The Hit List - 5 free ways to learn tarot when you’re on a budget

So you want to learn how to read tarot but you’re short on cash. I’ve been there. I got my first tarot deck when I was a teenager and I can assure you my finances were minimal and the resources were slim. But my passion was unlimited, and I found plenty of ways to get my tarot groove popping without spending a dime other than for the original deck and a book.

Here are a few things you can do that don’t cost a dime:

1. The internet is your BFF. You can find lots of resources from tarot card interpretations to spreads, advice, and more. With a click of the mouse, you’re in tarot study heaven! (Psst…the internet didn’t exist when I started learning tarot – consider yourself fortunate!

2. Ask friends and family if you can read their cards. Chances are, most people will say yes! (Who doesn’t want a tarot reading?) Practicing with live bodies will build your tarot confidence in no time. This was my path to getting down with tarot.

3. Join free online tarot groups. You can find many friendly groups with other card fanatics who are also looking to practice.

4. Ask your library to carry tarot books. They might not realize some folks want to read about tarot!

5. Read the cards for yourself – and journal about it. This is actually my favorite way to learn. No one knows you better than you. And a journal is the perfect way to record your readings and chart your progress.

These are a few simple ways to get started when your wallet is tight. What are your favorite budget-friendly ways to learn tarot?

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