Grogu Does a Tarot Reading (Fan Art)

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You can click on the above image to download the 4.26 MB, 500 dpi art print, if you want. It’s 8″ x 10″, which you can print centered on a standard US Letter 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Make sure to check your printer settings. You could also select “print to fit” and print the drawing borderless.

And if you want to make your own Stuff with this cute little doodle, click on and download the below.

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You can create your own custom T-shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, whatever. You do you.

If you don’t like my saturation, color, or contrast levels and you know a thing or do about photo editing, then go ahead and edit the images until you’re satisfied.

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Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights Walk-Through

The Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights was published back in 2005 by Lo Scarabeo, with the artwork collection edited by Pietro Alligo. It’s art deck featuring the works of the late 19th and early 20th century French painter Léon Georges Jean-Baptiste Carré, living around the time Waite and Crowley.

Carré moved to Abd-el-Tif, Algeria and concentrated his body of work on Orientalist subjects. (Orientalism is the European and Western study and commentary on Middle Eastern culture.)

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Button Soup Tarot: A Cult of Tarot Collaboration Deck

I’m intrigued by the strong opinions that tarot readers can hold for collaborative decks. Collaborative are decks where the artwork is done by a cast of different artists and illustrators, often of varying experience in art, from the amateur or self-taught to the professional. The Button Soup Tarot was organized by the Cult of Tarot forum members and the result turned out really well.

I speculate that the collaborative deck appeals mainly to a rather special, rare, eclectic, and liberal-minded personality. Each and every card is going to feature a different style, created with a different medium, ranging from traditional to digital art. I’m loving this particular collaboration. It feels celebratory and there’s such a joy to it.

Button Soup Tarot reads surprisingly well. I say “surprisingly” because it’s no big secret that most tarot readers are skeptical of how cohesive the messages from a collaborative deck can be. But then, I mean, when you do psychic readings, aren’t you pulling from the collective consciousness, and isn’t the collective consciousness little more than, well, a hot mess?

I love the namesake, Button Soup, a reference to the folk tale Stone Soup, where a traveler arrives in a village seeking food, but no one is willing to share. The traveler claims he can create an incredible soup with just one stone. Eventually, every villager chips in a little and all the contributions result in an incredible stew, and enough for all.

There’s also quite a Who’s Who dimension to this deck, as many incredible deck creators we all know and love contributed cards. Pamela Steele (Steele Wizard’s Tarot, Wizard’s Pets Tarot), Jessica Leigh Henry (Lions Gateway Tarot), Joan Marie (The Friar’s Delight Lenormand, which is in the queue for a forthcoming review from me), Yasmeen Westwood (Tarot of Enchanted Dreams), Gaby Merman (forthcoming Chromatic Chapel Tarot, and if this Instagram account is any indication, holy moly does that look like an amazing deck I can’t wait for!), Emilie Muniz (Simplicity Tarot), Kristine Gorman, and the incomparable M. M. Meleen (Rosetta Tarot, Tabula Mundi, Pharos Tarot).

Every artist featured is incredible– I was just naming a few whose decks I’ve reviewed in the past, or names I’m more readily familiar with.

My friend Cerulean, Mari Hoshizaki, was the one who alerted me that this collaboration was in the works, so of course I had to contribute. You see my Queen of Swords drawing in the above photo. =)

My favorite way to read with the Button Soup Tarot has been a simple past, present, future, and bonus 4-card reading. I shuffle, focus on the matter at hand, then cut the deck into three card piles, right to left. I go right to left here, so the right-most card pile is past, center is present, and left is future. If you want to give this approach a try, of course you can read any direction you like, left to right if that makes more sense to you.

So that’s the three card reading– past influences causing what’s going on in the matter at hand, present status, and where this trajectory is headed (future projection). Then I choose which area– past, present, or future– I’d like a little more info on, and pull a second card from that corresponding card pile for the “bonus” in this 4-card reading method.

And this deck takes to that method perfectly.

The card back design, deck box, everything is just beautiful. I’m so in love with how this deck came out. I don’t think any deck collection is complete without a couple of collaborative decks. They’re so much fun and such an incredible way to celebrate the tarot community.

This deck was organized by Joan Marie of Rabbits Moon Tarot. She also runs the Cult of Tarot forum. You can buy the deck here, with proceeds going to support the Cult of Tarot forum, an invaluable gathering place of tarot aficionados.

I should also mention that the li’l white book was so much fun to read! The artist for each card contributed a passage on the card meaning, interpretation, and artist intentions for the card they drew. To read this collective glossary of card meanings was a treasure.

The Muses of Tarot by Ethony: Book and Deck Set

The Muses of Tarot is a book and deck set by Ethony Dawn, with illustrations by Lena and Sasha Semenkova. The book is about 13 muses of the tarot that came to Ethony in her visions and channeled messages to her that correspond with the 78 cards of the tarot deck. In addition to the book, you get a set of 13 Muse oracle cards, 13 altar cards for those Muses, 13 invocation cards, and 7 chakra energy amplifier cards.

The 13 names of the Muses are original conceptions by Ethony that describe universal or archetypal spirits, and by “spirits” here I mean an embodiment that our superconsciousness can take on. They also represent 13 types of tarot readings. For example, Adoria is the Muse of love & relationship readings. Brujula is the Muse to invoke for tarot readings about big changes coming up in your life. Divina is the Muse of predictive tarot readings. Holistix is the Muse of health, healing, and wellness readings. Veilia is the Muse of mediumship. And so on.

In terms of production quality, you always get luxury from Ethony. Everything from cardstock, full-colored guidebook pages, and every fine detail of the packaging design is top rate. The finish on the box, book, and cards is this velvety rose petal texture that’s ultra matte. The box features a magnetic strip closure and every aspect of the graphic design is clean, fresh, feminine, fun, and has that cosmopolitan vibe to it.

This illustration is one of my favorites in the deck.

When it comes to production values, this is perfection. This is what deck creators ought to strive for. Love it all. Now let’s talk about the content.

The premise for this deck and book set, and the manifestations of the 13 Muses must have been a comet of divine inspiration that nose-dived straight into Ethony’s inner genius. I love what she says about the Muses:

“When I work with my creative muses, I believe I am making an agreement with a daemon to bring something from the ether into the material world. . . . The muse and I have a creative love affair. I bring my background, experience, personality and flair to the project, but I am also working with an element of pure magic.”

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Creative Commons License for the SKT Vitruvian Majors

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I thought I talked about this before, but there still seems to be some confusion around the issue, so I am hoping this post will clarify.

You can download the black & white image files for the SKT Vitruvian Major Arcana illustrations here. (To be more specific, it’s the Majors, the four Aces, and the four Archangels.)

These images are provided to the public for free download and under a Creative Commons Attribution license, which means the following:

You can share the images. You are free to copy and redistribute the illustrations in any medium or format.

You can adapt the images. You are free to transform, build upon, redesign, edit, revise, and in any way remix the illustrations for any purpose, including commercial purposes. Yes, you are free to profit financially from your adapted images of the SKT Vitruvian Majors, Aces, and Archangels.

Attribution or credit notes. My preference is that you make it very clear what part of the image or adapted image is attributed to my original work and what part is attributed to your creative additions. In other words, if you color in one of these black & white images and then sell your colored in SKT image, please make it clear in your product description that I am the artist for the black & white image while you are the artist for the coloring application. If you have traced part of my original art and then redesigned it, transforming it from the original, please include a note about what parts were my original and what parts you’ve redesigned and transformed. I say “my preference” because if you unintentionally forget to do that, I’m not going to be mad at you. =) But just please try not to forget.

While this license is free, if you do commercialize your SKT-based work, I’d be beyond thrilled to receive some merch! =) Send to the below address.

Benebell Wen
P. O. Box 20021
Castro Valley, CA 94546

SKT III Status Update Report

I’ve just finished up the first drafts of the Fives, so I figured it might be a good time to share a status update on SKT III (edition still unnamed). There are some videos up already on my YouTube channel to get a little more into the creator intentions behind each card, though public videos ended at the Threes. I’ve put the videos on pause for now, in terms of releasing them.

Works-in-progress drafts only; final production subject to change

If you might recall, Key 1: The Magus was the very first card I learned digital painting on. The line work was done by hand, scanned in, and the color was subsequently done via digital painting software programs. Then it was Key 2: The Priestess, and so on.

It’s amusing to look back on those first five keys, because it’s painfully obvious how scared of color I was. =) I didn’t know what I was doing. I was winging it. And you can tell.

It’s not until Key 6: The Lovers card that a noticeable improvement happens. Then after Key 7: The Chariot, off I went! =) Now that I know how to color, after finishing the Tens I’m going to return to Keys 1 through 5. I’ve already made notes on how I want to revise them.

The three versions of Key 0 in the SKT (left to right): The Initiate, The Seeker, and The Keeper

You can click on any of these image files for an enlarged view.

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Tarot Skills for the 21st Century by Josephine McCarthy

Josephine McCarthy is one of the preeminent magicians of our time. She is the founder of Quareia and author of several incredible tomes, among which I’ve read The Work of the Hierophant and The Exorcist’s Handbook. I’m also a big fan of her deck, LXXXI, which I’ve reviewed here. I am now so excited to be sharing with you my thoughts on her latest endeavor, a comprehensive book on tarot that covers both the mundane and the magical meanings of each card.

The edition I received for review is hardcover, with a beautiful velvety matte book jacket. I love that the title anchors the book in the 21st century, while the book’s aesthetics feel Old World to me. I haven’t seen this quality and caliber of production value in a tarot book for quite some time now, so there is something quite exquisite about learning tarot from McCarthy’s text.

The book begins with a strong introduction, giving you a sense of who your teacher, the author, will be, and the context from which classical tarot interpretation sprang. Having read dozens of tarot books published in the last few years, this one is refreshing in its traditionalism, formality, and also its design as a handbook to teach tarot as a venerated practice.

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Simplicity Tarot by Emilie Muniz: A Tarot Deck for Everyone

The Simplicity Tarot by Emilie Muniz is this perfect RWS-based deck that checks all the boxes that people keep saying they want in a tarot deck, but don’t seem to notice that Simplicity Tarot exists. It flies quietly, humbly under the radar, and I have no idea why. Muniz’s deck features all the hallmarks for what our community keeps saying we want in a tarot deck, and yet this deck isn’t trending. Why is that?

Here is this deck with imagery that feels classic, timeless, not overly modern, with refinement and elegance, beautiful on any reading table spread, and has the diverse representation so many of us readers today want in a deck.

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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.

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The Sevens: Tarot Card Meanings

New to this video lecture series?

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The above-linked Introduction page will give you an overview of what this series is about and provide a course contents listing.

The Sevens is the ninth of seventeen videos in this series. This is the realm of choice, mental reasoning, and philosophical discernment, where:

  • the Seven of Wands is the discernment between fight vs. flight;
  • the Seven of Cups discerns between vice and virtue;
  • the Seven of Swords is risk vs. control; and
  • the Seven of Pentacles/Disks is action vs. non-action.

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