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The Tarot is a tool for understanding the psyche, the soul, and the archetypes we encounter on our journey to wholeness.

Wholeness in the spiritual sense doesn't imply that something is missing and needs to be reclaimed.

Spiritual wholeness means to integrate aspects of our self of which we've been unaware or denied.

These are the aspects that the Tarot can illuminate.

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It's not difficult to learn the mysteries of the Tarot – if you have a good cipher.


A cipher is a tool used to decode encrypted messages. That's what this course is – a simple and systematic way to understand the Tarot that unlocks the hidden symbols, meanings, and significance of each card.

Moreover, this course will teach you how to think metaphorically and perceive symbolically so you can read and interpret spreads with greater sophisitcation and nuance.

Once you understand the system that underpins the Tarot, you can effectively use any deck without the need for a guidebook and confidently read any card spread, for yourself or others.

Beyond that, this course will increase your spiritual literacy as you journey through the stages of self actualization and incorporate the spiritual lessons, stories, and symbolism of each phase.

At the end of this course, you'll be able to read the Tarot for yourself and others, without the need for a guidebook at hand.​​​​​​​ More importantly, you'll learn to better trust yourself and your instincts, with the cards and with life.


This course is a study in Comparative Tarot.


Using the Rider Waite Smith deck as a historical baseline, we will look at individual cards from a dozen different creators including:

We will compare and contrast the use of symbols, colours, conceptual emphasis, and construction of meaning.

Because we will be looking at a variety of decks, you do not need to own a Tarot deck prior to beginning this course. In fact, it might be a good idea to "window shop" by watching the videos first to get a better sense of what you like and don't like in a deck.

{Note: I will not be showing every single card from the decks, but will highlight some of the most interesting treatments and artists' interpretations.} 


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"It's very clear that a lot of thought and research went into the creation of the course. She showed how to weave the cards together to quickly and easily grasp the meaning."

~ Patricia P.

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This self-led course is for you if:

  • You've always been curious about Tarot but have felt too intimidated to try it.
  • You've been using oracle or angel cards and are ready for more complexity.
  • You've been using your Tarot deck for simple one or three card readings but want to go for more nuance and depth.
  • You're comfortable using Tarot as a hobby and are considering going pro.
  • You love deep research, history, mysticism, mythology, comparative religion, sociology, psychology, feminist theory, and generally nerding out on the occult and personal growth.
  • You like to learn by listening to lectures, podcasts, and spoken word.
  • You can manage your own energy level and attention span, taking regular breaks as you journey through 20 minute audios and hour-long videos.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You're actually looking for a live workshop or group format.
  • You prefer bite-sized learnings and short audios.
  • You fundamentally disagree that the Rider Waite Smith deck is a seminal influence in the history of Tarot.
  • You want a certificate or endorsement upon completion.
  • You'd find it annoying for me to point out instances of patriarchy or white supremacy, and say things like, "problematic" all the time.
  • You require transcripts or closed captioning for video content. (This may be an option in the future.)
  • You are uncomfortable with swearing. (It's minimal but I let it slip a few times.)
  • What you really want is 1-on-1 Mentoring with me to become more confident in your already-established intuitive arts business.

"I really appreciated Carmen's focus on providing the historical grounding of the Tarot and interpretive tools - 'lenses' almost - that I very quickly found so valuable in refining my readings, both for myself and others.

It was less about memorizing each card, and more about understanding the narrative framework of the whole Tarot."

~ Lisa M.
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If you're completely new to Tarot, this course gives you a comprehensive foundation.

But more than that, it provides a framework for a personal practice with distinct depth and nuance.


Most hobbyists pick up a Tarot deck and learn how to use it from the accompanying Little White Book. Perhaps they invest in a classic guidebook like Rachel Pollack's, 78 Degrees of Wisdom or Mary Greer's Tarot For Yourself.

But this course adds another layer by showing rather than telling. We go card by card, comparing multiple decks, to explore the textured and sometimes hidden meanings encoded in the imagery of the Tarot.

​​​​​​​You'll see numerous examples of how artists through the ages have communicated the ideas behind the cards. You'll get the cards by seeing them in a new way, side by side, along with critical discourse to guide your inquiry.


If your goal is to be a professional reader, this course is an excellent prerequisite. 


This is an in-depth course delivered in a straightforward and easy-to-follow style. No fancy theatrics, no expensive window dressing. Just pure content.

​​​​​​​If you are already a devotee of a particular deck, this course and the principles taught will still apply.

Access all of the lessons at once so you can work at your own pace. Sip it like a cup of rose tea or binge it like Game of Thrones.

Follow along with simple slideshows and audio tracks, just like a live lecture series. 

At the end of this course, you'll be well equipped to read for friends and strangers. You'll be competent, capable, and well informed to decide whether you want to level-up to reading professionally.


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About me, Carmen Spagnola, creator of 
The Numinous School of Intuition,
​​​​​​​The True Prosperity Program, and Intro to Tarot.

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I am an excavator. I unearth bullshit, whether it's distorted self-image, self-delusion, or self-sabotage, and support people in surfacing and managing the impacts of living with personal and cultural trauma.

I enter the realm of healing via the subconscious mind. In my own personal practice that looks like hypnotherapy, shamanic journeying, subtle somatics, ritual, ceremony, and the Tarot. 

In my work as a teacher and mentor, I help you find your footing in dark places. I guide you to your inner resources. I draw out your gifts and your power. My great hope is that you'll use them to improve the lives of other beings and advocate for the earth.

The Content

Lesson One: The Corpus Hermeticum and the History + Mythology of the Tarot

Lesson Two: The Major Arcana

Lesson Three: The Suits


Lesson Four: The Minor Arcana, Numerology, and the Life Cycle of a Suit

Lesson Five: The Court Cards

Lesson Six: Interpreting Spreads
​​​​​​​{And How To Invent Your Own Layouts}

Lesson Seven: The Psychology of the Celtic Cross Spread

BONUS: The Elemental Dignities {Advanced Techniques}

​​​​​​​BONUS: Guided Meditation to Open Up Your Intuition



​​​​​​​Please note that because the video files are so large, and to prevent sharing or re-posting, the instructional videos are hosted in the online classroom and not available for download. You will want to have free wifi or a great data plan to do this course while travelling.

{Pictured below is The Wheel card from Uusi Design's Pagan Otherworlds Tarot}

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Purchase Now – Instant Access

$59 USD

  • 7 lessons 
  • 9 hours of audio + video content plus handouts
  • Bonus guided meditation to open up intuition
  • Bonus video on advanced techniques {The Elemental Dignities}