Tarot AF: 4-Hour Course

Tarot AF: 4-Hour Course


We’ve all seen it depicted in the movies: the visit to the carnival, or to the shop with the neon sign, or to the mysterious old woman outside the medieval village.  She performs a tarot reading, ominously turning over each card one by one, until it comes time for the last card – Death!  And after several more plot developments the ill-fated character eventually meets her demise, unable to escape fate.

That’s definitely not how tarot works.  It doesn’t have to be creepy, it definitely isn’t going to tell you when you’re going to die, and it doesn’t require a visit to an old-timey carnival.  Any of us can learn to read tarot cards and to employ them as a practical and effective tool for checking in with ourselves, organizing our thoughts, and helping others sort out their emotions.  And yes, sometimes it actually will tell you (with uncanny accuracy) if that person you like has a crush on you or if it’s a good idea to accept that new promotion.

This class is designed for anyone and everyone who is curious about tarot and looking to learn more about this old but not-as-ancient-as-you’ve-been-told divination practice.  While it can take years to perfect the art of reading the cards, this four hour (minus 20 minute break) class will give you a strong primer on everything you need to know to begin your tarot practice and expand your reading skills going forward.

No prior experience of any kind with tarot is necessary.

Direct any questions to wovenpsyche@gmail.com

What to Expect

Learn the basics that you need to get started on your tarot journey.  In addition to providing interactive exercises and hands on reading experience, this workshop will cover:

o  The underlying history, structure and logic of the Tarot
o   Preparing to perform a tarot reading
o   Going beyond the basic card meanings in tarot books
o   How to apply card meanings in the context of a spread
o   Are tarot spreads even necessary?
o   The roles of imagery and intuition
o   Exercises and resources for further learning

How to prepare

If you already own a tarot deck, please bring it.  If not, decks will also be available for attendees to borrow.  You will need paper and a writing utensil to take notes; tarot journals will be available for purchase.  This event is BYOB.

Optional: Prepare ahead of time by familiarizing yourself with the individual card meanings.  A good first resource is the little white book or companion book that may have come with your deck, though these vary in depth and quality.  If you don’t have your own deck or would like a different resource, I personally really like the card meaning descriptions at biddytarot.com.

Course Presented By: Emily, Woven Psyche

About Emily: Emily has been reading tarot cards for over a decade, and is a founding member and current co-facilitator of the Capital Tarot Society.  Emily launched her small business, Woven Psyche, in 2017 to offer an accessible, down-to-Earth approach to tarot and other self care practices.  Woven Psyche is dedicated to demystifying the mystical, creating a sense of everyday magic, exploring the sacred feminine, offering enriching social experiences, and to encouraging mindfulness and self-care through tarot and like-minded practices.


Week 1 (core) - Tarot Basics

  • Introductions

    • Icebreaker to get to know classmates

    • My bio / how I got started doing tarot / experience & credentials

    • Woven Psyche's philosophy on tarot (how it works)

      • Tarot as self care and mindfulness practice

      • Tarot as feminist practice

      • Tarot fills an unmet need

    • What you will take away from this class

  • Tarot basics

    • Brief history of tarot

    • Tips for selecting your first deck (if necessary, depending on whether students already have decks)

    • Overview of tarot deck structure (the Major Arcana vs. the 4 Minor Arcana suits)

    • Basic principles for interpreting a card

    • Group exercise: practice these principles by pulling cards and interpreting them together

  • Optional continued study at home

    • Pull a card at random each day and continue to practice what you learned about card interpretations

Week 2 (core) - The Major Arcana

  • Understanding the Major Arcana

    • Walk through the first several cards together

    • Exercise: practice interpreting the remaining major arcana cards on your own (each student receives a card & then shares with group)

    • Pause for questions and answers

  • Differences between Major and Minor Arcana cards in greater depth

  • Structure of the Minor Arcana: 4 suits and what they represent (the four elements)

  • Optional continued study at home

    • Research the four elements online - what types of traits, energies, activities and personalities are associated with each of the four elements?  What zodiac personality types are associated with them?  What colors and symbols are associated with them?

Week 3 (core) - The Minor Arcana

  • Refresher on the Major Arcana - interpret 3 cards together 

  • Reviewing the four Minor Arcana suits and their elements

  • Deconstructing a Minor Arcana suit

    • Understanding numbered cards

    • Undersanding court cards

  • Exercise - court card personality game (using the court cards to better understand the suit's energies)

    • What celebrities do you associate with each court card?

    • What court card are you?

  • Walk through ace through ten - comparing the same number in different suits

  • Optional continued study at home

    • Spend more time with minor arcana cards, applying general interpretation principles on top of what you now know about elemental energies and number significance

    • Play the court card personality game on your own

Week 4 (core) - Putting it All Together

  • Group Exercise: Interpreting a card in response to a question (1 card reading practice)

  • Understanding card combinations (do they reinforce, inform or conflict?)

  • Group & then Partner Exercise: Interpreting card combinations in response to a question

  • What is a tarot spread and how does card position add meaning?

  • Spreads vs. going spreadless

  • Basic spread types

    • Past present future

    • 5 card chronological

    • Compare & Contrast

  • Fitting spreads to the question

  • Partner exercise: 3 card readings

  • Further at home study: You are ready to start doing readings!  Practice makes perfect.