The Building Blocks of Tarot
The Tarot provides a Map of Life which is a doorway to the deepest wisdom and the most transformative spiritual mysteries.
Our courses teach the Building Blocks method which is simple and easy, involving hardly any memorisation. Our courses are user friendly without losing sight of the mystery, magic and symbolic richness that the Tarot represents.
In working with building blocks we are not trying to reduce the Tarot to a facile system, nor do we seek to demystify, simplify or rationalise it. The building blocks are in themselves based in the mystery of all Creation, but are rendered “bite-sized”, making it easier to grasp in the beginning than the more complex combinations.
Anybody can work with the Tarot. It is a tool to develop the intuition as well as an interaction with the workings of All-That-Is. The Building Blocks method provides an easy to follow system by which to understand the workings of the Tarot, and to synthesise the constituent parts into a meaningful whole.
Jacques was born in Australia in 1971. He has degrees in architecture (B.Bdg.A), psychology/languages (B.A) and French Literature at the Université de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis (France) and has also worked as a ceramicist, artist and writer.
Since 1996 he has trained extensively in Conscious Breathwork, Astrology, mythology and Tarot.
“The Building Blocks of Tarot ” (a book explaining the symbolism of the Tarot cards) and “Healing Doorways ” (a visualisation CD) were both released in 2004. In 2007 he published the “Classical Mythology Deck,“ which he illustrated and conceived. The latter is a set of 90 cards covering the principle gods and goddesses of Greek and Roman pantheon.
Jacques first walked the pilgrimage to Santiago-de-Compostela in Spain in July 2001. The experience was so life changing that he now runs a facilitated spiritual process along this ‘Camino’ with other pilgrims almost every year.
He currently lives in São Paulo (Brazil), travelling regularly to South Africa, Europe and the USA.
Course Curriculum - (complete video and audio course incl. a manual)
Week 1 - Introduction
- Introduction to the course
- The Building Blocks method
- Metaphysical principles
- Tarot cards readings
- Choosing your deck
- Getting to know the cards
Week 2 - The Major Arcana Part 1
- The Story of the Major Arcana
- Correspondence mandalas
- Storytelling with the cards
Week 3 - The Major Arcana Part 2
- The Major Arcana: card by card
- Spread: 3-card spread
Week 4 - The Minor Arcana Part 1
- The 4 elements
- Tarot numbers
- Working with keywords
- Numerology mandala
- Spread: ‘Yes-No’ questions
Week 5 - The Minor Arcana Part 2
- The Minor Arcana: card by card
- Spread: The Basic Spread
Week 6 - The Court Cards Part 1
- The Courtiers
- Keywords and phrases
Week 7 - The Court Cards Part 2
- The Court Cards: card by card
- Spread: simple relationship spread
Week 8 - Conclusion
- The Building Blocks of Astrology - season, element, ruling planet
- Synthesis - reading synthesis; synthesis within a card - themes