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Learning the Opening of the Key

An interdisciplinary course on the OOTK

Course Description:

We will be citing and reconciling publicly available texts on the Opening of the Key (OOTK) divinatory technique from Paul Foster Case, Macgregor Mathers, and Aleister Crowley and supplementing those texts with commentary from contemporary masters such as Chic and Tabatha Cicero and Paul Hughes-Barlow to learn the mechanics and the metaphysical implications of the OOTK. Much like how the Celtic Cross spread has become a golden standard, we will learn how to integrate the OOTK into personal practice. Along with deconstructing the five operations of the OOTK, we will learn about elemental dignities, Kabbalistic basics, traditional card counting, Western astrology basics, and what all of these studies combined with tarot divination can teach us about the cornerstone principle in Western occultism--"as above, so below."

This course will be taught through concise video installments, instructing on the OOTK one operation at a time. I'll also offer my explanation for why each operation is part and parcel to the OOTK and how astrology, numerology, elemental dignities, and the Kabbalah come together to provide us a transcendental path toward connecting to a divine principle.

An easy-to-follow workbook in plain English will be provided, which you will be expected to work through while taking the course. Supplemental study guides will be provided to teach elemental dignities, Kabbalistic basics, reference charts for card counting, guides on the twelve houses and twelve signs in astrology, references for the ten sephiroth of the Tree of Life, and a Sepher Yetzirah trumps correspondence table to help explain card counting.

Even if after the course you opt never to use the OOTK in its traditional form, the various techniques and metaphysical principles you will learn in this course will deepen your understanding of tarot, of divination in general, and of Western occultism.

My OOTK course is not just about learning the OOTK. This course is an invaluable lecture with supplemental texts on how to process and think through esoteric practices and studies. This course is about how to calibrate your own mental state and vibrational frequency to ready yourself for communion with higher consciousness (or Divinity). The lessons I strive to teach in this course transcend a tarot technique tutorial. I hope to share with you how to be a more powerful metaphysician.

Free Course Preview:

For a free preview, watch the first of ten video lectures for this master class:

Prerequisites:

An intermediate level proficiency with tarot is a prerequisite for the course. This is not for tarot beginners.

However, it is okay if you are not familiar with Western astrology or the Kabbalah/Qabalah. All the references you need for the basics in the various esoteric studies will be taught through this course. You do not need to come in to this class with a background in astrology or the Kabbalah.

Course Outline:

A. Introduction to the Opening of the Key

B. First Operation: The Four Worlds

C. Second Operation: The Twelve Houses

D. Third Operation: The Twelve Signs

E. Fourth Operation: The Thirty-Six Decans

F. Fifth Operation: The Tree of Life

G. Concluding Remarks

Materials Provided:

* Course Content Guide & Syllabus * OOTK Workbook * Study Guides * Card Counting: Numerical Assignments in the Major Arcana * Numerological Correspondences for Reading Tarot * Learning the Twelve Astrological Houses * Learning the Twelve Zodiac Signs * Learning the Thirty-Six Decans * Learning the Ten Sephiroth and Kabbalistic Tree of Life * Quick References * Court Card Significator Selection * Four Worlds Correspondence Table * Card Counting Numerical Correspondences * Card Pairing & Elemental Dignities * Tarot Spread Reference for Second Operation * Second Operation: Order of Houses to Divine Per First Operation Results * Tarot Spread Reference for Third Operation * The Twelve-Card Zodiac Spread * Tarot Spread Reference for Fourth Operation (with House and Sign Keywords) * Tarot Spread Reference for Fourth Operation (with Elemental Correspondences) * Kabbalistic Tree of Life Diagram * The Tree of Life Spread * Glyph Correspondences for the Major Arcana – First Septenary * Glyph Correspondences for the Major Arcana – Second Septenary * Glyph Correspondences for the Major Arcana – Third Septenary * Glyph Correspondences for the Suit of Wands – Pips Only * Glyph Correspondences for the Suit of Cups – Pips Only * Glyph Correspondences for the Suit of Swords – Pips Only * Glyph Correspondences for the Suit of Pentacles – Pips Only * Glyph Correspondences for Courts from the Active Suits of the Minor Arcana * Glyph Correspondences for Courts from the Passive Suits of the Minor Arcana * Log of Practice: Forms and Templates * Log of OOTK Trials * First Operation: Divinatory Result from Opening the Four Worlds * Card Counting: Log of Marked Cards as Numerically Selected * First Operation: Analytical Approach to Reading a Narrative * Log of Results from Card Pairing & Analysis of Elemental Dignities * Analytical Method for Assessing Elemental Dignities * Analytical Method for String Analysis (For Entire World, or Card Pile from First Operation) * Second Operation Comparative Analysis with Results from First Operation * Second Operation: Analytical Approach to Reading a Narrative * Fourth Operation: Log of Resulting Thirty-Six Decans * Fourth Operation: Log of House and Elemental Assessment for the Thirty-Six Decans * Fifth Operation: Procedure for Determining Whether Key Has Been Revealed * Fifth Operation: Procedure if Yes, Key Has Been Revealed * Fifth Operation: Procedure if No, Key Has Not Been Revealed

Recommended Supplies:

I say "recommended" here only because there is no feasible way for me to force it. However, I strongly recommend that you print out a copy of the OOTK workbook, at the very least, to help you navigate the OOTK exercises and video lectures. If you have a 1-inch 3-ring binder, then I recommend that you print out all relevant course materials provided, use 5-tab binder dividers to section off your binder as recommended, and compile the course materials so you have your very own OOTK textbook.

Oh. Do I need to mention that you need a tarot deck?

I also recommend that you set aside an entire day for going through this course, the course materials, and practicing the OOTK alongside the video lectures. Even though actual run-time of videos is 105 minutes, this course is likely to occupy an entire day.

Important Notes:

Given the subject matter of the course, there will be religious references, specifically to Abrahamic faiths. While such references are always in an academic tone, the way the content is framed is definitely not secular (or even exoteric).

Lectures and oral instruction consists of 10 videos, total run time 105 minutes.

All course tuition is in USD.

Please note that if you are geographically located in the EU, VAT will be added to your course investment at checkout. This is done automatically by the software we use.


Your Instructor


Benebell Wen
Benebell Wen

Benebell Wen is the author of Holistic Tarot, The Tao of Craft, and the recipient of four major book awards. Wen has studied various esoteric arts in both Eastern and Western traditions for as long as she can remember, with the tarot being her primary mode of divination. By day, she is a corporate lawyer who works in venture capital, practicing law in California and New York. Learn more about her tarot and other metaphysical dabblings at www.benebellwen.com. She is also active on Instagram as @bellwen and Twitter as @tarotanalysis.


Class Curriculum


  Second Operation: The Twelve Houses
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