A Lenormand Deck Showcase

I’ll be showcasing six Lenormand deck recommendations, each one different from the others in art style. Four of them are indie and two are traditionally published. These are decks that have been sent to me and for these types of collection showcases, I typically choose only from the decks sent to me for my collection.

Let’s take a look at how the Lenormand is illustrated in six different art styles. The first is what I’ll call contemporary kawaii cutecore; the second is Western European medieval art; the third is inspired by the Italian Renaissance; then the Lenormand in a black and white Victorian illustration style via digital collage; children’s picture book fairytale art; and fin-de-siècle, rendered through digital collage of illustration works by Pamela Colman Smith.

If you haven’t jumped onto the Lenormand bandwagon quite yet and you’re interested in learning a bit more about the system, I have a nutshell summary write-up from seven years ago, here (“The Lenormand: Nutshell Summary of the Petite Lenormand, from History to Practice“).

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Asian voices in the tarot community

Morning Calm Oracle by Seo Kelleher

When I was growing up in the tarot world, the only Asian I knew of in this field was Robert Wang. Times have changed some, and I’m pleased to share with you many who are contributing incredible work to the tarot community.

In no particular order, here’s who I’ve been fangirling hard over as of late:

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Order the 2021 Metaphysician’s Day Planner (with Add-On Options)

Order the 2021 Metaphysician’s Day Planner today! We offer this custom-tailored package year-round, so order any time!

Delivery Time:

Delivery time will be within 7 days from date of order.

$25

  • Metaphysician’s Day Planner for 2021, with your birth chart (in Whole Signs) and 2021 solar returns chart in the front pages
  • See below for all features in the Day Planner
  • The Metaphysician’s Guidebook (delivered as a pdf e-book, with an additional option to order a physical copy)
    • The Guidebook includes basic instruction on how to read your birth chart and solar returns chart, run transits forecasts for yourself, and insights into the key astrological events of 2021
    • A break-down and explanation of each section in the Day Planner and how to optimize your work and planner organization with those sections
    • Insights into how to work with the grimoire end pages and integrate metaphysical study into your everyday life
    • Basic name analysis with numerology tutorial (for both personal names and business names)
    • Basic medieval geomancy tutorial
    • Lifestyle articles on time management, goal-setting, achievement, how to deal with failure, and more
    • 2021 void of course moon times
    • And so much more!

+ $5 Add-Ons

If you’d like the printable do-it-yourself files for the SKT Mini deck, it’s an additional $5 add-on to your planner order.

You can also opt for the $5 add-on for the printable do-it-yourself Way of the Warrior oracle cards (text-only). Information on the oracle deck below.

For those who’ve never purchased a metaphysician’s day planner before, see below links to previous versions and you’ll get a sense of the contents.

How to Order

STEP ONE:

Either send $25 for the day planner only,

Or send $30 for the day planner + add-on options (please specify whether you want the SKT Mini or the Way of the Warrior oracle deck)

Or send $35 if you want the day planner plus both the SKT Mini and the Way of the Warrior add-ons.

Send by PayPal or GooglePay to abelldelivers@gmail.com.

You can also click on this link: https://www.paypal.me/benebell

STEP TWO:

E-mail me at abelldelivers@gmail.com your completed Order Form (see below).

  1. Name as you want it to appear in the book:
  2. Date of birth (month/day/year):
  3. Time of birth:
  4. Location of birth (city, state/province, country):
  5. City, state, and country of residence for 2021:
  6. Size option, from the following (check one option below):
  • [ ] Standard US Letter Size, 8.5” x 11”
  • [ ] European A4 Size, 8.27” x 11.69” (210 mm x 297 mm)
  • [ ] Trade Paperback, 6” x 9” [Warning: Font sizes 7 and 8 used; less space to write in; minor changes to grimoire pages to fit the substantive content into the smaller page size]

If you order the +$5 option, please also include:

7. Mini deck option (check one option from below):

  • [ ] SKT Mini Printables
  • [ ] Way of the Warrior Printables
  • [ ] Both – Note: +$10

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Accessing Genetic Memory Through Tarot: Ancestral Connections and Past Life Recall

$33 USD

About the Course

Recent scientific findings have established a link between genetics, inheriting memories from our ancestors, and those inherited memories being retained within our neurons.

In other words, a deep reservoir of untapped knowledge is resident within our own genetic and cellular memory.

This master class will address using tarot as a tool for triggering an altered state of consciousness, which can then facilitate retrieval of genetic memory from the unconscious.

We will be using ritualized tarot techniques to recall generations past, to have conversations with our ancestors through tarot, to find out who they were, where they were from, what their lives were like, and most importantly, what messages they have to share with us, for us at present and for their own future lineage.

We then transport the tarot techniques to a different level of genetic memory, one that helps us to access our own past lives.

Past life tarot reading does not require you to believe in reincarnation. Rather, a past life reading can be a fable or metaphor for the greatest recurring challenges you face in your present life and the narrative of the so-called past life will instruct you on the best possible ending for your own life story.

How do you overcome recurring mistakes and finally learn those life lessons you know you need to learn? Past life tarot reading is one of the most reliable techniques for facing personal error because by projecting the story as someone else, we’re able to be more objective and honest with ourselves.

Finally, we will address how the content covered relates to mediumship and how a professional tarot reader can use these reading techniques to bridge ancestral connections and do past life readings for querents and clients. The premise of that is reaching beyond the memories in the personal unconscious encoded within you, to tap in to the collective unconscious.

The contents of this online course was first presented at the Tarot Readers Studio in New York on April 28, 2018. If you weren’t able to attend that event but are interested in the subject, then this course is for you. Although modified from the 2018 Readers Studio master class, the ideas and research conveyed remain the same.

Course Objectives

  1. Contact with your ancestors and through the tarot, to find out who they were, where they were from, what their lives were like, and most importantly, what messages they have to share with us, for us at present and for their own future lineage
  2. Past life recall to help break current unwanted cycles in your life and to finally learn the life lessons you need to learn, reveal your soul contracts, and make modifications to soul contracts as needed

Deliverables

  • Closed-captioned* videos that are a combination of animated PowerPoint slides with voiceover and my talking head:
    • An Introduction to the Theory of Genetic Memory Retrieval (20 minutes)
    • Instructions for the Ancestors Reading (30 minutes)
    • Guided Ancestors Reading for Yourself (12 minutes)
    • Instructions for the Past Life Reading (19 minutes)
    • Guided Past Life Reading for Yourself (12 minutes)
    • Demonstrating Modifications of the Two Reading Methods (23 minutes) [*this is the only video not closed-captioned]
    • Final Tips for Reading as a Professional Psychic-Medium Tarot Reader (15 minutes)
  • Handouts (pdf and docx files):
    • Course Introduction & Outline of the Master Class
    • Consideration Points for Card Interpretation
    • Ancestor Reading Tarot Spread Quick Reference Sheet
    • Retrieving Ancestral Memory: Reading Worksheet
    • Past Life Reading Tarot Spread Quick Reference Sheet
    • Retrieving Past Life Memory: Reading Worksheet

Closed Email List-Serv Group

As soon as you enroll, your e-mail address will be automatically added to a closed e-mail list-serv or group forum on Google Groups. You’ll be able to interact with other enrollees, practice these readings by doing exchanges, and asking follow-up questions. If recurring points of confusion come to light, I’ll make additional videos or write up bonus materials that will then be uploaded onto this list-serv.

Using Course Content

It was my intention when crafting this course that I convey to you a comprehensive workshop that will be adequate for preparing you to then go out into this world and share, adapt upon, and even teach the content in a way that blends your pedagogical style with the ideas I’ve presented.

So please feel free to use the ideas I’ve presented. Take this course, extract what you want to integrate and adapt into either your personal spiritual or your professional path (both are welcomed uses of this course content). Tailor the content to your unique style and point of view. Please feel free to use these techniques in your capacity as a professional tarot reader, healer, or spiritual counselor, or integrate it into the courses and workshops you teach. Or just use it to supplement your personal and private spiritual practices.

I encourage you to find your own unique spin on the information I’ve shared, create your own unique derivative of the reading techniques, and present the research I’ve consolidated and synthesized for you in a way that is true to your own voice.

How to Order

$33

To order and receive the course materials via e-mail:

  1. Send the tuition cost noted above via either:
    1. Google Pay https://pay.google.com/ to the e-mail address abelldelivers@gmail.com, or
    2. PayPal to the e-mail address abelldelivers@gmail.com. Yes, it’s going to say “James Zhang from Castro Valley.” That’s the Hubby. Also, this is the preferred method of payment.
    3. For PayPal, you can pay with your credit card by following this link: https://www.paypal.me/benebell.
  2. If you are unable to use either Google Pay or PayPal, please contact abelldelivers@gmail.com directly to coordinate.
  3. When you send payment, please include:
    1. Your name or a name identifier for me to reference you by,
    2. Your e-mail address, so I know where to send your ordered course materials to, and
    3. Identify the course you’re ordering.

That’s it!

But if any of that sounds confusing or you just don’t know, no worries. Email me at abelldelivers@gmail.com to let me know you want to place an order. We’ll take it from there together.

Once I receive your payment as the purchase order, your course materials will be delivered to the e-mail address you specified within 2 business days.

If you don’t receive the course materials in the e-mail inbox specified within the two business days, then something went wrong. Doh! Please email me at the below address asap.

abelldelivers@gmail.com

DELIVERY NOTE: So far I’ve been good about getting the course materials to you in approximately 48 hours from when I receive the PayPal payment, so if that time has gone by and you haven’t received anything from me, first check your Spam folder. Second, check to see the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account. I may have sent it to that account if no e-mail was provided in the notes section of the transfer. If still nothing, then something went wrong somewhere, so contact me at the above e-mail addy ASAP so we can get things squared away.

Bibliography

Ben-Yakov, Aya, Yadin Dudai, and Mark R. Mayford. (2015). “Memory Retrieval in Mice and Men.” Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology 7.12: a021790. Retrieved from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Caetano-Anollés, Derek, and Gustavo Caetano-Anollés. “Piecemeal Buildup of the Genetic Code, Ribosomes, and Genomes from Primordial tRNA Building Blocks.” In Koji Tamura (Ed). Life 6.4: 43. Retrieved from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Devin R. Burrill amd Pamela A. Silver. (2010). “Making Cellular Memories.” Cell. 140:1:13-18.

Kaja Finkler (2005). “Family, kinship, memory and temporality in the age of the new genetics.” 61:5:1059-1071. Social Science & Medicine. Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Kastellakis, George et al. (2015). “Synaptic Clustering within Dendrites: An Emerging Theory of Memory Formation.” Progress in neurobiology 126: 19–35. Retrieved from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Lei Yang, Alec A. K. Nielsen, et al. (2014). “Permanent genetic memory with >1-byte capacity.Nature Methods, 11:1261-1266.

Poo, Mu-ming et al. (2016). “What Is Memory? The Present State of the Engram.” BMC Biology 14:40. Retrieved from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Roozendaal, Benno, and James L. McGaugh. (2011). “Memory Modulation.” Behavioral Neuroscience 125.6: 797–824. Retrieved from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Steven Henikoff and John M. Greally (2016). “Epigenetics, cellular memory and gene regulation.” Current Biology. 26:14:644-648.

Sullivan J.A. (2014). “Is the Next Frontier in Neuroscience a ‘Decade of the Mind’?In: Wolfe C.T. (Eds.). Brain Theory. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Wolf Reik & Gavin Kelsey. (2014). “Epigenetics: Cellular memory erased in human embryos.” Journal of Nature. 511:540-541.

Zoë Migicovsky and Igor Kovalchuk (2011). “Epigenetic memory in mammals.” Front. Genet. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada.

Show Me the Numbers: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing of a Tarot/Oracle Deck

While so many of us are still sheltered in place during the pandemic, I’ve noticed a spike in interest for creating a tarot or oracle deck and selling it. This is particularly relevant to artists and spiritual creatives who are looking into a stream of income that might help them stay afloat through uncertain economic times.

For you, we’ll talk numbers in self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. If this subject matter is really of interest to you, then read on. Don’t just watch the video, because I left a lot out of that video, which I’ll get to in this companion post.

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Your Inner Darkness and Inner Light

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$38 USD

What is your soul’s purpose?

What challenges and trials do you face along your life path that might be sourced from karma, however you define karma?

What facets of your shadow self can be revealed by your birth chart?

How might we express that part of your inner self that is divine? What facet of Divinity do you inherit so that you might carry out missions that the Divine has set for you?

We begin the search for answers by studying your birth chart, a map of your life path designed by the heavens.

These are the astrological features we’ll be covering:

  • Chiron: Your Soul’s Purpose
  • Your Social Responsibility (House 11 & Ascendant)
  • Black Moon Lilith: The Inner Darkness
  • White Moon Selena: The Inner Light
  • Hermetic Lot of Spirit: Your Guardians
  • North Lunar Node: Karmic Traits
  • South Lunar Node: The Shadow Self
  • Planetary Hour of Birth

Several years ago I started offering this astrological reading and since then have prepared thousands of these reports. If you are interested in getting one, please read through the service description carefully so you have a clear sense of what you’re getting.

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Elemental Directional Correspondences in Ritual Magic, East vs. West: How Do You Reconcile Conflicts?

One of my favorite personal rewards from launching the Witchcraft Fundamentals course is the Google Group, where all of us are exchanging insights, asking tough questions, trying to answer tough questions, and getting to know each other. To give you a sampling of what that e-mail list-serv group is like, I’m sharing something I wrote on there in one of the threads started by a practitioner of both Eastern and Western metaphysics.

The question presented is, in short, how do you reconcile Eastern elemental-directional correspondences with Western elemental-directional correspondences?

By the way, scroll all the way down for the PDF downloads of this post, which you can then print out and tuck into whatever reference manual for your metaphysical studies you have going on.

IN THIS WESTERN WITCHCRAFT COURSE, you’ll learn fairly soon that there are different systems of elemental-directional correspondences even within the umbrella of Western occult philosophy, and we cover three of them in this course:

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The Witch’s Power to Bless (and the Magic Chain)

This is a supplemental lecture in Module 11 of the Witchcraft Fundamentals course, titled “The Magic Chain.” If you’re working through the course in the order outlined by the syllabus, then watching this video lecture would come after having watched the video lecture for Chapter XI in the Doctrinal Basis workbook.

However, this supplemental lecture is being provided for free public access.

Download the LECTURE NOTES (PDF):

The Magic Chain & The Witch’s Power to Bless

PURCHASE THE COURSE PACK:

Witchcraft Fundamentals: Doctrinal Basis

Western Witchcraft I: The Fundamentals and Doctrinal Basis

WESTERN WITCHCRAFT I:
WITCHCRAFT FUNDAMENTALS
Doctrinal Basis and Theory

COURSE SYLLABUS

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$79 usd

What is the key to happiness?

Eliphas Levi, considered one of the most influential occultists in Western ceremonial magic and witchcraft, asks and then answers that question. His answer:

The knowledge of great secrets and the consciousness of power.

Those are my two objectives for you in this course: (1) to confer to you the knowledge of great secrets, and (2) to endow you with the consciousness of your personal power, to show you the heights that your power can achieve.

At every single point of my work in putting this course together, I thought, how do I facilitate development of the most powerful, most knowledgeable, most versatile, wisest, and most formidable occultist there ever was? How do I show you how to be that person?

And that was the inspiration and the ambition behind this course.

Western Witchcraft I focuses on the doctrinal basis and theoretical fundamentals of transcendental magic. This course is an immersive study of the first 12 chapters in Eliphas Levi’s Doctrine, Part I, of the greater collected work Transcendental Magic: Doctrine and Ritual, and structured like a one semester 400-level university elective.

Be prepared for an intense amount of reading. The video lectures only supplement the reading assignments and are not a replacement for them. In addition to the reading assignments, the weekly practicum, ritual, and energy training is also demanding on your time and your efforts.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Attain familiarity with the doctrinal basis and theoretics of Western ceremonial magic
  • Study the first 12 chapters of Eliphas Levi’s Transcendental Magic, Part I: Doctrine (and to supplement, pick up selected key principles from the first 12 chapters of Part II: Ritual)
  • Gain essential insights from Levi’s Key to the Great Mysteries, the book he wrote after Doctrine and Ritual
  • Craft your first four altar tools and use Levi’s Conjuration of the Four ritual to charge and empower those tools (main focus in this course will be on the wand and the pentacle, per Levi’s assertion that the wand is first and foremost your most important ritual tool and second in importance to the wand is your pentacle)
  • Craft a divine lamp for ritual use and work through a prophetic astral vision
  • Train yourself to harness the Astral Light, then learn techniques to both strengthen and increase your flexibility with the Light to produce the Magic Chain
  • Build a rock solid foundation in the theoretical and magical principles of Western witchcraft and ceremonial magic, which will then be able to support the structure and edifice of any mystery tradition or Path you subsequently pursue

A future course offering, Western Witchcraft II, will advance upon the fundamentals established in this course. Western Witchcraft II will conform to Levi’s Ritual, Part II and delve into spell-crafting, talismans, seals and sigils, spirit conjuring, and the many forms, types, and purposes of ritual in transcendental magic.

By the way, if you’re wondering about my conflation of the terms witchcraft and ceremonial magic, here’s a written newsletter rambling about that: Witchcraft vs. Ceremonial Magic. Read my ramblings on this subject: Click Here

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Preexisting Disadvantages and Reacting to Failure

This is an excerpt chapter from the 2020 Metaphysician’s Guidebook, a 400-page companion guidebook that is included with your custom order of the 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner.

If you want to get inspired by someone’s success story to see what tips you might be able to pick up from that individual’s path to success, do not look at the positive steps that led to the success–

Look to how people respond to failure.

When experiencing failure, most people treat it as a personal injury. They attribute their failure to something inadequate in themselves. They take the failure as a sign that they truly aren’t good enough, aren’t worthy.

When I experience failure, I never assume it’s due to my own inadequacy. Instead, I view it rather objectively.

Clearly I did something wrong. I made a misstep. I didn’t exert enough force. I underestimated my opponent. All I have to do is try again but next time, without that misstep.

I don’t experience shame or a reduction of self-worth when I’ve failed. Instead, I think rather matter-of-factly, “Well, I won’t do it that way again!”

I attribute it entirely to an error in judgment—and never to any form of personal lacking.

Maybe that’s egotistical and presumptuous of me, but all through my life that has helped me create my own reality. There’s this tacit doesn’t-need-to-be-said-aloud given in my life—I deserve the best. So I am never fearful, nervous, or insecure about pursuing the best. I have never shortchanged myself in terms of what I feel entitled to, because at that unspoken innate root of me, I just know I’m destined for the best.

In no way am I saying that I actually am destined for the best, or that I always get the best, or that I am anywhere close to being the best. But the subjective, totally personal reality I’ve created for myself positions me positively, in a way that allows me to be fearless, and to shoot for the stars.

Overcoming nurture can be the biggest challenge for many, however.

Maybe all throughout your life you were told you aren’t good enough, that you’re inadequate, or that you’re less-than.

Maybe you were born from a place of disadvantage, so you’ve always had to run twice as fast as everyone around you just to catch up, and if you aren’t running twice as fast as everyone around you, then you’ll never catch up.

No, that’s not fair. But it’s life. It’s what you were handed and you can either deal with it and therefore overcome those disadvantages or you can dwell on the disadvantages and let that slow you down. Remember: you have to run twice as fast as everyone else just to catch up, so dwelling on the injustice is not going to help matters.

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