The Alternative Tarot Course

Finding our own way with tarot

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!

Course cost: Sliding scale $36 – $164

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Your course is the best training I can imagine as a reader.

In this course, you will

  • Craft a regular tarot practice grounded in self care
  • Begin to develop your own personal, intuitive approach to the cards
  • Use the tarot to frame and understand the events taking place in your own life
  • Learn to read the stories and narratives in the tarot – especially your stories
  • Get to know the symbols found in your tarot cards and explore what they mean for you
  • Grow your confidence in reading for friends
  • Become a more confident, more intuitive, more you tarot reader

You won’t


This is all about discovering our own ideas about what each card means, using the cards to frame and understand our own lives, our experiences, our choices.

Welcome

Before diving in to the course check out these resources and tips for preparing for the weeks ahead.

1. You & Tarot

In the first week, we’re digging in to what tarot really means to each of us on a personal level. You’ll begin to establish a daily card ritual, and do your first weekly reading.

2. The Minor Arcana

This chapter explores the meaning and energy of the four suits of the tarot, alongside the four elements, and you’ll start looking at ways to spot and interpret symbolism in your cards.

3. The Major Arcana

Next we’ll meet the archetypes of the tarot, and explore how the major cards represent and guide us through big life events. We’ll discover the Fool’s journey, and try telling our own stories with these cards.

4. The Court/Face Cards

In this chapter we’ll meet the tarot’s cast of characters, and explore ways to understand the different characteristics of the pages, knights, kings and queens. (We’ll also be matchmaking!)

5. Experimentation & Play

This is an integration week with no theme, just a lot of fun exercises to try. Get creative with your cards, and dig into questions such as reversed cards and predictive tarot.

6. Telling the Story

Moving from interpreting cards individually to reading them in relation to each other is a key skill for tarot readers. In this chapter you’ll work with just a couple of simple spreads and practice finding the narrative.

7. Tarot for Self-Care

Whilst this entire course is about crafting a personal tarot practice, this week we’re centring self-care with some simple tools and personal rituals. We’ll also be reading with the moon.

8. Reading Tarot for Other People

In this last learning week you’ll explore reading for others – whether that’s informally for friends and family, reading at events, or if you’re thinking of doing paid-for readings.

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.

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Begin any time and go at your own pace.


Questions

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 :)

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More questions?

I welcome your pre-purchase queries!
Email beth@littleredtarot.com for assistance.