When teaching reading with the Lenormand cards, I often hear students express apprehension about using the playing card insets. I make an effort to instantly demystify the idea that one has to know everything about Etteilla or French cartomancy in order to make head or tails of it. Here’s a simple rule I apply. ForContinue reading “LENORMAND GRAND TABLEAU: PLAYING CARD INSETS”
TO BE OR NOT TO BE IN A GROUP As of late, I’ve been thrown into some discussion about French cartomancy in regard to reading with what is called the Lenormand cards. Although reading with these cards has been around, both in continental approaches to cartomancy as well as in Eastern Europe, the American cardContinue reading “LENORMAND GRAND TABLEAU: INSENTENCE”
Prompted by the inspiring questions formulated also as a way of very positive feedback to my sample reading of the Grand Tableau done recently, here are a few ideas about how to use the houses, not only in the Grand Tableau, but also for smaller spreads. At the bottom of the post you find aContinue reading “THE LENORMAND HOUSES”
The mechanics of how to read the grand tableau in a coherent and nuanced manner.
Every now and then I get questions about what I think of individual Tarot cards. I always deliver the same answer, namely, that it is never a good idea to think of the individual cards as having inherent meaning in themselves. They only mean something in context, and as relating to the other cards. SupposeContinue reading “CONNECTORS”
I often refer to my interest in tarot as being an activity that combines cross-cultural approaches to both the history of tarot and the practice of divination. Where history is concerned, although much can be said about the development of Tarot after the Golden Dawn days, when the occultists Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley letContinue reading “30-SECOND TAROT”
We speak in Tarot of pairs, trios, the One, the Everything, the Zero, and so on. However, if we must think of numerical degrees and hierarchy in Tarot, it may be quite useful to think of what cards are the most significant. As far as I’m concerned, there are these three: the Zero: the Fool,Continue reading “TAROT AD INFINITUM”