Living the Tarot

6 Weeks from January 22 to March 6, 2022

Did you know that the most universal story ever told is depicted in the first 22 cards of the Tarot? And did you know that this story is one that you (and each of us) are living every day?

Join me on this quest to re-envision your life while also learning the meaning behind the enigmatic part of the Tarot known as the Major Arcana. “Arcana” means “secret” or “mystery” … and that is exactly what we are going to uncover on this journey. You will also be creating your own personally relevant “deck”, set of symbols or visual record of the Tarot’s main archetypal themes. No artistic ability is necessary, just the willingness to explore!

If you have always been curious about the Tarot but nervous about where to start, are overwhelmed at trying to understand its complex symbolism or simply want to experience a new perspective on the Tarot then this is the course for you.

Are you seeking a meaningful way to reflect on the past that will help transform your future?

Are you wanting to creatively make sense of current life challenges and chart a map to positive change?

In this time of outer travel restrictions are you ready to journey inwards?

Living the Tarot is my new ONLINE “retreat” that will take you on a journey through the rich symbolism of the 22 cards of the Tarot’s Major Arcana to reveal how you are living their story every single day. By the end of our journey you will have re-imagined the story your life and have a visual record of it’s unique symbols and values that you can return to, again and again, whenever you lose your way.

Program Fee $250 +HST

The Most Universal Story Ever Told

Mention the word “tarot” and most people immediately think of fortune telling and questionable characters claiming to know your future. But over hundreds of years, mystics and artists working in collaboration have transformed what was essentially a parlor game into a source of wisdom and a system for self-exploration.

Each new generation has sought to evolve the Tarot’s form and reinterpret its messages in ways that are relevant to their time. It is in that spirit that I am offering this course, not to make you into a Tarot reader, but to help you relate this ancient wisdom tool to your own life in a way that is relevant and personally meaningful.

If you are not familiar with the Tarot, it is a deck of 78 richly illustrated cards divided into two sections: the Major Arcana that represent life’s big spiritual lessons and the Minor Arcana which reflects our daily trials and tribulations. The fascinating thing about the Tarot is that it recounts a universal story that has been told over and over and that each of us is living every day.

In this “retreat”, we will focus only on the cards of the Major Arcana because once you understand the story they tell, the entire deck takes on new meaning, especially when you see your own story reflected in its images and symbolism. Intrigued?

Living the Tarot will run six weeks from January 22 and ending March 6.
Its “retreat” like approach will reconnect you to your past in a whole new way, allowing you to see the unfolding myth of your life and help discern where it may be leading you next.

“The course’s framework of six daily lessons, each building on the last day’s lesson plus a day of rest in between, was flexible enough to be done outside of a weekly timeframe while providing that option. The course structure program enabled both intense singular focus and a flow of progression as desired. It exceeded my expectations. I wanted to enrich my spirituality, and this did so and continues to do so.”. ~ Elizabeth

Living the Tarot will combine short daily reflections on your life, prompted by the imagery of the Major Arcana, with a series of contemplative and creative activities that will:

  • Allow you to create a “deck” or other visual record of your own images and symbols that will tell your life story in a whole new way.
  • Provide questions and prompts that encourage self-reflection, journaling and poetry or prose writing.
  • Ways to use your new-found wisdom for re-envisioning the next steps on your journey.

I am passionate about the Tarot and have been studying and working with it for over 30 years. At this point on my own journey, I am delighted to be offering this course as a culmination of that work.

So … what is the story of your life? Are you ready for a new quest but one that is as old as time? Are you ready to follow an age-old map in search of the transformation it potentially leads to?


“I am always in awe of the deep and broad level of your knowledge and wisdom and how you put it all together in such an accessible way. ~ Dana

This program IS a good fit for you if:

  • You can devote a little time each day (approximately 15-30 minutes) to a bit of reading, reflection, and creative play.
  • You are new to Tarot and curious about how it can be applied to your own life
  • You are familiar with Tarot but looking for a new perspective that will enrich your understanding.

This program is NOT a good fit for you if:

  • You have a busy schedule with little time for quiet reflection or creativity.
  • You want to be an ace Tarot reader by the end of the course … although you will have a greater understanding of the cards this course is NOT about how to read the cards but how to use them as a tool for self-discovery.
  • If you think the Tarot cards have no value or relevance and are only nonsense.

What Previous Participants Have Appreciated

Many students who have done previous “retreat” journeys with me have stated how valuable a program like this has been for them. Here is what they have to say:

“Thank you, CJ, for this opportunity for me to open up more on my Spiritual journey, which I was calling for.🙏 Thank you for drawing me out gently from behind the wall of self-consciousness and into the light, to better shine my own light without fear or judgement from myself or others. You are a wonderful teacher and a beautiful spirit.” ~ Janet

“Just wanted you to know that I am reaping lots of insight from this and appreciate your insights and talents in putting this together.” ~ Jan

“I’m loving the course. I came in with no expectations and just wanted to “go with the flow. It has been a wonderful journey, hard at times, but well worth it with lots of “aha” moments.” ~ Sandy

“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart CJ for making this JOURNEY possible. And a big thank you to all who participated in it. Our paths crossed for a purpose.” ~ Emma

“What an amazing journey this workshop has been, so many gifted beings and the unfolding illuminations that they shared. Thank you for all the creating, shaping and work to craft such an experience.” ~ Elizabeth

“I always enjoy seeking more growth and understanding. I valued the lessons and the insight they brought. I loved the set up and activities. I like how each week built upon the next and like that each week the days were patterned in their topic. I looked forward to it each day.” ~ Barb

How it Works

Each day will have a short lesson (available through a dedicated learning platform on my website) that focuses on a single topic, activity or creative prompt. The amount of time you devote to the material is totally up to you, but you are encouraged to carve out some sacred time for yourself daily and/or weekly in order to receive the most benefit from this program.

The course materials will be presented in a variety of formats including PDF’s, video or audio which you can read, view and listen to at any time. No technical expertise is required as the formats will be easy to download or view/listen on your laptop or other device.

Live Zoom sessions (one per week) will allow for companionship and sharing your experiences as well as being inspired by how others are engaging with the activities. All sessions will be recorded and available to listen to afterwards for those who cannot attend live. In addition, there will be an online community forum (on my website NOT social media!) for sharing ongoing thoughts, discoveries and creative exercises with your fellow journeyers.

Program Fee $250 + HST

If you have questions about whether this program is right for you please email

Your Guide for the Journey

CJ Shelton
CJ Shelton

CJ Shelton is the owner of Dancing Moon Designs, a bricks & mortar studio and gallery as well as a virtual space for exploring art, nature and spirituality through creative, mindful and earth-based practices. An artist and illustrator with over 35 years of professional experience, CJ is an award-winning artist and arts educator, workshop facilitator, spiritual counsellor and shamanic practitioner.

CJ’s passion and purpose is to inspire and guide fellow seekers on their creative and spiritual journeys through forming “circles” of community for artistic expression and explorations of the soul and spirit. By teaching self-awareness through creativity CJ opens other’s eyes to the meaning, magic and mystery of the Great Wheel of Life.

Dancing Moon Designs is dedicated to creating an environment that is inclusive of all.

Please note there are no refunds for online courses.

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