UK College of Holistic Training

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Key textbook:

Place, Robert M.  The Tarot: History, Symbolism and Divination. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin 2005. [This book will be sent free to students in the UK ]


This required textbook is available at low cost as an ebook for the Amazon Kindle. To purchase you need to have an Amazon account and a suitable device - a Kindle e-reader or Kindle app for your computer, tablet or smartphone.

If you want to get the Kindle edition you will need to do that yourself as we cannot do it for you. Let us know you have the Kindle edition before you enrol and we will give you a discount of 10 (UK students only).


Some people have reported that the Kindle edition is awkward to use. If you cannot use Kindle or cannot have an Amazon account, you will need a hard copy.

An extended, illustrated paperback edition of the book published in 2010. Details of this edition are:

Place, Robert M.  The Fool's Journey: The History, Art & Symbolism of the Tarot. Lulu.com, 2010.

This edition is available from Amazon and from Lulu.com. You can find out more about this edition by looking at the description and reviews on Amazon.com

Further suggested reading:

Quinn, Paul. Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth. Quest Books, 2009.

Ben-Dov, Yoav. Tarot: The Open Reading. Createspace / Amazon Media. Available in paperback and for Kindle.











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in Tarot Studies
A distance learning course for the
             Tarot practitioner or enthusiast

   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning

Total recommended period of study: approx. 3  months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 175.00  (175 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see www.xe.com )


May 2017 - This course has now been updated from Certificate to Diploma. The key textbook, which used to be hard to obtain, is now available again in the regular paperback edition.


Method of study 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Resullts and feedback are issued by email.


Course overview

This course charts the Medieval and esoteric history of the Tarot and, blending intuitive interpretation, symbolic understanding and historical information, presents a simple yet profound method of reading the cards for meditation and divination.

The course is for people new to the Tarot who want to understand what it is, where it came from and how to use it for a reading. It is also for experienced Tarot readers who want a qualification to enhance their professional profiles, and to develop their wider knowledge of Tarot tradition.

Styles of Tarot consultation vary considerably with many different packs in use, many spreads and styles of reading, and many ways of interpretation. No one course can teach them all - and nobody will use all of them - but a course such as this acts as a central focus from which to develop your fascination with the Tarot and decide how it is most useful on your individual spiritual, artistic and/or and helping or counselling path.

We do not expect you to master all the meanings and be a proficient Tarot reader in the time it takes you to do this course.  That takes time and experience, plus a certain amount of intuition, and you will have the textbook to help you as you keep learning. This course is in "Tarot studies" - it is not in itself a qualification as a Tarot reader. We are looking for your understanding of Tarot history and symbolism, and your aptitude for appreciating Tarot and allowing associations and intuitive interpretations to come forth when you are contemplating particular cards.  The final assignment asks you to peform a reading, but this may be done in “open book” fashion, allowing you to consult the textbook (and any other sources you wish) for interpretations.

There are no particular entry qualifications for this course but we expect a good standard of written English and a genuine interest in learning more about the Tarot.



Successful graduates will receive the Certificate in Tarot Studies awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.


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