Thursday Night Tarot

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The Thursday Night Tarot - Overview

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The group focuses on tarot for self-awareness and discovery. Thursday evenings are free to all. There is no start date. People are welcome any time. There are no prerequisites. A hat is passed for general expenses. Contributing to it is at the discretion of each person present.

The Thursday Night Tarot is a discussion group started by Jason Lotterhand, a student and friend of Paul Foster Case. Following Jason's retirement, the class was led by Jason's long time associate and editor, Arisa Victor, who is now continuing her work in metaphysics for children. In 1999, Arisa asked Tanya Joyce to lead the group.

Tanya's formal study of metaphysies began in 1958, when she inquired into spiritual systems where, in her own words. "Nothing was, by its nature, good or bad." Her research led her to Taoism. In the mid-1960s, Tanya bought her first copy of the I Ching at The Metaphysical Town-Hall Book Shop in San Francisco, where Jason was teaching, though the two did not meet until later.

Tanya was introduced to the Western Mystery System when she read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as a student of novelist, John Gardner. "What concept," Tanya wanted to know, "encompasses both the pentacle, on the outside of Gawain's shield. and the Virgin Mary, whose image on the inside of the shield, Gawain prays to for courage?" Tarot, ultimately, provided answers.

Subsequent to academic work, Tanya studied Christian contemplation through Basil Pennington's workshops on The Cloud of Unknowing. She studied the Old Testament Royal Tradition of Creation Spirituality at Matthew Fox's Institute. The description of a pentacle in a New Age catalog led Tanya to tarot. She joined Robert Leroy Smith's first tarot group. Douglas Kipping introduced Tanya to Jason's classes.

In 2007, the Thursday Night Tarot group created a Tarot Haiku poetry book.

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