Originally Posted by Nickigirl
Thanks for the links. I checked them out and they both look like they are aimed at learning to read intuitively. I want to learn the traditional, symbolic, mystical and historical info about tarot. Golden Dawn correspondences, stuff like that.
Then I think the best way to learn those things is to immerse yourself in a GD deck. The Hermetic is nice, but the Thoth is a masterpiece. The RWS less so for studying GD practices, you want something more "meaty."
I've been using it for several years now, but I've only recently begun to get into the symbolism in it, and it takes some reverse engineering, as in learning things like Qabala and alchemy not from the Tarot point of view, but from a general one, and then using that knowledge in Tarot. From what I read in the Tarot School link, although they teach very handy, useful techniques, they even say that they reach Qabala from a Tarot point of view, I don't think that that's a good way of learning, since it is somewhat limited.
In addition, what's your rush?
Learning Tarot is a lifelong process, one that no course could ever to teach you all there is to know. After having read backgrounds on alchemy, Thelema and Qabala, I just take a card a day, and then try to learn in that day all there is to know about it, from DuQuette's book and the Book of Thoth. If there are symbols in that card (and there are... there always are
) I look them up. I then look up threads here that discuss it, there are so many intensive deck studies. Then
I actually look at the card having learned all the "book learning", and think about what it means for me. That's the way that works for me, breaking it all up into small bits. A lesson plan of sorts, dictated by the deck itself
ETA: The Golden Dawn didn't invent Tarot, nor does it even present a unified dogma relating to it, there are several different viewpoints even within its ranks. Learning the GD methods are learning but one, or several, of so many. I understand your wanting to study from the "authorities" but in Tarot there really are none.