Link: Benebell Wen Interview

A podcast at That Witch Life today features an interview with Tarot expert Benebell Wen. Her YouTube informational pieces on tarot have both high informational content and excellent presentation qualities. She is an excellent organizer and notable teacher of tarot information. Ms. Wen speaks of her study and note-taking process as laying the foundations of her writings and emphasizes the importance of knowing oneself as the best means of identifying the right teaching materials that will help oneself learn tarot in the best way possible. The podcast interview also features a very good section on relating to the querent, in particular, a discussion of how best to deliver a negative outlook in a reading.

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Link: Hold On, I Have Another Major Arcana Coming In…

We analyze a review of a popular mobile tarot app called Tarot Cards Reading and Numerology | Tarot Life byInnovana Techlabs of India, and look at the app itself. The app provides an example of one aspect of understanding tarot, through analyzing the informatics aspect of it. We describe the app, which provides a reasonable though minimal experience. For someone with no experience with tarot at all, it could conceivably serve as an introduction. I give the reviewer “points” for a small amount of research and an attempt to inform. Though both app and review were at times underwhelming, they are both a net plus for tarot and those that love tarot.

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Link: Is Tarot the Answer to Your Break With Spirituality?

Rewire.org had a good story yesterday on Cat Rocketship, an illustrator who has published the beautiful and interesting Skeleton Tarot Deck. I think it’s important to distinguish between traditional spirituality and modern spirituality to understand both this article, and the tarot. The artist states that tarot is “an invitation to explore whatever that spiritual, metaphorical, looking for patterns or listening-to-your-gut space is. It’s a tool I use to legitimize my intuition.” The article led me to consider Waite and his contemporaries. I think the late 19th century/early 20th century men and women who re-energized tarot were on the cusp of traditional spirituality and modern spirituality. Waite defined himself as a Christian mystic. He and his contemporaries were attempting to remodel the “temple” of the external religion they knew, Christianity, into two parts: external power, which they recognized as the pope, and an internal power, which was “secret,” “esoteric,” and hence something that was uniquely theirs in that they held its knowledge, too.

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Link: What Tarot Can Tell You About Your Love Life

The author talked to two tarot readers to learn what reading tarot can tell us about love. As one of the readers stated, “it’s more useful to make it about you and the things you can control.” Instead of asking, When am I going to meet the love of my life? she suggests asking, “what can I do to open myself up to the possibility of a relationship?” A second reader stated ““I think it’s so much more helpful when we use it as a tool for self-reflection,”

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