Root Lock Radio: A Tarot Course
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A podcast for uncloaking, learning and exploring the tarot cards.
ROOT LOCK RADIO is designed to be a course in tarot for beginners and tarot experts alike. By focusing on the systems of archetypes, symbols, elemental energies, and numbers that lie beneath the tarot, the podcast will help you to understand the tarot cards on a deeper level and in a more flexible way. Whether or not you believe in mysticism, my hope is that the Root Lock Radio podcast will reveal how the wisdom woven into the tarot cards can help us all to lead more mindful, balanced and fulfilling lives. Thanks for listening!
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In episode 16, I demonstrate how to conduct a tarot reading based on an actual question from a Root Lock Radio listener. We'll see how envisioning an hourglass shape can guide you to establish a structure to your tarot readings and you'll hear a step-by-step demonstration that details how you go from laying the cards out on the table to constructing a coherent and useful message for your client to take with them.
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In episode 15, we turn to the fundamental conditions that every tarot reader should consider before reading for other people by comparing it to the concept of a "therapeutic frame" that is used in counseling. We'll discuss the how to make various environments as comfortable as possible for you and your client, what to consider in creating your tarot reading ritual (including how to shuffle and draw the cards), and how to anticipate various situations and problems that are likely to occur in a tarot reading. But first, I'll explain why RLR has recently experienced radio silence and suggest another tarot podcast to deepen your learning.
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In episode 14, we'll dig into the concept of reversals (cards that appear upside-down). Because there is no one right way to read a reversed card, introducing reversals into your tarot practice is a great way to develop your intuition and practice exploring possibilities with yourself or the person you're reading for. I'll show you four ways that reversals can alter a card's meaning and how you can apply these four possible alterations to any card. I'll also invite you to call or text the new RLR phone number with your tarot and life advice questions, which I will address on the air in future episodes.
Episode 13: The Court Cards Part II: Pentacles and Swords
In episode 13, we will conclude our exploration of the Tarot's Court Cards, by looking at the Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings of the Pentacles and Swords Suits. Since this concludes our exploration of the entire Tarot deck, you're invited to share your ideas for the future of Root Lock Radio by contacting the host. We'll also have an exciting announcement about Weston's upcoming appearances on the Archetypal Tarot Podcast.
Episode 12: The Court Cards Part I: Wands and Cups
In episode 12, we will delve into the specifics of the Court Cards by conducting an in-depth examination of the Kings, Queens, Knights, and Pages of the Wands and Cups suits. Drawing on the previous episode, we'll see how each card's position as an intersection of the suit's traits with the archetypal role of the court figure results in a personality type that exists apart from both gender and human form. We'll also begin to explore what drawing a card "reversed" (or upside-down) can mean for these cards. We will examine the Court Cards of the Pentacles and Swords suits in the following episode.
Episode 11: Setting the Stage for the Court Cards
In episode 11, we'll shift our focus to the 16 Court Cards of the tarot deck and talk about how they should be viewed as symbols of personality types, rather than actual people, and how deconstructing traditional views of gender can help us to widen the scope of these cards. We'll discuss how the four elemental energies of the suits can translate into personality traits and how we can use the Ace-through-10 cards of each suit to figure out what those traits are. Then we'll talk about the archetypal roles of the King, Queen, Knight, and Page, as well as why the Court Cards are a good place to start in understanding card reversals. All of this will "set the stage" for our analysis of each individual Court Card in the next episode.
Episode 10: The Suit of Swords
In episode 10, we'll wrap up our exploration of the minor arcana by taking a close look at the cards of the suit of swords and we'll see how some of the most intense cards in the tarot deck point the way to harmony on micro and macro levels. We'll also discuss how the minor cards can provide a more accessible entry point to the big lessons of the major cards by focusing on our day-to-day lives.
Episode 9: The Suit of Pentacles
In episode 9, we'll look closely at the cards of the suit of pentacles and see how these earth-energy cards teach us the value of hard work and the importance of having a long-term vision of stability. Then we'll talk about tarot spreads and some ideas to consider if you're interested in creating your own spreads and I'll give a demonstration of a spread based on the four elements.
Episode 8: The Suit of Cups
In episode 8, we'll continue our in-depth exploration of the minor arcana cards and look closely at the cards of the suit of cups. We'll see how the story of the water energy teaches us about emotional maturity--and encourages us to strive for it. Then I'll demonstrate how we can employ what we've learned about numbers and elemental energies in a tarot reading.
Episode 7: The Suit of Wands
In episode 7, we'll see how what we know about first ten major arcana cards teaches us all we need to know to understand the numerology in the minor arcana suits. Then we'll take an in depth look at the suit of wands and see how those cards tell us the story of how the elemental fire energy grows and evolves as it reaches each of these numbers
Episode 6: Unlocking the Minor Arcana
In episode 6, we'll begin our exploration of the cards of the minor arcana and show how they ask us to zoom in through a "grid of daily experiences." We'll then see how what we already know about the major arcana cards can be used as a key to unlocking the meaning of the four suits. We'll also explore the elements of fire, water, earth, and air as well as the symbols of the wands, cups, pentacles, and swords and which realms of our lives, and ourselves, each suit corresponds to.
Episode 5: The Last Leg of the Fool's Journey
In episode 5, we'll finish our exploration of the cards of the major arcana through the last leg of the fool's journey, in which the fool struggles with himself to integrate the lessons he has learned along the way. Then we'll talk about how the archetypes presented in the major arcana cards can help us to make sense of our life experiences and the world around us. For a deeper exploration of archetypes in the major arcana, I recommend The Archetypal Tarot Podcast by Cyndera Quackenbush and Julienne Givot.
Episode 4: The Middle Leg of the Fool's Journey
In episode 4, we'll look at how the tarot's philosophy of conflict resolution played out in the cards of the first leg of the fool's journey. Then we'll continue our in-depth look at the major arcana cards by exploring the second and middle leg of the journey and see how it tells a story of the individual struggling with (and then accepting) the power of universal forces. We'll also introduce a 3-card tarot spread that helps with conflict resolution.
Episode 3: The First Leg of the Fool's Journey
In episode 3, we'll look closely at the first 8 cards of the major arcana, which we'll refer to as the "First Leg of the Fool's Journey." We'll introduce the concept of numerology in relation to the tarot, and recommend Paul Foster Case's (rather challenging) book The Tarot for those interested in a much deeper look into tarot numerology. We'll also introduce the "what to hold onto, what to let go of, outcome" 3-card spread and show how to translate the archetypes from the fool's journey into a tarot reading.
Episode 2: Tarot's Philosophy of Balance
In episode 2, you'll learn how the concept of balance plays a prominent role in the philosophy behind the tarot, both in the balance of feminine and masculine traits, as well as the balance of the four elemental energies (fire, water, air, earth). You'll learn how drawing a "card of the day" can help you learn the cards' meanings and I'll recommend Rachel Pollack's book 78 Degrees of Wisdom as a good tarot reference.
Episode 1: Getting Started With the Tarot Cards
In this first episode of Root Lock Radio, you'll learn a bit about the philosophy of the tarot used in these lessons (and why believing in "divination" isn't necessary), why to start with the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, and how to do your first tarot reading.