These study guides will help you make the most of Holistic Tarot. These supplements and the book are intended to cover three levels in tarot education: intermediate, advanced, and beginner.

First, determine your level and then download the study guide and any supplements. This guide will help you navigate the book and act as a guide for independent tarot reading. The following guides are only based on the author’s teaching style and do not reflect any other traditions or set tarot-pedagogical lineages.

This study also focuses on the Rider-Waite Smith tarot system.

To Tarot Mentors: You are welcome to use these Study Guides, in whole or in parts, and the topics or organization, for educational purposes with students. These study guides can be used to help you plan your class, workshop, or syllabus. Although you’ll never get in trouble with me for not crediting, a lot of the content herein come from Holistic Tarot, published by North Atlantic Books, so to make nice with the publisher, please be sure to include attribution to the book title (Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth) or the publisher (North Atlantic Books,


You can start by starting here if you are new to tarot or have just purchased a Rider-Waite Smith deck. The Study guide for the Beginner Tarot student provides a framework for learning tarot by yourself using the Holistic Tarottext. To download the PDF, click on the button above. Make sure you save and download the following supplements.

If you are a beginner,

You don’t know how many cards are included in a standard deck of tarot cards.

Some of the images on the Rider-Waite Smith deck can seem intimidating.

You might be wondering about the Rider-Waite Smith tradition talk.

When I say “tarot notebook”, you draw a blank.

If you don’t know much about the Celtic Cross,

It is amazing that anyone could remember the meanings of all these cards.

Beginner Checklist

Order a Rider-Waite Smith Tarot Deck. The RWS deck is not the only one I recommend for tarot readers. Instead, I recommend you use the tarot deck pictured in your beginner tarot books. Holistic Tarotis designed to teach with the RiderWaiteSmith. I recommend that you also start with the RiderWaiteSmith if you intend to use your copy of the book or this free course.

Holistic Tarot: Get your copy. Holistic Tarot: Get your copy. Make sure you check out the Modifications to Text section of this website. Mark all corrections in your book.

Lesson 1 in the Supplemental Downloads. Begin by reading the Supplement below, entitled ” Transcript Lesson 1 in Beginner TAB“. (PDF linked to title).

Download the First Study Guide . Print the “Study Guide to Beginner Tarot Students” link above. Start with Session 1 about Tarot.

Additional Downloads

Make sure you set your printer settings to “Print on both sides” and “Flip On Short Edge” for the Rider-Waite-Smith flash cards for Rote Study. Otherwise, the flash cards’ front and back alignment will be incorrect.

Beginner’s Guide Created: 12/17/2014

Beginner’s Guide Last Updated: 11/08/2016

Supplements for Beginners Last Updated: 08/17/2017


The Study guide for Intermediate Tarot Students assumes you have read the Holistic Tarot and completed the Study guide for Beginner Tarot Students. You can also skip the Beginner Guide if you have a basic understanding of tarot. If you’re proficient in the bullet points below, you can skip the Beginner Guide. You can still start the Beginner course if you are somewhere in between Intermediate and Beginner.

Intermediate if…

You have a or sort of working tarot book.

You can draw any of the 78 cards, and interpret it with semi confidence;

You have a working knowledge of the meanings of RWS cards.

You are familiar with the Celtic Cross spread, and can read it fluently.

Okay, so you don’t want brag but you are a pro at three-card reading.

You’re familiar with the various tarot spreads and you have an intuitive sense of which ones work best for you.

You’ve completed at least 50 tarot readings. ).

Additional Downloads

Intermediate Guide – 12/17/2014

Intermediate Guide Last Modified: 12/22/2014

Intermediate Supplements. Last updated: 09/27/2017


The Study guide for Advanced Tarot Student assumes you have read the Study guide for Intermediate Tarot Student and are familiar with Rider-Waite Smith tradition. It is recommended that you bring a Tarot de Marseille deck as well as a Thoth deck for Session 4. To download the PDF, click on the button above. Make sure you save the following supplements. Note – Traditional esoteric teaching methods would teach astrology basics and Qabalah basics at the beginner’s stage, along with the tarot basics. After a solid foundation in tarot, the approach is to integrate these knowledge areas.

The Advanced study book may be the right one for you, if you are…

You have finished Holistic Trot by following the Intermediate and Beginner study guides. Now you see that there are still chapters not covered in the guides.

You’ve been studying Tarot under the Rider-Waite Smith system for some time and are now proficient at the Intermediate level.

You are considering becoming a professional tarot reader and offering your services to the public.