In a social justice law course I took back in my law school days, the professor went around the room on the first day of class and asked each one of us to offer what we think brings about social change in this world. A classroom populated by, um, well, white folks, offered thought bubbles like grassroots mobilization, advocacy, charismatic leadership, lobbying, equal access to justice, public policy, etc. Funny, I was thinking about it from a different perspective.
When it was my turn, I said, “Pain.”
Pain is not only the impetus for social change, but it is the impetus to greatness. Profound feelings of marginalization lead to zealous advocacy on behalf of others. Even when your pain looks different from my pain, the common emotional denominator between our pains is the same, and through that common emotional denominator, you and I can connect, create an incredible, powerful fusion, and together, through collectivism, become the impetus for social change and for mutual greatness.
When you’ve dedicated yourself to the study of craft, you’re going to want to start your own written record of the path. It is the most natural thing and the concept of keeping a grimoire, book of shadows, or book of methods is found across all of the cultures of magical traditions, East to West. Now it’s your turn to feel that pull. You’ve got your big, beautiful blank book ready to go. Where do you start? How do you start?
By its nature, a private journal means no one can tell you what to do. Yet some of us just want tangible insights for inspiration, so that’s what this is. I’m most certainly not trying to tell you how to keep your own private journal. My own grimoire does not come close to following the instructions I am about to give.
Yet the other day, I was thumbing through a rather incredible tome, quite esoteric in nature for sure, and that tome offered some of the most brilliant insights into grimoire organization that I have ever come across. So I shall share that text with you today.
That’s right. It’s The Professional Chef by The Culinary Institute of America.
Okay, it’s a cooking book. But I swear if you went through this thing you’d agree it’s esoteric as hell. Who knew broth making and a roux could be so complicated. I digress. And I’m serious. This book provides incredible insights into how you might consider organizing and creating your grimoire.
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]
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.
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.
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:
I’m thrilled to be participating in the “Foodies Guide to the Tarot” BlogHop hosted by our co-wranglers Jay Cassels and Arwen Lynch Poe. The topic was left wide open for us bloggers to go in any direction of our pleasure, as long as it had to do with tarot and it had to do with food. I’m thinking I’ve done just that.
The Major Arcana of the tarot deck can be subdivided into Three Septenaries. The First Septenary of the Major Arcana is about the primal dramas of the ego, expressed by the first seven Keys of the Majors: Keys I through VII. You can read more about the Three Septenaries here.
Inspired by the First Septenary, I will be preparing a seven course brunch for Hubby and me. (Jay and Arwen: the hubby thanks you for your BlogHop topic idea). Here we go.
Brigit’s BiddyTarot is one of the most popular (I even dare say the most popular) tarot spot on the web. And it’s for good reason, too. She sustains the site with incredible content. Brigit is compiling a free e-book, Real Life Lessons from the Major Arcana, a collection of 22 essays by 22 tarot authors, each writer covering one Major Arcanum.
I chose Key VII: The Chariot for personal and sentimental reasons. Click on the above banner to go straight to my article over at Biddy. Also, be sure to download the entire e-book for FREE (how cool is that!) by clicking on the below banner or going here.
I’m new to the craft idea of an altar-in-a-tin. The other day while surfing Pinterest (that never ends well for me), I came across photos of people who DIY-ed their own miniature altar kits or prayer boxes using a candy tin. These photos were incredible. The Pinterest excursion led to Etsy and three and a half hours later that lazy Sunday, I get the brilliant idea that I can DIY my own altar kit (or prayer box).
Above you see my initial proposition of contents. Given limited parameters (e.g., don’t want to leave the house to buy anything; must finish this crafty project today so must utilize what I have in my house right now; must be itty bitty tiny because this f****** tin of mints is itty bitty tiny; etc.), this project turned out to be harder than I expected.