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Tarot Reader. Joy is an empathic and inspirational tarot reader who tempers a profound knowledge of symbolism, mythology and spiritual traditions with the love of helping others discover and express their truth within. Her expertise in kabbalah, astrology, and the esoteric tarot helps her guide her clients in their spiritual growth. Joy is also known for the detail and accuracy of her readings. She has been reading tarot professionally since 1991 and is a member of the American Tarot Association, Tarot Professionals, and is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader through the Tarot Certification Board of America. She is the organizer of the Denver Tarot Geeks and the Denver Tarot Meetup.


Tarot Teacher. Joy teaches a unique style of reading that focuses on learning to understand the metaphorical language of the cards through a close analysis of the unique symbols of the deck that is being studied. Her advanced classes focus on systems of correspondence, which reveal the underlying structure behind intuition. In addition to beginning and advanced tarot, Joy teaches Intuitive Astrology, Hermetic Qabalah, The Mythology of Tarot, Cartomancy and her original Emyprean Key system for personal transformation.


Reiki Practitioner and Teacher. Joy loves the quiet, meditative stillness of Reiki, and through her practice has discovered the transformational power of stepping aside and becoming a channel for Spirit. She leads the Denver Traditional Reiki Meetup and teaches others this simple but powerful system of self-healing and spiritual growth. Joy is a member of Shibumi International Reiki Association and is a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in the Traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryôhô lineage through the International House of Reiki, studying under IHR founder Frans Stiene. She is also a certified Komyo Reiki Shihan (Teacher) and studied under Komyo Reiki Kai founder Hyakuten Inamoto. 

Joy Vernon is recognized worldwide by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy’s specialty is esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure.

A passionate and committed community leader, Joy leads the Denver Tarot Meetup, Denver Tarot Geeks, and Denver Traditional Reiki Meetups. 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 is known as an expert in tarot and the esoteric tarot. Recently, she was invited by Kepler College to do a webinar on “An Astrologer’s Approach to Tarot.” In June 2015, Joy’s two workshops at the international tarot convention, TarotCon Denver, were highly received and attended by some of the top names in tarot. Joy also was a member of the faculty of Avalon Center for Druidic Studies from 2005-2007.

She has been an invited speaker regionally at the Body Mind Spirit Celebration Fair, the Athena Festival, Pagan Pride Festival, SpiritWays Metaphysical Store, East Denver Masonic Lodge, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Shining Lotus Books, Isis Books, Unity Temple of Denver, and the First Spiritual Science Church of Denver. She was also invited to teach at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart, Indiana.

She has also been a featured speaker for many Meetup groups, including the Denver Tarot Meetup, the Denver Astrology Group, the Denver Golden Dawn Meetup, the Fort Collins Tarot Meetup, the Denver Meditation and Metaphysics Meetup Group, and Introduction to Metaphysics Meetup,

Joy’s articles have been published online at Biddy Tarot Blog, Shibumi International Reiki Association Blog, and the Llewellyn Journal, and in such respected print periodicals as the American Tarot Association Quarterly.

Joy is a teacher of Traditional Japanese Reiki, and her extensive training includes studying with the top authorities in the field. 

Joy works as a psychic and teacher at Isis Books.


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Artisan. Joy has pursued an interest in a number of crafts, but has a special passion for fiber arts and jewelry making. She started teaching classes in sewing in 1993, at which time she also began learning a variety of appliqué techniques for clothing and accessories. She has created many original wearable art pieces. She now specializes in cutwork appliqué tarot bags. Her handcrafted wire-wrap jewelry has been sold since 2001 under the name Silmarill: Inspiring Art.


Published Author. Joy’s articles on the Tarot have appeared online and in print in such publications as Biddy Tarot Blog, Shibumi Reiki Blog, The Llewellyn Journal, and the American Tarot Association Quarterly. She has also been interviewed for Today’s Tarot Podcast.


Herbalist. Joy is certified in herbalism by Motherlove Herbals of Bellvue, Colorado.


Ritual Facilitator. Joy composes and leads personalized ceremonies and rituals to mark anything from individual rites of passage to honoring the cycles in nature.


Theatrical Producer. Joy has over twenty years experience in the theatre as a writer, director, producer and stage manager. Joy's goal in the performing arts is to combine performance and ritual as a transformative healing modality.


Ceremonial Magician. Joy is a student of magic and ritual. She has been studying kabbalah since 2006 and is a student of the Western Mystery Tradition through the practice of Golden Dawn ceremony.

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