Good Resources in 2016

Some enjoyable and useful resources came my way in 2016.  Below is a list of them that I hope you’ll also find helpful.


  • Lost Code of Tarot by Andrea Aste.
  • The Schiffer edition of the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.
  • Nature Spirit Tarot by Jean Marie Herzel.
  • Corporate Tarot by Melanie McCarthy.
  • Rosetta Tarot by M.M. Meleen.
  • Wanderer’s Tarot by Casey Zabala.


  • Mirrors to Your Soul (based on tarot, but not tarot) by Jayni Bloch.
  • Score Cards: Brief Coaching Cards by the Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching.
  • Shamanic Astrology Divination Deck by Daniel Giamario and Roy Purcell.
  • Womanrunes by Molly Remer (based on work by Shekhinah Mountainwater).
  • Saturna Cards by Julia White.


  • Dream Tending: Awakening the Healing Power of Dreams by Stephen Aizenstat.
  • Planets in Therapy: Predictive Technique and the Art of Counseling by Greg Bogart.
  • Tarot at a Crossroads: The Unexpected Meeting of Tarot & Psychology by Kooch Daniels and Victor Daniels.
  • Switch Words: How to Use One Word to Get What You Want by Liz Dean.
  • The Four Shields: The Initiatory Seasons of Human Nature by Steven Foster and Meredith Little.
  • Twelve Months to Your Ideal Private Practice: A Workbook by Lynn Grodzki.
  • 101 Tarot Spreads by 20 Modern Tarot Masters edited by Sheilaa Hite (confession: five of my original spreads are in this book!).
  • The Wizard of Us: Tranformational Lessons from Oz by Jean Houston.
  • She Is Sitting in the Night: Re-Visioning Thea’s Tarot by Oliver Pickle.
  • Voyager DIY Mindfulness Psychology by James Wanless.

What helpful resources have come into YOUR life this year?  I’d love to hear about them.

Purposeful Void Layout

After a dear friend died recently, I was inspired to create a spread which I call the Purposeful Void Layout.  It can be employed with any tool: tarot, runes, soul cards, oracle of initiation, womanrunes, crone stones, etc.  Use it any time a person, an experience, a place, or anything else is no longer in your life and you want to learn and grow from the experience of the absence in ways that contribute to the Whole.


1. Now that ______ is gone, which of her/his/its qualities do I/we most miss and grieve?

2. What greater vision or purpose does this quality serve?

3. What is my/our role in this greater vision/purpose?

4. What is my/our next step in playing this role?



In memory of Jeannette McCullough, friend, shaman, teacher, and enjoyer of life.

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.