Dear Tarot friend,
If you are, your options and resources may seem to vanish off the radar. You feel powerless, and that sucks!
Tarot counseling puts your story or experience on the table, gives you a full-map view, and calls your resources and options back into awareness.
During this tarot process, you regain a sense that you have choices about your situation.
This realization is empowering, restores you to your Core or Center, and opens you to navigate the situation with more grace.
Tarot counseling takes you from “uh-oh!” to “aha!” to “aahh…”
I’m James Wells, a motivational listener, consultant, author, teacher, facilitator, and circle host.
I love facilitating tarot counseling sessions like the one I recently did with a woman I’ll call “Annie.”
She came to me for a tarot session. Focused on academic work for the past three years, she had let her intimate romantic life sit on the shelf. Encountering a previous boyfriend out of the blue, she felt her desire for a partner stirring. In addition, a fellow academic in a different part of the world had been making overtures and having online conversations with Annie. She felt confused about whether to reconnect intimately with her former partner, just be friends with him, end the connection completely, accept the overtures of her colleague, or look for someone else, or keep romance on hold. Whew!
We drew cards for pros and cons of the various options then more cards to describe qualities or cues that could lead Annie to a fulfilling, healthy love partnership. She began to smile as our discussion of the tarot images before us revealed that to resume her previous relationship would stunt her personal and professional growth, that her colleague is an excellent friend for conversation and validation of skills, and that seeking a completely new partner would allow her the opportunity to create a relationship rooted in two whole and equality-loving people coming together rather then one completing the other.
While the cards indicated to watch for qualities that were congruent with Annie’s colleague, she decided that he was simply a practice person to help her get ready for someone similar to him but who lives closer. By the end of our time together, Annie was practically beaming, her relief and sense of personal power rippling through the room.
“In my sessions with you, I feel profoundly listened to and received without judgment. Your focused meditative listening, high quality questions, and mature spiritual presence enable us to enter the zone of revelation and call forth resourceful energies. Whether reading for me or guiding me to read for others, your blend of intuition, heart compassion, and intellect helps me to feel a closer bond and trust the information.”
~ Clarissa C., Toronto, ON
“James manages to combine a very refined precision with a light-hearted freedom in his tarot readings and circle-work. It is an art to combine intuition, humor, and concrete solutions in one session, and James does this skillfully. I trust his ability to drop into the ‘well of deep listening’, draw upon various sources for inspiration, and articulate what he finds in a way that is both inspiring and utterly practical.”
~ Andrea M., Maple, ON
“James, your true gift is asking the right questions. You have a wonderful way of helping someone see what is going on in a reading simply by asking questions that are open ended. And you really help others to find through the tarot a means to craft an authentic, spirit filled life.”
~ Sharon D., Philadelphia, PA
Wouldn’t you love to be able to offer your friends, clients or yourself a similar outcome to a tarot session?
You can, and I’ll be glad to show you how.
My new e-course, Tarot Counseling for Self and Others, is for people who desire to use the tarot as a tool to support self-discovery, creativity, awareness of options, healing, and living more consciously. Those who participate in these four sessions possess imagination, curiosity, compassion, and strong intentionality. Their yearning to be life-affirming presences for themselves, other people, and our world is profound.
Tarot Counseling for Self and Others is not for people who use the tarot glibly or frivolously. Those who want recipe lists of card meanings or who expect the tarot to be a psychic “miracle pill” will not feel at home in this course. It most certainly is NOT a fortune-telling course.
My intention for you is that by the end of this course, you will:
- Create razor-sharp intentions for your tarot sessions, increasing specificity of any card’s meaning.
- Listen with more presence and speak more consciously so that real change can emerge from your tarot consultations.
- Engage with cards and querents in such a way that you’ll generate wisdom and grounded, applicable advice.
What’s in the E-Course?
There are four classes in the e-course. Here’s what they look like:
Class 1: ESTABLISHING A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR TAROT COUNSELING SESSIONS.
Before embarking on our tarot counseling journey, we learn and practice essential skills. It also behooves us to define “tarot counseling” and gain clarity about our roles in this process.
Class 2: PREPARATION AND ENTRY.
We gather what we need to prepare ourselves and the other for the tarot experience, and shape a clear intention or context for the session. After mapping this intention, we consciously transition from casual time to tarot time.
Class 3: THE CORE OF THE CONSULTATION.
In an atmosphere of trust, we have a meaningful exchange over the cards. This is the heart of the tarot experience in which we deepen into our intention, tune into the rhythm of what is happening within and around us, and allow fruitful insights and feedback to emerge.
Class 4: CLOSURE AND DEPARTURE.
We integrate and ground the tarot experience. After gracefully transitioning from tarot time to casual time, the session’s energy is carried forth into the world.
“James creates a welcoming sacred space that can only encourage your soul to come forth. He encourages you to “show up for yourself.” Through thoughtful skill and heart-full experience, James helps you to celebrate the shining signs that light our path…signs we so often fail to appreciate for the gifts they truly are.”
~ Dave W., Brampton, ON
“I recently attended the Tarot Mini-Conference “Fate and Free Will” at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, where I had the exquisite privilege of working with internationally renowned tarot master and guru James Wells. James’ presentation was simply a knockout!
Based on his understanding of fate as the sum of the choices we make, our work with the cards under James’ guidance escaped the usual cerebral tarot exercise paradigm, propelling us forward in time first 24 hours, then a week, and then limitlessly beyond, encouraging us to build creatively on the tarot’s message in a way that both honors its truth and utilizes its magic to shape our destiny.
James is brilliant, perceptive, and multi-talented. Everything he brings, he brings from the heart, the mark of a true educator.”
~ David Vine, historian, author, and lifelong tarot practitioner.
How does it work?
Each class consists of:
- Downloadable materials for you to print out and study, released each Thursday
- A live teleseminar class on the following Tuesday (based on the materials you received the previous Thursday)
- A recording of each teleseminar, in case you have to miss the live ones
- Support in a private community forum from James and your fellow students
- A voluntary partnering system (or study buddy)
Here’s the class schedule:
• Thursday September 1st: Class #1 materials released.
• Tuesday September 6th: Teleseminar Class #1, 5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern
• Thursday September 8th: Class #2 materials released.
• Monday September 12th: A short “Full Moon Ceremony of Attuning the Self with the Tarot” at 5:26 PM Eastern time. You can participate in your own space; this won’t be on a live call.
• Tuesday September 13th: Teleseminar Class #2, 5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern
• Thursday September 15th: Class #3 materials released.
• Tuesday September 20th: Teleseminar Class #3, 5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern
• Thursday September 22nd: Class #4 materials released.
• Tuesday September 27th: Teleseminar Class #4, 5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern
And . . . for the first TEN people who sign up . . .
A F*R*E*E* 20-minute phone session with James! This consultation can be for mentoring in a specific tarot skill or it can a mini tarot counseling session. WOW!
“Whenever I have a tarot session with you, I feel enlivened when you listen to me and make adjustments to the question and we continue working. Something shifts and new interpretations reveal themselves to me. Once into a reading, the language starts shapeshifting and I can feel you holding space while I allow the words and insights to come into focus. Every time I consult the cards with you, I get out of the old movie in my head, body, and heart then create a fresh healthy movie to play in. Yay!”
~ Martha H., Brooklyn, NY
$217.00 US for all four classes or you can make two payments of $110.00 US one today and the other in 15 days.
If you do the preparatory work for the first class, participate in the live call and then decide the class is not for you, we’ll refund your money, no questions asked!
What else do you need to know?
You’ll be able to sign up for the course until midnight on Monday, September 5th BUT . . . James will be sending out the materials for the first class on Thursday September 1st, and the first live teleseminar class will be held on Tuesday September 6th. So don’t wait too long to decide! Check in with your inner wisdom — maybe even pull a card or two. We know that the exact right people will be enrolling in this course, and we can’t wait to meet you!
>>> THE COURSE IS NOW CLOSED FOR ENROLLMENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST! <<<
Still wondering if this class is right for you?
Join us for a free preview call on Tuesday, August 30th at 5PM Pacific, 8PM Eastern.
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James will be sharing some of the basic ideas he’ll be covering in the course, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask him any questions you might have about it. What’s not to like?
Here’s why I’m so passionate about my tarot work . . .
In a culture that encourages separation from one’s soul, from nature, and from people who look or act differently, we thirst for a model of wholeness, interconnectedness, and relationship. My own thirst for this is quenched by the tarot and the processes with which I partner it. A pack of tarot cards is made up of Universal Themes (the majors) and the aspects of life (the minors) through which we can experience those themes; however, every piece is necessary to the pack’s wholeness. Each section of the tarot is intimately connected with the others. If the tarot contained no Wands, there’d be no soul. A deck without Cups would be devoid of feeling. The presence of Swords tunes me in to my thoughts and beliefs while Pentacles remind me to respect my body, my work, and the Earth. The universality of the Trumps ties it all together.
This isn’t just high-falutin’ theory, it’s grounded in practice. For example, a couple of years ago, I was experiencing the universal theme of surrendering to process (Hanged One). While my soul was comfortable in this role (6 of Wands), I felt that it limited my capacity to relate to others (8 of Cups). At the same time, my intellectual understanding of surrender was mature (Queen of Swords) and my work was temporarily on hold (10 of Pentacles). Having the tarot as a holistic map gave me a template to see where I was at the time on all those levels and as a whole being. With this came acceptance, self-compassion, and a realization that I could make different choices in the fields of relating and working. And that was without even pulling any physical cards from the deck!
So, tarot is a way of life. It comes naturally to me and has done so since I bought my first pack of cards at age 12. The images of a well-executed tarot deck excite me and so do the “aha!” moments in myself and in others when I share tarot with them professionally and personally. I live for occasions when the tarot’s symbols and concepts awaken and enliven something in someone. In a recent workshop on birth cards and year cards that I offered, a psychotherapist who was engaged in a story-telling activity over the pasteboards cried out, “Holy s**t!” as a pattern revealed itself to her and the way to dissolve the pattern become obvious to her. I was thrilled!
The non-threatening, game-like interaction of chatting over a pattern of colorful cards causes people to open up. Clients and students have told me things that even their loved ones and therapists haven’t heard. The tarot’s pictures and perspectives have a way of uncovering amazing unconscious material. I recall using a Inner Child spread and the Songs for the Journey Home tarot deck with a client who in that 90-minute session uncovered a piece of self-awareness that had never emerged in 10 years of psychotherapy. It turned out to be a key factor in her self-healing process. Exciting!
As you can tell, my way of working and living with the tarot is very different from just spouting off a list of pre-fabricated meanings and trying to impress the client by being “right”. It’s less about “accuracy” and more about “relevance”. Rather than formulaic pigeon-holing of people into categories and rote meanings that require people to believe in them, this deep way of interacting with the tarot allows the person to come first. The cards conform to the person, not the other way around. Tarot, as I teach it and use it, is a proactive tool. Neither the cards nor “fate” make things happen, people do!
Why do I get so jazzed up about this manner of using the tarot and these profound “aha!” moments? Because in this culture of overcomplication, something as simple as a conversation over some symbolic cards can catalyze a radical shift. In a century replete with layers of hierarchy and power-over, two or more people can gather as peers around some pictures and share from the heart. In the midst of a separation paradigm, we can look at a tarot deck and make connections. The more we partake of these heart-sharing, connective, and catalytic encounters, the more we can contribute to the remembering of wholeness, our own and that of the world. Please join me!
In honour of Choice and Wholeness,
P.S. Remember my guarantee: if you do the preparatory work for the first class, participate in the first live call, and then decide the class is not for you, we’ll refund your money, no questions asked!
P.P.S. Email me at: circleways AT yahoo DOT ca with any questions about the course at all.