tarot + Cosmos 2020

week by week syllabus


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.


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.


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.


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!




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.






“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 March 24, on the New Moon in Aries.  (No class on Tuesday, April 14th.)

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:

  • 22 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 Aries Season, Taurus Season and Gemini Season.


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.

REGISTRATION opens in August! 


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