This isn't a recommendation, it's a lament: I have yet to find my ideal Lenormand deck. When I first started reading the Lenormand cards in 2011, I bought the Piatnik and then Laura Tuan's very large Lenormand Oracle (which I still use primarily to lay out a "foundation" of houses to spread the reading cards … Continue reading The Perfect Lenormand
I performed a sample reading to test the usefulness of the previously-posted Lenormand 5x5 spread. I used two decks, one for the foundational "moving houses," and another for the reading layout. 5x5 Tableau Practice Reading
In the Liber Theta discussion of Elemental Dignities, Jim Eshelman uses the term "permutations" for the three-card combinations that can be made with cards of elementally friendly, unfriendly and neutral nature. Although I diverge in my view of the "neutral and supportive" category, instead considering those cards to be "complementary opposites" - one suit provides … Continue reading Elemental Dignity Permutations by Suit
In preparing material for a presentation handout on Elemental Dignities, I amassed quite a bit of detail on the background of the subject. Following the presentation, I had further thoughts on application of the Golden Dawn rules provided in Liber T and the amplification given by Jim Eshelman in Liber Theta. Demystifying Elemental Dignities
Whenever I take a long trip, whether by road or by air, I like to do a tarot reading to look at the nature of the upcoming journey and any issues or obstacles that may arise. The typical 5-card line works well enough for this, but I figured a spread that is aimed more specifically … Continue reading The “All Points” Travel Advisory Spread
I once had a friend whose English pronunciation was a bit on the ragged side. He added an "s" to many singular nouns (those of you from a certain part of the world will relate) and instead of the common idiom "Let's face it," he always said "Let me face it." Looks like a ready-made … Continue reading “Let Me Face It”
This is a Lenormand version of the 5x5 spread I created for use with the Voyager Tarot; I stripped out the tarot annotation and plugged in Andy Boroveshengra's "near/far" designations, as well as adopting suitable color coding for rows, columns, diagonals and knighting locations. Note that every card in this spread can be linked to … Continue reading The “Up Close and Personal” 5×5 Tableau
This question is more about personality than professional demeanor. What is the best "face" to present to clients when reading in-person? Sunny and breezy? Casual and friendly? Confident and focused? Sympathetic and upbeat? Clever and glib? Solemn and serious? Wise and scholarly? Perhaps a pinch of each? Personally, I'm about as far from the description … Continue reading What’s Your Style?
Since I first connected with other tarot enthusiasts on-line back in 2011, I've met numerous talented readers who have honed their craft to the point that they have successfully entered the ranks of professional diviners. In fact, these contacts encouraged me to return to public reading after many years away. On the other hand, I … Continue reading “Cheap Shots” #10: Who Are the Pros?
This spread brings together the simple three-card "you + me = us" relationship spread with the idea that external relationships on either side can have a major say in how the affected partner behaves . The outside influences can be anyone from a relative to a mentor, boss, friend or third-party love interest. This is … Continue reading The “Us and Them” Relationship Spread