada, Spain, and at conferences in Greece, Germany, and at the Library in Alexandria, Egypt. In the fall of 2016, Ellen was delighted to teach tarot in Beijing, China.
Ellen has been a long time student of both Eastern and Western spiritual philosophies, including Buddhism, the Tao, Kabbalah, the Western Hermetic Tradition, Spiritual Alchemy, Nature, Mindfulness Meditation, and, of course, the mystic sciences of Palmistry, Tarot and Astrology. She has combined these studies with years of psychotherapy, meditation, and psychic development. All of these studies are brought to bear in both her therapeutic work and in her readings.
Ellen currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of The Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute in Puerto Rico, a raw foods healing school that teaches self-healing and detoxification.
Ellen Goldberg is available for readings, in person or by phone or Skype. She loves giving readings that combine Tarot, Palmistry and Astrology. A clear, gentle and profound communicator; she is an excellent synthesizer of information and can bring together the information in the hand, the astrology chart and the tarot cards for a comprehensive picture of yourself and your life.
Tarot Healing: From Desolation to Celebration
Desolation, despair and suffering are part of our human experience; we all know it, including our clients. Just as gravity pulls us downwards, so do feelings of fear, disconnection, depression, and isolation. They can envelop us in a heavy cloud, which can seem impossible to escape. Yet the great sages of many wisdom traditions say that our natural state is joy, that the full range of states we experience are a flux and a flow, transient, and to be transcended. They say in reality there is no separation, we are One.
This story of flux and flow, transience and transcendence, is lucidly expressed in the tarot. There is an integrity in the cards that supports us through both our alienation and our integration. The truth that shines through the cards helps us shine with the truth of who we truly are. For we are mystical gardens of wisdom, greatness, and intelligence, and the tarot reflects this. It invites us to dive deep into ourselves and to be nourished by this inner well.
Laden with instruction, the tarot holds teachings of how to live full and meaningful lives, lives of well-being and celebration. Like a pictorial yoga, the ageless wisdom of the tarot points the way through symbol, archetype and hero, connecting us more deeply with ourselves and offering the good news that we are the tools for our own transformation.
The tarot is a tool of luminous consciousness that can take us from the depths of sorrow into a state of equanimity, and when we are on an even keel, recognizing unity, we can celebrate. We are The World.
In this presentation we are going to explore the full spectrum of desolation to celebration, using the tarot to build a bridge between the two. I will offer a technique for using the tarot for this purpose drawing on my background in Depth Psychology and my extensive studies with the Tarot over many years.
No matter what is the state of the world or our inner state, the ageless wisdom of the tarot is here to help us live empowered and emancipated lives. The cards hold a living teaching so when we reach out to the tarot, the tarot reaches out to us. It can teach us that life can be joyful and celebrated as the cosmic dance that it is.
Jenny Suzumoto — Born in the South of England, Jenny Suzumoto has lived in Portland, Oregon since 1995. Jenny is a counselor, spiritual director and tarot reader, and runs a private practice offering tarot consultations and tarot workshops focusing on helping individuals live expanded and exuberant lives.
Jenny has been engaged with the healing arts for over thirty years, studying and exploring Western Psychology, Eastern Mysticism and our universal human intuition. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Marylhurst University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her studies focused on Depth Psychology with an emphasis on Jungian studies. She is trained as a Spiritual Director and holds a Certification in Contemplative Listening. Jenny is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki II Practitioner. Her extensive experience as a body worker reinforces the importance of the body-mind connection in her practice.
Jenny has worked and lived in Europe and America, learning from a wide range of psycho-spiritual traditions and integrating these different approaches. Jenny's passion for self-inquiry and spiritual growth has brought her to practice meditation, yoga and T'ai Chi, and study healing traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Tantra, Kabbalah and Shamanism. At the backdrop of Jenny's mystical studies has been the tarot, which she loves with heart and soul. A long term student of the tarot since 1990, she has been giving professional readings for fifteen years, and began teaching 10 years ago.
Jenny sees the tarot as a guide and tool for the eternal human journey through life, into wisdom, love and healing. Used with respect and understanding, the tarot is an instrument of great potency that informs us of many dimensions. Jenny's holistic approach reflects this deeper richness and is both grounded in everyday life and connected with invisible dimensions of the spirit.
Jenny's relationship with the tarot began with a fateful reading in London 1986, when a characterful tarotist relayed with surprise, “Oh My! You are going to be with a scientist and live far away from England!” Jenny laughed and dismissed it. Six months later, while traveling the wilds of Alaska, she met her future husband, Bruce… who just happens to be a scientist!
You are cordially invited to an after-conference cocktail reception, where you'll have a chance to meet the presenters and relax with the other attendees. There will be a cash bar, fruit and fresh veggies, cheeses, hors d'oeuvres — and of course, lots of lively conversation!
Details, details… Attend the Tarot & Psychology Conference alone for $200 — or combine it with The Readers Studio and save $100!
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