A Self-Guided ONLINE Retreat

with CJ Shelton

6 Weeks from January 29 – March 10, 2024

Embark on a story-filled adventure through the imagery of the Tarot’s Minor Arcana


Are you looking for an engaging learning experience this winter that will enrich your understanding of the ups and downs of daily life?

Are you curious about the ancient art of numerology but don’t know where to start?

Does an easy and practical way to understand the complexities of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual sides of your personality appeal to you?

Human beings are made up of four distinct modes or ways of being which align with an ancient Greek theory known as The Four Elements. This theory, combined with the equally ancient art of numerology that is used in the richly illustrated cards of the Tarot’s Minor Arcana, provides a fascinating key to understanding ourselves and the stories of our daily lives.

Life by the Numbers is a 6-week ONLINE journey that will take you deep into the Four Elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire to see how they correspond to our four human modes of being – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It will also introduce you to the fascinating ancient art of numerology which is the study of numbers and their energetic influence on our lives.

Once you understand the basics of these two ancient and esoteric practices you can utilize them as fascinating “systems” for finding more direction and meaning in your life.

The third component of this adventure will be using the Tarot as a vehicle for learning these systems and applying them in a practical manner. You don’t need to be a Tarot reader or have any special “skills” because the richly illustrated cards of the Tarot each have their own story to tell … of fortunes won and lost, of true loves found and hearts broken, of the power of the mind and the passion of the soul. Through the characters that live within these cards you will see your own story reflected back to you. And that is the goal of this “retreat” … to gain a better understanding of yourself and life’s ups and downs.

Why Tarot? Here’s a little background …

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, artists and psychologists 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 it in ways 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.

This “retreat” focuses on a part of the Minor Arcana known as the “pip” cards, 40 cards that are divided into four suits (similar to a regular deck of playing cards) with each suit beginning with an Ace and ending with a Ten. Once you understand the combination of element and number plus discover the basic story behind each card, you will begin seeing the wisdom they contain reflected everywhere in your life. Intrigued?

Living the Tarot runs six weeks from January 29 to March 10.

The format is self-directed with short and easily digestible daily lessons, a creative component to help you make a tangible map of your journey and the option of participating in live weekly Zoom calls and an online forum where you can share your journey with fellow travelers.

The “retreat” like approach will reconnect you to yourself and others in a whole new way. Simply put … it is a fascinating study on navigating the ups and downs of daily life.


Program Fee $275 + HST

In the meantime, if you have questions about whether this program is right for you please email

Life by the Numbers will combine reflections on your life, prompted by the imagery of the 40 pip Cards, with contemplative and creative activities such as:

  • The opportunity to create or compile your own reference “deck” of 40 cards composed of words, images or symbols that will become a record of your journey and learnings. This deck can then be used as your own personal oracle, something that will be a guide and resource for you long after the course is over.
  • Answering questions for self-reflection and prompts for journaling or creative writing.
  • Fun ways to apply this new-found wisdom to your daily life.

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 … are you ready to discover “life by the numbers” by journeying with me this winter through the stories and landscapes of the Tarot?

“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 if …

  • You are able to devote a little time each day for 6 weeks this winter (approximately 15-30 minutes) to a bit of reading, reflection, and creative play.
  • If you are new to Tarot and curious about it but don’t know where to begin
  • Are looking for a way to apply the timeless wisdom of the Tarot to everyday life.
  • Are already familiar with the Tarot but looking for a new perspective that will enrich your understanding in a whole new way.

Here’s what previous participants have said about my online “retreats” …

“This was more than a fantastic course; it was an amazing process. Through the cards I learned a lot about who I am, not who I’ve been told I should be. CJ, you created a remarkable space for self-discovery. You made the material approachable and relevant to where each of us is in our life’s journey. Thank you and my fellow seekers for sharing your experiences and showing me new ways to tap into and trust my intuition.”

~ Jane F.

“What an excellent journey! I didn’t know anything about the Tarot, but this informative course led us through the cards in an interesting, engaging and non-threatening way. Not too rushed. Not too dense. Plenty of opportunity to reflect on our own life journey and how the Tarot relates to it. Just a fun and informative 6 weeks … looking forward to learning about the other cards!”

~ Anne S.

“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 enabled both intense singular focus and a flow of progression as desired. It exceeded my expectations. I want to enrich my spirituality and this did so and continues to do so.”

~ Elizabeth S.

“I really enjoyed your course and now have a greater understanding of the cards, it especially changed my perception of them and I am not so intimidated by them now. I will keep working on bettering my skills with the Tarot thanks to you.”

~ Nicki

“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 W.

How it Works

Each day will have a short lesson (available through a dedicated 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 at least a little 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 are 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 optional online community forum for sharing ongoing thoughts, discoveries and creative exercises with your fellow journeyers.


Program Fee $275 +HST

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

Your Guide for the Journey

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 40 years of professional experience, CJ is an award-winning arts educator, workshop facilitator, spiritual counsellor, Tarot reader and shamanic practitioner.

CJ’s passion and purpose is to inspire and guide fellow seekers on their creative and spiritual journeys through the “circles” of community she creates for artistic expression and explorations of the soul and spirit. By teaching self-awareness, mindfulness and creative self-expression CJ, opens other’s eyes to the meaning, magic and mystery of Nature’s Great Wheel of Life. Feel free to explore this website and learn more about CJ.

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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