Reading Without Borders

I admit to enjoying the challenge and satisfaction of reading cards in a completely open-ended fashion (not exactly in a vacuum; let's call it a "rarefied atmosphere"). Like Google, the cards "know everything." Approached properly (that is, with sensitivity and diligence), they will invariably speak the truth in one form or another, although not always … Continue reading Reading Without Borders

Dump That Trump? (Volume 2)

It's been a year-and-a-half since my last Grand Tableau reading on the fortunes of United States President Donald Trump, so I decided to perform an update on the subject. This time I did something a little different: there is a technique by which tarot cards are merged with Lenormand cards to provide a kind of "circumstantial background" for the Lenormand … Continue reading Dump That Trump? (Volume 2)

A Tight Rein and a Short Leash

In the Lenormand system of cartomancy, traditional meanings are concise and pragmatic, the epitome of "what you see is what you get." Lenormand cards have been popular in Europe for a couple of centuries but have only recently gained prominence and wider use in the United States. Understandably, its emergence has lured a large number of people … Continue reading A Tight Rein and a Short Leash

The Funnel, the Hourglass and the Megaphone

As a visual artist of the graphic persuasion, I'm constantly looking for patterns in card layouts. The Lenormand Grand Tableau is particularly ripe for this pursuit. I've already posted about "ripples on the pond" (concentric circles of cards surrounding the various topic cards that overlap, either reinforcing or cancelling one another); "knighting arrays" (block patterns … Continue reading The Funnel, the Hourglass and the Megaphone

Example #2: Lenormand Deck “Attitude Check”

Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Reverie Lenormand has been my go-to deck since I first started studying that system of divination in 2013, but I've been less enamored of it lately. So I decided that I would bring it to my Lenormand "attitude check" spread to see what that might tell me. The Significator once again turned … Continue reading Example #2: Lenormand Deck “Attitude Check”

Example Reading: New Lenormand Deck “Attitude Check”

The Golden Lenormand Oracle is my newest Lenormand deck, so I thought I would run it through my new "attitude check" spread. This deck has caught some flack from traditionalists (even though it's just a dressed-up Blue Owl) because of its gold-foil "bling" and its much-larger-than-average size. I've read with it a bit and the … Continue reading Example Reading: New Lenormand Deck “Attitude Check”