On Practicing Divination With the I Ching
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On Practicing Divination With the I Ching

A Conversation With Benebell Wen and T. Susan Chang

Online Conversation, Books Available to Add-On at Checkout

The I Ching, also known as The Book of Changes, is a 3000-year-old Chinese divination text. Many use the I Ching as a tool for life guidance, spiritual practice, and ancestral connection. It is a revelation of metaphysical philosophy, epistemology, and ethics, as well as a book of occult secrets.

Join celebrated occultist and scholar Benebell Wen and certified professional tarot reader, creator, and author T. Susan Chang for an illuminating conversation on Benebell’s historic new translation and annotations of the I Ching which brings the power and mysticism of The Book of Changes to our contemporary world. Rooted in her experience and knowledge as a Taiwanese American occultist and Buddhist with deep family ties to Taoist mysticism, Benebell shares new insights into the cultural and historical references, and magical practices of the I Ching.  

Through her work, Benebell honors the shamanic origins of this oracle which is first and foremost for prayers to gods and ancestors, through which the spirits answer. She offers aspects of the I Ching that have never been translated into English, providing fresh perspectives on a classic work along with practical methods in spell-crafting, folk magic, and spiritual cultivation.

Whether you’re new to the I Ching or an experienced occultist, Benebell and T. Susan invite you to dive deep into Taoist cosmology, mysticism, ritual practice, and the shamanic origins of the I Ching for guidance and intuitive wisdom.

Benebell Wen color portrait. Benebell is Taiwanese American and has long dark hair that goes well past her shoulders. She is smiling in this photo and posed in a room in front of a painting and dried flowers.

Benebell Wen is an occultist born and raised Buddhist with deep family ties to Taoist mysticism as practiced in southern Taiwan. She has taught I Ching divination, Taoist metaphysics, and East Asian modalities of mystical practices for over a decade. Benebell has been a featured keynote speaker on various metaphysical and occult topics at national and international conferences. Her other works include The Tao of Craft and Holistic Tarot. Benebell is a corporate transactions attorney licensed to practice law in CA and NY.


T. Susan Chang color portrait. T. Susan is a woman wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a pearl or beaded necklace, and a striped blue button-up top. She is posed in front of a neutral background.

T. Susan Chang has been reading tarot for 27 years. She is the author of The Living Tarot: Connecting the Cards to Everyday Life for Better Readings (Llewellyn 2023), Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers (Llewellyn 2018), and 36 Secrets: A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (Anima Mundi 2021); she is the co-author of Tarot Deciphered: Decoding Esoteric Symbolism in Modern Tarot (Llewellyn 2021). She created and hosted, with Mel Meleen, the Fortune's Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast, which explores imagery and symbolism in each card of Golden Dawn-based decks like the Rider Waite Smith and Thoth tarots.  

She has been certified as a professional tarot reader by the American Tarot Association, offers online tarot readings and tarot mentorship sessions, and currently teaches the Living Tarot, an online tarot course for all levels of reader experience, to over 350 students. She has offered courses on tarot for Atlas Obscura, the Jung Platform, the Philadelphia Jung Society, and the Jung Society of Washington, and presented at the Omega Institute, StaarCon, The International Divination Event, Northwest Tarot Symposium, and other local tarot meetups and bookstores. She is also the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found on Etsy, along with her line of astrological perfumes and tarot talismans, and she is a frequent podcast guest in the occult community.  

Besides her work in tarot, she is the co-presenter of Godsong: 365 Days with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, an online course with Jack Grayle. She writes occasional cookbook reviews for NPR and is the author of the 2011 food memoir A Spoonful of Promises; in the spring, she teaches an undergraduate course on Writing about the Senses for Smith College.  

Her offerings, events, and blog posts can be found at www.tsusanchang.com. On Facebook she can be found at the Fortune's Wheelhouse Academy group; on Instagram and Twitter she is @tsusanchang.

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