Before you begin this course, you will need…
1. A tarot deck
If you don’t already have a tarot deck, then it’s about time you got one!
The only difficult thing will be deciding which one to get… there are tarot decks for pretty much any of your favourite things – cats, steampunk, women, fairies, trees, Star Wars – and decks to suit any aesthetic – photography, collage, digital art, ink drawings and more. There are so many out there that it can be really hard to find the one that’s perfect for you.
My only piece of advice when choosing your first tarot deck would be, choose something serious, rather than a ‘novelty’ deck. Pick a deck that really ‘calls’ to you – one where the artwork reflects your own tastes, or there’s something special about it.
Stuck? Here are some ideas!
And don’t forget there is a *gorgeous* selection of independently-published tarot decks in the Little Red Tarot Shop!
2. A journal
Paper, digital, online…it doesn’t matter how you choose to record your tarot journey, as long as you’re motivated to do so.
Here are some ideas:
Start a tarot blog…
Public or private, you’ll have a searchable online record of your tarot journey. You can give your posts categories (‘daily cards’, ‘weekly readings’, ‘Cups’, ‘Major cards’ and so on) making it even easier to index and search through your journal as it grows.
And if you make it public, you might even find people start to add their comments and ideas to your journal posts!
Treat yourself to a really lovely notebook…
What can beat the exciting potential of a brand new journal with its perfect, untouched pages just waiting for your ideas?
Nurture yourself – buy yourself something really lovely which will give you pleasure each time you reach for it.
Use a private journalling site…
Great if you don’t want to start your own blog, but find it easier to write on your computer. Penzu has a great online journal service you can get up and running in seconds, or for the most no-frills approach out there, you could empty your brain into 750 Words.
Start a pinboard…
If you’ve got the wall-space, how about putting up a pinboard to organise and display your journal posts?
This is great for arty types who like to sketch out their readings, or planners who like to ‘map’ their cards.
3. A tarot card book or website
Whilst this course is all about helping you to develop your own approach to the cards, when you’re starting out, you’re bound to want to look things up to get your thoughts going.
That’s absolutely fine. In fact, you’ll probably find this course quite tricky if you don’t sometimes refer to books or websites.
It’s really important that you use your own intuition and ideas first and foremost when interpreting the cards. Too often, readers lean hard on the ‘little white book’ that comes with their deck, Google card meanings as soon as they turn a card over. In this course, it’s important to understand that there is no set meaning for any card.
That said, it’s fun to see what others say about tarot cards and it can be helpful to have an understanding of cards’ ‘traditional’ meanings. I fully encourage you to check out what other people say about tarot as you work through this course – especially when you feel stuck or draw a blank (something that happens to all of us!)
Here are a few books and websites you might want to try out:
- Learn Tarot – Joan Bunning’s ubiquitous tarot card guide, available as a book, or online.
- Biddy Tarot – Bridget Esselmont’s extensive website gives detailed and straightforward descriptions of cards and the way she interprets them in readings.
- Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom – Rachel Pollack’s classic guide to tarot is my number one favourite tarot book of all time!
4. Your special things
As you begin this course, all that’s needed is a quiet space to do your readings. But as you progress, you may find that you add ‘special things’ to your reading space.
These are the items you use to decorate your space or use in your readings. Candles, photographs, ornaments, the cloth you spread on the table… it’s up to you. Maybe you’ll decorate your space with pictures of your friends, or encourage your cat to hang out with you while you read, or have a special kind of tea that you brew up for reading.
Play around with this – indulge yourself in the fun of creating a special space for your tarot learning!