Hi! I’m Beth.
Welcome to Little Red Tarot – an alternative tarot resource for anyone who’s curious about what a deck of 78 cards can teach them.
I’m not interested in predicting the future, or digging up the secrets of your past. I’m interested in how we can use tarot to understand ourselves better. To tune in to what’s going on in the here and now, learn about the roads we’re travelling and find options for moving forwards.
I wholeheartedly believe that we hold within ourselves the answers we are seeking, and that tarot is a beautiful and empowering tool for uncovering these answers.
My aim with this website is to make space for all of us to talk about ways to do this. Here, I share my own tarot/life journey, and offer you ideas and insights for your own.
It’s not just about tarot, though!
This is a safe and inclusive space for conversations about astrology, witchcraft, magic, creativity, spirituality, healing, social justice, trauma and more. Whilst a tarot thread runs through this site, the conversation is really much, much broader (and gets broader every year as new writers come on board and my own journey twists and turns.)
- The Little Red Tarot blog is co-created by a team of 12 (and counting) writers, and covers a huge range of topics. It’s a treasure-trove of magic, ritual, political resistance, personal healing and cartomancy.
- My weekly-ish newsletter is a blend of personal/political ramblings, news from the blog and the shop, goodness from around the web, and life updates. (Sign up below!)
- I sell a beautiful selection of indie tarot and oracle decks (and other goodies) in my online shop.
- And I help tarot lovers improve their knowledge and skills via two popular and affordable online courses: A Card a Day and the Alternative Tarot Course.
- You can find the Little Red Tarot Shop on Instagram, and me personally on Twitter.
I don’t do this alone! There is a wonderful community of people around this website – including some incredible columnists and guest writers. Meet the whole team here.
Want to know more? Join the Bits & Bobs List!
Learning tarot? Check out my courses!
Little Red Tarot courses are affordable, accessible and hugely helpful to tarot learners.
Choose from A Card a Day: a daily email course, or the Alternative Tarot Course, which helps you develop a personal relationship with your cards.
Diversity, inclusion & safe spaces
Little Red Tarot is 100% committed to centring and amplifying marginalised voices. This includes but is not limited to people of colour, queer, LGB, trans, nonbinary and genderqueer people, people with disabilities, poor/broke people, people living with mental health or chronic illness, and others whose voices are not typically centred in the tarot ‘scene’ or the wider community. This work is praxis; a real-world expression of my deeply-held belief that magic, healing, and personal and collective liberation are inextricably linked.
Furthermore, we work hard as a team to ensure everything published on this site maintains a safe collective space. In practice this means care is chosen to ensure language and images used and topics discussed are proactively inclusive and that exclusive and triggering language is either avoided completely, or where appropriate, flagged, critiqued, acknowledged or otherwise discussed.
This is a work in progress, happening on budgeted time, money, skill and other resources. I am always actively seeking writers to join our team who bring marginal perspectives and experiences (not that writing must always be explicitly about marginalisation). I actively welcome and encourage feedback on this topic from marginalised people and continually seek opportunities to centre these voices and experiences.
A proper mission statement is in the works! Meanwhile, this interview has more info about this aim.
My name is Beth Maiden.
I’m a tarot reader and writer living in Machynlleth, mid-Wales. My identities include queer and white British, and I use she/her pronouns.
When I was first introduced to tarot years ago, I was a full-time cynic. I’d never seen a tarot deck, never given divination more than a derisive snort.
But a super-cool tarot reader was in town and she offered my friend and I each a reading. “What the hell,” I thought, and I watched as she laid down my cards.
I was grappling with something pretty major at the time, and as she described card after card, I was drawn in by the way they spoke to me so personally, addressing the innermost secret workings of my heart and mind.
And those pictures! Charismatic queens, stormy seas, animal helpers, mythical symbols and all those weird-ass colors and patterns…they captivated me. Each image seemed to illuminate and clarify a part of my experience. After my reading, I felt strange. And good! Like I knew how to move forwards. Like everything was gonna be fine and I could totally do this shit because, whoa, The Universe Had My Back.
I have been developing my own personal approach to the cards ever since.
As a queer woman and a feminist, I’ve spent years developing alternatives to ‘traditional’ interpretations of the tarot cards.
When I first began my journey with tarot, I was bothered by the heteronormativity and reductive gender binaries I found throughout the tarot decks and books I used. Realising I could interpret tarot in my own way was a revelation and a relief.
Now I read using a mixture of intuition, my own interpretations, and the traditional card meanings I learned in the early days.
Last year I launched the Alternative Tarot Course – a popular, affordable 8-week course for anyone who wants to find their own way with the tarot. Join in here!
I’m also the resident tarot reader at the progressive feminist/queer website Autostraddle.com, where I write the fortnightly Fool’s Journey column.
I live with two awesome cats and my partner Em in a small town in the hills of mid-Wales. When I’m not playing with tarot cards or writing my blog, I’ll be out taking photographs, foraging herbs, learning Welsh, or mining the internet for music and writing that moves me.
Want to know more about me? Read this interview, in which I talk with Sarah Gottesdiener about how Little Red Tarot came about and the limitless possibilities of queer magic.
Like what you read? Want to talk tarot? Leave a message in the comments on one of my blog posts, or drop me a line to email@example.com.
I’m also on that there Twitter @littleredtarot, where unsurprisingly I ramble on about tarot and queer stuff and share lots of links.
You can also get on my email list! I send chatty, impulsive, irregular missives letting you know what’s happening in my world and sharing helpful tarot tips and news. (There are also pictures of my cats if you like that kind of thing.)