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Supercharge Your Tarot Readings to the Nth Degree

If you're an intermediate tarot reader or a precocious beginner...

And if you want to engage in a thoughtful study of numbers and how they give meaning to the Minor Arcana tarot cards...

So that you can launch into a new level of detail and clarity in your tarot readings...

So that you can easily interpret numbers and numeric sequences in the cards...

And so that the patterns in the cards spin together in beautiful symmetry...

This class is for you!

Everything's Coming Up Goose Eggs

The Old Way: A Box of Blocks with No Instructions

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Number is one of the three most important elements for understanding the numbered cards of the tarot’s Minor Arcana. These so-called "pip cards" are read first and foremost based on image, suit, and number. So it stands to reason that the better you understand number, the better you understand these cards!

Unfortunately, because of the variety of numerical philosophies, and the inconsistency with which they're applied by many authors and teachers, most students collect a hodge-podge of meanings for the numbers. This results in a vague understanding of why numbers mean what they mean. As a result, you're stuck with no sense of how it all fits together. 

You need a system to sort out this jumble and make meaningful connections to the cards. The numbers put the story in order. Like a chapter outline, the numbers tell you where you are, what comes next, and how far you are from your happily ever after. When you understand the story of the numbers, you can find the story in the cards.

As Easy as 1, 2, 3

You're a Skip, Hop, and a Jump from the Solution

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In this class, we will learn the basic types of numerical philosophies, and then center on the system that inspired the meanings of the modern tarot: qabalistic numerology. But we will take our understanding one step further. Rather than getting bogged down in keywords and memorized correspondences, this course will focus on the sequence of the numbers: the story of the unfolding numerical progression.

And don’t worry -- even though I will teach some widely available qabalistic correspondences, every class will be embroidered with my unique understanding of each number, based on my ongoing work, study, and meditation. And as always, I will frame much of my understanding with real-world examples and concrete interpretations exemplified by (anonymized) tales from my client work.

From now on your cards will offer you a forty-point checklist so you know where you are and what’s coming up next. Supercharge your readings by honing in on your exact current position in relationship to your desired outcome. Because of the simple clarity of story, each number always will have a specific role to play in the journey of the suits

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Let's Learn About Numbers!

Register now for unlimited access to the fourteen-session course! The one-time payment of $350 (that's only $25 per class) gives you instant access to all the recorded lectures, the pdf slide shows, plus tarot spreads, guided meditations, spiritual practices and more!
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Ground Zero

We'll start at the very beginning with a basic introduction to tarot and numbers.

  • Understand what the tarot's Minor Arcana numbered cards (pip cards) are and how to read them

  • Explore the different ways numbers get their meaning

  • Learn what the different number systems are and how they apply to tarot

  • Identify the number system that best fits with tarot and how to use it

  • Experience the story of the numbers

The Complete Course

The bulk of the class will include in-depth study, discussion, and meditation on these topics.

  • Unfold the four worlds of qabalah and learn how they apply to the tarot suits

  • Follow the ten numbered stepping stones of the qabalistic Tree of Life as they relate to the Aces through Tens of the Minor Arcana

  • Outline the forty steps of creation based on how each number in each suit relates to the Tree of Life

  • Investigate each number in the context of the suit, uncovering, for example, why the Three of Cups differs so much from the Three of Swords, yet shares the same numerical influence

  • Increase the range of meaning for each pip card with an extensive system of correspondences while staying centered in the accuracy of each unique number and suit

  • Discover your own correspondences while insuring the meanings are properly calibrated so they do not deviate from truth

  • Unlock the patterns on the Tree of Life to give context to the numbers, linking everything in an array of symmetries that offer profound wisdom into the cards

  • Illustrate every topic with practical examples and concrete interpretations to exemplify how to use these philosophies in your daily work with the cards

  • Fourteen session course includes two sessions on the basics of numbers plus ten classes that provide abundant opportunity to go deep with each number from one to ten, and the corresponding tarot cards, Aces through Tens. A bonus class on alternative methods of numerology and a final class to sum everything up round out the comprehensive curriculum.

Course Texts

Our main text is The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune. We'll also study relevant writings from John Michael Greer, Gareth Knight, Aryeh Kaplan, Aleister Crowley.

Cover of The Mystical Qabalah (New Edition) by Dion Fortune
Cover of Paths of Wisdom by John Michael Greer
Cover of Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism by Gareth Knight
Cover of Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation by Aryeh Kaplan
Cover of The Book of Thoth by The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley)

Course Format

Whatever your style of learning, we've got you covered.

  • Fourteen session course gives you a multitude of materials to explore.

  • Recorded lectures let you learn the material at your own pace, take notes, and review

  • Reading assignments from various authors stimulate your understanding and provide contrasting ideas

  • Group example tarot readings illustrate how to apply the philosophies taught

  • Homework assignments give you creative ways to explore the class materials

  • Practice tarot spreads let you put new techniques to work in your personal readings

  • Bonus: Apply the philosophies of qabalah to your spiritual development with techniques for connecting with your higher self.

  • Bonus: Private discussion group lets you share your insights with the group and learn from your peers

  • Bonus Item: Meditation techniques and guided meditations give you the power to discover your own inner wisdom

The Bonuses

Multiply your learning with these bonuses

  • Spiritual Practices

    Apply the philosophies of qabalah to your spiritual development with practices such as rituals, energy work, gematria, mantra meditation, and other techniques to connect with your higher self.

  • Private Discussion Group

    Make connections by asking questions and sharing insights in our private discussion group. Grow your understanding with the hive mind. Feel the support of others on the same journey as you.

  • Guided Meditations

    Explore the numbers on your own with meditation techniques and recordings. Connect with Divine guidance to deepen personal insight. Open your intuition and trust the information you receive.

Jump for Joy

Let's Learn About Numbers!

Register now for unlimited access to the fourteen-session course! The one-time payment of $350 (that's only $25 per class) gives you instant, unlimited access to all the recorded lectures, the pdf slide shows, plus tarot spreads, guided meditations, spiritual practices and more!
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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: A Variety of Number Philosophies

    • Numbers and Tarot Reading List

    • Numbers and Tarot Suggested Deck List

    • Numbers and Tarot Class - How Numbers Derive Meaning

  • 2

    Chapter 2: The Story of Numbers

    • Numbers Class 2 Part 1 - Origin Stories

    • Numbers Class 2 Part 2 - The Ten Sephiroth and the Story of the Numbers

    • Tarot and Numbers Class 2 Slides

    • How to Draw the Tree of Life

    • Class 2 Follow Up and Homework

    • Resource: "Chapter V: The Unmanifest and the Veils of Negative Existence" from Gareth Knight, A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Kether and the Aces

    • Numbers Class 3 Part 1 - Basic Correspondences for the Ten Sephiroth; Introduction to the Three Pillars

    • Numbers Class 3 Part 2 - Kether and the Tarot Aces

    • Tarot and Numbers Class 3 Slides

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Chokmah and the Twos

    • Tarot and Numbers Class 4 Slides

    • Numbers Class 4 Part 1 - Review of Kether and Aces

    • Numbers Class 4 Part 2 - Force and Form, Relative Polarity

    • Numbers Class 4 Part 3 - Magical Image of Chokmah

    • Numbers Class 4 Part 4 - Chokmah and the Tarot Twos

    • Chokmah spread

    • Homework for Class 4

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Binah and the Threes

    • Numbers Class 5 Audio File

    • Numbers Class 5 Part 1 - Gematria

    • Numbers Class 5 Part 2 - Binah Correspondences

    • Numbers Class 5 Part 3 - The Tarot Threes

    • Numbers Class 5 Slide Show

    • Binah spread - Relative Polarity

    • Homework for Class 5

    • Gematria Correspondences

  • 6

    Chapter 6: Chesed and the Fours

    • Numbers Class 6 Audio File

    • Numbers Class 6 Part 1 - The Elements on the Tree

    • Numbers Class 6 Part 2 - Magical Images

    • Numbers Class 6 Part 3 - The Four Fours

    • Numbers Class 6 Slide Show

    • Tarot Spread: Who Will Reign

    • Tarot Spread and Article: Revolutionary Wheel

    • Homework for Class 6

    • "Occult Meaning of Numbers" from The Tarot by Paul Foster Case

    • "The Naples Arrangement" from The Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley

    • BONUS: Introduction to Ceremonial Magic Handout

    • BONUS: Ritual for Connecting with Chesed

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Alternate Approaches to Numbers

    • Numbers Class 7 Audio

    • Numbers Class 7 Part 1 - The Monad

    • Numbers Class 7 Part 2 - Discussion

    • Numbers Class 7 Slide Show

    • Homework for Class 7

    • Fixed Gaze Meditation and Single Point Meditation

  • 8

    Chapter 8: Geburah and the Fives

    • Numbers Class 8 Audio

    • Numbers Class 8 Part 1 - Shattering of the Vessels

    • Numbers Class 8 Part 2 - Spelling with Tarot

    • Numbers Class 8 Part 3 - The Tarot Fives and DIscussion

    • Numbers Class 8 Slide Show

    • Homework and Resources for Class 8

    • Geburah notes

  • 9

    Chapter 9: TIphareth and the Sixes

    • Numbers Class 9 Audio

    • Numbers Class 9 Part 1 - Microprosopos

    • Numbers Class 9 Part 2 - The Middle Pillar Exercise

    • Numbers Class 9 Part 3 - Tiphareth Correspondences, Musings on the Holy Guardian Angel (HGA), Class Discussion

    • Numbers Class 9 Part 4 - The Tarot Sixes

    • Numbers Class 9 Slide Show

    • Homework and Resources for Class 9

  • 10

    Chapter 10: Netzach and the Sevens

    • Numbers Class 10 Audio

    • Numbers Class 10 Part 1 - Five Parts of the Soul

    • Numbers Class 10 Part 2 - Invocation

    • Numbers Class 10 Part 3 - Netzach Correspondences

    • Numbers Class 10 Part 4 - The Tarot Sevens

    • Numbers Class 10 Slide Show

    • Homework and Resources for Class 10

    • Resource: The Five Levels of the Human Soul

  • 11

    Chapter 11: Hod and the Eights

    • Numbers Class 11 Audio

    • Numbers Class 11 Part 1 - Hod on the Tree and the Mean of the Primordial

    • Numbers Class 11 Part 2 - The Major Triads

    • Numbers Class 11 Part 3 - Malas and Mantras

    • Numbers Class 11 Part 4 - The Caduceus

    • Numbers Class 11 Part 5 - The Tarot Eights

    • Numbers Class 11 Slide Show

    • Homework and Resources for Class 11

    • BONUS: Theosophical Reduction Handout

  • 12

    Chapter 12: Yesod and the Nines

    • Numbers Class 12 Audio

    • Numbers Class 12 Part 1 - The 40-Step Process

    • Numbers Class 12 Part 2 - The Four Worlds on the Tree

    • Numbers Class 12 Part 3 - Rising on the Planes

    • Numbers Class 12 Part 4 - The Tarot Nines

    • Numbers Class 12 Slide Show

    • Homework and Resources for Class 12

    • Rising on the Planes Meditation

  • 13

    Chapter 13: Malkuth and the Tens

    • Numbers Class 13 Audio

    • Numbers Class 13 Part 1 - Malkuth on the Tree

    • Numbers Class 13 Part 2 - Pentagrammaton

    • Numbers Class 13 Part 3 - Magical Workings Discussion

    • Numbers Class 13 Part 4 - The Tarot Tens

    • Numbers Class 13 Slide Show

    • Class 13 Homework and Resources

  • 14

    Chapter 14: Conclusion

    • Numbers Class 14 Audio

    • Numbers Class 14 Part 1 - Arrays on the Tree

    • Numbers Class 14 Part 2 - The Story of Numbers Revisited

    • Numbers Class 14 Part 3 - The Lotus Path

    • Numbers Class 14 Part 4 - The Four Worlds Tarot Spread

    • Numbers Class 14 Slide Show

    • Four Worlds Tarot Spread

What Joy's Students are Saying

“Interactive” “Creative” “Valuable” “Brilliant” “Rigorous” “Intuitive”

Opening our minds to discover previously unrealized truths

Mary Beth W. Buffalo, NY -- June 2020

Joy is an amazing teacher – I feel so incredibly lucky and blessed to have found her. The depth of her wisdom and knowledge are profound and she delivers each class with such humility – I think she has the qualities of a perfect teacher. She is clearly passionate about these topics and this class, "Numbers and Tarot: An Introduction to Cabalistic Numerology" in particular is very abstract, yet Joy has a way of opening our minds to discover previously unrealized truths. Joy is helping me to "remember" what I know and at the same time, it is a delightful learning experience. If you are serious about your studies, I highly recommend Joy - and bonus, she lives up to her name and is joyful as she teaches!!

What most impressed me was the creativity

Anonymous Student -- January 1994

Joy is an excellent instructor. What most impressed me was the creativity of the exercises she used to convey the concepts that we used in class. She incorporated mythology, practical everyday knowledge, and intuition into her teaching methods, and was effective in communicating those insights into her class. Her classes are also energizing and challenging.

I have come much farther in my own understanding

Anonymous Student -- March 2005

I've thoroughly enjoyed every bit (of the course) … and have come much, much farther in my own personal understanding of the cards, their symbolism, meanings, different interpretations, and how to really get the most out of a reading.

(Joy has) an artistic flair for teaching tarot

Anonymous Student -- April 2006

(Joy has) an artistic flair for teaching tarot the likes of which is rarely seen.

I can feel my little tarot brain expanding

Anonymous Student -- April 2006

…my “spiritual academia” is really thriving, thanks to your truly rigorous class!! I honestly appreciate the hard work and high expectations you hold over our heads. I have never worked so hard re: ‘esoterica’ before, and the pay off so far has been amazing. I can feel my little tarot brain expanding.

The instructor helped me to stretch my ability

Anonymous Student -- March 2011

The best thing about this class was the instructor helped me to stretch my ability by using my intuition. I love the idea of telling a story.

I've learned about the tarot as well as about myself

Anonymous Student -- April 2012

When I started I thought my understanding was pretty good. After going through the class I realized so much more and my level of understanding went up tremendously! I liked best that you taught us that the perception is our own. You teach the way each of us can perceive the cards and how for each of us that is true and correct. A very enlightening class. I've learned about the tarot as well as about myself.

The class stretched my imagination

Anonymous Student -- March 2014

The class stretched my imagination and thinking, which I didn't really expect.

I feel thankful for this course

Anonymous Student -- September 2015

I feel thankful for this course. I truly got out of it what I had hoped to and now am excited to keep learning and improve my skills by reading for myself in my own spiritual practice as well as others. Joy is a fantastic teacher with amazing, original exercises that are both profound and fun! Her wealth of knowledge is seemingly endless, as she draws on many esoteric traditions, mythologies and spiritual practices. I highly recommend this course!


Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is an astrologer and tarot reader in Burien, Washington. With over twenty-five years’ experience, she 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 from 2011-2019, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. She now leads the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Over the past ten years, Joy has published more than 300 free articles on tarot, astrology, qabalah, Reiki, and meditation on her blog Completely Joyous.

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