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Tarot Deck Review: Tarot Familiars by Lisa Parker

Jennifer VanBenschoten

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Tarot Deck Review: Tarot Familiars by Lisa Parker

It's new Tarot deck day again! I haven't acquired that many new decks so far in 2020, but when the brand new Llewellyn 2020 Tarot catalog landed in my mail a few weeks ago, I figured I would try a new deck.  The Tarot Familiars deck is your typical Rider-Waite based deck with the full 78 cards. It's slightly smaller than most of my other Tarot decks, so it's actually a great size to pop into my medicine pouch or my tote bag along with a bunch of other decks. The cards themselves are made of what seems to be...


A Tarot Spread for the August 3 2020 Full Moon

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Well, we're really in the thick of it now, aren't we? The energy is starting to feel like it's picked up for sure, and here we are: the August 3, 2020 full moon in Aquarius. I'm not going to pretend to know shit about astrology here, but I do know what I'm feeling: anxiety (like, about to get eaten by a T-Rex kind of anxiety), not trusting myself, not trusting my intuition, and above all, a yearning to break free of the stories that have been holding me back. I read a few things from astrologers about this full moon,...


Fake News, Intuition, and Tarot

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Fake News, Intuition, and Tarot

It's been a while since I posted a blog here, but something happened a couple of weeks ago that really made me stop and think about just how important our intuition is in these uncertain times.  While scrolling through my Facebook news feed one day, I saw story after story about the pandemic, potential treatments, and the measures necessary to slow the spread of the virus. At one point, I became completely overwhelmed, and I couldn't tell what was true and what was fake news. Then I saw a post that was so obviously fake, and so obviously meant to...


Try This Tarot Spread for Beltane!

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Try This Tarot Spread for Beltane!

Spring is always slow to arrive here in the Adirondacks - it's not completely unheard of for us to have some serious snow well into the month of May. But on May 1, all bets are off as we light a bonfire in the backyard and burn off the last of winter's cold and celebrate the coming of spring! Beltane arrives this week, and I've written up a Tarot spread for you!   At Beltane, we look at the things that are just starting to poke through the surface...is there a budding creative project that's nudging you for attention? A...


Learn How to Read Tarot Cards: What's Holding You Back?

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Learn How to Read Tarot Cards: What's Holding You Back?

When it comes to reading Tarot, there are a lot of reasons why we might tell ourselves we can't, or we're not ready. Have you told yourself any of these?  I'm not an "advanced" Tarot reader I'm not confident in my ability to read Tarot. I'm not intuitive and I just can't memorize all those cards! I'm afraid I'll get it wrong. Well, guess what? I'm gonna bust each of these for you right here in this blog. Because the truth is that ANYONE can learn how to read Tarot cards. 1. I'm not an "advanced" Tarot reader. Well, do...