IA 512 Tarot

Instructor: Terry Lively

Course Description:

This course covers the history, symbolism and use of Tarot. The Tarot is a deck of cards that can be used as a tool for developing intuition, but it is more than this.

It contains symbolic images that express a mystical philosophy, a philosophy that stems from the mentors of Western culture, Pythagoras and Plato, and that has been cherished by mystics and sages over centuries.

The Tarot is a map of the spiritual universe, a mandala, divided into separate components but maintaining the pattern through the relationship of each component to another.

The insights provided by the Tarot can assist individual self-growth and show different solutions or outcomes to a particular problem.

Instructor Information:

Terry Lively, MA

Required Text and Learning Materials:

Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners. By Joan Bunning

Course Prerequisites:


Course Objectives:

  • Students will be familiarized with the history, symbolism and uses of Tarot cards
  • Students will be introduced to the variety of Tarot decks.  Students will identify and describe the Major and Minor Arcanas along with the four suits; Cups, Wands, Pentacles, and Swords.
  • Students will learn traditional and modern Tarot spreads and how to use these spreads for additional information.
  • Students will explore ethical considerations, legalities and business with Tarot cards.
  • Students will be introduced to several working Tarot card readers for their insight.  Students will be encouraged to recognize and use their intuition.

Course Topics:

  • Early Symbolism
  • History of Tarot cards
  • Major Arcana symbolism
  • Minor Arcana symbolism
  • Tarot spread symbolism
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Legalities
  • Business
  • Working as a Tarot Reader
  • Intuition

Course Format:

Video/Audio lectures, online research


  • Students will take a 10-question objective quiz for each video/audio lecture and reading assignment (tests and quizzes tool) (1200 potential points).
  • Students will participate in private and forum discussions covering topics from the lectures on Skype.
  • Students will discuss and solve Tarot reading scenarios

Grading Scale:

Class is graded as follows, based on percentages:

  • 90-100 = A
  • 80-89 = B
  • 70-79 = C
  • 60-69 = D
  • 0-59 = F


Students have twelve weeks to complete this course.

Terry Lively, M.A

Terry Lively

With a Master’s degree in Media Studies, Terry has been teaching in the Communication Department at West Virginia State University for nearly a decade.

She has extensive knowledge and skills that translate into top-quality video and online instruction. This provides you with a seasoned teaching professional instructing you about Tarot cards, a topic she has studied and researched for over forty years.

Terry began her metaphysical studies in her teens. She studied with Dr. Henry Keeling in his ESP class, learning grounding, auras and the art of psychic readings.

A trip to Cassadega, FL inspired her to continue her studies, which included sessions with noted Tarot card reader Ann Reynolds and others. A long-time resident of West Virginia, Terry has read Tarot cards for hundreds of clients. Her personal studies include Tarot, synchronicity, Spirituality, Tao de Ching and remote viewing. Terry understands and appreciates the power of intuition. Embracing the moment enhances psychic powers by stripping away the past and future, allowing universal knowledge to be revealed.

9 Responses to Tarot Certification

  1. rudy cyphert says:

    Which Tarot deck do you recommend – and where can it be purchased?

    • admin says:

      Hi Rudy,

      I personally recommend the Rider Waite deck if you are just starting out and I think most people would agree. They are considered the sort of standard deck and most of the training that you take around tarot will focus on these cards and their particular symbology. Starting with another deck would require that you find someone who is really familiar with that particular deck and would really be a variation of the original teachings.

      To me, Tarot is really a reflection of geometry and spiritual law. I know that sounds confounding but if you understand Sacred Geometry, particularly the Tree of Life and the Flower of Life, you realize that the pathways of the Tarot are the same spiritual pathways that each of us will travel through our life. If you can relate the symbology on the cards with these pathways, you can truly guide someone on a path of spiritual awakening and awareness that is the core of all things.

      As far as where to get them, there are thousand places on the internet that can ship them right to your door. Unless you know of a store that sells them locally that seems like the best option to me.

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  3. roebok says:

    Hi Terry,

    I immediately warmed to you name and have been reading tarot all my life. I have always primarilly used the Haindl Tarot card deck and have come a long way, both with these and my spiritual development, that, if you like saw an awakening through using the cards. I read to people online for free, but have never learned much of the tradition behind it, other than forming my own few opinions/outlooks/theories.The way you link and join the concepts of sacred geometry, the flower and tree of life into this amazes me and I would really like to take this course! I am enquiring and hope I can begin soon.
    Thank you!
    Greets to all at IMU,


    • Terry Lively says:

      Sorry for the tardiness of my reply. Working on a new interface, I didn’t go check my mail properly.

      Thank you for your kind comments. You have years of experience and you would enjoy the class as it would fine tune your skills.

      Looking forward to seeing you in class.

  4. bethany Lemieux says:

    I have always been drawn to tarot cards, ever since I was a little girl. When I was younger my mom often found me climbing up shelves to get to her tarot deck. And now that I am an adult I do tarot readings and messages from your angels. So when I found this course I was excited. I can not wait to take it and learn even more about tarot. Thanks for making it possible.

    • admin says:

      Wow. Well, that speaks volumes, eh?

      And yeah, learning tarot is an amazing experience that will change your life. It’s always interesting to me to see how many people are afraid of it! I’ve come to believe that they are very powerful because they are connected to such high-level spiritual knowledge. When you start to understand how they are tied in with the Tree of Life and the ancient traditions, you can understand why the powers that be have tried to scare people away! They don’t WANT people to have access to this sort of knowledge. It can really blow your mind! AND you have to be willing to manage this kind of power. It’s not a casual hobby if you really know what you’re doing. It goes way beyond that into a spiritual training.

      So obviously you are being called. We should start by talking on the phone. Would you like to set up a time to talk? I can be reached at 304-295-4411 or at 304-917-6061. I look forward to getting you started. Deborah

  5. Shweta says:

    Hi, I am Shweta from India. Is this course entirely conducted online ? Do we receive certificate after completing of this course?

    • admin says:

      Yes, Shweta. The tarot course (all courses) are completely on-line. And you can work at your own pace from anywhere in the world. And yes, you will receive a certificate of completion from us as well.

      Would you like to sign up?

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