Three days. Nine speakers. A myriad of enlightening perspectives. 
Welcome to The College of Psychic Studies' inaugural Tarot Symposium.

We are delighted to invite you to the College in London for our three-day Tarot Symposium. This lively, thought-provoking and inspiring programme invites seekers, art-appreciators, occultists, tarot traditionalists and the simply curious to dive deeper than ever before into the tarot. 

Join us with some of the leading visionaries, thinkers and creators in tarot...

Tarot Symposium speakers: Etal Ilfeld, Avril Price, Nicolas Bruno, Geraldine Beskin,  Robert Shehu-Ansell, Laetitia Barbier, Olivia M Healy, Jonathan Allen, Julian Vayne

Friday 18 November

  • Etan Ilfeld, owner of Watkins Books and Publishing, John Hunt Publishing & Editor-in-Chief of Mind Body Spirit magazine, talks on Tarot Tales from Watkins: Publishers and Owners of London's Oldest Esoteric Bookstore. Etan will share anecdotes about some of the many famous visitors to Watkins bookshop, including Aleister Crowley and the poet W.B. Yeats - also a College member. He'll reveal Watkins' most cherished tarot decks, and the keys to getting your own deck published - essential for budding tarot creatives. 

Saturday 19 November

  • Avril Price, the College's esteemed Tarot Master, talks on Hidden Symbolism in the Rider Waite Smith Deck. Avril has a deep and abiding passion for tarot, spanning over 35 years. She brings to this Tarot Symposium her fondness for, and expertise in, the Rider Waite Smith deck.
  • Nicolas Bruno, photographer, artist & creator of The Somnia Tarot deck, talks on The Somnia Tarot: Born from Dreams & Nightmares. Nicolas will share his process of transforming his terrifying sleep paralysis experiences into surreal photography. He will also dive into his latest series, The Somnia Tarot, which explores the relationship between dream symbolism and the tradition of tarot.
  • Geraldine Beskin, 4th generation practitioner of the Artes Occultique & owner of London's Atlantis Bookshop, talks on Lady Frieda Harris: Designer of The Thoth Tarot Deck. Geraldine's biographical insights on many esoteric luminaries have kindled an increasingly global interest in her lectures.
  • Robert Shehu-Ansell, independent scholar, curator & owner of Fulgur Press, talks on The Scent of the Secret Rose: Ithell Colquhoun and the Taro. Robert explores Colquhoun's long relationship with tarot, her fascination with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and how these interests became conflicted with her involvement in Surrealism.

Sunday 20 November

  • Morbid Anatomy's Laetitia Barbier, independent scholar, curator, tarot historian & cartomancy enthusiast, talks on Babel Polyphony: On Tarot, Language and Forgotten Iconography. Sensitive to powerful iconography, Laetitia studied Art History at the Sorbonne and has been working professionally in the arts for over a decade.
  • Olivia M. Healy, award-winning illustrator & creator of the Omni Tarot, talks on Femininity and Gender Identity: The Omni Tarot. A strikingly modern deck, the Omni Tarot draws upon ancient and occult influences as well as contemporary subcultures.
  • Jonathan Allen, artist, writer & curator at London's Magic Circle Museum, talks on Rediscovering the Austin Spare Tarot Deck. Spare's forgotten deck of hand-painted cards, created by the artist circa 1906, generated much excitement when it was recovered by Jonathan from the archives of The Magic Circle Museum.
  • Julian Vayne, independent scholar, occultist & author, talks on The Tarot as a Magical Tool. Known primarily as a method of divination, the tarot is used in many other ways by esoteric practitioners. In this lecture, Julian Vayne will explore the historical and contemporary use of the tarot as an aid to contemplation, inner world journeying, psychogeography and magic.

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Choose your ticket

Tickets are limited, so book now to join. Purchase The Full Experience ticket to access all events. Alternatively, attend just Saturday or Sunday.

The Full Experience 

Members £290 | Non-members £330

Includes: 
  • Access to all events on Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Exclusive Tarot Symposium soirée on Friday evening to meet our presenters and connect with like-minded friends
  • Free mini readings from our advanced Tarot students
  • Glass of bubbly
  • A goodie bag with some extras
  • 15% discount on everything in our shop
  • Free access to livestream online tarot-related talks that will be scheduled alongside the symposium
  • Exclusive access to our exhibition: Creative Spirits (including our dedicated tarot room) without members of the public 

Saturday ticket

Members £140 | Non-members £160 

Includes:
  • A whole day experience with access to all Saturday's events
  • A goodie bag
  • Exclusive access to our exhibition: Creative Spirits (including our dedicated tarot room) without members of the public
  • 15% discount on everything in our shop

Sunday ticket

Members £140 | Non-members £160

Includes:
  • A whole day experience with access to all Sunday's events
  • A goodie bag
  • Exclusive access to our exhibition: Creative Spirits (including our dedicated tarot room) without members of the public
  • 15% discount on everything in our shop

Tea, coffee and water will be supplied in the breaks.
For lunch, there are plenty of cafes, eateries and supermarkets in South Kensington and Gloucester Road.

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Join us to be inspired, discover new ways of seeing the tarot, connect with a kindred community and make some friends along the way. 

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