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Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five 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 grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit

The Imperative Precepts

Recently, within a week of each other, I had two new Reiki students ask me the same question about the precepts. The first said, “I really like the sayings you taught us and I’ve been doing them a lot. But…

My Reiki Path

In this post I share the story of my first experience with Reiki, and I tell how Reiki complemented my spiritual path, eventually leading me to discover a lineage of Reiki that emphasized Reiki as a spiritual practice.

Just for Today

I just understood the precepts! I mean, I know I will never understand them and I know that anything I understand is for me only and that you will know them differently, but all that aside, I understand the precepts!…

Symbols and Systems of Collapse

Last night at the Colorado Traditional Reiki Meetup in Northglenn, we were discussing Frans Stiene’s (The Reiki Sourcebook) viewpoint that the symbols in Reiki are “training wheels” to be discarded after one thoroughly understands each symbol’s unique energy. I can agree with that statement, only if one continues on to say that the entire system of Reiki can be discarded...

The Bamboo Reed

In this essay, I consider two different metaphors for the Reiki practitioner--the overflowing vessel and the hollow reed.

Tarot as a Healing Art

But true soul-level healing can arise when the reader continues on to the layer of highest expression. By giving voice to the unassailable inspiration of these cards, whatever stories they may have already told, we shed the light of Divine Unity on the shards of self, and fractured parts reflect the perfect whole.

Tarotist or Kabbalist?

I was asked a week and a half ago if I am a kabbalist who is interested in tarot, or a tarotist who uses kabbalah to open new perspectives on the tarot. I had to think about that one. I…

Backwards and Forwards

Rather than seeing each suit as an Ace through 10 progression, in this short article I propose the idea of moving backwards through the suits of Wands and Swords, and forwards through the suits of Cups and Pentacles, to discover the plot of the pips.

Six of Cups

Two different questions.  Two different decks. Two single card draws. Six of Cups both times. My first memory of the Six of Cups is from my Barbara Walker deck–first deck I ever got, back in 1991. That card, Childhood, showed…