Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop!
An international group of tarotists are all writing on the same topic and then linking to each other so that the reader can hop from one blog to the next, seeing all the permutations and facets that the topic inspired in different writers.
Ania M inspired us with a seasonal topic — tax time and tarot! She asked us how we use the tarot in relation to financial matters.
Tarot and Finance: Unlock Your Money Magic
I am impassioned by the idea of expressing myself creatively and uniquely and encouraging others to do so as well. My blog name, Completely Joyous, comes from the sixteenth chapter of Deuteronomy in the Hebrew Bible. The verse, transliterated from the Hebrew, is, “Vesamachta bechagecha, vehayita ach same’ach,” meaning, “And you will rejoice in your festivals, and you will be completely joyous.” The word “ach” in the phrase is translated as “completely” but really means “only”–you will be only joyous, or nothing but joyous. A tall order, but it’s my name, and something to strive toward. Not only do I use these words for my blog name and as a touchstone for my personal development, but this concept forms the foundation and mission of my business–to help and guide you as you move forward in your journey to becoming completely you.
My work is spiritual in nature, but in order to be effective, all spiritual work must be grounded in the mundane, the practical, the real world. A world of the tarot Pentacles–commitment, stability, security, dedication, discipline, and yes, money.
Money can be difficult for a lot of spiritual people, myself included. Whether due to vows of poverty from this life or a previous life, or lack of proper role models of abundance and generosity, or simply the difficult and often unsupported path of moving away from enmeshment with the masses and taking on the laborious work of carving out–or perhaps dynamiting!– your path through the obstacles and guards that block any exit from the fenced enclosure that dictates groupthink and a limited understanding of who you are. An understanding that fails to take into consideration your innate truth as manifested from and connected with, indeed one with, the Divine.
In qabalah, we learn that the top of the Tree of Life is associated with the Divine, Perfect Unity, singleness of Truth. The bottom of the Tree is perfect diversity, individuality, unique expression. The paths on the Tree remind us that each manifested and incomparable expression, no matter how different from any other expression, can always be traced back to the undifferentiated.
For me, I strive to know the undifferentiated through meditation, Reiki, and ritual. I search for my own unique expression in tarot and astrology. By combining my search for self through tarot and astrology and my striving for Divine Unity in meditation and ritual, I place my individual expression in alignment with the truth of Spirit.
I have developed a system that breaks this philosophy down into a step-by-step, structured process that I call the Empyrean Key (I introduce the system with an exercise called Unlock Your Personal Symbol with the Empyrean Key). Using tarot and astrology, ritual and contemplation, the system provides a straightforward method to move between the worlds of Perfect Diversity and Divine Unity, allowing you to become completely you, a perfectly individual expression of the Divine. My primary class that uses this process is my popular Journey to the Ultimate Boon. But there are an infinite variety of ways to engage this system. It can be used with all aspects of yourself and all areas of life.
And that includes money.
There is no cookie-cutter approach to anything in life, including prosperity and abundance. So I ask one simple question–what does your natal chart say about your unique and innate approach to money and resources? By understanding how you personally view, value, and invent your own wealth, you can open up to the patterns that produce a consistent flow of life’s necessary resources.
The starting place for such a process is the second house of the astrology chart. Ready to give it a try? Grab a copy of your natal chart or pull it up online using a service like Astro.com or Astrolabe. On Astro.com, follow the link under “CHARTS & DATA, Extended Chart Selection” on the right (I prefer Astro.com and select whole signs for the House System). On Astrolabe, click on “My Free Birth Chart.” There is no registration or email address required for either site.
To get your chart, you will need to know the date, time and place of your birth–a correct time is essential to knowing the houses on the chart, although if you need a workaround, we can explore the chart in other ways (if you can’t identify your second house, you can try looking at what you have in the sign of Taurus, or working with Venus in your chart). The correct birth time can be obtained from a hospital issued birth certificate, or from a parent or close relative.
Once you have your chart, take a look at what sign is on the cusp of the second house–if you prefer to use whole sign houses as I do, then the second house is the next sign counterclockwise on the chart, or in zodiacal order, from the sign of your ascendant. I was born with Cancer rising, so my second house is Leo, the sign that follows Cancer in the order of the zodiac.
Take a look at the second house and see if there are any planets there. Again, it’s easiest (and, luckily, most effective) to use whole sign houses, so all you have to do is observe if there are any planets in the sign of your second house. If not, no worries, for now you can focus on the sign (for those more knowledgeable about astrology, you can take into consideration the planetary ruler of the sign of your second house–if you’re not sure, stick to the sign of your second).
Now, you know what Planet(s) and Sign are in the second house. The next step is to translate them into tarot cards!
I have put together a basic handout that covers the Money Magic process. It walks you through the discovery of the tarot cards that are related to your second house, and then guides you in transforming this knowledge into a magical symbol that can be used in meditation, ritual, spellwork, or just plain old fun. Try decorating cookies with your symbol! Then gobble them up for yummy transformational magic! You can also use hard-boiled eggs dyed and decorated with your symbol–Easter is coming up, don’t you know!
If you love the idea of exploring your Money Magic, please consider registering for my upcoming webinar:
Unlock Your Money Magic
When: Friday, May 6, 2016. 1-3 p.m. This is an online class and a recording will be provided if you can’t attend live.
Where: Online Webinar–Attend from the comfort of your home or office, or follow the downloadable recording (available within 48 hours after the live webinar) at your convenience. PDF workbook included.
How much: $45–includes live webinar, downloadable recording, and 20+ page pdf workbook
Register now on the Tarot Classes page of my website, JoyVernon.com!
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Joy Vernon is widely recognized by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup has grown into the most active and one of the largest tarot-specific meetups in the world. Joy works as a psychic and teacher at Isis Books. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.
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Joy Vernon is widely recognized by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup has grown into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher at Isis Books. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.