Our elemental nature connects us to the physical world. From that place we can achieve anything.
Ever since I first got into the tarot, I connected most profoundly with the four Queens. Hidden within the deck are four powerful archetypes that represent the absolute embodiment of each element. The Queen of Wands (FIRE) is boldly sensual and wields her creative power fearlessly. The Queen of Cups (WATER) draws on her pool of empathy to navigate emotions and articulate her feelings. The Queen of Swords (AIR) is mistress of all things thought, logic and perception. And the Queen of Pentacles (EARTH) grounds herself in the physical world by looking after her well-being and her work. Each Queen takes us on a quest back home to our true selves — the quest for creative expression, the quest to understand love, the quest to know truth and the quest for physical acceptance.
In Our Element is a four-week exploration of our own elemental nature.
Accompanied by these four wise guides we’ll study the light and shadow aspects of each element, journey to meet the Queens within us in guided visualisations, create personal practices to bring more elemental balance into our every day lives and learn what to do when the elements are out of balance. It’s not unusual to instinctively identify with one element over the others and being able to recognise when you’re too “in your head” or “drowning” in your emotions helps you maintain balance internally so you can navigate the external with more ease. In my own life I’ve found embodying the elemental nature of the Queens to be a profoundly useful way to utilise these facets of myself when needed. For example, the Queen of Wands (FIRE) is my guide when I start a new project while the Queen of Pentacles (EARTH) reminds me to listen to my body and make more time for rest.
You don’t need any prior knowledge of the tarot to take this class. I’ll introduce you to the Queens as we begin our journey together and from there we’ll venture forth into the mastery of our own elemental natures using their symbols and stories as our guide.
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Questions and Answers
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?
An email account, a computer or tablet and a journal.
HOW DOES THE COURSE WORK?
You’ll get an email from me every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for four weeks. Each email will contain that day’s lesson — a combination of words, images, prompts and audios. There’ll also be a weekly video and on the last day of class you’ll receive a beautifully-designed ebook containing all the lessons to download and keep forever.
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TAROT — DO I NEED TO BE A TAROT READER TO TAKE THIS COURSE?
Not at all! We’re using the four Queen cards in the tarot as archetypes to inspire and guide our journey but we won’t be doing lots of spreads and readings in this class. If you have a tarot deck you are welcome to use it during the class, of course, and I will be suggesting a few decks you might enjoy using if tarot is new to you and you’re keen to go further. But this isn’t a “tarot course”.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET OUT OF THIS COURSE?
Without doubt you’ll develop a richer connection to your self and a deeper understanding of the way the four elements manifest within you. If you are into the tarot you’ll develop a new appreciation and understanding of the four Queen cards. If you’re not into tarot you may find your interest piqued :-) But either way you’ll develop new ways of looking at these four key parts of your self and a better understanding of how to use them in practical ways in your daily life.
CAN I CONNECT WITH OTHERS TAKING THE COURSE?
Yes! We’ll have a private (and totally optional) Facebook group where we can share our experiences and support each other.
“This course really did help me demystify the tarot. My first dabble with the cards left me very confused but you managed to unravel the mystery to me. I found the lessons well set out, and I found myself systematically getting to know the different levels of the deck and then each individual card. The cards have now become a regular part of my days, mostly starting the day with a 3-card spread to set me up. At the beginning I found reading the cards quite difficult, but mainly because I thought I might get it wrong, and not trusting my intuition. I found reading the book again and again helpful because each time I found a new gem and it was here I found the encouragement to trust my thoughts and inputs. I have now a small collection of decks, some I connect to, some not yet, but I find just looking through the pictures and feeling the energy very inspiring. I am looking forward to going through 78 mirrors again because I know this will be a opportunity to reach a new level. Thank you Susannah for opening up your knowledge, love and insights to us all.”
“This course has been INCREDIBLE!!! I am so glad I moved past the fear I had about it and the resistance to the cost. It has been worth every single penny as this vast new world has been opened up because of your guidance. Thank you for making every email so beautiful. Your photography talent shines in each and every tarot card and spread, making each lesson such a delight to see and read. Thank you for pacing the course so well and organizing the class material so it was easy to understand. I knew absolutely nothing about tarot before we started. I think it was a brilliant idea to walk us through the Minor Arcana first with the Major to follow. I am starting over now, and re-doing the class will be easy and meaningful. Thank you for being so gentle and reassuring as we faltered along the way. I can't imagine a better instructor. I believe and trust in your experience and your offerings so very much. Your lovely style was perfect for my beginner level, assuring me this is a new and wonderful tool for self-understanding. Thank you for the light and the Light - no purple streaked hair or gothic scary imagery to process ;) Special thanks for always reminding us to trust and look to our own intuition. At 64, it is what feeds me the most, guiding me along my humble wabi-sabi path. It's a muscle and a practice I want to use often. So thank you for your encouragement to trust ourselves.”
“This course was exactly what I needed to wrap my mind around the Tarot. I had tried to learn about Tarot since I picked up my first deck over 10 years ago. I tried reading different books but none of them resonated with me. It wasn’t until some ups and downs in my own life that the Fool’s Journey began to make sense. 78 Mirrors was exactly what I needed to help me understand what my subconscious was hinting at me. Prior to your course the cards were just images. After your course, the cards had a voice, meaning, and the messages I most needed to hear. 78 Mirrors really opened up the world of tarot, my ability to understand and navigate my world in a positive way. My cards are a daily practice now and your ability to demystify the cards in a clear and inviting way made the cards even more special. Thank you for such an amazing course and for your ability to bring so much passion, love, and care into the course.”
“Your 78 Mirrors class woke me up to a deeper part of myself. Learning the tarot your way allowed me to understand its language and relate to it in a personal way. Finally! I felt connected to its symbols and archetypes. I began to uncover what I was truly feeling deep inside. I had one classic Rider-Waite deck for over nine years and never felt connected to it. I have over 50+ oracle decks that I use as part of my daily practice but I never truly connected to the tarot — until your class. For me, 78 Mirrors is what the Rosetta Stone was for Egyptian hieroglyphs. It demystifies the tarot. It allowed me to learn another language, a spiritual language, that deepened the understanding of my inner world and connection to my soul. The gift of tarot is a profound connection to our wise inner counsel — Our Muse — Our Spirit. Tarot has become a regular part of my daily dose of coffee, writing and artwork in the studio. Since class I've added over six tarot decks to my collection and I feel connected to each one. Spending time with the tarot has become an essential part of my daily practice, to me, it's a precious gift. I'm so grateful to have taken your class and to YOU for teaching me. :-) I really resonated with your comment about the cards simply "being ink on paper" — reading that was one of my favorite class moments. I can sometimes get tooooo serious and in my head, so that bit allowed me to recenter and lighten up. As a whole, the class has motivated me to accept myself more as a HSP and empowered me to create what it is I truly need to feel grounded and inspired every day.”
“Needless to say I am a big fan of this course! My tarot journey started very innocently when I came across the Wild Unknown deck and was instantly drawn to its beautiful imagery. I didn’t know much about tarot at the time so when Susannah announced her 78 Mirrors class I was all in! And it blew my mind. She takes an ancient practice from its stuffy fairground booth and brings it into the warm light of our modern age. I loved her non-sensical approach and learning to look at the cards from a point of self discovery and reflection rather than scary divination. Her emails and the PDF file you get at the end are infused with her decades of experience and filled with amazing wisdom, knowledge and gorgeous images. I also really liked how Susannah structured the course: there is a lot of material to go through and she does so in a very clear and concise manner, this would work equally well for beginners and more seasoned tarot lovers. Since 78 Mirrors I have started a little collection of beautiful decks and spending time with my cards has become a regular practice that I truly treasure. I can’t recommend this class highly enough!”
“My experience with tarot was very basic before the powers that be brought me to you. Daily Guidance opened my eyes and made me crave more. 78 mirrors was a thrilling journey on a path that I continue to cherish. You gave me the the ability to embrace the peace and guidance from Tarot that was something I needed in my life .... It gives me comfort and serenity and the strength to face obstacles. I can't begin to thank you enough ... your classes have changed my life and I look forward to participating in your next creative adventure.”
“I’m so grateful for this course (and in fact all the other courses of yours I have taken). 78 Mirrors opened up a whole new world to me that was closed before because of fear and insecurity. But with your approach it was so easy to let go of my restrictions. I use my cards on a regular basis now and they have become dear friends, who offer pure soul medicine. I love that there is so much more to explore and discover and that they will accompany me for the rest of my life. As this is a tool of deep self-discovery I found the Facebook group extra special and I still feel a strong connection to the other participants. Thank you for open up this space. I know my english is not the best but I wanted to thank you for the awesome work you do. You are really a special person and it may sound odd, but you are one of very few "unknown" not-met-in-real-life persons in my life I hold close to my heart. I think a lot of the ladies out there feel the same.”
“I absolutely loved it! I'm not a newcomer to tarot, have played with it on and off for years, but I never felt comfortable reading the cards without help from the book. Your class not only gave me a much deeper understanding of the cards (especially those tricky court cards) but it also gave me permission to use my intuition, even when it didn't quite match the book's meaning. I now use the cards on a daily basis as a way to reflect on whatever is going on for me. Sometimes it's a deep journaling dive and sometimes it's just a quick check-in. I've also been experimenting with different spreads. I would say that was one of the parts of the course I liked most. I think there was one that was about how you view an issue consciously and unconsciously — that one was really powerful. The Facebook group was really helpful and fun. I loved sharing my cards and commenting on others cards. Having a community of people to share with was really a great addition to the course.”
“It was a beautiful experience and way for me to fall in love with the Tarot. It definitely helped me to demystify the cards. The structure you chose was great; to go from minors, to courts, to majors. Loved diving into the meaning of the elements and numbers as well and I also studied all the symbols in the cards (sooo many!). Knowledge of the elements and forming questions with each card really made the difference in understanding and feeling them. About the Facebook group — I LOVED it. And I still do. It feels like a secret tarot family. After the course finished life took over and other things asked for my attention and energy. I couldn't find the time anymore to dive in as deep as I wanted. No more daily draws but I did do special readings during a full or new moon a couple of times. And the magic of the cards is always there, they never stop to amaze me. They are always accurate and encouraging somehow and sometimes also confronting and painful. They are indeed Mirrors. And now with the beautiful book you've made I will go through it all again, being kinder and more loving to myself and the process…”
“I was totally new to tarot — had never even held a tarot card — so the course has given me both confidence and curiosity with the cards. I really took to the 78 mirror approach. The course has given me rationale for using the cards. None hold any fear for me. The tarot is such a great tool for thinking things through. Most days I do a 3-card draw at the beginning of the day. Once a week I do my weekly plan using the tarot which ends up with me focusing much more on how I want to be rather than what I have to do. This works well for me. If I’m feeling bit down might use them to assist me to work out what’s going on, what I’m really feeling and how to perk myself up a bit. I now have a much better language/range for understanding and explaining how I feel. Thinking about it, I don’t think I have ever felt stuck or got that hopeless feeling since I started using the cards. If I feel stuck I draw some cards. They always help me to think things through. Overall — I love my decks. Love the artwork. Tarot is something I know will be with me for rest of my life. The cards just help me to think things through. They really do add another dimension.”?