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.


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.

2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner

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.

CLICK HERE to pre-order your 2020 Metaphysician’s Day Planner.

+ $5 Add-On: The do-it-yourself SKT Vitruvian Mini printable files

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.

Last Updated: 2019 Oct 12

Glossary of Astrological Terms

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.

CLICK HERE for all Free Astrology References.

Last Updated: 2019 Oct 21

Glossary of Gemstone Correspondences

This is a free download that has been provided here on this website since 2016. The glossary file was revised and updated on October 21, 2019, so if you haven’t downloaded the latest version, then be sure to do so.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF and DOCX files of the Glossary.

The Spirit Keeper’s Tarot Deck

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.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot.

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.




110 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Heather

    Love the tarot cards and the informative website you made to go along. I am excited to see how many methods you have brought together, as a whole. It’s all related and relevant for giving more precise readings, to clients. Thank you, keep up the great journey of unity enlightenment. We all benefit by having a page like this to reference, bringing multiple varieties together.
    ❤ Heather


  2. I think you’re a hard working genius. Wauw I have great respect for you. I’m a writer, coach and journalist (and passionate tarot lover) and I really admire your briljant mind. I will donate tomorrow. with great love and respect Mabel van den Dungen


  3. I and my buddies were analyzing the nice information found on your site while at once came up with an awful feeling I never thanked you for those techniques. Those boys were as a result glad to see them and have in effect in actuality been tapping into them. Many thanks for getting simply considerate as well as for opting for this form of impressive issues millions of individuals are really desperate to be aware of. My honest regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.


  4. Kathy Kerr

    Hello dear soul!
    I’m so excited you’re creating a 2nd edition of The Spirit Keepers Tarot! I would love to buy a copy. I saw on a community page there are pre orders being made, but there’s no info! How do I pre order if I may please? And where do I shop for your other creations such as your books? Is it just me or are there actual secret portals leading to you in other dimensions!!! 💞



  5. Jeannie P

    Thank you so much, Benebell. For all the info you bring us and great companion, courses, guides, free things, workbooks, tarot decks and all you do! I am forever grateful! I will be ordering my deck Georgia pee order this Friday, after reading some from that last email you sent, I cannot wait! Again, thank you for all you do! I really enjoy your website since finding it and cannot wait to learn more from the information you


  6. Hello…good afternoon,l am Jharry p Kang from tawau , Sabah , Malaysia….l just newly practicing mediumship , before that l am insurance agent… long time ago from year 2002 to 2018 ,….l also possess kuan Kung spirit,tai Shang Lau Chun and Mazu…. hopefully from your program would further enchance my mediumship….

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  7. Carrie Best

    I just wanted to say thank you Benebell so much for the work you do. I think you’re a prodigious genius! I love your Holistic Tarot and refer to it regularly and am sooo excited about the Vitruvian SKT. Sending good vibes your way!

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  8. Ash

    Hello !
    It’s a really great web site !
    I like the deck you have created, but I also like the deck on the cover photo.. Under the hollistic tarot book, Do you know where I can purchase it, or just the name of the deck ? It’s not the regular Waite Tarot Deck


  9. Salima Veng

    Hi Benebell,
    I have written to you many times on both of your mailadresses and still havn’t got an answer… Now I’m officially worried! I preordered the premium package of the Spirit Keepers Tarot a long time ago, and I have payed for it! Can you PLEASE send me a confirmation mail back on my order? -My mail-address is:


    1. Hi Salima: Oh no! We’re all caught up on sending out e-mail confirmations, so you should have definitely gotten one from our e-mail account First, check your trash or spam. Sometimes our e-mail gets stuck there. Second, did you send payment to the correct PayPal address? Best thing to do is follow up by e-mailing Because if you’ve e-mailed us at that address already, then we should have definitely sent a response to you by now. All pre-ordered decks we have on record have received an e-mail confirmation, so if that’s not the case, something may have gone wrong. =(


  10. Erica Q Pressley

    I love this, also I’m intuitive and amature to my gifts,, would love to correspond with you about which way to go with this gift of mine



    Thank you for the generous sharing of your time and your knowledge. I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan who organizes free workshops, rituals, potlucks, meditations, etc. to help people become more connected to themselves and to others. Your pages are a great resource for us.

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  12. Maryam nezameddink

    Hi.Im a Qi gong and Tao student.I want to read and have your Tao of Craft book .but beacause of my location I cant buy it .I dont have credit card.I m living in Iran.How can you help me?


  13. Marco Ignacio

    Hi, Blessed be.
    I have a daughter whose birthday is October 5, 2016, she will have her decisive age at age 15. Your advise for me as a parent? Thank you.

    Btw she is multi talented (music and dance) and an active kid.


  14. Hello,

    I tried to get in touch a few weeks ago, but didn’t get any response. I wonder if you received my message?

    My name is Dennis Perpetua and I’m the Blog Outreach manager at I saw your blog and decided to get in touch. I think that a lot of my clients will be interested in regular article placements, either paid guest posts (we provide an article) or sponsored content (you/your team write it for us).

    This could potentially bring some good regular income for you or you business.

    Would you be interested?

    P.S.: If you don’t want me to get in touch again, please let me know.

    Kind Regards,

    Dennis Perpetua
    Blogger Outreach Manager,


  15. CJ

    Any chance you might release the 2020 calendar early? I’m already planing into 2020 and would love to start preparing for next year.


  16. Hi Benebell! I was wondering if “The Tao of Craft” is available for purchase through any other service? I’m eager to support you and even more eager to get the book, but for ethical reasons I don’t like to purchase directly from Amazon.


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  18. James A Byrd

    Please , be understanding I can make a great offering if we can help one another I need to tap into my inner power yet my head trauma injury slowing me down . Will buy book Tao of Craft yet first hand will be most beneficial as I need a Spiritual guide at my age forty five . It is a need for chi force to fix what a Western doctor has done illegally from the U.S. Army(1992). Would like a witness and record. ,Please!


  19. Achello

    I have been learning much from you in all ways Tarot. Purchased The Holistic tarot last year. Your insights are amazing!

    I ‘fooled’ around and missed the purchase of the SKT decks and tbh, I wasn’t that attracted to the First Edition. There was just too much there and I missed the colors. They also sold out so quickly!

    I have recently been studying the deck images on your website and reading the incredible ton of information. The Second Edition is much more appealing to me as there are various shades of color, which makes the images pop.

    I just wanted to thank you for your tireless service to all of us! I love your wit and your sarcasm and of course your willingness to share your boundless knowledge and insights!
    Thank you!


    1. Hello, my name is James in English. my original I do not use in U.S. Lee Wu Chan, also I was excited to know and find your youtube vlog thank you so much for your service to the Chinese community .
      I wish we could work together first hand very important my belief in The Tao has great possibilities. Hope to hear and sometime see in Person .


  20. I’m very happy that you published the book of tao of craft….as I’m English educated that will benefit of my practice…as I’m not Chinese educated.i hope I can learn more and benefited it to help people and I hope I can personally meet you as a gratitude of thanks for your help and. Learn more from you


  21. Bill Nelson

    You had me at “Although some believe that the tarot can be used for fortunetelling, I don’t believe in fortunetelling.”
    I don’t see how anyone thinks their future is already set in stone for them when it hasn’t happened yet. Revisiting some “now” thinking would be in order, in my opinion.
    Forgive the pontificating. I haven’t had coffee yet!
    Keep up the excellent work.


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