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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.

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Tarot Study Hall Online: The Majors

Saturday May 30th the focus for Tarot Study Hall will be the major arcana! The iconic 5th suit that makes a Tarot deck a Tarot deck. We will dig into the 21 cards that comprise the “Fool’s Journey” and demystify some of the symbolism behind these fascinating archetypes. We’ll cover some study techniques and various ways to approach interpreting the shining stars of the Tarot!

Tarot Study Hall is presented through Zoom every Saturday 12:30-2:30pm Central US time. (Note: There will be no Tarot Study Hall on 5/23.)

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 two hours or to drop in and out at your convenience.

This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. Each week that you would like to join in, send me the fee you are comfortable with prior to 11:30am 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 )

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Tarot Study Hall Online: Court Cards

This Saturday (May 16th) the focus for Tarot Study Hall will be the court cards! Kings, Queens, Knights, and Pages make up the Tarot court for each suit. Sometimes considered challenging to read, the court cards can provide useful insight during a reading if approached from the right angle. We’ll cover some study techniques and various ways to approach interpreting the dominant personalities of the deck!

Tarot Study Hall is presented through Zoom every Saturday 12:30-2:30pm Central US time.

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 two hours or to drop in and out at your convenience.

This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. Each week that you would like to join in, send me the fee you are comfortable with prior to 11:30am 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 )

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Tarot Study Hall Online

I’m bringing my Tarot Study Hall open-format class online while we all shelter-in-place! And it’s pay-what-you-can. (Because, believe me, I understand.)

I’ll be hosting Tarot Study Hall through Zoom every Saturday. Join in anytime between 12:30-2:30pm Central US time. (NOTE: We will be skipping 5/23 and resume again on 5/30!)

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 two hours or to drop in and out at your convenience.

This is a pay-what-you-can workshop. Each week that you would like to join in, send me the fee you are comfortable with prior to 11:30am 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 )

*Please note that I will not be giving readings during class. I will help you read your own cards but I will not be interpreting a full spread for anyone. If you are interested in booking a reading with me you can schedule it through this link: Book a reading.

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Marked

In early 2013 I started the process of dissecting my life to figure out why what looked so good on paper, felt so bad in practice. At the end of 2013 I got my eye palm-tattoo to commemorate my commitment to this process of introspection. 2013 was also the time my friend and fellow cartomancer Kaite Stover gave me “the push” and I reluctantly began to read Tarot professionally after 24 years of private study and personal practice. 7 years ago I set changes in motion that are still unfolding in my life today. I had no idea where the path would lead me. I had no way of knowing just how challenging, enriching, harrowing, painful, and beautiful any of it would be. The examined life is worth living.

7 years of accepting change with my right hand, wearing gloves when visiting small towns, and daily reminders of my commitment to “know yourself.”


(Photo by Paul Andrews Photography)

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The Gift of Time

For 6 days I gave myself the gift of time. Other than obligations I had already made or could not delay, I spent 6 days in my studio beginning the art for a new deck. I fiercely protected those hours, turned off my phone, ignored emails, asked my family to fend for themselves in the kitchen. For the first time in a long time I had to face my own silly fears about my art and actually push through and solve problems as they came up rather than put it aside to work on something else. I am happily surprised by the art that came crawling out of my pen once I stopped fighting it for not looking like the abstract intangible ideas that had been floating around my head. It was scary, and beautiful, and I know I will treasure those 6 days for years to come. Today my studio is “back to normal” and I’m at my computer working on less creative work. But I feel balanced.

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I am a card reader.

When I started reading Tarot professionally several years ago (for strangers, for money) I had already been studying and working with the cards for 20 years. But I was afraid to have my name associated with this largely misunderstood practice. So I chose Moth & Candle to put on my business card instead. Kept myself removed, never put my face on my website, and kept it quiet from most people who knew me. Then as my life changed and I needed to support myself on my own financially, Tarot was the one avenue of my work that was consistently there for me. As I started to be more public about my career path I got some push back, some raised eyebrows, even some “poor fallen woman” shakes of the head. Cartomancy is a living and evolving art form that has deep roots… as long as there have been playing cards there have been people assigning significance to them. I’m honored to carry on the tradition, to protect the lineage, to help push it forward and watch it transform to meet the needs of people now in this time. I still get mixed reactions when I tell people what I do for a living. But I no longer hesitate before I tell them. I am a card reader. 

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Connecting over cards.

Every once in a while I “fall in love” (not romantically) with a client. Today it happened FIVE times. One man in his thirties, three young men in their twenties who came as a group (two fresh off of heartbreak who refreshingly carried no bitterness, just eagerness to avoid the same pitfalls again), and the woman who took this photo. She is facing major life changes beyond her control as well as significant heartbreaking grief. Their individual cards and readings fade from my memory. They normally do. I read cards in the moment and try not to make a habit of hanging onto personal info that comes up once the client has left my table. It’s their information, not mine. But the memory of having had deeply personal conversations with people that are so genuinely interested in bettering themselves and consciously finding their way through life lingers. When their eyes widen or their posture changes and the recognition arises… that’s what stays with me. So here is a photo of me, dehydrated and bedraggled, but absolutely smitten with the beautiful soul I just read for who asked if she could include me and Sadie in the photo of her cards.

Photo by anonymous client. 2019

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Deck Orphanage

In the Moth & Candle studio is a shelf dedicated to decks without a home. These decks are up for adoption! “Take a deck, leave a deck.” Adopt a deck from The Moth & Candle Deck Orphanage by exchanging it for a deck of yours or leaving a $5 donation. All decks in “good and complete” condition are welcome: Tarot, oracle, playing cards, Lenormand, etc.

I believe instruction for contemplative practices and tools should be as accessible as possible to anyone who wishes to use them. I also believe basic civil liberties should be accessible to all… all monetary contributions to the Deck Orphanage are donated to the ACLU.

Check the “Deck Orphanage” highlights section of the Moth & Candle Instagram page for current decks available for adoption.

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Private Tarot Consultations

Tarot can be an inspirational and motivating tool. Some of the most beautiful and moving conversations I’ve ever had were over the cards. Tarot sessions have the potential to help clarify goals, identify blockages, tackle difficult decisions, process emotions and navigate complex interpersonal relationships. The simple act of contemplating cards you have chosen at random can be profoundly empowering. Have a cup of tea with me in my studio as we discuss your path and your cards.

Private sessions are 45 minutes. Individual $60 / Two-People $90. Full payment due at time of booking.

To schedule a consultation contact Laura.

Booking a reading with me implies consent and agreement with all terms noted on the Ethics and Conditions page. For tips on what to expect and how to get the most out of your Tarot session, read this post.