tarot + Cosmos 2020

week by week syllabus

SECTION ONE- ARCHETYPES

Week One:  We Are All the Fool                                                                     

(This week the journey begins and we break the deck into its three separate parts, cover a lot of information about divination, sorcery and how to put your psychic potential to work.)

Welcome. Opening guided meditation.

 

Orientation of how class will work:

  • Section One (Weeks 1-4): Universal Archetypes.  Working with the Major Arcana, 22 cards that chart our journey from innocence to enlightenment and back again.

  • Section Two (Weeks 5-6):  Ancient Elements.  Working as the Court Cards, 16 cards that invite you into embodying the badass you wish to see in the world.

  • Section Three (Weeks 7-9): Sacred Numbers.  Working through the Pip Cards, 40 cards that serve as windows into our world.

  • Section Four (Weeks 10-11): Magic in Practice.  Putting it all together, spreads, reversals and interpretation.

 

What is intuition?  What is divination?  The languages our psychic gifts speak.

 

Brief history of the Tarot.  Types of decks.  What is an Oracle deck?

 

What is a symbolic language and why you need one.

 

Sorcery: What is it and why we DON’T practice it.

 

The Spiritual Gayz Four Agreements of Tarot.

  • ONE.  I agree there is no such thing as good cards or bad cards…

  • TWO.  I agree that the cards never lie…

  • THREE.  I agree that the cards are invitations only. ..

  • FOUR.  I agree to come to my cards as I am…

 

All your HOW TO Questions are answered.  How do I:

  • *open up sacred space

  • *choose a deck

  • *clear your tools and yourself

  • *protect your psychic space

  • *develop rituals

  • *call in your guides and connect with them

 

Deep Dive into The Fool Card.

 

Angel gives a mini-lecture on Uranus.

 

Your questions, answered.

Week Two:  The Life Line and the Gifts of the Magician

 

(This week we tackle the Major Arcana, first with a bird’s eye view, then we take it all apart by breaking down the first seven cards of the Major Arcana, exploring their Astrological associations and numerological significance from the Magician to the Chariot.)

Opening guided meditation.  How to organize the Major Arcana, three different systems.

 

Unpacking archetypes.

The “I’m Gonna Write A Screenplay” approach to the Major Arcana.

 

What it means to live in the first line of the Major Arcana.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • The Magician 

  • The High Priestess

  • The Empress

  • The Emperor

  • The Hierophant

  • The Lovers

  • The Chariot

 

Angel gives a mini-lecture on planets Mercury, Venus and the Moon

+ and signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer.

 

Your questions, answered.

Week Three:  The Death Line and the Power of Strength

(This week we continue our exploration of the Major Arcana by unpacking the next seven cards of the Major Arcana, exploring their Astrological associations and numerological significance from Strength to Temperance.)

 

Opening guided meditation.  Why Strength and Justice wont stay put. 

 

A brief existential crisis. (Don’t worry, it’ll be fun.)

 

What it means to live in the second line of the Major Arcana.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • Strength

  • The Hermit

  • The Wheel of Fortune

  • Justice

  • The Hanged Man

  • Death

  • Temperance

 

Angel gives a mini-lecture on signs Leo, Virgo, Libra,

Scorpio and Sagittarius + planets Jupiter and Neptune.

 

Your questions, answered.

Week Four:  The Rebirth Line at the End of the World

(In our last week of Section One, we will complete the journey of becoming by understanding the last seven cards of the Major Arcana, exploring their Astrological associations and numerological significance from the Devil to the World.)

 

Opening guided meditation.  Why we need “hard” cards.

 

Partnering with the unknown.  Reclaiming light and dark. 

 

Greater secrets.

 

What it means to live in the third line of the Major Arcana.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • The Devil

  • The Tower

  • The Star

  • The Moon

  • The Sun

  • Judgement

  • The World 

 

Angel gives a mini-lecture on signs Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

+ planets Mars, Saturn and Pluto.

 

Revisiting the “I’m Gonna Write A Screenplay” approach to the Major Arcana.

Your questions, answered.

SECTION TWO- ELEMENTS

Week Five: Fire and Ice, Our Oldest Ancestors 

(This week we transition into unpacking the Court Cards and the elements that they embody, starting with the suits of Wands and Cups.)

Opening guided meditation.  Introducing the elements of Fire and Water.

 

Exploring the importance of embodiment practice.

 

Great Grandfather Fire and Grandmother Ice, a creation story.

 

The things in our life that spark– What is Wands, where does it show up in our lives?

 

The things in our life that flow– What is Cups, where does it show up in our lives?

 

The healing function of the Page, Knight, Queen and King.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • King of Wands

  • Queen of Wands

  • Knight of Wands

  • Page of Wands

  • Page of Cups

  • Knight of Cups

  • King of Cups

  • Queen of Cups

 

Your questions, answered.

Week Six: Earth and Air; As Above, So Below

(This week we conclude our section on the Court Cards and the elements that they embody, with the masters of Earth of and Air aka Pentacles and Swords.)

Opening guided meditation.  Connecting with the spirits of nature.

 

What is manifestation?  How to do it.  Common mistakes.

 

Why vision boards actually work.

The magic we make– What is Pentacles, where does it show up in our lives?

The stories we tell ourselves– What is Swords, where does it show up in our lives?

 

Who are the court cards, today?

 

Deep Dive into:

  • King of Pentacles

  • Queen of Pentacles

  • Knight of Pentacles

  • Page of Pentacles

  • Page of Swords

  • Knight of Swords

  • King of Swords

  • Queen of Swords

 

Your questions, answered.

SECTION THREE- SACRED NUMBERS

Week Seven: Beginnings, Choices and Creativity

 

(This week we initiate our third section and start to break down the 40 Pip cards by focusing on the Ace, the Two and the Three.)

 

Opening guided meditation. 

 

Exploring Numerology.  Numbers as symbols.

 

What are angel numbers?  What are sacred numbers?

 

The Mystery of the Number One.

The Mystery of the Number Two.

The Mystery of the Number Three.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • Ace of Pentacles

  • Ace of Swords

  • Ace of Cups

  • Ace of Wands

  • Two of Pentacles

  • Two of Swords

  • Two of Cups

  • Two of Wands

  • Three of Pentacles

  • Three of Swords

  • Three of Cups

  • Three of Wands

 

Your questions, answered.

Week Eight: Foundations, Contractions and Expansions 

 

(This week we continue our journey through the magic of numbers by breaking down the meaning and the medicine of Fours, the Fives and Sixes.)

Opening guided meditation. 

 

Counting backwards.  

The two paths from Ace to Ten.

 

The Mystery of the Number Four.

The Mystery of the Number Five.

The Mystery of the Number Six.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • Four of Pentacles

  • Four of Swords

  • Four of Cups

  • Four of Wands

  • Five of Pentacles

  • Five of Swords

  • Five of Cups

  • Five of Wands

  • Six of Pentacles

  • Six of Swords

  • Six of Cups

  • Six of Wands

 

Your questions, answered.

Week Nine: Awakenings, Evolutions and Ascensions

 

(In this final week of Section Three, we continue divining the meanings of the cards by focusing on the deep wisdom of the Sevens, the Eights and the Nines.) 

 

Opening guided meditation.

 

Entering portals, the invitation of Gate Cards.  

 

The Mystery of the Number Seven.

The Mystery of the Number Eight.

The Mystery of the Number Nine.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • Seven of Pentacles

  • Seven of Swords

  • Seven of Cups

  • Seven of Wands

  • Eight of Pentacles

  • Eight of Swords

  • Eight of Cups

  • Eight of Wands

  • Nine of Pentacles

  • Nine of Swords

  • Nine of Cups

  • Nine of Wands

 

Your questions, answered.

SECTION FOUR- MAGIC IN PRACTICE

Week Ten:  Completions + Putting It all Together

 

 

(This week we complete our learning of the cards by meditating on the meaning of the Tens.  Then we return to all four suits and explore the complete story each of them tell by counting backwards from the Ten to the Ace.)

 

Opening Meditation. 

 

Calling on the inner mystic. 

What does it mean to read the cards.

 

The Mystery of the number Ten.

 

Deep Dive into:

  • Ten of Pentacles

  • Ten of Swords

  • Ten of Cups

  • Ten of Wands

Counting Backwards

Taking the cohesive journey of the suits.

Your questions answered.

Week Eleven: All about spreads

(This week we learn to how to read the cards in relationship with each other by diving into readings   and exploring all the different ways you can ask the cards to work for you. We also take a deep dive into the art of reading reversals.)  

In Class Demonstrations: Brandon and Angel give readings to students.

 

An Overview of Spreads

  • The Different Types of Three Card Spreads

  • The Four Directions Spread

  • The Chakra Spread

  • The Year Ahead Spread

Creating Your Own Spreads

The cards will do what you tell them to do!

 

Deep Dive- ALL ABOUT REVERSALS.

 

Sacred Tarot vs. Mundane Tarot

 

Your questions answered.

Week TWELVE:  The Blessing of the High Priestess

(This final week of class is really just another beginning, Brandon and Angel will perform live readings and talk you through interpretations, how to let the cards speak to each other and field any last questions that have come up.)

Opening guided meditation.  The eternal student.

 

Observed demonstrations, Brandon and Angel read each other.

Interpretations.  Who’s really giving the reading?

Letting the cards speak to each other.

 

Initiation ritual.  Group visualization and empowerment.

 

What’s next?  Sneak peak into Advanced Tarot Magic.

 

Closing the circle.

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS:

 

STUDENTS FROM OUR SPRING 2020 CLASS:

Tarot+ Cosmos was an absolutely wonderful class! Each week was so fun and informative. The opening of the classroom circle at the beginning of each week to bring all of our energies together was calming and grounding. Brandon and Angel are so sweet and fun and made us feel comfortable no matter how experienced we were with Tarot. I love how they tied in astrology to the cards too. They were excited to hear our thoughts and questions and their passion for Tarot and astrology really shone through. 

We got notes beforehand for each week and they sent us recordings of each class. I learned so much about each Tarot card and how to apply that knowledge to readings, we even learned some spreads to practice. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in Tarot and the Cosmos!

-Star

 

This class was such an important portal for me to not only learn a new language (if we can view the cards as a language), but also into a deeper understanding of my own inner world. Pulling cards is now a daily exercise that helps me view my current state of mind and stories I'm telling myself through a prism: observing my reality in a new light, or from a different angle, challenged or lovingly affirmed. 

-Caroline

 

I am a beginner to tarot and was seeking to further my knowledge and understanding of the cards individually and as a whole. The Spiritual Gayz created a safe and enthusiastic environment for learning in their Tarot + Cosmos class. I loved the combination of tarot with an intro to astrology and highly recommend this class for people of all experience levels as it is incredibly valuable! 

-April

 

B + A are beautifully paired to guide you through the world of tarot. They’ve created a community that fosters inclusivity, love, and learning. Not only do you learn the nuts and bolts of the varied decks, but also are encouraged to embrace your intuition and all the possibilities the cards present for interpretation. I’m so happy I made myself take this course.

-Jenn

 

I wholeheartedly recommend The Spiritual Gayz Tarot + Cosmos course.  It is an adventurous journey through the cards delivered with loving and respectful guidance by Brandon and Angel.  They bring deep knowledge and provide a sacred space that optimizes the learning experience.  They were quite helpful in answering questions and providing resources for material beyond the class that could further enhance your learning.   Love and laughter definitely were present throughout the course.  The class for me was a portal that has opened up a deep yearning for learning that is aligned with shaping my soul purpose moving forward in this lifetime.

-Jim

 

I knew I wanted to take this course, as I’m a big fan of the Spiritual Gayz podcast, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be any good. Brandon and Angel were very warm, caring, and thoughtful during this whole process and helped me develop my confidence. Aside from being extremely knowledgeable, they both have unique skills and their own perspectives on both Tarot and the Zodiac. While the information on these subjects is vast and has the potential in someone else’s hands to be overwhelming, they presented everything in a very relaxed and cohesive manner. It was apparent that a great deal of effort was applied to the information distributed, yet Brandon and Angel made it seem effortless and there was an easy flow to it. Even when I was nervous about doing a reading, there was never any pressure. Everything was met with reassurance and positive support. After leaving each class I always felt uplifted, inspired, and connected a bit more to my own insight and the spirit of what we were all working towards. I am grateful for the energy and wisdom that Brandon and Angel shared and are putting out into the world in a time when we all need it, desperately. Yes, I loved this class -and yes, it was absolutely worth it! If you’re thinking about taking a class with Brandon and Angel but aren’t sure about it  -do yourself a favor and sign up. You won’t regret it! 

–Chris

 

As someone who is new to studying tarot and astrology, the TAROT + COSMOS course gave me a really great foundational experience that also allowed me to tap into my intuition.  And, it was FUN!! 

-Jessica

 

This was such a fantastic class overall. Brandon and Angel bring such a delightful energy to everything spiritual - combining their wonderful love, unique gifts as healers (queelers!!), deep studies of astrology and tarot, humor, and practical advice into the tarot. I so loved learning from them and having a beautiful container to process with and learn from others in the class. The class was something I looked forward to every week - whether I could make it live or even just soaking in the energy from the class recordings - as it brightened my day and brought a new type of wisdom to my tarot practice. 

-Victoria

 

I have been listening to The Spiritual Gayz podcast for a while now and this class was every bit as grounded, healing, and sassy as any episode I've ever listened to. Angel and Brandon's love for one another pours out every class and to be taught tarot from this place is honestly one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. It's accessible and inclusive which is rare in healing circles right now. There is no question to big or small and they really take the time to answer them. Novice or experienced readers can get so much wisdom from them. The class was about so much more than tarot, it was about about working with spirit and tarot is one of the many tools these two have in their kit. Can't wait for the next one.

-Lora
 

Whenever I tried to learn Tarot in the past, I've always felt overwhelmed by the history and the many possible meanings for so many cards. How Brandon and Angel teach this class makes Tarot very approachable and, most importantly, fun. Step-by-step, I learned the cards and how they interact and to trust my intuition. I'm still learning, but I feel completely comfortable exploring and pulling cards now. -

- Anne

 

I took it because I was so curious and drawn to Tarot, but what I learned was much more powerful. I got my moneys worths the first couple of hours and it keeps on giving. It's truly a unique and authentic approach to the cards and the planets. And, for me, it's been a portal to stepping into my own power.   

-Ana María Guardia

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS TAROT STUDENTS:

Brandon is one of the most popular Tarot readers we’ve featured on The Numinous. Not only is his knowledge beyond compare, he has an infectiously upbeat attitude that makes learning about the Tarot so much fun!

–Ruby Warrington, founder of the Numinous and author of Sober Curious & Material Girl, Mystical World

I attended Brandon Alter’s Tarot class and the experience exceeded my expectations! Brandon has a way of making the cards come alive in a way that is both practical and magical. He creates a sacred space during the class where one is free to explore the Tarot as well as connect with each other. I really appreciated Brandon’s warm and engaging teaching style, as well as the way he emphasizes working in spiritual integrity and right relationship with the Earth. I cannot recommend this class highly enough, and I’m ready for Part Deux!!

–Michelle Kole, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

The way Brandon teaches the deck is genius!  Instead of asking us to memorize 78 cards, he gave us a foundation of the suits, numerology and archetypes so we could apply them to a spread.  Most importantly, I left confident to let go of the rigor of the Tarot and trust my instincts and intuition. And it was a fun, safe, encouraging environment!

–Courtney Sieberling, Author of Yoga’s Yamas and Niyamas: 10 Principles for Peace and Purpose

 

I def used to be someone who always had to rely on my books when doing a spread; but Brandon’s class really unlocked the intuitive side of reading.  He helped me understand the internal structure of the Tarot in a way that’s let me truly interpret the cards.  Nto a reading goes by that I don’t think of the insights that came to me during our classes.

–Jory, artist

Brandon is an amazingly thoughtful and deep practitioner and teacher of tarot – taking his class opened my own personal practice in ways that continue to unfold more than a year later! Brandon of course illuminates the meanings but he also creates a sacred space and community around the cards which to me was truly the initiation I needed to move from someone who dabbled in tarot to understanding how this intuitive practice can bring infinitely unfolding healing and insights. Best class I’ve ever taken, period!

—Jessica, filmmaker

I love working with Brandon because he is such a generous teacher. He meets you where you are and he brings such joyful, fun anecdotes to all his readings, classes, and healings. You would be lucky to work with Brandon in any respect, but I highly recommend his Tarot class, as a genuine and modern way to see the Tarot as meaningful part of our everyday lives.

—Jenn, public relations

Brandon’s unique and light-hearted viewpoint gave me confidence in reading tarot — and helped me find the joy!! I read for myself daily for clarity and guidance, and just gave my first public readings to great success and great FUN. Thank you, Brandon!! 

—Autumn, actress

If you are interested in learning the art of tarot, Brandon Alter’s class is a must! Brandon explains the concepts in a simple yet powerful way that feels modern and inclusive. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by all of the cards, I felt empowered. A year and a half later, I continue to read for friends and through word of mouth I’ve actually started a small practice! 

—Samuel, student

The Details:

 

Classes meet with Brandon and Angel every consecutive Tuesday from 5-7 PM starting September 28th. 

If you can’t attend live classes, don’t worry, you’ll receive the recording within 24 hours and can email your questions to be answered the following week.

All levels, all ages.  No experience necessary, just bring your open mind and open heart.

 

What you get:

  • 24 hours of live instruction.

  • Guided meditations and spiritual skills to take with you.

  • Brandon’s extensive and original Tarot notes.

  • Angel’s mini-lectures on the planets and the signs.

  • Additional materials to inspire and empower you.

  • Direct access to a working professional reader and intuitive.

  • Lifetime access to course materials and class sessions.

  • Free access to the Spiritual Gayz Moonthly Astrology Webinars for Libra Season, Scorpio Season and Sagittarius Season.

  • Participation in our twice monthly Healing Breathwork Circles.

 

What it costs:

 

Option One: One payment of $425 to be made by September 28th.

 

Option Two:  Three payments of $145 

(First payment must be received by September 28th, second payment by October 26th and final payment by November 23rd.)

For those of you who do not use PayPal, reach out to us for other payment options.

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