In this month’s post I discuss my experience with Lindsay Mack’s tarot course, Tarot for the Wild Soul, which is currently open for registration. As a former student who had an exceptionally positive experience, I am excited to share the details with you, and as an affiliate of this year’s course I am thrilled to offer a bonus for those who register with code CREATIVECUSP — a $75 gift card for use on any reading. More details below!
Tarot has always been a part of my life — I was raised with it. From as young as seven or eight I can remember sitting on my mom’s bed while she asked questions, pulled cards, and interpreted them for me. I remember her deck, softened through thousands of rounds of shuffles and bridges, and the silk scarf she wrapped them in when they weren’t in use. I remember receiving my first deck around 12 years old — The Goddess Tarot — and pouring over the illustrations and guidebook. It was these sources that were my primary reference for tarot and how to read it for many, many years, until I gradually realized, disheartened, that tarot no longer resonated with me in the way it had when I was young.
The resources I had grown up with relied on meanings, themes and symbols that were very traditional, and felt increasingly limiting as I developed a greater worldview. I had learned that specific cards were particularly gendered — Kings were specific men in your life, Queens were women; the Emperor and Empress, High Priestess, and others were always women or men that embodied these energies. The Pentacles suit represented money, mainly, or wealth of some kind. Other cards pointed to betrayal, loneliness, or addiction and obsession. Most tarot decks were chock-full of White people and heteronormative imagery.
The more I practiced tarot — even trying different decks and guidebooks — the more I realized that these specific expressions felt like they missed the mark in many (sometimes most) situations, and felt limiting instead of insightful. Why did a certain card need to point to a person outside myself, and could I as a woman never be represented in them? What about my friends who identified neither as a man nor woman, where was their place in this? And as a person in my early twenties who wasn’t making much money, could I really utilize the wisdom of the Pentacles when I pulled those cards? I stopped turning to my deck as often, and when I did I took only the pieces from it that worked for me, and left the rest at the table.
What I didn’t realize at the time was there were others out there who felt the same about traditional tarot interpretations; it seemed we had evolved as a culture, but the tarot didn’t evolve with us, and many were feeling just as uncomfortable with that as I was. We were very overdue for a deeper dive into the cards and a new framework from which to reference.
I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled on Lindsay Mack, other than that it was through Instagram, but I know that when I did find her it felt like I’d finally found the type of resource I’d been longing for. Here was someone who was deeply rooted into intuitive tools like tarot, who also utilized astrology, numerology, and other tools frequently thought of as mystical, but who was not appropriative of cultures that weren’t her own, who acknowledged her privilege, and who made space for and centered the experiences and voices of people of color, non-binary folks, and those who had experienced trauma.
The follow on Instagram led to hours of listening to her podcast, and Lindsay’s calm and gentle ability to tear down every limiting belief I had about tarot and replace it with a better, more inclusive understanding floored me. I wanted more of this knowledge, and it was through the podcast that I learned about her foundational course, Tarot for the Wild Soul, which over the course of eight weeks provides in-depth insight into her methodology, Soul Centered Tarot.
I was an immediate yes to the course, excited at the opportunity to dramatically expand my understanding of the tarot. From the first module it exceeded my expectations. It stripped away anything I’d previously been taught or led to believe that relied on anything other than the essence of the card itself, and helping me build in its place a deeper, richer meaning. It began with the framework of tarot as representative of the spiralic stages of the human experience through change and growth, and from there it explored how each card fit into that larger puzzle. The course was at once simple to understand and complex in its nuance, approachable and advanced.
How it’s Different
The foundational theme of Soul Tarot is that tarot is for everyone, and therefore each card must be able to be true for all people. This framework necessitates moving away from gender, wealth, whiteness, and specific experiences of relationship or sexuality, and instead into the energetic essence of a card. Kings and Queens shift from representing specific men and women in one’s life to representing how we find and express our own mastery of an element of life. The Emperor is no longer a strong, dominant man, but instead brings up the areas where we find our pillars of strength, foundation, and stability that allow us to both confidently share our authentic self with the world and hold space for others to do the same. Pentacles represent the element of Earth — how we connect to our bodies and the world around us, as well as to our resources (yes, sometimes including money, but not limited to it).
The Soul Centered Tarot style also utilizes tarot not as divination but as “a mirror for the present moment,” reflecting to the querant the core elements of what they are experiencing and guidance for navigating the experiences for one’s highest and best good. It does not use fear-based language, focusing on how we can learn and grow from every experience in life, even those we don’t have direct control over. Impressively, it does this also without bypassing or glossing over the inequities and violences that are a reality in the world — an art that makes Lindsay’s course particularly impressive. In short, it is a fundamental and necessary evolution of tarot.
It’s amazing that within just a few weeks, my view of tarot, how I used it, and how it could support me were revolutionized. This course enabled me to root into the cards and my own intuition more deeply than I ever had, and I gained a comfort with reading cards that I’d never had previously. The impact has been exceptional, and I could spend hours raving about how unique and wonderful Tarot for the Wild Soul truly is.
How to Learn More
You don’t have to be a “tarot reader” to take Lindsay’s course — the majority of students utilize tarot primarily for themselves, and not externally with others. Maybe you have a tarot deck lying around you are curious about but rarely use; maybe you pull cards regularly but rely mostly on the deck’s guidebook for insight. Whatever your circumstance, if you’ve ever been interested in becoming more familiar with tarot, now is an excellent time to do so.
You can learn more about the Tarot for the Wild Soul course by clicking on any of the images in this post (which are all stills from the course, by the way — did I mention that the course videos are downright gorgeous?).
If you decide to dive in to the course this year, I’ll be there right along with you! I am also an affiliate of this year’s program, and very excited to offer an extra perk. Using code CREATIVECUSP when signing up comes with a $75 gift card for any reading on the site. That makes most readings here completely free (and is actually enough for two Short Tarot Readings). It can also be used on Office Hours, if you’d prefer to chat one on one with me about the course, and any elements you have questions on.
Registration is open for a few more weeks, and the course begins on the solstice, March 21. Hope to see you there!
Drop a comment below if you have any additional questions about the course — I’d love to talk more with you about it!