Tarot for Your Inner Child is a sparkly rainbow-hued invitation to bring more play into your life!
During lockdown 2020 I bought myself some new tarot decks — nothing odd about that, I’m an avid collector and love how they add different layers to my understanding of the tarot — but there was one in particular I was giddy with excitement about. When it arrived I realised I hadn’t bought that deck for me, I’d bought it for my inner teenager. Adult me liked it, but my inner teen LOVED IT and was thrilled to finally have it in her hands. This realisation opened up a whole new rainbow world where I wondered “what deck would delight my littlest inner child?” — so I let her choose her own deck too. From there a magical creative adventure began.
This course is a sparkly rainbow-hued invitation to bring more play into your life. Through the insightful archetypes contained within the tarot we’re going to bond with our inner children, one card at a time. We’ll get to know them through guided meditation, give them full permission to choose a tarot deck just for them and make our own “little white book” of card meanings (aka a tarot journal). This is going to be super fun as you’ll be making the journal alongside your inner child — they will have the creative reins! My inner child wanted to decorate our journal with cute stickers and washi tape just like I would’ve done as a kid— what would yours like? Paint and pencils? Collage? Glitter gel pens? Stickers and stamps? Anything goes!
If you’ve got a tarot deck or two you’ve probably done an inner child reading at some point in your tarot journey. I have too and they’ve always been insightful, but getting to know my inner child this way has taken our relationship far beyond the occasional spread and into regular soul-level connecting. With a journal filled with words from my inner child I’ve been able to tune more deeply into how I feel (and why), heal stuff I didn’t know still needed to be healed and in turn bring more joy into my life as a whole. The shift has been transformational so I knew I had to pass this practice on to you!
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I'm an author, photographer and teacher who’s been sharing her heart online for well over a decade. I help people know, trust and express themselves better by teaching the tools that helped me heal my own heart and live a self-directed life. Words have been at the centre of my world for as long as I can remember. I started writing a diary aged 11 and grew not only a life-long journaling practice but also an unending curiosity about my place in the world.
I worked as a photographer and journalist for many years but my life as I now know it really began in the spring of 2005 when the man I loved died very suddenly from a heart attack — everything I thought I knew about life changed in that instant. Walking through the fire of bereavement was the catalyst for my own unraveling, a journey I wrote about in my first book, This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart.
Unraveling is the word I used to describe my healing process, a peeling away of the layers of myself to find out what was underneath, so in this context unraveling is not a negative thing but more of a clarification and reconnection. While journaling has been the cornerstone of my creative practice for over 30 years, tarot has always been my preferred way to tap into my intuition. I have over 100 tarot decks in my collection, and while I don’t believe the cards can predict the future, I love how they open us up to our own internal guidance system. They are gloriously practical magic!
Questions and Answers
HOW DOES THE COURSE WORK? WHAT DO I NEED?
The course runs for four weeks but you can work through the content at your own pace. You’ll get daily lessons the first week (Mon to Fri) and three lessons per week (Mon, Wed & Fri) for the rest of the course. These will be a mix of written content and prerecorded videos (+ transcripts) so you don’t have to be online at a certain time to see or read them. The lessons are all hosted on a private website which you’ll have access to indefinitely, so you can work through the content at a pace that suits you. To do this course you’ll need a tarot deck and a journal plus any art materials you’d like to use to decorate your journal (no art skills required!) You’ll also need an email account and a computer or tablet to access the course materials.
WHAT SORT OF TAROT DECK SHOULD I USE?
First of all you do NOT have to buy a new tarot for this course — feel free to use a deck you already have! But whether you buy a new deck or use one you already own, you’ll be invited to work with a tarot deck that delights your inner child. We’ll be doing guided meditations to connect with our inner child in the course but at this stage you need only ask yourself: “what would I have loved as a kid?” Select your deck with that in mind :-) I’ll be sharing lots of deck suggestions in the welcome video — you’ll get access to that the day you register.
I’M A TAROT BEGINNER - CAN I DO THIS COURSE?
Absolutely! You don’t need to know anything about the tarot to take this course. We will be connecting with our chosen decks very intuitively. In many ways not knowing much about the tarot is an advantage because you’ll be coming to the imagery with a completely open mind. Either way, this is a course for all levels of experience.
WHAT ART SUPPLIES DO I NEED? / I’M NOT CREATIVE!
We’ll be creating a journal of tarot card meanings in collaboration with our inner child and you’re welcome to decorate your journal any way you choose. This could be with paint and pencils, sparkly gel pens, collaged pictures, stickers and washi tape and any other way that makes the big kid in you happy. Just like you did when choosing a deck, ask yourself: “what would I have loved as a kid?” and start there. You don’t need to be creative, you just need to give yourself permission to play!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET OUT OF THIS COURSE?
By the end of our three weeks together you’ll have developed a meaningful (re)connection to the playful part of yourself. I believe our inner child is the creative joyful essence of who we are and when we give that side of ourselves room to play we open ourselves up to more joy in our lives. By the end of the course you’ll have a much deep connection to your inner child, a tarot journal you’re loving putting together and a tarot deck that gives your inner child a direct way to communicate with you! You’ll be more open to your emotional side and be able to self-soothe so much more effectively.
CAN I CONNECT WITH OTHERS DOING THE COURSE?
Yes! We will have a private Facebook where we can connect with each other and share our discoveries. Joining the group is completely optional so you won’t miss out on anything if you prefer to stay off Facebook :-)
“I cannot thank you enough for this course. It is my first experience with the tarot. It has cracked open my life. I feel like a light has been turned on that has been off for a very long time. I am loving getting to hear from my inner child and remembering what it was like to be me at 7 years old. I am finding that my inner child has many of the very resources and characteristics that my current adult life needs so very much. I am also pulling 3 cards a day from a more adult deck and appreciating the guidance and journal prompting I am receiving. I really like the pacing of the course — I kept receiving new information without feeling overwhelmed, hopelessly behind and subsequently giving up. The guided meditations were the right length for my somewhat fidgety inner child (honestly this adult is pretty fidgety too!) I think this is the first online course I have actually made it all the way through!! I appreciate that you shared your entire tarot journal with us. I felt inspired, curious and reassured by seeing your pages. This is the best online course I have ever taken and now am hooked on using the tarot deck for journaling for self knowledge.”
“This course has opened up a can of worms for me that desperately needed opening and I really am so grateful for it. Over the past week I have willingly delved deeply and wholly into [my inner child’s] world and have listened, acknowledged and even indulged her in ways I would never have imagined doing or cared to do before taking the course. She’s so precious and worthy of all good things and, most certainly it goes without saying that this would also include my time and acknowledgement of her needs and wants specifically. The experience has given me so many ideas of how I can continue to heal my little girl and my adult self going forward after the course ends. It has my adult-self feeling enlightened and inspired, but best of all, my little one feeling hopeful and heard - really heard, for the first time in her life. Thank you, Susannah, for such a beautifully healing opportunity. I think everyone with an inner-child (ALL living, breathing human beings) should take this course.”
“Susannah, I’ve taken most of your courses from the very beginning, yet these precious weeks with you and this course, experiencing the importance of getting to know my Inner Child, have been more therapeutic and enlightening than I ever could have imagined. Every time we look at The Hermit in The Playful Heart Tarot (her card), my Inner Child (the fox wrapped cozy around my neck helping me shine my light forward) and I will be incredibly grateful to you.”
“I have loved all of your courses, but this one touched a very special part of me! What I loved: from the word go, I was in! Browsing for hours through the aisles of stationery shops, wandering happily in toy shops. Choosing my journal, stickers, tape, pens — I was hooked! As the lessons started, I spent hours with my cards and the pages of my journal (still am :-) — some delighted me, others not so, but little Eli wasn’t too hassled about mistakes (take note adult self!). Preparing the page transported me to my inner child space and what she wrote was so revealing... sometimes shocking! I loved the video lessons and have found a new love for listening — I bought my first audio book and I love having a story read to me, something little Eli never experienced. I was glad that the group was on Facebook, just because I check into Facebook once or twice a day and could catch up and be inspired by the others in the group. What I didn’t like: mmmmhhh sorry, can’t think of anything, apart from it all being over too soon :-( I am so happy to continue with my journal and I know this course will keep on giving, so thank you Susannah for creating something so magical.”
“The course has been a focal point for me and will continue to be so. It’s so beautiful and my Inner Child adores playing everyday and she adores you. Not only have I given her permission to play but using the tarot is no longer scary! I had always been drawn to it but the cards were always dark and frightening to me. This has been an entirely new way to journey with the cards, to learn them, to use them everyday, without fear. Like all of us, I have a story. 2 years of heartbreak, heartache, and integrating a lot of my past. Finding this course (this course finding me), has been a big part of healing some old wounds, providing insight, direction and protection as I continue to look within. Susannah, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Just wanted you to know.”
“Really enjoyed looking at the cards through the eyes of my little one. Enjoyed quietly colouring with the wax crayons that I bought for little me. And also loved completely going with what came up instead of what the meaning is supposed to be. So I feel I not only connected with my little one but also with (even) more intuitive reading than before. Love how colourful and full of pictures my tarot journal is becoming. Thank you for this beautiful experience!! Very glad I signed up!”
“This has been SO. MUCH. FUN! I've been doing inner child work for several years now and this has been the most profound work I've done! Thank you, Susannah, for creating this course and sharing it with the world!”
“I just wanted to thank you for this opportunity. I have been beyond happy navigating the tarot with my inner child. The tarot is something I grew up with thanks to my grandmother but somehow at one point I became scared of the cards. Only 10 years ago they started calling me but still it has been a strange path as some cards wouldn't reveal themselves fully. Now everything is clearer and we finally click. I thank you for this magnificent gift, as I now am slowly healing myself, my connections and intuition. It feels like a light has been turned on.”
“Thank you, Susannah. This course is everything I need at this point in time and more. I can't believe it's been four weeks already, and I'm so happy to have an (almost) daily practice that will keep me and my inner child working through the entire deck. I ordered a new batch of stickers yesterday, so this isn’t over. Two new tarot decks will arrive from Kickstarter, so this isn’t over. I keep telling myself and my little one that we will never be alone again because we have each other - this isn’t over, it's just beginning.”
“This class was amazing. I reconnected deeply with my inner child, and began to heal some deep seeded and lifelong wounds. Susannah's tarot practice is much fun and also helped expand and enhance my creativity. And I learned so much about the tarot, which is a wonderful tool for inner exploration and healing. This class was healing, educational, and so much fun! I can't recommend it highly enough. If you are at all interested in tarot or inner child healing work, please take this class.”