The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot Ever

Friday, 7 April 2017

With a title like that, I couldn't resist ordering a second-hand (but very good condition) copy of the acclaimed book by Dusty White (from Amazon). It arrived a few days ago, and although I'd planned to keep it for our imminent holiday, I couldn't wait to dive in. The book promises to get you immediately practicing unique, easy and fun exercises. So far, it delivers.

The Page of Pentacles encourages us to learn, explore and take action to reach our potential. Card from Dreaming Way Tarot.

Unlike most other books aimed at beginners, this doesn't provide a formal list of "Tarot card meanings". Instead it encourages you to come up with your own intuitive meanings for the cards, and by the second exercise will have you looking at them in relation to one another. For me, this is one of the trickiest things to learn to do - it's easy to work out what one card might mean, but when it has to interact with another, things get more complicated. 

The book is split into six sections, the first being a brief introduction to the methods used throughout as well as some general guidance for beginners. The rest has a workbook layout with explanatory text, exercises, space to record your findings and worked examples. I'm working through it alone, and imagine it would also be a fun thing to do with a friend (or group) using the same book. Online support is available at, but I haven't ventured there yet. 

With the first 30 days mapped out (you are advised to read through the entire book at least once during this period, plus spend time practicing and bonding with your cards) the exercises are to be worked through in order. They are designed to incrementally build skills and confidence during that time and provide visual charts to record daily achievements and how you feel you're progressing - from "You want me to do what?" to "I sooo got this!"

Deck: Radiant Rider-Waite (in a tin)

It's highly recommended that a Rider-Waite deck, or one that follows them faithfully, is used for the exercises, and I suppose that's my only gripe. I don't feel very connected to the traditional art - I find the images cold and uninspiring. With other decks, even if I don't know the meanings of the cards I turn over, I can immediately get a feel for the spread. I don't with these. Maybe that's a good thing for the purposes of the course - using the Radiant Rider-Waite as my study deck might help me to connect with it. 

After the initial card exercises (which I'm working through), there is a whole section of different Spreads, and then in-depth sections on each of the suits and finally the Majors. Interestingly, it's necessary to work with only the Minor Arcana for the first run-through of the initial exercises. When you're happy with them, the Majors are added back in - the premise is that they are easier to work with once you have understood the Minors. 

I've only been working with the exercises for a few days, but am really enjoying the book so far and unlike the others I'm learning from, I love that this is so hands-on. I read a lot and enjoy it, but handling the cards and learning directly from them certainly feels like an effective method. I'll let you know how it goes.

1 comment

  1. I've seen excerpts from this book and thought it looked great!



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