# Playing-Card Insets: A Challenge Worth Taking

I've been working with the Lenormand cards going on nine years now, but I've never put a lot of effort into understanding and using the playing-card insets. Concurrently, I've been studying playing-card cartomancy somewhat casually, first through Dawn Jackson's Hedgewytchery material and more recently through the excellent blog of Kapherus (J. David Arcuri), Art of … Continue reading Playing-Card Insets: A Challenge Worth Taking

# Stiff-necked Scholars, Attend!

Although it's an over-simplification of the truth, I can easily pass for a card-carrying member of the "Stiff-necked Scholars' League" of Lenormand practitioners: I value the historical basis of this cartomantic system above all else, and take a dim view of too much imaginative tinkering with its customary methods. (On the other hand, is there … Continue reading Stiff-necked Scholars, Attend!

# “Knights’ Crossing” – The Marginal Significator

In an earlier post in this series I discussed how to deal with a floating Significator or topic card that appears in the bottom row of the 9x4 layout, such that there aren't enough cards left in the deck to populate a nine-card square surrounding it. The worst case occurs when it lands in the … Continue reading “Knights’ Crossing” – The Marginal Significator

# More Lenormand Line-Play: The “Floating” Topic Card

This follows up on the suggestion made in my previous post about continuing to pull cards in a line spread until the chosen significator appears as a "floating" topic card, and then reading the entire stack beneath it as a situational "sub-plot" to the main story-line. I used a five-card line to explore the question … Continue reading More Lenormand Line-Play: The “Floating” Topic Card

# A “Counting Round” Example Reading

Rather than doing a new reading to test my ideas on card-counting with my "Knights' Crossing" spread, I decided to apply them to the "Mueller's Madness" reading I did yesterday. All images copyright Lynne Boyle The five-card line derived from the 3x3 square was Book-Man-Mice-Clover-Fish, which I would read as "The individual who is the … Continue reading A “Counting Round” Example Reading

# Counting Round: A Step Beyond

In re-reading Caitlin Matthews' book The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook, I became reacquainted with the technique of "counting round" the cards in a layout in fixed increments from the significator or topic card. This creates an additional narrative path that Matthews suggests can be read as a separate line, after interpreting the pattern in the … Continue reading Counting Round: A Step Beyond

Washington DC is practically foaming at the mouth over the projected release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report within the next few weeks. The fact of the matter is that, unless criminal indictments arise from Mueller's document, it isn't likely to be made public. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/you-may-be-disappointed-mueller-report-n971601 I decided to do a Lenormand reading using my "Knight's … Continue reading Mueller Madness

# The “Knights’ Council” – Doubling the Topic Card

Although I mentioned in my "Knights' Crossing" post that if the querent has more than one question or topic area in mind I will default to the Grand Tableau, I can see the appeal of including two topic cards in an abbreviated spread. With more than two you're likely to wind up in a GT … Continue reading The “Knights’ Council” – Doubling the Topic Card

# Wall-eyed Whinging*

*from an Old English verb, "hwinsian," which means "to wail or moan discontentedly." As I continue to explore the "build it as you go" approach to positioning a topic card in a small Lenormand spread, I decided to tackle the subject of what is likely to happen with Donald Trump's border wall. I selected the … Continue reading Wall-eyed Whinging*

# “Knights’ Crossing” Example Reading #2

I'm so intrigued by the idea of a "build it as you go" layout for capturing the Lenormand "topic" card in a subject-matter-specific inquiry that I decided to do another example reading. In a couple of weeks I'm going to be featured in a local newspaper, and I'm hoping the exposure will drum up public … Continue reading “Knights’ Crossing” Example Reading #2