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A Journey Through the Major Arcana: The Death Card

Jennifer VanBenschoten

A Journey Through the Major Arcana: The Death Card

I just gotta say, the Death card is probably the most misunderstood and misaligned card in the entire 78-card deck of the Tarot. Is Death pretty? No. Is Death easy? No. But Death - endings, transformation, shedding, and composting - is a very necessary part of the cycle of life. Without Death, we would have no reason to live, or something like that.   Personal circumstances have taken me through a major cycle of Death recently, and once I was able to face that fact, I was able to gain this whole new appreciation of the Death card. Living through some...


2020: A Journey Through the Major Arcana of the Tarot and The Hero's Journey

Jennifer VanBenschoten

2020: A Journey Through the Major Arcana of the Tarot and The Hero's Journey

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine on Facebook posted the most amazing photo of a project she was working on: creating Tarot cards out of laser-carved wood. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have a set of the Major Arcana that she had just finished. At the time, I was preparing to undergo some major oral surgery, and the idea of having these to work with and play with while I was healing was part of my self-care before (and after) surgery. Well, they arrived a couple of days into my healing after...


No, Learning How to Read Tarot Isn't a Trick: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome When Reading

Jennifer VanBenschoten

No, Learning How to Read Tarot Isn't a Trick: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome When Reading

Ever hear of impostor syndrome? It's a real thing, and it's a gigantic pain in my ass. It's one of the things I've had to learn to deal with when bringing my authentic voice to the world, and especially through my work with Tarot. A huge part of impostor syndrome is that whole "I'm not good enough" mentality. I mean, come on...let's face it. I am NOT Mary Greer or Biddy Tarot or Little Red Tarot or Ethony any one of a number of really talented Tarot readers out there. Tarot is not my full-time job (yet). But does that...


How to Read Tarot Cards: 8 Ways to Read Reversed Tarot Cards

Jennifer VanBenschoten

How to Read Tarot Cards: 8 Ways to Read Reversed Tarot Cards

To read reversals or not to read reversals...it's a Tarot question that every reader is going to have to decide at some point as they learn how to read Tarot cards. Just like with most other things in Tarot, there aren't any hard and fast rules for reading reversals in a Tarot spread. Most of the time, you just have to go with your gut (intuition) and see what feels right in the moment. There are some decks I've seen that state clearly in their guidebooks that they aren't meant to be read reversed. Even if you have one of...


How To Choose Your First Tarot Deck

Jennifer VanBenschoten

How To Choose Your First Tarot Deck

So, you’re ready to choose a Tarot deck! Hooray! One of the most common misconceptions about Tarot is that you have to wait to have a deck given to you before you can start to learn how to read. But if that were true, there would be very few great Tarot readers out there. But I know how delightfully overwhelming it can be to choose your first Tarot deck. Walking into a metaphysical book shop and seeing shelves and shelves full of decks is enough to make anyone feel a little nervous. So just to take some of the pressure...