A few days ago, Charlie Harrington and RoseRed Robinson interviewed me about tarot counselling on their show, Tarot Visions. Here’s the link to our conversation which is about 39 minutes long. Enjoy!
My best,

Are you ready to engage in a taste of the course I’ll soon offer?  Of course you are!  Here are a couple of short activities from the Week 3 materials of Tarot Counselling for Self and Others to give you a flash of insight. Please try them when you have time to reflect.

a) In your journal, please respond to these simple questions: What is the least helpful question that someone has ever asked you? How did it make you feel? What made it such an unhelpful question? What is the most helpful question that someone has ever asked you? How did it make you feel? What made it such a helpful question? When you apply your responses to the above questions to a tarot practice, what becomes clear to you?

b) Take any card from your tarot deck. Look at it. What key word or phrase reveals itself to you when you surrender to this card’s image? Write it down. Pretend that you’re using this word or phrase to make a pronouncement to another person: “You are _____!” How would that statement be received by the other person?  Next, imagine that you’re using this word or phrase in a person’s session in this manner: “Where in your life might you be _____?” How would that question be received by the other person? What have you gleaned from this activity?

Did you learned something from these simple and revealing exercises? Then please join other catalysts of transformation and me for an amazing eight-week journey of breakthroughs and conscious change by signing up for Tarot Counselling for Self and Others which begins very soon — September 30.  Send an email to circleways.james@gmail.com to get the full information and to register.

Please have a look at my updated EVENTS page and sign up for anything that will nourish you. Simply click on https://jameswells.wordpress.com/may-08-events-classes-workshops-with-james/

I look forward to your presence and participation!

~ James

Nine of Birds

A poem based on today’s card, the 9 of Birds from the Shining Tribe Tarot by Rachel Pollack.

Shining Tribe Tarot 9 of Swords Birds

the dead

screech for a world

that has forgotten this:

tomb becomes womb at the end of

one’s grief


Blessed Lammas

Here in the northern hemisphere, we’ve entered Lammas. May you never hunger. May you never thirst. Blessed be.

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Image: 7 of Coins from the Maat Tarot by Julie Cuccia-Watts.

We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.
(Jean Houston)
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Dear Fellow Life Journeyers,

You’re an open-hearted person who feels a magnetic pull from within that won’t leave you alone. You hear an urgent call to live a meaningful existence whose strengths contribute to a better culture and a healthier world. You’re open to receiving guidance from symbols within you (such as dreams) and around you (such as tarot).

You intuitively know that this era of uncertainty requires your unique gifts, but you wonder who you have to become in order to meet these times authentically. You sense there is more, but sometimes ask yourself if you even have a purpose.

You do!  Even though your passionate desire to catch and implement a larger vision of who you can be makes you feel like an outsider at times, you aren’t alone.

Come join a circle of like-hearted people on a magical Northwest isle to explore, call forth, and activate your life purpose.




A retreat with James Wells and Joanna Powell Colbert

June 14 – 18, 2017


*** There’s room for only 14 participants.  

To get more information and to sign up, simply click on



As Frederick Buechner said, “Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”  This enriching June gathering will help you remember that place.  We know you are called to take part in an experience that can awaken and unleash your larger potential.  Please join us for this special retreat.

With all possible graces,


I initially created this layout to address some “charged” feelings I had toward someone.  Given what we see and hear in the media these days, it could be a useful spread for many people and groups in many situations.  So get out your tarot cards, your crone stones, your oracle cards, your gifting bones, or other divinatory tool, mix them slowly, and lay three of them in a row:

1     2     3

  1. What am I projecting onto _______?
  2. How can I own the projection?
  3. What gift(s) can emerge when I own the projection?


Spend time with the symbols.  Let them take you deeper.  Learn, then integrate.   May every projection we take off another person or group bring us closer to love of self and each other.