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Oracle for the Revolution

Oracle for the Revolution: a Cartomancy Recipe

  • Ingredients:
    • standard deck of 52 playing cards (not plastic)
    • fine point permanent marker
    • sandpaper
  1. Research and gather quotes by 52 different Black activists, scholars, artists, writers, leaders that inspire, ignite, and impact you. Commit to learning something about each of these individuals as you gather the quotes. Read a full essay. Listen to a speech. Watch a documentary. If you are BIPOC, consider gathering quotes from family members and elders in your community you feel connected to. 
  2. Use the sandpaper to scuff the center area of each playing card and to remove or lessen the image so that you may write over it.
  3. Wipe the dust from the cards! Or your writing won’t stick very well. A very slightly damp cloth or paper towel works just fine.
  4. You can choose cards at random and begin writing the quotes or you can be structured in your approach and consciously match quotes to specific cards. (For my deck I am using these categories for the suits:
    • Hearts: community, relationships, emotions, Water
    • Diamonds: resources, health, Earth
    • Clubs: actions, passions, Fire
    • Spades: perspective, philosophy, ideas, Air
  5. Always attribute the quote to the individual who said/wrote it. As you finish writing their words on the card, thank them.
  6. Use your deck daily for inspiration, for learning, for reigniting alignment with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Resources to get you started: (These are just a few places to start for some inspiration. I also recommend looking up the mentors and idols of some of the more well-known Black voices in American history; the people who inspire you… well who inspired them? This will help you get a sense of their work in a larger context.)

BlackPast.com: “a web-based reference center that is dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.”

Khan Academy: “compilation of Khan Academy’s free learning resources about Black history, politics, and culture.”

The Undefeated 44: “List of 44 African Americans who shook up the world.”

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Tarot Study Hall Online: June & July

I’m moving the pay-what-you-can Tarot Study Hall online classes to the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month. Starting this Sunday, June 14th 12:00-1:30pm Central US time. I am also offering this course free-of-charge to Black and Indigenous POC who are interested, contact me directly.

Sunday June 14th the focus for Tarot Study Hall will be unpacking gender in the Major arcana and using all of these archetypes in a non-binary format! The iconic 5th suit that makes a Tarot deck a Tarot deck is filled with major feminine and masculine figures and we will practice getting comfortable reading these symbols for others no matter what their gender identity. We’ll cover some study techniques and various ways to approach interpreting the dominating personalities of the Tarot!

Tarot Study Hall is presented through Zoom every 2nd & 4th Sunday 12:00-1:30pm Central US time.

  • June 14th, 2020
  • June 28th, 2020
  • July 12th, 2020
  • July 26th, 2020

These are pay-what-you-can workshops. Each week that you would like to join in, send me the fee you are comfortable with prior to 11:00am that Saturday through my Venmo @LauraPensar or PayPal.me/LauraPensar and I will send the Zoom meeting link and password to your email. (So make sure you include the email address you want this information to go to! The Zoom invitation emails will come from laurapensar@gmail.com ) If you are a Black or Indigenous POC and would like to join, you are welcome for free; contact me directly for the meeting link and password.

If you’ve never been to one of my Tarot Study Halls before, it’s an open-format class for all experience levels, ages, and now… any location (technology is kinda amazing, to be honest). During Tarot Study Hall I offer my favorite Tarot study tips and give personalized instruction based on participants’ needs and interests. Bring any questions you’ve got and we’ll cover what we can! You are welcome to stay for the whole 90 minutes or to drop in and out at your convenience.