I’m Benebell Wen, the author of Holistic Tarot (2015) and The Tao of Craft (2016), both published by North Atlantic Books. I’m also the creator and illustrator of the independently produced Spirit Keeper’s Tarot deck. My professional background is in law. To date I am still practicing law full-time, licensed in both California and New York. I work in venture capital, with an emphasis in securities, business and labor laws, and intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, and patents).
Yet my primary area of interest and study has always been in the occult. I hope to share that interest with you here on my platform. Click on the Site Map linked below for a descriptive outline of everything you’ll find on this website.
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Last Updated: Oct 16 2019
All Independent Study online courses listed HERE are currently available for order. If you’d like to get a sense of my style and approach before ordering a course, check out the listing of Free Courses available here.
The 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner is now ready for pre-order. The four main moon phases, the sign and degree for the moon during these main phases are included, along with ephemeris tables, pagan holidays per the Wheel of the Year for northern and southern hemispheres, listing of auspicious dates each month per the Eastern lunar calendar and astrological almanac, and a dense section at the back of your planner filled with metaphysical correspondence tables from both eastern and western esoteric traditions. You will also get a complimentary Metaphysician’s Guidebook with lifestyle tips, integrating spiritual practices into everyday life, and coverage of the major astrological events for the year.
Order the digital do-it-yourself SKT Vitruvian Mini printable files as a $5 add-on to the 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner. For more information and photos of the Vitruvian Mini do-it-yourself craft project, CLICK HERE.
This is a free download that has been provided here on this website since 2013. The glossary file was revised and updated, with many pages of new entries and correspondence tables, so if you haven’t downloaded the latest version (last updated October 12, 2019), then be sure to do so.
At this time, both the black-and-white First Edition (2018) and the sepia-toned Vitruvian Edition (2019) are sold out and out of print. The First Edition had a total print run of 1,000 decks and the Vitruvian Edition was a print run of 2,000 decks.
Yes, I an contemplating a distant future third edition of the SKT, but it will be necessarily different from both the First and the Vitruvian, and it won’t be for another many years (how many, I don’t know). There are a few other passion projects I’d like to take to the finish line and I’ve told myself I won’t revisit the SKT until I’ve finished those passion projects.
However, there are still lots of different free downloads for the SKT that you can still get, if that interests you, so be sure to browse through the SKT pages on this website.
What do you mean by “occult”?
For many, the word “occult” conjures a feeling of intimidation, fear, and the unknown, which becomes the breeding grounds for misapprehension and even bigotry. To me, the meaning of “occult” is simple: it’s the unseen side to whatever is presently visible to you. It is a property of space and how space acquires energy. My study of the occult is nothing more than the study of what I can intuit, but cannot perceive through my physical senses.
Should you be avoiding the occult? That depends on you. I am a strong proponent of education, in all areas, because knowledge enables us to be independent, and independence enables us to become transcendent. Yet there is wisdom to avoiding the occult, because when knowledge is wielded irresponsibly, you can use it to hurt people, even hurt yourself. Knowledge has the risk of being manipulated for disastrously selfish effects. That’s why I’m a proponent of pairing occult study side by side with religion-guided cultivation of virtue.
Should you be avoiding the occult? Well, is ignorance bliss? If you answer yes, then perhaps the occult should be avoided after all. Whether you want to understand the occult or not, it exists and unseen energies affect you. By understanding the occult, you learn how to navigate around those unseen energies so they don’t affect you or your loved ones in malefic ways. Occultism to me is just a science. You can choose to understand it so that it becomes technology or you can choose to ignore it and remain pushed around by Fate.