A Card a Day tarot course: Your questions answered

Last week, I launched my brand new email course: A Card a Day

The response has been wonderful! I’m so excited and happy that it has hit the spot for so many of you. But of course, there have been some questions. Here’s some extra information for those who are wondering if this course is right for them.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to learn tarot, or take a fresh look at their cards. Put it this way: if you like the Little Red Tarot blog, you’ll love this course!

A Card a Day is designed with busy people in mind. I wanted to create something that would enable folks to make steady progress even with only five minutes per day, though each day there is also the option to spend more time and dig deeper into the card.

The course answers a need for people who want a very simple daily routine to help them slowly and organically learn to read tarot cards and build their confidence.

What equipment do I need to start this course?

Only a tarot deck, and a willingness to put aside five minutes (or more) each day to devote to learning tarot.

If you want to use the optional journal prompts to deepen your studies, you’ll also need a notebook, journal, or blog to record your findings.

You will need an internet connection for receiving emails and accessing the full lesson each day.

How does the course work?

You’ll get an email each day to teach you each of the tarot cards – one by one. Some days you’ll have time to dive deep into the card, other days you might be short on time. Either way, every day, you’ll do little tarot practice and get to know another card’s meaning.

  • If you have just 5 minutes: Grab the card, and check out the card summary and keywords all via email.
  • If you have a little more time… Grab the card, and check out the card summary and keywords all via email, then click through to the lesson and read an in-depth exploration of the card.
  • Want to go deeper? Choose an optional journal prompt and delve further into the card. Explore other cards in the Library. Save your favourite card pages to your personal bookmarks library, or print them out.

You’ll also get lifetime access to an entire library of tarot card meanings so you can look up any card, at any time!

Do the emails start straight away?

The emails don’t start until you tell them to. When you purchase the course you gain lifetime access to the entire course website and Library, and instructions for how to begin the email part of the course when you’re ready.

If you only want to use the Library for now, that’s fine – you don’t have to receive emails at all.

Where do the card meanings come from?

This is the ‘Little Red Tarot guide to the tarot’ so many of you have been asking for!

The card interpretations in this course are my own – developed over years of working with my cards, studying traditional and radical reinterpretations, and discovering their applications in practice. If you’re a reader of this blog you’ll be familiar with my style and approach. I like to take traditional/mainstream card meanings, and look at how they manifest in modern life. This means some card meanings are not exactly as you would find in other books, but are instead a modern and accessible interpretation.

Every tarot reader will read the cards slightly differently. My aim (in this course and in all of my work) is not to give you a set of meanings to ‘memorise’, but to present the ideas, themes, and symbols that I find in each card, and encourage you to use these as a springboard for developing your own. (This is something we go into deeper in the Alternative Tarot Course.)

In terms of Thoth vs Waite schools of tarot, my interpretations more closely follow the Waite tradition.

Can I use any tarot deck?

Pretty much! Every deck presents a different set of symbols and ideas, but almost all follow a traditional structure. Provided your deck follows the 78-card system with Major and Minor Arcana and four suits (almost all tarot decks do, but do check!), you will be able to follow the course and see how the card meanings here are expressed within your own deck.

The Wildwood Tarot is a popular example of a deck in which some cards have been radically re-interpreted, to the level where they are completely different to the ‘traditional’ card meaning. In cases like this, the deck’s guidebook may be used alongside the course to help find common threads, but be aware that some cards may not translate easily. The Dreams of Gaia Tarot and the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn are examples of tarot decks that has additional cards on top of the standard 78. Of course, these cards won’t be discussed in the course so you will need to make extra time to study these. The deck’s guidebook will help you with this.

Essentially, you can view this course the way you would view a ‘learn tarot’ book. Though the meanings given here are a little less mainstream than in most books, we still work through the 78 cards, using the traditional names, in order. If your deck diverges from the standard system, up to you (and not too difficult!) to translate to your deck.

How does the course deal with topics like gender and hierarchy?

For the sake of clarity and so this course translates to as many decks as possible, traditional card titles are retained throughout the course, though alternative card names are often discussed. If your deck renames some or many cards, that won’t be a problem. As long as your deck follows the standard 78-card system (and the vast majority do), you’ll still receive each card in order and the meanings will translate to your own deck.

Cards are discussed with a mix of pronouns, often interchanging within the same card. This is to illustrate the ways tarot transcends binary gender and to get you thinking beyond the he’s and she’s of mainstream tarot resources. This isn’t about loud in-your-face queerness, it’s simply that the language used to discuss each card is seamlessly gender-inclusive. The course illustrates that everyone can find themselves in these cards.

Heteronormativity is sidestepped. Relationships are often discussed, but in an inclusive way. Pronouns are avoided, and alternative relationship models are discussed just as often as conventional ones. Again, it’s a seamless and matter-of-fact presentation of interpretations. Whether you’re straight and married or queer and poly, you’ll find yourself in this course.

Court Cards are taught in the order: Page, Knight, King, Queen. Though these hierarchical names are kept as page titles for clarity’s sake, there is also discussion about alternative names and why these are important (often drawing on relevant posts shared on the Little Red Tarot blog.

What is the format of the course materials?

All course materials are written. As everybody uses different decks, illustrations are not included on card pages. The tarot card in your hand is the illustration for each page! 

Is there an app?

Not yet, but this entire site is lightweight and mobile-friendly, so you will be able to use it on any internet-connected device, wherever you are. Lessons come through via email, and the library is a searchable guide to every tarot card, in your pocket!

Does this course work with the Alternative Tarot Course?

Yes! Both courses work independently, but if you wish to use the two together, they are designed to fit in various ways:

If you are currently taking the Alternative Tarot Course, you can use this course to bring you your Daily Card by email (so you will be studying the cards in order), or you may discard the email element of the course and use the resource library to look up the meanings of your Daily Card each day.

You may also choose to take this course first to get a solid grounding and build your confidence around individual cards, then move on to the ATC in order to start developing your own tarot card meanings.

Or the other way around! Take the ATC first to establish a very personal relationship with your cards, then dive into A Card a Day to consolidate and expand your ideas.

Sounds perfect! How do I join?

Sign up here!

Or, if you have a question that’s not answered here, just email me and I’ll be happy to get you sorted: beth@littleredtarot.com

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