Posted on Leave a comment

Learn Lenormand with Laura and Madison

What are Lenormand cards? Where did they come from, how do they work, and what can they do for you?

Instructors: Laura Pensar & Madison Joy

Join Laura and Madison in the Moth & Candle studio for an evening dedicated to this charming and simple (but powerful) card system! The divination card deck developed in the 1800’s known as Lenormand is Tarot’s simpler and more practical cousin. Lenormand cards are beginner-friendly and a great way to connect with your intuition.

Laura and Madison have developed this three-part Lenormand course to take you from complete beginner all the way to reading the full 36-card Grand Tableau! Take one, two, or all three classes…

  • Lenormand I, Introduction to the Cards: (beginner) learn the basics of the Lenormand system, create your own study deck, and be doing simple 3-card readings for yourself by the end of class.
  • Lenormand II, Reading for Others: (beginner/intermediate) learn multiple ways to read a 9-card spread and practice giving “cold readings” with your fellow students.
  • Lenormand III, The Grand Tableau: (intermediate/advanced) the ultimate Lenormand spread uses all 36 cards and can be read in a multitude of ways, learn to incorporate this powerful reading technique into your practice. We recommend that you have previous experience with Lenormand or have taken the Lenormand II course prior to signing up for The Grand Tableau class.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Lenormand I, Introduction to the Cards

Join Laura and Madison for the popular first part of their collaborative Lenormand class series this May at the Moth & Candle studio! Madison will help guide you to tap into your intuition and show you how to immediately start working with Lenormand. Laura will show you her signature method of studying Lenormand by modifying playing cards and provide you with the materials to create your own study deck.

  • Lenormand II, Reading for Others
    • TBA
      at The Moth & Candle studio, 3130 Bell Street, KCMO
      $30 in advance, $35 at the door
    • Class size is limited to 12.

Join Laura and Madison for the second part of their collaborative Lenormand class series this March at the Moth & Candle studio! Madison will help guide you to tap into your intuition and show you how to apply what you know about Lenormand and start reading for others. Laura will show you various ways to approach the same reading to gain the most perspective from the cards.

  • Lenormand III, The Grand Tableau
    • TBA
      at The Moth & Candle studio, 3130 Bell Street, KCMO
      $30 in advance, $35 at the door
    • Class size is limited to 12.

Join Laura and Madison for the final part of their collaborative Lenormand class series this April at the Moth & Candle studio! Laura will explain the houses of the Grand Tableau and how to apply the cards to them. Madison will help guide you to tap into your intuition and show you how to use the Grand Tableau to dive deep and gain valuable insight.

Learn about the insights, perspective, and incisive wisdom to be gained through card reading. Join us for this charming evening of Lenormand.

Posted on Leave a comment

Tarot and Cartomancy Instruction

Laura Pensar brings over 25 years of Tarot study and experience to her coaching sessions. LP is passionate about demystifying the cards and believes understanding the history and origins of cartomancy (the art of reading cards) will help you get the most from your own cartomancy practice.

Coaching available in any/all of the following:

  • Tarot Basics: how to quickly get started working with the cards personally
  • Tarot Spreads: understanding how spreads function, different spreads for different topics/needs, and how to develop your own spreads
  • Cartomancy: lessons in various forms of card reading including Lenormand, playing cards, and oracle decks.
  • Directed Studies in Tarot: in-depth study and practice in a focus area of your choice (specific cards, spread development, reading tips and advice, working with specific decks, etc)

One-on-one coaching sessions are $50 for half an hour. Contact Laura to begin your studies.

Posted on Leave a comment

Intro to Tarot with Laura and Madison

What is Tarot? Where did it come from, how does it work, and what can it do for you?

Instructors: Laura Pensar & Madison Joy

Laura of Moth & Candle and Madison of Truth Amplified have teamed up for an Intro to Tarot evening! With 50 years of combined Tarot study, Madison and Laura will cover the history of the Tarot, show you the basics of how to read cards, and give you exercises to start working with your own cards at home right away!

Upcoming Workshops –

Sunday, March 24th, 6:30-8:30pm

at Fetch, 1101 Mulberry Street, KCMO

$30 in advance, $35 at the door

Laura and Madison are bringing their collaborative Intro to Tarot class back to Fetch this March! We will explore the traditions of Tarot card reading, learn about the insights, perspective, and incisive wisdom to be gained through card reading, and give you simple ways to start working with Tarot on your own at home.  Reserve your tickets at Fetch.

Posted on 2 Comments

The Moth and Candle Studio

The Moth & Candle studio is a magical boutique in the heart of the Midwest.

3130 Bell Street, Kansas City, MO

  • Tarot Consultations – The Moth & Candle studio is a warm and welcoming environment for private consultations. Contact Laura to book your in-person reading.
  • Cartomancy Instruction – Interested in learning more about Tarot and other forms of cartomancy? Laura offers one-on-one personal instruction in the art of cartomancy. Whether you’re just curious about working with cards for personal development and enjoyment or whether you’re a professional looking to expand your cartomancy repertoire, you will be off and shuffling in no time with personalized coaching. Contact Laura to book your coaching session.
  • Classes, Workshops, and Events – The Moth & Candle studio hosts many events and workshops which are open to the public. Check the Calendar for upcoming events.
  • Tarot Supplies – Moth & Candle stocks a small inventory of Tarot decks and supplies. Not in Kansas City? Our online shop will be coming soon!
  • The Deck Orphanage – “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.
  • The Tarot Petting Zoo – The Moth & Candle studio is home to a small library of Tarot and oracle decks available to be studied. Anytime during open shop hours you may “check out” a deck from the library to study at our game table for free.
Posted on Leave a comment

The Hand You’re Dealt (Palmistry & Cartomancy Workshop)

What can we learn about ourselves in a simple round of cards? Our hands and our cards hold keys to helping us better understand the game of life.

Instructors: Laura Pensar (cartomancy) & Madison Joy (palmistry)

Laura of Moth & Candle and Madison of Truth Amplified have teamed up for a fun evening of divination and game playing! Madison will tell us some of the characteristics of palmistry so you can get an idea of your fellow players and who is likely to bluff big and who might just fold! Then Laura will teach us how to play a simple, quick-paced, and fun card game. Laura and Madison will walk you through interpreting your cards after we play. Class includes a deck of cards and sharpie to make your own study deck, score card and cartomancy guide sheet, and a palmistry pamphlet.

Subscribe to Moth & Candle’s newsletter to get information about upcoming workshop dates! 

Sign Up for News and Event Announcements

Get notified of upcoming Moth & Candle workshops, classes, new original decks and more!
Posted on Leave a comment

Second Sight Second Saturdays

The Moth & Candle Studio is happy to host Second Sight Second Saturdays… drop-in for a quick taste of some soothsaying traditions.

Been curious to try out various forms of divination? Always wondered what tea reading would be like? Or what a palmist would say about that little swirl on your left hand? We’re assembling some of KC’s finest readers and offering “sample-sized” versions of our regular services!

      • Second Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm
      • Moth & Candle studio, 3130 Bell Street, KCMO
      • Open to the public. All services $15 each, first-come first-served.
  • Upcoming Dates
    • April 13th: 
      • Tarot/Cartomancy – Laura Pensar
      • Palmistry & Handwriting Analysis – Sandy Jorgensen
      • Bibliomancy* – Kaite Stover
        • Bibliomancy is the art of divination using the written word to seek guidance, unearth truths, or glean wisdom. Using several classic works of literature, explore the power of books to provide a new way to view a question or issue. Let William Shakespeare, Lewis Carrol’s Alice, or Winnie-the-Pooh guide and inspire you to approach challenges with magical words and mystic phrases.
    • June 8th: 
      • TBA
Posted on Leave a comment

Intro to Cartomancy Class

Laura’s introductory class on the art of reading playing cards. In this class we cover the historical origins of playing cards, their use in divination, and tips for learning cartomancy at home! Class includes a copy of The Suicide King’s Quick Guide to Cartomancy and a sharpie and pack of cards to make your own study deck.

 

Upcoming Classes –

Thursday, December 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

at Oracle, 130 W 18th Street, KCMO

Back by popular demand… Laura’s introductory class on the art of reading cards will be back at Oracle this December. Reading cards is a great way to bring a sense of playfulness to your practice! Class size is limited to 9, email Oracle to reserve a spot.

Posted on Leave a comment

Reading for Children

This Halloween season I got to read for a wide variety of people at various events. At one party, a four year-old girl sat at my table and wanted a reading. Many professional readers I know refuse to read for children. Very often children are struggling with very real and somewhat heavy issues too. And many readers are uncomfortable having a conversation with a young querent* about these topics if they show up in the cards. And that’s fair, it is much better to set boundaries and refer a querent to another reader who would be more suitable for their needs.

(*querent: one who is receiving the reading)

I, personally, enjoy reading for children. The most important part of reading for a minor is that you treat them like every other querent… you have a conversation with them as a person. The card interpretations and the suggestions should be specific to their life situation and needs. Just as you would for anyone who would sit at your table. Being aware of their sensitivities and taking care with their emotions.

Also… not every deck is appropriate for minors. I suggest carrying a family-friendly deck with you if you read for minors and your regular working deck is too mature, startling, esoteric, etc. I happened to be using my Halloween Tarot deck by Kipling West for most of this Halloween season’s events and it is a perfect deck for family and youth readings.

While I have read for many children over the years, I think that four years-old is the youngest querent I’ve ever had (with the exception of my son who was also four when he asked for his first reading).

9 of Swords – 

Me: “Do you ever get bad dreams?”

Girl: (nods)

8 of Wands –

Me: “Sometimes, if you have one bad dream, does it seem like they just keep happening when you try to sleep again?”

Girl: (lowers eyes slowly and nods)

Strength –

Me: “See this card? What’s happening in the picture?”

Girl: “There’s a lion by her.”

Me: “Looks kinda scary, right? What about the lady… who is she?”

Girl: “I don’t know.”

Me: “Is she a lion tamer maybe?”

Girl: “Maybe. Yes.”

Me: “She’s looking at the lion’s teeth. Does she seem scared?”

Girl: (shakes head enthusiastically “no”)

Me: “Exactly. Next time you have a bad dream, you be the lion tamer and look that bad dream in its teeth.”

Girl: (slightly cheerier) “Ok!”

The Moon –

Me: “Have you ever looked at your back yard at night? Looks kinda spooky, right?”

Girl: (wide eyes, vigorous nodding)

Me: “But it’s still just your backyard. Nothing’s changed. Right? Just spooky lighting.”

Girl: “Yeah.”

Me: “When you wake up at night, it’s still your bedroom. It’s just dark. That’s all.”

Girl: (happy smile)

Conclusion –

Me: “You’ve got this. Look that bad dream in its teeth and say ‘This is my room, if you want to be here… you behave.’”

(we high-fived, she giggled, hopped off the chair, and ran to hug her mom)

 

Now if I’d done this reading for myself it would’ve looked more like this:

9 of Swords – Stress and anxiety are starting to have an affect on your health. While there are things to cause concern… you are giving them too much power over your thoughts.

8 of Wands – It’s a busy time and there’s a lot to do. Busyness itself, is neutral. It’s how you handle the busy times that shape your experience of them.

Strength – Remember you have inner strength and stamina. Tend to it to keep yourself healthy.

The Moon – Really look at your habitual reactions to stress and triggers… are you acting based on old patterns that grew from anxiety and trauma or are you truly engaging with the present? Don’t let your subconscious keep playing the same nightmares over and over again. Are you really talking to the person in front of you or to ghosts from your past?

Conclusion – Keep your focus on maintaining your inner strength during this active time and don’t let subconscious triggers overshadow reality.

Obviously interpreting the cards like this would’ve been confusing, boring, and not relevant for my young client. So when reading for a young querent make sure you are speaking to them appropriate to the stage of life they are currently in. One of the greatest gifts you can give to a child who sits at your table is to treat them like a regular client; don’t speak down to them and don’t underestimate the depth of their experiences. Have an honest and caring conversation with them guided by the cards and they will remember that you took them seriously. Really, that’s what any seeker truly wants.

Posted on Leave a comment

Pop-Up at Oracle

Tarot Supplies & Readings Pop-Up:

Friday, November 3rd, 5-9pm

at Oracle, 130 W 18th Street, KCMO

Moth & Candle will be at Oracle this Friday!

I will have Tarot supplies for sale: deck bags, zines with original Tarot spreads, Tarot and cartomancy study guides, deck cleansing powder… treat your cards right and they will serve you well!

I will also have the last remaining decks of the Paris Tarot first edition! It will be bittersweet to send the last Paris Tarot out into the world.

I will also be available for drop-in Tarot readings. See you there!

 

Posted on 2 Comments

Deck Review: Nature Nurture Oracle

I picked up my copy of the Nature Nurture deck by Marcella Kroll last week. I’ve spent a few days now with this 45-card nature-inspired oracle deck and it has already earned a place of honor in my deck library.

The presentation is really sleek. The deck is petite with 2.25″ x 3.5″ cards. It comes in a sturdy rigid box with a simple design. The cards themselves have gilded edges, are glossy, and seem to have a very subtle glittery sheen to them. The card stock is thin but seems to be fairly durable nonetheless. The card backs are not reversible, but that’s generally not an issue when working with oracle decks.

The artwork is minimal and beautiful with simple drawings that quickly convey the card symbols. They are numbered 1 through 45 and contain both the title of the card and a single keyword making this a great beginner’s deck.

Some of my favorite cards from the deck.

While the deck itself is beautiful and has a unique aesthetic amongst the oracle decks currently available… the real star of the show is Kroll’s little booklet. This 50 page book comes nestled in the box on top of the deck with a full-color cover and is packed with poetic interpretations of each card. I found myself reading it cover to cover before I even really handled the cards much at all.

My 4-Card reading.

Kroll includes instructions for three ways to work with the Nature Nurture deck: 1) The one-card focus/meditation draw, 2) The standard three-card past/present/future spread, and 3) A four-card guidance spread.

It’s occasionally difficult to get oracle cards like this to function easily in a guidance-oriented reading as their strength really lies in their inspirational/meditative qualities. But I’ve found that this deck can ask you to consider situations and suggested actions in a very gentle way. When the harsh truths other decks can deal out are just too much to take in… sometimes the quiet peaceful guide who whispers to us is what we really need.

I cannot recommend this deck enough for people who are interested in trying their hand at working with cards for the first time. This deck would also be a great supplemental deck: once you lay out your normal spread with a Tarot deck you can draw an additional card from the Nature Nurture deck as an added “tone” card. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down…