Hi! Welcome! So glad you’re here!
Welcome to Little Red Tarot, a community space for witchy queers, magical misfits, gender magicians, radical healers, dwellers of the edge-lands, tenders of inner gardens, and all who get excited about using tarot (and other tools, like astrology, herbalism, ritual) at the intersection of personal and collective liberation.
This is a space for learning and growth through the sharing of personal practice. We geek out about the tools we love and share all kinds of learning resources, and we make it personal, we make it political. We live this stuff and we make it real. We’re about surviving capitalism and thriving on our own terms. We’re about revolution, inside and out. We’re here to do the work…and to share the mess of that work.
And you are so, so welcome to join us!
This isn’t about predicting the future, psychic practice or mediumship. This is about how we can use tools like tarot to understand ourselves better. To tune in to what’s going on in the here and now, to get real about what’s happening on the inside, to learn about the roads we’re travelling, the choices we face, and find options for moving forwards, healing and growing in alignment with our own truths.
We believe that personal growth and collective liberation are intricately bound together. In exploring ourselves and bringing forth the truths we hold within us, we change ourselves, our communities, and our world. We converse and share our stories at the intersections of tarot, magic, healing and social justice, and everybody can participate.
At Little Red Tarot, a wonderful team of writers share our own journeys and discoveries, and together we offer you ideas, inspiration and insight for your own. We’ve been running for over seven years and the conversation just keeps getting richer.
It’s not just about tarot!
This is an inclusive space for conversations about astrology, ritual, witchcraft, magic, creativity, spirituality, trauma and healing, social justice, resistance 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.) You can expect a healthy dose of hard-left politics stirred into the mix.
Here’s a quick guide to what’s on offer:
- The Little Red Tarot blog is a treasure trove, co-created by a team of 12 (and counting) writers, and covering a huge range of topics. New posts go up most days – check back regularly!
- Bits & Bobs is our weekly-ish newsletter. It’s a blend of Beth’s personal/political ramblings, news from the blog and the shop, goodness from around the web, and life updates. (Sign up below!)
- The Little Red Tarot Shop brings you a lovingly-curated selection of independently-published, hard-to-find tarot and oracle decks and other witchy goods.
- We help tarot lovers go deeper with their tarot cards via two popular and affordable online courses: A Card a Day and the Alternative Tarot Course.
Want to know more? Join the Bits & Bobs List!
Learning tarot? Check out our 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 & safer 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 safer 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. I don’t believe it is possible to guarantee a truly safe space (hence ‘safer space’), but this is what we are aiming for in everything we create here.
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.
Our Guiding Values
Our guiding values are: Vulnerability and Realness, Openness and Transparency, Interdependence and Trust, Curiosity and Experimentation, Enough-ness and Generosity, Accountability, Compassion, Intentionality. You can read more about these here!
Who made this place?
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’m a cis woman using 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 finding 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.
I offer two popular, affordable online courses for anyone who wants to find their own way with tarot: The Alternative Tarot Course, and A Card a Day. Find out about both courses 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 working on this site, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m also on that there Twitter @bethmaiden, where unsurprisingly I ramble on about tarot, grapple with progressive hard-left politics 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.)