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How to Read Tarot Cards: The Lovers of the Major Arcana

Jennifer VanBenschoten

How to Read Tarot Cards: The Lovers of the Major Arcana

Back in January (which seems like, what, a million years ago?) I decided I was going to start exploring the Major Arcana in the coming year. Well, shortly after that, I was sidelined by major oral surgery, a bout with influenza A, and then a statewide shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak here in New York state. Just a few bumps in the road, right?  Well, the other day in my favorite Facebook Tarot group, Tea & Tarot, the daily Tarot pull was The Lovers. And my, oh my, what a challenging card for me! The Lovers is one of...


"Nicewashing" and Tarot

Jennifer VanBenschoten

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"Nicewashing" and Tarot

In one of the online Tarot forums I belong to, I've seen numerous posts lately about "nicewashing" and Tarot. The conversations that followed were interesting, to say the least. To explain it, there were some Tarot readers that were complaining about the way some readers make everything out to be love'n'light and gloss over the challenges in the card. On the opposite side of the coin, there are a lot of readers out there who just deliver bad news in every single reading. Personally, I've been approached a number of times by people who had readings with other readers and...


What Is Spirit Writing?

Jennifer VanBenschoten

What Is Spirit Writing?

Spirit writing is the act of using your physical body to receive messages from your Higher Self. It is a different way of learning how to see beyond the physical world using the physical body as a channel of sorts to download information. This practice of channeling information allows us to go very deep into our emotions and open up our spiritual connection. Like any other spiritual practice, it is something that you have to experience in order to understand. How can this help with our Tarot practice? Well, Spirit writing is a way of feeling intuitive information in our bodies. It...


How to Read Tarot Cards: 7 Ideas to Make Tarot Fun

Jennifer VanBenschoten

How to Read Tarot Cards: 7 Ideas to Make Tarot Fun

Have you been working with Tarot for a while now? I started reading oracle cards way back when I was 19, and even though I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, I knew I was having fun doing it! Now that I've been reading professionally for a few years, I've realized that the key to staying connected to the cards is to get creative and have fun with the practice of reading Tarot cards. Here are 7 of my favorite ways to use Tarot in creative ways: 1. The Chakras. Did you know that you can use Tarot...


Tarot and the Root Chakra

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Tarot and the Root Chakra

I can't say that I remember where or when I first learned about the chakras, or energy centers, that exist in the physical body. But certainly when I started practicing yoga and started learning more about them, it didn't feel so much like I was hearing it all for the first time; it was more like remembering something that I knew in another lifetime. If you've never heard of them, the chakras are energy centers that exist in the physical body. Some practitioners theorize that there are literally thousands of them - including in the palms of the hands and...