The Alternative Tarot Course is an eight-week online course to develop your personal approach to tarot
If you want deepen your tarot practice…
If you’ve just got your first tarot deck and don’t know where to start…
If you get your tarot cards out from time to time – but never quite know what to do with them…
If you have a grasp of tarot card meanings, but struggle with actual readings…
If you’re returning to tarot after a break…
If you want to do tarot differently…
If you’re a tarot blogger looking for inspiration…
If you feel that tarot is too straight, too white, too hierarchical, too whatever – and would like to reinterpret the cards for yourself…
Or if you simply want to gain more confidence with with your tarot cards…
…this course is for you!
Your course is the best training I can imagine as a reader.
Thank you for all of the love, care and time you put into this course. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have experienced this journey you created for us. I learned so much, I opened so many closets (with many spiders hiding inside)… I came into this experience unsure of what would happen and really unsure as to whether or not I could keep up. The pacing was great, I loved every moment.
How it works
The course has eight chapters.
It’s designed so you’ll do one chapter per week, however, you are free to begin when you like and go at your own pace.
Each chapter presents a theme, explored through a series of engaging exercises.
These are fun, or thought-provoking, or deep (or all of these) and are designed to help you really dig into your cards and get to know them in new ways. There are plenty of activities for each chapter, so you can take your pick each week – or complete them all.
You’ll also receive a workbook for each chapter.
So you can download and print out the entire course and work through it by hand – or if you prefer, write the exercises into your own journal or blog.
You’ll create your own weekly reading ritual,
with a new spread to try out at the end of each chapter, and guidance for making this a special weekly event.
You’ll also build a regular ‘daily card’ practice
with journalling prompts to encourage you to relate the card to events or experiences in your own life, and get to know each card on a personal level.
Before diving in to the course check out these resources and tips for preparing for the weeks ahead.
Looking for a tarot guidebook to use alongside this course?
All of Our Stories: The Little Red Tarot Guidebook
by Beth Maiden
An accessible, inclusive guide to the tarot for all levels of experience, suitable for use with any deck. This book was written by Beth to be a perfect accompaniment to the Alternative Tarot Course!
The Alternative Tarot Course has guided thousands of tarot lovers into a deeper and more personal relationship with their cards.
What is the time commitment? How much work is this course?
This isn’t a casual course – it does require you to put aside a few hours each week to create a tarot practice and work through some of the exercises. You have the option each week of a ‘bare minimum’, with plenty of extra exercises for when you have more time.
Can I use any tarot deck?
The best deck to use with this course is one that is fully-illustrated, with plenty of figures or scenes or symbols to read. This is a really visual course, we’ll be doing a lot of looking at cards, so you’ll need to use a tarot deck that has plenty to get into – and one that you really connect with.
What equipment do I need to do this course?
The basic requirement is a deck of tarot cards. This course is journal-based, so you can expect to do a lot of writing! Downloadable worksheets are available for you to complete online or print out and fill in. Or you may prefer to use your own journal – it’s entirely up to you.
You will also be encouraged to create a quiet space in your home for your tarot practice, but if this is not possible for you, that’s okay!
Can I take this as a self-paced class? How long will the materials be available?
This class is presented as a weekly programme spread over eight weeks, however, it is up to you how you approach it. There are no deadlines or assignments to turn in. If you prefer to go slower – or to race through it – that’s fine.
You will have access to the course website for a whole year. The downloadable workbooks (one for each chapter) are yours to save and keep forever.
Do I have to start right away?
No. You will have access to the site for a full year and can begin whenever you wish. You can follow the eight-week suggested programme, or you can go at your own pace, take breaks, etc.
Will I get one-on-one support?
No. This is a self-study course.
Can I talk with other students?
This is a self-study course and does not include access to other students.
However, we offer discounts and guidance to folks who want to set up Instagram or other social media groups to work through the course together :)