A Companion Course

The primary text for this course is Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. This Companion Course consists of video lectures, which you can access by links below and Study Guides.

Please watch, check out, download, access, use bits and pieces of the companion course for free! Do not feel any hesitation about working with parts or watching the videos without payment. And please help me spread the word about the course and my book by sharing the video links or site pages freely!


The Companion Course to Holistic Tarot

I don’t think having a copy of Holistic Tarot is required for you to utilize this companion course or reap benefits from it. It does help, however, since I make references to passages in the book but don’t discuss the actual contents in these videos and study guides. The syllabus is also a specific syllabus for navigating Holistic Tarot for an independent study course on tarot.

Attn: Tarot Beginners

If you are new to tarot and don’t yet have a copy of Holistic Tarot, watch Videos 1, 2, 3, and 4 linked below. You can also watch the old 2014 book trailer announcing the publication of Holistic Tarot, here.

Then go to the Study Guides page and scan through the “Study Guide for the Beginner Tarot Student.” You can download the PDF directly by clicking on the below banner.



If what you see appeals to you and my style resonates with you, then buy the book from any book retailer and begin your tarot journeying. Follow the above-linked syllabus for the book, get a three-ring binder to start your tarot journal, and you will be well on your way to becoming operational with your tarot deck.


Then work through the book, following the order recommended in the syllabus, and in your own time, watch the rest of the video lecture series.

Attn: Intermediate Readers and Beyond

Holistic Tarot is not light or riveting cover to cover reading that you’d take with you for a day at the beach. It’s not a thriller. It’s a reference manual that you dive into here and there for, you know, reference.

Continuing education as tarot readers is how we grow and deepen our practice. I still take beginner tarot courses from teachers with radically different approaches or styles from myself to add new dimensions to my own work. So if you’d like such a course, then start by skimming through the “Study Guide for Tarot Beginners” to see if anything in there interests you and “spot read.” Then begin formally with the “Study Guide for the Intermediate Tarot Student.”

Also be sure to check out the videos below. Bear in mind the video series is targeted specifically at tarot beginners and as supplements to the substantive content in Holistic Tarot, the book.



The Holistic Tarot Companion Course consists of a video lecture series. Each video in the order that I recommend you watching them is linked below.

Closed captioning is provided for the Deaf and H/H, or if for any reason you need English subtitles, so once you are taken to the YouTube page, if you need closed captioning, be sure to click on the “CC” icon to turn the subtitles on.

Video 01: Introduction

4 minutes 44 seconds

An introduction to the classical and analytic approach to tarot that Holistic Tarot takes and how to work through this companion course.

Video 02: Symbolism

7 minutes 56 seconds

How classical studies in tarot deepens your grasp of symbolism. This video includes a quick dive into art history to demonstrate how knowledge of history and culture enriches your appreciation of symbolism.

Funny Personal Background Story Here: I had a dentist appointment prior to recording this video where I had three cavities filled. My mouth was shot up with numbing agents and I was drooling involuntarily. Still, I had already intended for my own schedule and to-do list to record the video that day so I persevered forward, swollen mouth notwithstanding. Unfortunately, for some of the beginning bits, I sound like I’m talking with a mouthful of cotton.

Video 03: Journal & Cards

12 minutes 37 seconds

Keep a tarot journal by assembling the Holistic Tarot study guides, handouts, and your own journal notes into a three-ring binder. By the way, here are a few of my recommendations for RWS-based beginner tarot decks. An overview of the tarot structure will also be covered.

Video 04: Superstitions (Part 1)

34 minutes 07 seconds

In this first of two installments on addressing myths, superstitions, and common lore around the tarot, we explore whether tarot is evil, superstitions around Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, whether tarot came from Egypt, and some thoughts on tarot and the Bible.

Video 05: Superstitions (Part 2)

In this second installment on addressing myths, superstitions, and common lore around the tarot, we explore more Abrahamic symbolism in tarot, whether your first tarot deck needs to be gifted, how to store your tarot deck–in black silk or a wooden box, reciting invocations or prayers, tarot and witchcraft, tarot and psychics, reading tarot in exchange for money, and the emotional value of superstitions.

Video 06: Bonding With Your Deck

So you’ve got a new tarot deck. What does bonding with your deck mean, why would you need to configure the deck by bonding with it, and how do you bond with a deck? This video lecture addresses how to program 78 pieces of cardstock to your personal specifications. How do you take that off-the-rack tarot deck and custom tailor it to you?

Video 07: Cards & Spreads

An examination of changing tarot trends, from the Baby Boomer era, through Generation X, and the evolution of trends into the Millennial era. This video lecture addresses the anatomy of a tarot reading and more specifically, use of tarot spreads.

Video 08: Reader’s Block

Writers deal with writer’s block. Tarot readers deal with reader’s block. Here is what you can do about it. This video lecture addresses how to deal with blanking out about a card meaning in the middle of a reading, feeling discouraged about being wrong or inaccurate, and how to overcome spiritual burn-out.

Video 09: TBD

More video lectures forthcoming.


New videos will be added to the tarot lecture series periodically. Be sure to check back or subscribe to my YouTube channel for updates.

New documents will also be added to the Study Guides page from time to time, so if you don’t want to miss out, add me on Twitter for updates.


Study Guides

Click on the below banner to access all syllabi, study guides, and supplemental downloads for the companion course.


Cost of Course

FREE, if…

… 5% of your average daily income is less than $13, or

… you’re unemployed, or

… you’re a student and still in school, or

… you’re a homemaker and do not personally earn an income, or

… you’re retired, or

… you’re a veteran. or

… you’re a client of mine who has booked multiple readings from me in the past. (Thank you, by the way.)


$13 USD suggested donation

It’s a one time payment only, meaning just one donation of $13 covers all companion course materials, including any and all future-added materials.

As you can see, all course materials are made available to the public, so payment is on the honor system. And no, I don’t check or monitor people.

Why did I set it up this way? Because if 5% of your average daily income is over $13 USD, then that means you make over $67,600 per year. (260 working days in a year; about $260 for your daily income if you make $67,600, so 5% of $260 is $13.)

If that’s your income and you reap the benefits of the complete course, meaning you’ve downloaded every study guide, handout, and enjoyed every video, then come on– you can fork over $13.

Remit payment by sending the dollar amount by PayPal to the e-mail address benebellwen@gmail.com. Yes, it’s going to say “James Zhang from Castro Valley.” That’s the Hubby.

You can also use the following link to pay by credit card:


Alternatively, pay the $13 by Amazon Gift Card, sent to benebellwen@gmail.com.

Direct link to Amazon gift card orders here.