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New Year of Strength

Each year I check in with my birth card and consider how it played out in my previous year. Then I spend some time considering how that archetype may effect my upcoming year. My birth card is 8 Strength. The last half of 2019 taught me valuable (albeit scary and challenging) lessons about fortitude. Learning to not expend more emotional energy than necessary. To leap the hurdles as I get to them and not waste my energy either in nervous anticipation or after-the-fact anxiety. Strength (or the depletion of it, rather) taught me to be more present. For 2020 I’m approaching my birth card in a much more literal way that I’ve never considered much in my contemplative practice before: exploring Strength as it physically manifests in the world. Two days before my birthday in December I was in a car accident. Although minor, it physically effected me quite a bit. My chiropractor describes me as hyper-mobile. I’m flexible, my bones float in and out of place easily; a combination of some natural hyper-extension and 22 years of “finding my edge and letting go” in yoga. My chiropractor urged me to shift my focus in my exercise to building strength. Not to go “as far as I can go” into a pose but to exercise restraint, pull back just a bit so that my focus shifts to developing muscular endurance and strength rather than length and surrender. “You’ve got that part down. You have got to build strength to keep from being totally knocked out of place.” I laughed. Psychologically as well as physically, flexibility without developed strength just leaves you vulnerable to any bump in the road. I’m interested in finding where the two overlap as well. So for the first time my Tarot practice is going to focus a bit on my physical wellbeing and experience of life. (Tarot deck: Rider-Smith-Waite / page in photo from Magic of I, 2020 planner / domesticated cat skull from Oracle, Kansas City)

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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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October Tarot Sessions

October Tarot Sessions by Laura Pensar

October is the perfect time to get a Tarot reading! Join me in the cozy Moth & Candle studio for tea, cookies, and all of the Tarot insight we can pack into 45 minutes!

Saturday, October 26th: 6 sessions available, Reservations through Eventbrite

  • Individual Tarot Session: $60, 45-minute private Tarot reading
  • Tarot for Two Session: $90, 45-minute Tarot reading for you and a friend.
  • *Moth & Candle subscribers… check this month’s newsletter for a special Discount Code!!!
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Intro to Tarot returns to Fetch

Intro to Tarot with Laura Pensar

What is Tarot? Where did it come from, how does it work, and what can it do for you? This class aims to supply you with enough foundational history and information for you to begin working with the cards in a way which is meaningful to you. Where you are. At this moment. Bring your own deck or Laura will have decks you can borrow during class. You will receive a copy of “The Armchair Tarot Reader” booklet to take home for further study.

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Get behind me, Devil.

New clients tend to panic when they see “The Devil” card show up in their reading. But really it’s just referring to patterns and habits we’ve developed that are no longer serving us: everything from that daily Frappuccino all the way to toxic relationships. This past weekend a very calm and poised woman sat at my table. When we got to “The Devil” in her reading she stopped me, looked me in the eye and said, “I know this well. I quit heroin after a decade of abuse 11 months ago.” I looked at her, “Whoa. That is not small. Good for you!!!” We high-fived, celebrated her strength and accomplishment, and talked about learning to have tea with our personal demons. I love my job. It’s odd, I agree. But not many other jobs have opportunities for such intense and pure moments of connection with strangers on a daily basis. I will always be grateful to this art form.

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Spring Tarot Sessions

Spring brings fresh starts and new beginnings and is a great time to get a Tarot reading! This month I am offering a limited number of private sessions for a Spring check-in. Join me in the cozy Moth & Candle studio for tea, cookies, and all of the Tarot insight we can pack into 45 minutes!

  1. Individual Tarot Session: $60, 45-min private Tarot reading
  2. Tarot for Two Session: $90, 45-min Tarot reading for you and a friend

Reserve your session time through Eventbrite!

  • Wednesday 3/20: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
  • Saturday 3/23: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
  • Saturday 3/30: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
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Tarot Journal Workshop

Learning Tarot can be fun and beautiful! Create your own Tarot journal to keep track of your studies and meditations. Instructor: Laura Pensar

Upcoming Workshops –

Join Laura in the Moth & Candle studio this April for a creative Tarot Journal workshop! Learn the basic concepts of Tarot while creating your own Tarot study journal (all materials included) in this unique hands-on workshop! Laura will give you tips and tricks for using your new journal to further your Tarot practice on your own at home. Reserve your tickets through Eventbrite.

Read more about how to use a Tarot journal in this post by Biddy Tarot.

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Valentine’s at Oracle

Join Laura for Valentine’s Day at Oracle for some relationship tarot readings! We’re celebrating the partnerships in our life that we value most; whether they be friendships, siblings, romantic partnerships, partners in crime even.

Drop by Oracle at 130 West 18th Street in Kansas City’s Crossroads district for tea, a Tarot reading, and some quick spell supplies. Special discount on Tarot readings when you and your friend get readings together!

Noon to 6 O’clock pm.

Drop-in Tarot Readings:
Small Reading: $15
Full Reading: $25
*If you and a friend each purchase a reading you’ll both get a 20% discount on your readings! Cause we love people who support each other regardless of their relationship status!


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Tarot & Tea for Two

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate partnerships. February 15th – 17th you can book a special Tarot session for two people! Treat someone you love (whether romantic partner or best friend / sibling) to an in-depth session for the two of you together! Join Tarot reader Laura Pensar in the Moth & Candle Studio for an in-depth Tarot reading for both of you. This private session includes hot tea and cookies, full reading with all the Tarot insight we can talk about in 45 minutes, and a Valentine printed with your personalized Tarot Soul Card* interpretations for each of you to take home!

$80 for a 45 minute session for two people. Reservations required. Reserve your space by emailing Laura directly with the time you prefer and she will invoice you to hold your spot!

Please email Laura to reserve your time from the list below:

  • Friday 2/15: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
  • Saturday 2/16: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Sunday 2/17: 11am, 12pm, 1pm

*Your Tarot Soul Card is calculated using your birth date (month, day, year). Prior to your appointment I will determine the TSC for both of you and write a brief interpretation of your cards individually and together. You will receive this TSC reading printed on a card for each of you. We will use the TSC reading as a starting point for your full in-person reading at the studio. The TSC is based on the method developed by renowned Tarot expert Mary K. Greer.