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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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The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Tarot card for 2020 is The Emperor. The Emperor has never been my favorite card in the deck. Nor am I particularly averse to him either. And so at the beginning of this year I figured he would be a somewhat boring focus, but I was determined to make use of this archetype to my advantage.

I had originally set the intention that I would face my financial fears (and I have many of them) and learn to empower myself in the “business” side of my business. And now, in the midst of this pandemic, I am engaging with this archetype in ways I never could have imagined. The Emperor and all he represents are so present and in my face that I honestly cannot see around them to what lies beyond.

So here I am in “Financial Fears Boot Camp.” My household lost 95% of our income in the past month due to the pandemic, and it is unclear when or even if many of those gigs will come back. My partner is a performing and teaching musician and much of my work involved public events and classes. Now, like so many, we find ourselves trying to find new avenues to offer our services in quarantine-safe ways, while homeschooling our children, while navigating the overwhelming and confusing (and ever-changing) paperwork involved with the various economic-relief programs we are applying for, working to ensure our families health and safety, and attempting to create a new budget in the darkness of a complete unknown. We vacillate between feeling deep gratitude for the many blessings we have and frustration for being expected to be productive, creative, and entrepreneurial in the midst of trauma and grief. Our days are a blur of scrambling to catch as many balls before they drop as possible, doing what we can to preserve our health (both mental and physical), and paralyzing anxiety and well I guess shock.

Early this week I finally pulled out The Emperor card from The Dreaming Way Tarot and set him on my desk in front of a stack of the largest books in my library (my makeshift computer-stand for all those video conferences) where I can see him as I work. He is a reminder of what I’m grappling with and that in January I had promised to myself (albeit naively) that by the end of this year I would not be afraid to engage with this archetype anymore.

As my partner and I adjust to groundlessness in alternating bouts of complete awkwardness and surprising moments of grace… we realize there are so many throughout the world who are facing harder loss. We brace for the possibility that there are bigger challenges still ahead. But more and more I am beginning to realize that so much of the discomfort we are feeling is the patriarch’s own discomfort at being told he must go home, he must be passive, he must take shelter in the domestic; that his system on its own is not as strong as he had thought/hoped/insisted. We are starting to notice that the Emperor’s clothing is not what we had been told.

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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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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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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.