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Tarot Birth Card

Your Tarot Birth Card is the card (or in some cases two cards) from the Major Arcana that correspond numerologically to your birth date. There are different ways to calculate your birth card. The simplest and one of the most common is to add the month, day, and year you were born together and then reduce the number down by adding the digits of your result. Example for January 3rd, 1976 you would add 01 + 03 + 1976 = 1980. Then add 1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 18. Because this number is under 21 it will correspond to a card in the Major Arcana, but it can be reduced further still. 1 + 8 = 9. Therefor this birth date has two corresponding Tarot cards: 18 The Moon and 9 The Hermit. Why go through the process of figuring out a birth card and what do you do with it? The birth card gives you an archetype to examine and explore over the course of your lifetime. By noticing how the archetype shows up and plays out in your life you are given the gift of a longterm touchstone for your contemplative practice. Use it as a theme for a meditation, let it prompt you in journaling, explore the ideal aspects of the archetype, consider the shadow or perceived negative side of the archetype, let it be a starting point for your annual goal setting. Do not be disappointed if you have only one Tarot birth card or if you perceive your corresponding card to be “negative.” Every card in the Major Arcana contains knowledge and the wisdom we can gain from contemplating these archetypes with an open mind and willingness for growth is a precious gift. Precious and simple.

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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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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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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.

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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.