Course Background

 Where it All Started

Tarot Cards

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I first came to the Tarot over 15 years ago and have been a student of this wonderful and ancient form of divination ever since. Sourcing books or courses on this subject or indeed any area that was considered spiritual or metaphysical was a nightmare back then. Some forward thinking book shops thankfully, kept a tiny area at the very back of their store for these, then controversial topics. You really had to know where to look and also be prepared to walk miles between stores or wait weeks for a specially placed order to arrive. Anyone who was reading the Tarot at that stage more than likely had been fortunate to have the knowledge passed down to them.

Well, things have certainly changed for the better. The internet and online shopping now gives us access to thousands of books on any subject our heart so desires to study. Bookstores boasting huge Mind, Body, Spirit and Metaphysical sections can be found in most towns or even local villages. People in general have changed their attitude to such subjects. There is now a massive curiosity and developing interest in everything spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric. Open mindedness has replaced narrow views and beliefs. More and more people are moving away from traditional conventional careers and instead can be found training as Healers, Reflexologists, Crystal Therapists and Psychics.

Fads and fashions come and go but The Tarot has remained consistently popular throughout all these changes. Mystery and secrecy has always surrounded the Tarot and it was considered that only those who had the gift could read. This of course is not true but up until recent years there was so little literature on the subject that it indeed had to be passed down to you. This gave the appearance that the person reading the Tarot was especially gifted. Nowadays, things have changed or have they? It wasn’t until I advertised my first course in teaching Tarot that I discovered I was one of only a few people in Ireland teaching this fascinating subject. How could this be? As a constant student myself, I have never had any problem studying alone or from shop bought books, self-educating myself so to speak. This is not to everyone’s taste though. Most will start off with good intentions to study, read and practice only to become bored and disinterested after a short period of time. I discovered this to be the case with many of my students who admitted to having bought numerous books on the Tarot over the years, but still hadn’t really learnt anything. The books had become dust gatherers on a shelf. Their complaint was that it was all too confusing and that one needed too many books as no one book held all the information. You know, I had to agree with them. I too had to buy several books before I could get some sort of idea as to what was going on.

When I was first approached to teach the Tarot, I was surprised that I had never thought about it before. The years of study and reading had slipped by and I had all but lost sight of the fact that I now had something that I could pass on, or down, to others. And so I began. I sat down to type, confident in the knowledge that my Tarot Course would be ready to run in a matter of weeks. Little did I to know what I had let myself in for. I quickly understood why there are so few people teaching this subject. I soon realised that it was going to take me much longer than I expected. Where was I to start? How did one go about teaching the Tarot? There was nothing else for it, I just had to sit down and type. And type is what I did, type and type and type. I’m still typing to this day. Still working on this course, still up-dating, still going back and correcting typos and grammatical errors (well trying to anyway!).

What I wanted to put together was a complete Tarot Course. A lesson-by-lesson course, with homework and assignments. I wanted the course to have structure so that the student could work methodically and gauge their progress from the very first lesson. I wanted to introduce them to Meditation, Psychic Development and Dowsing. My aim was to develop the natural intuition and psychic awareness of each student by engaging in all these disciplines. The end result would be a gifted, wonderfully aware and empathic Tarot Reader who would use their Tarot cards as an extension of their own natural abilities and not as a crutch. When you, the student first set off on the journey below, you may feel overwhelmed or daunted by the immediate amount of information that is thrown at you. Do not lose heart for before you can get down to the exciting exploration of each card, some necessary information must be handed over or should I say handed down. Remember that nothing of value ever comes easily.

Truly Teach Me Tarot Graduates

  1. Hi Doreen I just wanted to thank you for this very informative Tarot Course. It has helped me so much. Your detailed writings cover everything in such depth – your descriptive content of each card covers everything and more of every aspect of the cards. I have never read such full explanations as these – just brilliant. So thank you for sharing your knowledge and ‘handing down’ your insight on Tarot. Well done!
    I wish you the very best of health and happiness now and in the future.
    Love light and Blessings x

    Linda

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    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and words of support. Yes, I am trying to be as in-depth as possible with all the cards as I know from experience that many students find them too abstract, and therefore difficult to incorporate into their readings. My aim is to turn each card inside out as well as upside down so that a real understanding can be gained and not just the snapshot interpretations that are so readily available in many other courses. Each card has a huge story to tell and we all remember stories so much better when we can relate to them.

      Love, light and blessings to you too,

      Vivien (your tarot teacher)

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  2. Marcia De Souza

    I have just discovered this tarot course and all I can say is thank you, thank you thank you!😀

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  3. Laura Rose Gatley

    Thank you for the hard work and determination you have put into writing this course. It is invaluable.

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  4. A novice in Tarot I tried big bulky books only to be thoroughly disappointed until by some fluke chance I found your website. You have done a wonderful job Vivien!!

    Thank You.
    Shona
    (India)

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    • Thank you so much Shona and I know exactly what you are talking about re the excitement about purchasing certain books and then the following disappointment. There is still a lot more to be done on the site and much content to add so you will have years of reading and studying ahead. Enjoy.

      Vivien

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  5. I discovered your wonderful blog while researching an idea for an art quilt. I’e been fascinated with Tarot for years now but never knew how or where to start. Thank you! The journey for me has just started and I hope to follow your teaching lesson by lesson. Thank you again.

    Susan

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    • Hi Susan,

      Was just on you Blog and all I can say is that your work is amazing. You are very talented indeed. I have signed up to follow you as I love what you are doing. Well done and thank you for the positive feedback.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  6. Vivien, it is an honor, thank you for visiting my blog and signing up to follow. Now I must get back to lesson four before my day gets too crazy. Thank you, Susan

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  7. This is a wonderful site and I am starting to realize how rich it is. Thank you for putting it up. I couldn’t find how or if I could become a client and ask for a reading. I hope that that’s a possibility.

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    • Hi Kelly, at present it is not possible for me to arrange clients on my current site but my new one will be ready to go in the next month or so and hopefully I will be able to offer private readings by then.

      Thank you for your lovely kind comments.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  8. Greetings Vivien,

    I am a keen learner of the tarot & was looking for some good online material on it which is when I came across this website. I was awed by your knowledge of the tarot & the amount of hard work you have put in, clearly comes through. Each card is explained in microscopic detail. As a student, I cannot thank you enough nor can I appreciate your efforts enough. I realise that you are still working on the site as you have mentioned ‘to be continued’ in certain sections. I am getting a little impatient & cannot wait for it to be completed.
    Once again, thanks & kudos to the good work.

    Love, light & blessings
    Priya

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    • Hi Priya,

      Thank you for your lovely comments and for acknowledging the amount of work that goes into putting a site like this together. I am impatient too to complete more of my work. It all takes a lot of time to write and then there are posts to do too. The main thing that is dragging me back at present is getting my new site ready to go. It has taken a lot of configuring and there have been many major technical problems which has really held me up. I am nearly there so hopefully I will be able to resume my constant writing once more. The new site is very similar but it is with wordpress.org and not wordpress.com. This means I have to do everything myself and I am not a computer techie at all. There will also be video tutorials coming down the line to accompany a lot of the lessons and some interesting extras. Do try to hang on in there with me as it is not that I have started to drift away, rather I am preparing to make the site so much better than it is and all the cards will be completed in their re-working. So far it is a tome of tarot I have put together and I have been writing consistently each day for the last two years, re-working an earlier course that I taught in class format. It has taken on a life of its own and will continue to grow into a monster. Great things yet to come.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  9. Hi….my name is Richaa Ghhai & I have very recently joined your website. I am so impressed to see such intricate yet simple layout of the Tarot Course!!! Fabulous work!!! kudos to you!!!

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  10. Just bought my Tarot deck last week and am so excited to learn Tarot through your lessons. Thank you so much for putting together this course! I am sure this will be a very fulfilling journey!

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    • Hi Riv,

      Welcome aboard and do hope you get a lot out of the work to date. Just to let you know, there is a lot more to do before the full course is complete but I think you have loads to get on with for the next while. Look forward to hearing more from you throughout your Tarot Journey.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  11. Hi

    I have been trying to learn the Tarot for years buying lots and lots of books all promising to be the only book i will need. I have found it all very complicated as they all say different things and meanings, then just the other day I found your site and find I can connect with what you say about the Tarot.

    I am looking forward to starting your course thank you so very much for the content

    Regards,
    Linda

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    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you for you lovely comments. So glad that you have connected with my work and are looking forward to learning more. This course is a work in progress and not yet complete, but I think you will have enough to keep you going for some time to come.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  12. Thank You Vivien. I am truly engrossed racing home from work to continue with my learning with you,

    Kind regards,

    Linda

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  13. Thank you Linda – I am in Boston USA – (the most “Irish” of all cities – and I thank you for this wonderful website

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