SoulCollage® Tarot Journey - Self-Study Course

Welcome to the Soul-Collage Tarot Journey Self-Study course. I offered this 22-week course for 3 years and it was very popular and fun for those who love learning about archetypes and creating SoulCollage® cards. Since then I have had queries about offering it again, and so I have decided to make it a self-study course that you can do over 22 weeks at your own leisure. 

As you may already know, a Tarot deck contains 22 cards of the Major Arcana, each an archetype of the Self as we evolve and learn on the journey we call Life. We start out the lowly Fool #0, the Innocent with Beginner’s Mind and we end up dancing on The World #21, imbued with the wisdom of experience.

When you register you will receive a pdf with the links to 23 pdfs, including the Introduction. The Introduction offers a history of The Tarot, how to play with the cards, and how to determine your unique Tarot Profile, Shadow card, and Card of the Year. Then you you can start at 0-The Fool, and the following week proceed to 1-The Magician, and the next week, 2-The High Priestess, and so on, as you make a card each week for the archetype as you feel inspired. 

Each week’s illustrated 5-page pdf explores ways of looking at the Tarot archetype and understanding its rich symbolism and esoteric knowledge, providing examples of archetypes from various Tarot decks. Each pdf contains journal prompts that will allow you to dig deeper into the wisdom of the archetype and its meaning for you. You will work (and play) with the archetypal energy, shape-shifting if you will, every week for almost half a year.

There will be an optional SoulCollage-Tarot Self-Study Facebook group so that you can share your wisdom and images with others taking the self-study course if you like. Although you may all be at different points along the journey, you can learn from each other and share what you have learned about yourself. I will occasionally post information about the Major Arcana archetypes there as well.

I hope you will enjoy taking this very rich journey, a pilgrimage of sorts, to better know yourself and the world through these magical archetypes.

When you register, you be taken to a page with a link to download the course introduction PDF. Look for the download on your computer. This contains all the instructions you need to get started on your journey, including a link and password to the course page (on last page of the PDF). The link will expire 24 hours so go ahead and download your introduction right away.

The course is a joyful journey into the realm of the imagination. Here's what participants of the course have said:

Your course is worth every penny. So user friendly, packed with understandable info, and I love seeing all the different tarot decks. Combining it with SoulCollage® helps make all the info personally meaningful.It's a lifetime study!! - Mary M.

Three of us from our small SoulCollage® group took your wonderful class together... Your weekly lessons have been brilliant and inspiring. They burrowed their way into my psyche to pull out some of the most creative aspects of myself. I am truly grateful for your expertise and for this class. It was soul satisfying and so much fun!  I waited each week in anticipation for the next card. - Nancy A.

Thank you, Stephanie Anderson Ladd, for this course. You created a safe vessel to explore the cards both inwardly and intellectually. I love the practical depth you brought to understanding the Major Arcana and thus all the cards. - Janhavi M.

I especially appreciate the connections made in this course between the tarot trump cards and astrology, the chakras, relevant gods and goddesses, Jungian archetypes, and other modalities. It's been a wonderful complement to our SoulCollage suits.... This truly has been a master class… - Karen R.

I have learned much more than "Tarot", and understand how I can draw on ancient wisdom and knowledge patterns in forming my consciousness. Thank you, Stephanie. - Mairim G.

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for your inspiration and dedication in putting this course together. It feels like I have found a community of like-minded soul sisters, and I am truly grateful. It's hard to put into words how much I have learned because a lot of it expresses itself through subtle connections that I am still making. And perhaps it's too soon to say how much - I am certain that it will be many months in the gestation! - Ruth G.

I have been touched deeply by your teachings as well as everyone's contributions. The cards and accompanying insights have been profound and soul-stirring. - Lisa P.

Such detailed, rich, incredible teaching! - Lynne L.

Self-care is more than mani-pedis and an afternoon at the spa. Self-care is really about soul-care. Many of us talk about it but don't know how to take better care of our Self--our soul.  Many of us could use some help learning the tools and skills of caring for ourselves better. And who better to call upon than the wisdom of the divine feminine?

The first two courses have completed, but the third course starts this fall. Register now.

November 10 - December 21 | Autumn Aura (6 week journey) - $89

Health & Healing
Resting & Being Present

The course is designed so that we can spend two full weeks on each topic (except for the first week in January) where we will meet two or three goddesses or divine feminine archetypes from various cultures who will act as guides. These mother goddesses will help us tune into our own Higher Self that knows what is best for us and what our soul needs and wants. These goddesses will be chosen for their particular wisdom and energy to help us develop the skills and tools needed to navigate through these waters as well as to help us integrate our shadow and many parts. 

Some of the goddesses we will meet and work with include: Athena, Jana, Brigid, Grandmother Spider Woman, Freya, Sekhmet, Kali, Hestia, Hecate, Maeve, Yemaya, Medusa, Tara, Mary Magdalene, The Virgin Mary, Tara, Ceridwyn, Isis, Artemis/Diana, Demeter, Persephone, Lakshmi, Inanna, Hathor, Bast, Butterfly Maiden, Quan Yin, and Aphrodite/Venus

Why We Need This Now

I know from personal experience that it is often hard for women to ask for help. We're supposed to be the caregivers, the mothers, the lovers, the tenders, and we often do a great job of it for everyone but ourselves. I first started working with the goddesses when I realized I needed to have a model of what a loving mother to myself looked like. If you have a mother wound, like I did, and felt emotionally abandoned or neglected or possibly even abused by a parent, self-care is especially challenging because it doesn't come naturally. We may have learned to instead care for a parent or sibling(s) and got good at caregiving others but not ourselves. If no one took care of us, we learned not to expect it, though we may have longed for it. And no one showed us how to do it.

That's where the goddesses come in. In our patriarchal society, most of us were likely raised in religions that venerated the masculine godhead. In patriarchal religions and in the society that has developed around these beliefs, women take second place; the masculine is valued and the feminine is devalued. This is why it is so hard for many of us to learn self-care because we have an old belief that we don't deserve it, that we are less than. We have not learned to receive; we think it might be selfish, and so we don't allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to feel nurtured and receive nurturing. We have the illusion of control, but really we feel out of control and long to be cared for. The goddesses knew how to take care of themselves and so they can be our mothers and teachers, showing us the way to self-empowerment and self-care.

What To Expect

You will receive an illustrated 10-page pdf for each topic. There will be a component of art-making as we go, including SoulCollage® and art journaling. We will share our art and wisdom in a secret Facebook group (optional) and meet for a Zoom video session at the end of each course. In this way, you can expect to learn ways to care for your soul with a supportive group of women, both earthly and divine.

When you register you will receive an Introductory pdf that will introduce you to the course and get you started thinking about the goddess within and without. 

Here’s what people have said about these courses:

Thank you for another wonderful course, Stephanie. You always provide us with such rich, provocative materials to delve into.... I’d also say that the idea of linking the Goddesses with self-care is really key to the powerful impact of the course. It’s not a notion that would have occurred to me. I signed up mostly to learn more about the Goddesses, but the self-care information, resources, and practices, especially the Goddess Speaks words of advice, was what really became central to me. Your pairings of each Goddess with an aspect of self-care were astute, logical, and practical... I’ve gained a lot from exploring the Goddesses presented during the course and look forward to the remaining two courses... And thanks to all in the group for sharing so openly and supportively.
— Karen R.
Thank you, Stephanie, for the journey of healing. i had no idea how much the work with each of these Goddesses would be of service as i navigated my Saturn Return. Each uncovered opportunities for healing, and whereas it was not always easy, it was important to my overall well-being... I laughed at times when I became aware of something new within myself, and I cried too, as I let go of old out-worn ideas and patterns...The cards posted by others resonated in me and i am grateful for the images, words, and support that my other sisters offered during this session..
— Chandra C.
What perfect timing for this journey down into bear’s cave, up into spring! With mothering and self nurturing along the way, playful images and deep learnings. Much appreciate your wise synthesis of the mythic material; so much to digest. I made a few cards that will resonate a long time for me. And I loved the sharing with the rest of the much beauty and depth! Deep bow...
— Jennifer B.
Thanks for all the beautiful images from everyone... this experience reawakened my awareness to what I’d cut out of my life for quite a while...

Special thanks to Stephanie for always challenging us on how and why to look deeper!
— Diana B.

After you register, you will be directed to a page with a link to download the course introduction PDF. You will also receive the link in your confirmation email. Your first lesson arrives in your inbox November 10th,

Goddess and Animal Reading

I am pleased to offer a reading to provide your goddess and animal guide for the year. I will draw a card from The Goddess Oracle and Animal Medicine Card decks and provide a personalized reading (in pdf format) based on lore and my own intuitive interpretation.

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