Is there any value to making a distinction between fortune telling and divination? How might Chinese perspectives compare to or inform Western perspectives? This free video (or audio) lecture will examine the etymological origins of the words for “fortune telling” and “divination” in the Chinese language, apply medieval esoteric Taoist texts to tarot reading, and propose a theoretical framework through which to read tarot, as either a fortune teller or a diviner, though the two are not mutually exclusive. We will then run a comparative analysis of that with Western perspectives and examine Western esoteric texts on the subject.
The video lecture is about 34 minutes in length. Click on the below to begin watching. Although it is in video form, you can also listen to it as an audio.
An expansion on the talk I presented at the Theosophical Society of the East Bay, this is a video (or audio) course that covers how a practitioner of craft might use tarot, from triggering intuitive creativity for self-empowerment, divination, and amplifying psychic ability to communion with celestial contacts, mediumship, and summonings. This is an intermediate course that presumes proficiency with tarot. Subject matter also runs into esoteric and mystical applications of the tarot, so the tone of the course might not be right for everyone.
Also, just so you are aware: the tenor and value propositions of this course goes in a diametrically different direction from Holistic Tarot.
I’m really excited about this course and I hope you are, too. If you are a practitioner of craft, whether it’s just dabbling, still finding your path, you identify as a witch, magician, diviner, medium, psychic, or shaman, I just know that this course will deepen and enhance whatever amazing mojo you’ve already got going on.
This course is not about teaching tarot. I do not teach you tarot. In fact, I pretty much assume throughout the lecture that you already know a lot about tarot. Rather, this course is about deepening and broadening your relationship with your tarot deck so that you can get more metaphysical mileage out of it.
What Holistic Tarot taught was only the first of the five pillars that are discussed in this course. This course will deconstruct the form and mechanics of using tarot for:
Intuitive Creativity to achieve self-empowerment;
Divination to connect to what Paul Foster Case called the Cause of Causes—the Universal Intelligent Life Energy;
Psychic Readings both to amplify your innate psychic ability and to use tarot as a training tool for strengthening your psychic ability;
Celestial Contacts to connect with deities, angels, ascended masters, devas, or the metaphysical force affecting physical conditions; and
Netherworld Contacts and using tarot for mediumship, ancestral connections, or connecting to entities of nether-worlds and other-worlds.
A workbook with exercises to help you learn and master the mechanics of such tarot operations will also be provided to supplement the video lecture.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and the most frequently asked questions will be answered in a follow-up FAQ video that will be sent to you. There may be multiple FAQ videos delivered to you by e-mail from time to time thereafter, dependent on the inquiries that come in.
You will receive:
Online private access to a video lecture [length: 1 hour 15 minutes]
A PDF digital file of a 49-page workbook
Sub-folder files of supplemental reference material
Access to subsequent FAQ video(s) or e-mail(s) [TBD]
The Awakened Soul oracle cards by tarotist Ethony and artist Danielle Mulligan are a treat to behold. It is the divination deck for the modern witch. It is evident to me that these deck creators have called upon the spirit and consciousness of 21st century Gaia and channeled Her messages to us. So much of Ethony’s energy and blessings have been infused into this deck that it’s quite the honor to work with these cards.
Let’s start superficial, of course, with the box. Oh gawd I love the box. I love the matte finish, the sturdiness, the interior bee design, an incredible symbol for how Mother Earth nourishes life by calling upon the services of Her children and a call to each one of us to channel the spirit of the bee in our own endeavors and in how we nourish our society.
Not only have I been using the oracle deck for daily ritual and rumination, but many of the clients I read for have, too. It was quite surprising to me the number of clients I work with who also had this deck, so it was great that they could follow along with their deck when I provided oracle readings with the Awakened Soul.
That’s right. I’ve done professional readings with the Awakened Soul oracle deck. I broke my own rule. As some of you may know, generally I do kind of get elitist and poo-poo use of oracle decks in professional reading sessions. I stick with tarot and as a client, would prefer to go to readers who stick to tarot. Lenormand decks are okay too, but I had avoided the oracle-oracle decks. Yet something about Ethony’s deck called to me, and I really, really wanted to share its energy and power with those I was working with.
I juggle a full-time day job in corporate law with writing and publishing books, doing interviews and talks for the book tours, part-time professional tarot reader and astrologer, blogger, avid home cook, and pro bono legal work on the side, all while being a metaphysician and keeping myself buried in metaphysical studies, so I do get asked a lot about how I organize my day. How do I make sure I am on top of my schedule of court appearances, hearings, and conferences for work, my client reading list for tarot and astrology, food prep for the week and menu planning, domestic chores, personal health and fitness, and everything in between?
With a day planner, of course. There is a set way I organize and format my personal day planner to cover everything I do. And now I’d like to share it with you. I’ve put together a 2017 day planner and organizer for the metaphysician.
It’s part day planner–annual, quarterly, monthly, and daily. And it’s part grimoire.Carrying around metaphysical correspondences and quick reference sheets helps immensely with memory retention. It’s my approach to broadening and deepening my esoteric knowledge.
Out on the market right now you’ll see a ton of beautiful, vibrant, inspiring, mind-body-spirit-based day planners and calendars rolling out for sale now.
Mine is none of that.
So if you’re looking for something with lots of pastel colors, inspirational quotes, affirmations, and space for you to jot down your secret desires, then this is not it.
Rather, this is a glimpse into how I organize my life and how I balance professional and personal accomplishment with esoteric studies. I don’t spend three hours filling in blank workbook prompts on what I love about myself. I don’t need “go get ’em, tiger” quotes in sans serif font printed in glittery hues across my planner cover. Instead, my planner is about optimizing the hours of my day and getting stuff done. I need a day organizer that helps me get stuff done. I don’t want color, because color ink is expensive. I want substance and I want economy.
That’s what my day planner is all about. And I’d like to show it to you. I made one up for my sister Cindy, so you’re going to see screenshots of hers for illustration.
The Amor Oscuro Lenormand by Modern Witchy Woman Diana Chin is an independently published deck that is a glimpse inside an artist’s sketchbook, sketches that narrate what Chin describes as “the story of an interracial couple through 36 symbolic messages.” The Amor Oscuro pays homage to diversity in divination through the lens of a multiracial woman.
I’ve spent this past Scorpio month tinkering with the Starlight Dragon Tarot by Nora Huszka and Steph Engert, which was perfect, since I get a Scorpio vibe from this deck. Here we have a 79-card tarot deck, though you can certainly use just the traditional 78, that summons into your life the bold spirit of dragons. It is a majestic yet cerebral deck to get your favorite tarot reader this holiday season and while I would consider it a more advanced deck to work with, any artist or writer friend of yours will pull boundless inspiration from the energy of the Starlight Dragon so for sure get it on your gift list!
I’m reminded a bit of T.A. Touchkoff’s Russian Gypsy Fortunetelling Cards (Harper San Francisco, 1992) in terms of the square format and aligning the cards along four edges to form divinatory mosaics. However, the Starlight Dragon is unique in its own right and springs to life from its magnificent coloring. You’ll detect the bold signature of Huszka’s handiwork, and yet what we get from the Starlight Dragon, especially after having worked with Huszka’s Gypsy Palace Tarot, is a declaration of this artist’s incredible versatility.
Often when you examine multiple decks from the same artist, it can get difficult to tell one deck apart from the other because the artistic point of view is the same. Here we get a touch of Huszka’s penchant for bold coloring but she has challenged herself as an artist and creator to pull out from within an entirely different visual perspective and I commend her for that. Again, it speaks volumes of the artist’s versatility.
The card back imagery is incredible. We see what appears to be a single double-headed dragon knotted in the formation of a lemniscate, depicting the colors representative of the spirit energy from the Majors and the four elemental energies of the Minors and peeking through the lemniscate are two dragon eyes. Along the four corners you’ve got glyphs representing the four phases of the moon. Every detail of Starlight Dragon Tarot is thoughtfully executed and done so with perspicacious precision.
I believe in a Divine, and I believe that we are each born with a map for navigating our lives. That does not mean we have a fixed destiny, but quite the contrary. Our potential is expressed as a garden of forking paths. We decide which forks we take, but we must also live with the consequences.
The map I speak of can help us make sense of that garden, perhaps even shed light on potential consequences before we take a single step, and therefore better ascertain which fork we want to take. By reading our own map, we can best mark a route toward our desired destination.
The map? I believe it is our birth chart. As above, so below. What the Divine sets in the heavens above, if we possess the drive to learn about it, is the grand omen of our success and our failures. Our lives and by extension our birth charts map out a collective tree of if-then statements. If we choose this course, then that will be our outcome. The possibilities of this and that are embedded into our birth charts and availed to us for access, if we so choose to gain that insight.
For $40, you’re getting:
JPG file of your birth chart constructed under the whole signs system
PDF written reading report of key astrological features in your chart related to career and wealth, word count minimum 8,000 words.
To order yours today, just e-mail me the following:
Date of Birth
Time of Birth
Location of Birth
benebellwen (at) gmail (dot) com
How can you achieve fortune and prosperity in your life?
I believe that map—your birth chart—can help us navigate a way.
Your Prosperity Adviser addresses the metaphysical components that play in to your financial success and personal achievement. Of course it should not be relied on exclusively for making career or financial decisions. Rather, it’s a supplement to the more logic- and science- based metrics you’re using for such important decision-making.
Note that this report is limited in scope. It presumes that your primary purpose is fortune and prosperity and operating on that presumption, we examine specific points in your chart to mark the best route to achieving that purpose.
I’m not looking at your happiness or what brings you spiritual fulfillment. There are other divinatory reading options available for that. This particular reading option is about material prosperity and the career path best suited for you for attaining material prosperity and advancing social status.
The reading report will focus on your midheaven sign, Hermetic Lot of Fortune, the three Earth houses in your chart, and then a panoramic view of your entire chart, taken in totality, and the conclusions that can be drawn from your chart in its totality. Only the main angular aspects to career or wealth related celestial bodies will be examined.
If that was mumbo jumbo to you, no worries, that’s not how I talk in the reading, at least not for all of it. Let’s break down what all that means and what is covered in Your Prosperity Adviser.
Potential for Highest Professional Achievement
By examining your midheaven sign and any significant angular aspects to it that relate to wealth, status, and career, we will get a sense of which professional paths would lead you to the highest potential for achievement written in the stars for you. In other words, which professional paths are most likely to lead you to gains in status?
Your Financial Earning Potential
The way I read the Hermetic Lot of Fortune expresses how you can earn money. What avenues and forking paths are availed to you for earning potential? How does someone like you, given your personality, your strengths, your weaknesses, and even your karma seek out the path most likely to earn you financial prosperity? We’ll take a look at your birth chart and answer based on your personal astrology.
Career Insights, Employment Prospects, and Your Material Resources
Next, we’ll take a look at the Earth houses in your chart. Earth relates to material resources, foundations, and security. I’ll interpret the sign governing your second house, sixth house, and tenth house. I’ll also examine the celestial bodies and sensitive points in those three Earth houses. If none, I’ll talk about the implications of having that house empty in your chart.
Also, according to your birth chart, what is your likelihood of success if you pursue a career in math or science? What if you pursue a career in a social science? What if you pursue a career in the creative or performing arts?
Your report will have three sub-sections with the foregoing categories and we’ll look at your birth chart, compare it to the metrics I have set up as an astrologer for determining success in those three particular fields, and see how you stack up in each category.
Personal Feng Shui to Metaphysically Optimize Career Success and Wealth
The report concludes with some personal feng shui. From your birth details and the gender you identify as, I will calculate your Kua Hao and then tell you what your most auspicious compass directions are and how to utilize that directionality through feng shui principles to optimize opportunities for wealth, success, and prosperity. I’ll also take a look at elemental dominance in your chart overall, weaknesses, and use that to guide me in curating a recommended prosperity bowl for you.
Astrological Features Covered
Your reading is a synthesis of Hellenistic astrology and Chinese feng shui (some facets of Chinese feng shui principles are rooted in astrology). The specific astrological points covered are as follows:
Your Midheaven Sign. Sign and house analysis (the two can be different when reading under the whole signs system), and discussion of conjunctions, trines, oppositions, and certain select squares only (other angular aspects excluded)
Your Hermetic Lot of Fortune. House and sign analysis, and discussion of significant conjunctions, if any
Tenth House. Sign analysis and discussion of any planetary influences in the tenth.
Sixth House. Sign analysis and discussion of any planetary influences in the sixth.
Second House. Sign analysis and discussion of any planetary influences in the second.
Overall Chart Analysis for Comparison Metrics. Comparing key astrological patterns in your chart to the “ideal” chart for STEM professional success, social science professional success, creative or performing arts success, and entrepreneurial success based on proprietary metrics.
Kua Hao. Your Kua Hao based on your birth details and prescription for personal feng shui measures to accentuate your strengths and support your weaknesses (specifically keyed to career and prosperity only; not for any other area of life).
This reading is not spiritual, at least not per my perspective. This reading is about how you can best achieve financial security, chart the route to highest achievement and career potential, and what you as a person would be best keyed for in terms of professional pursuits.
If you’re young and still trying to figure out your professional path, this would be a great reading to help supplement your decision-making.
If you’re older and seeking a metaphysical or divinatory understanding of your personal finances, or are just curious about how the path you’ve chosen compares to the predetermined path of highest achievement ordained by your birth chart, then how fun would this reading report be. =)
JPG of your birth chart, under the whole signs system of astrology
PDF written report covering the astrological features mentioned, with minimum word count: 8,000 words – please note that this is quite the long read…
Limitations in Scope
This is not a complete birth chart reading. This is a focused and narrow examination of the facets in your birth chart that reveal your career potential, how you can best earn money or acquire material resources and abundance, and what metaphysical practices (note: not practical stuff; purely metaphysical stuff) you can consider to help amplify and support the energies in your life that help to manifest prosperity, abundance, and professional success.
Furthermore, at the given price point, the main purpose of this reading report is to make such knowledge and personal reading accessible to as many as possible, and to do that, I definitely use pre-written text. E.g., If you are a midheaven sign Gemini, I have text pre-written for my personal, proprietary interpretation of midheaven sign Gemini. If that midheaven sign is in Gemini under the decan rulership of Mars, I have pre-written text for implications of a Gemini midheaven under Mars decan rulership. I also have pre-written text for all the different Kua Hao in the feng shui section. If your career potential relies on metaphysical Fire energy for support, or Earth, or Air, or Water, all that text is pre-written, which I then essentially transfer over manually to prepare your reading report.
However, assessing overall STEM, social science, creative, or entrepreneurial innate strengths is a customized process, as it would need to be, since I’m examining the totality of factors your unique birth chart represents. Also, when I notice intriguing facets of your birth chart that is directly related to career or prosperity issues, then I will write that and weave it in with the pre-written text.
Not Your Career or Financial Advisor
This reading is a form of unverified divination based on your astrological birth chart. There is no hard scientific or rational basis to the reading results. The reading results are based entirely on subjective astrological metrics that I, as an astrologer, have designed and a comparison between your birth chart and those metrics to produce certain astrological, divinatory results that should be read for entertainment purposes only. To rely on this astrology reading to make important career or financial decisions in your life would be, in one word, asinine.
Cost of Reading:
$40.00 (Forty Dollars) USD
To order, email me at:
benebellwen (at) gmail (dot) com
I will then reply with more info and payment instructions. Payment is handled after your receipt of the completed reading.
Did I get your attention with that gimmicky blog title? Let me get even more specific with my gimmick. Learn how to earn $50K or more from working 27 hours per week.
After being bombarded by online gurus claiming they could teach people how to earn six figures from a home business, most of them offering spiritual services, and believing that there is such a code to earning those six figures, I challenged myself to crack that code and see if I could engineer such a formula.
But, I did figure out how to earn 50K, actually I contend to you more than that, from working what is essentially a 27 to 30 hour part-time work week, from home, as an entrepreneur.
At least I think I did. Anyway, I’ve written up my findings.
Whether you decide to go crazy and tack on 27 hours of extra work to your current working schedule to launch a spiritual service venture part-time (technically, a 27-hour work week counts as “part time”) or you’re aspiring to go full-time as a professional reader offering spiritual services and want some tips, I’ve put together a little handbook that instructs on a formula I came up with for achieving the targets I listed: $50K in earnings from a spiritual business service by putting in a 27 hour work week.
Then download the handbook. I offer it in both PDF and DOC file formats.
I’m often asked about my own journaling methodologies and how I document my personal work. At any given moment in time, I have the above-pictured four books/journals/what-have-you. Each one serves a different purpose for me.
If you want a more in-depth peek inside that big black one you see pictured above, check out this video I uploaded onto my YouTube channel:
The first hour will be a talk on Taoist cosmology, the history of Fu talismans, the 13 principles of craft as derived from the Yellow Emperor’s Classics of the Esoteric Talisman, intersections of science and magic, and how practitioners use divination to know and then craft to change.
The second hour will be a hands-on workshop where you will use tarot divination to help you design and craft a Fu sigil, working with Chinese oracle bone script. Fu sigil paper consecrated on 11/11, cut and prepared at 11:11 am, and then consecrated at 11:11 pm will be provided for your use. You can take some home with you to craft the sigil. It is recommended that the final sigil be crafted on the day after the workshop, on the full moon.
I’ll bring my Jiao Bei divination moon blocks and set them out on the table top for anyone who seeks to use them for a personal divination. Free for your use at any time during the event. Please handle respectfully.
All attendees will also go home with a consecrated and blessed pocket gemstone, with the hopes that it helps you along in all your magical endeavors.
For more detailed metaphysical correspondences of the gemstones per my perspective, check out this previously uploaded PDF for a glossary of gemstone correspondences. Find the entry for the stone you picked (or the stone that picked you…) in the PDF if the one-two word correspondence on the yellow card wasn’t clear.