Holistic Tarot Free Study Guides: For Beginners

Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen Beginner Study Guide 2

Holistic Tarot is now out in stores! You can order your copy of the book on Amazon, through the publisher’s website at North Atlantic Books, or through the distributor, Random House.

I hope you will find the book to be a timeless go-to reference source for all your tarot needs, but I also know that the sheer size of it can be intimidating.

So. I’ve created study guides and supplements for free download that will help you navigate the book and learn tarot. These study guides and supplements contain additional exercises and information that dovetail on the contents of the book.

The guides are subdivided into sessions with suggested reading, practice work, ruminations, and supplemental downloads that will help you learn tarot on your own and at your own pace. They will help you navigate the book, whether you’re reading at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen Beginner Study Guide 3

If you’re just starting out, I recommend following the Study Guide for the Beginner Tarot Student, a syllabus for learning tarot on your own with the Holistic Tarot text.

You are a Beginner if…

  • you are not sure exactly how many cards are in a standard tarot deck;
  • some of the imagery on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck seem a bit intimidating to you;
  • you’re kind of wondering what all this Rider-Waite-Smith tradition talk is all about;
  • when I say “tarot journal,” you draw a blank;
  • you are not familiar with the Celtic Cross; and
  • you find it incredulous that anyone in this world could know from memory the meanings to all those cards.


Click on the radio button below to download the PDF.


Supplemental Downloads

Rider-Waite-Smith Flash Cards for Rote Study


Log of Celtic Cross Practice Readings (Version: Waite Cross)


Tarot Spreads Practice: Quick Reference Sheets from Appendix A (for printing convenience)


Log of Readings



Morning Routine Reading Practice (Template) DOCX

Beginner Guide Created: 12/17/2014

All Holistic Tarot study guides and supplements are available for free download here on this website at HOLISTIC TAROT STUDY GUIDES.

I hope these study guides are helpful in your learning and if you do use the Beginner’s Guide, please let me know about your experience with it!

14 thoughts on “Holistic Tarot Free Study Guides: For Beginners

  1. Fabulous! I’ve downloaded all these most excellent guides … the flash cards are awesome and beautifully rendered … and now await Amazon’s forecasted delivery TODAY of my Holistic Tarot copy! Sooo excited!


  2. I got my copy in the mail today. Congrats! It’s like the tarot book I thought I would write if I were going to write one — except with a little more predictive aspects. 😉


    1. Oops that wasn’t meant to post yet.

      I wanted to say, you aren’t kidding about the size and potential intimidation! I was surprised at the thickness of the volume. This is now my biggest tarot book. The “big yellow brick” by Zalewski is now number 2 at around 640 pages.

      My cat approves, she is examining it as I type. 🙂

      Again, congrats, just thumbing through it looks like something that took much perseverance and dedication to complete. I rarely preorder but this promised to be different than most tarot books nowadays, and that seems to be true at a glance.


  3. KN

    I just got your book yesterday. I’ve been looking forward to getting for months now but was delighted when I saw it was such a huge treatise! Can’t wait to start diving into it. Congratulations!


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  5. Eri Kuudere

    Do we HAVE to study only RW cards?? I think they r too old and would rather use my own first choosen deck. Maybe im just not traditional, even so i would love to get your book one day and go thro your study guide.


    1. Oh my, of course not! What is your first chosen deck? You can effectively use these study guides and supplements with any tarot deck at all. However, since I’m using the RWS, I thought it would just be easier to follow along *with* the RWS or at least an RWS-based tarot deck. There are plenty of contemporary decks with artwork that will probably resonate more with you that follow the RWS tradition. You can certainly use one of those decks!

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  7. Edgar

    Benebell. I would love to congradulate you on your book. I’am an experienced tarot reader. Going on 15 years reading the tarot and have never found a more descriptive or dedicated book to the tarot as yours. I know that your book would have helped me so much growing up and save me a lot of money. Lol. Although I am experienced.. your book still assists me. I’am also teaching a tarot course and it helps me so much with my students. Once again congradulations on your success and although it may be a challenge.. I sincerely hope that you will write another book. I am also highly recomending this book to my students and easing them into it. As you said. Can seem quite intimidating for the novice beginner. Lol


  8. Jo

    Thank you so so much for putting these linka up.
    Im learning so much, and feel like Im a little more than beginner, but not yet proficient.
    To be honest like a lot of newbies I think my confidence is lacking, and I worry that Im reading wrong.
    As Ive wandered along my learnig path Ive discovered that Im more of an intuitive reader, and while I LOVE the Rider Waite system, the traditional cards just dont speak to me. I only started feeling connected when I purchased an alternative deck, based on RW. 😊
    So, again thank you, and I’m definitely checking these out.
    Id love any advice on decks I could try as an alternarive to the classic Rider Waite, if you have the time.
    Bright Blessings.


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