Understanding Tarot: Fool’s Journey

tarot1Have you ever wanted to use Tarot as a guide for your spiritual journey?

If so, let’s step off the cliff and descend into the menagerie of images designed to describe the path from manifestation to cosmic consciousness.

This class will teach an interpretation of the major arcana of the Tarot and how to apply it to our journey in life. A variety of additional related techniques will also be discussed including using Tarot imagery in meditation, using Tarot cards as ritual tools and portals, and much more.

Join Greg Kaminsky of Occult of Personality podcast for an evening of Tarot exploration.

The focus will be on Major Arcana and a specific layout that highlights Fool’s journey through the chakras and stages of spiritual development.

By understanding the symbolism of the journey, you will be able to better understand Tarot and it will assist you in reading the cards for yourself or others.

Friday, July 15, 6 – 8pm

$25

Greg Kaminsky is the host/producer of the Occult of Personality podcast (http://www.occultofpersonality.net), an Illuminist, a Freemason, and a scholar of Western esoteric traditions. His desire to create Occult of Personality podcast in 2006 began with a life-long desire to learn more about ancient civilizations, world religions, symbolism, and the underlying hidden wisdom which they contain, but only convey to those with eyes to see. With well over 100 episodes and thousands of listeners every week, the podcast continues to grow in popularity and prestige. As an initiate of a magickal order of antiquity, Greg is a Qabalist, intimately familiar with Tarot and inner Alchemy. In 2007, he began working with Points Chauds, facilitated by Tau Allen Greenfield and a group of illuminists near Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, he became a student of yoga and qi-gong. In 2010, Greg was raised as a Mason and he continues to explore Freemasonry in both the York and Scottish Rites. In 2011, he trained in Reiki. In addition to the extensive research required for every episode of the show, Greg is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Medieval studies at Harvard University Extension School. With esoteric pursuits that derive from both the East and West, and a passion to understand their historical and philosophical origins, he brings a unique and eclectic perspective to the modern esoteric landscape. Greg lives with his wife, Olga, their two children, and his oversized library in Wenham, Massachusetts.

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Intro to Spiritual Alchemy: Using Meditation to Transform Consciousness

Amphitheatrum_sapientiae_aeternae_-_Alchemist's_LaboratoryWith Greg Kaminsky – initiate and scholar of several esoteric traditions and producer / host of the Occult of Personality podcast at occultofpersonality.net.

Spiritual Alchemy – a western esoteric tradition that employs the metaphor of laboratory alchemical transmutation in working with meditation, breathing, and ritual techniques to transform one’s consciousness.

This class is designed to introduce the basic philosophy and initial practices to anyone interested in a simple, but powerful traditional technique that has been used to gain spiritual insight and illumination for ages.

It includes:

  • Short talk on the history of alchemy
  • Intro to the philosophy of alchemy and the proper state of mind required to enter the work
  • What makes this practice ‘spiritual’ alchemy
  • Discussion of how intentionally doing this practice has the power to transform consciousness
  • Working with specific techniques of breathing, meditation, and ritual
  • Presentation of a daily practice

Techniques of spiritual alchemy have been used for thousands of years with reproducible results. Clarity of mind, calmness, and increased energy may be side effects, but the goal of this practice is illumination – to transmute the lead of everyday experience into the gold of witnessing the miracle of divine creation.

The methods we’ll be discussing are integral to the esoteric traditions of Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism. We’ll explore the foundations, theory and practice of this royal Art to provide students with the basics required to begin their own daily practice.

Greg Kaminsky is the host and producer of the Occult of Personality podcast, a highly regarded and long-running podcast that explores the occult and esoteric with authors and experts in the field. His desire to create the Occult of Personality podcast in 2006 began with a life-long compulsion to learn more about ancient civilizations, world religions, symbolism, and the underlying hidden wisdom which they contain, but only convey to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. With well over 150 episodes completed and tens of thousands of listeners every month, the podcast continues to grow in popularity and prestige. You can find Occult of Personality podcast at http://occultofpersonality.net/.

As part of the journey in learning about the occult and esoteric while doing the podcast, Greg became an initiate in several traditions including Illuminism and Freemasonry. In 2007, he was consecrated as a Bishop in the Gnostic and Apostolic lines of succession by T Allen Greenfield on Mt. Arabia. Additionally, Greg is a scholar of the Western esoteric tradition currently pursuing a graduate degree in Medieval Studies, focusing on Cabala.

Greg has been practicing meditation regularly for more than 15 years and spiritual alchemy for more than 9 of those. He has led classes, workshops, and individual teachings on the subject since 2010.

Additionally, his understanding and experience continues to evolve to better aid those who wish to learn this method of spiritual practice.

Friday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$25