When Hitting a Lenormand Plateau

A puzzled Madame Nadia

A puzzled Madame Nadia


I love Lenormand! So you can imagine how terrible I felt when I hit a “reader’s block”.

My interest in this system of divination started just before the massive Lenormand conversion has begun in the United States. I was attracted to the seemingly simplistic look and reading approach, and the very direct and practical responses the cards gave.

Since I couldn’t find any real Lenormand readers in my area I sought after virtual mentorship, receiving a lot of valuable information, guidance, and support from Andy, Fennario, and Mama Whodun. Andy’s blog became my Lenormand mecca, and I subscribed to the Dutch-Belgian school of meanings as I eagerly joined Andy’s free course.

I did my homework with a zeal, produced multiple blog posts, and practiced reading the cards daily myself and, after feeling more comfortable with the system, for clients. I joined a Facebook study group, through which I met many acolytes and even a couple new mentors, while observing how Lenormand is taking the US market by storm and, too often, becoming something slightly different (but this post isn’t about that). And as I attempted to stay purist in my approach to interpreting the cards, I became completely consumed by consumerism; buying hot, new decks and powdery, vintage pecks that suddenly showed up everywhere around me like hot beignets. Everything was la di da sweet…. And then I hit a plateau.

It really hit me when I begun working with the Grand Tableau lesson in Andy’s course. Suddenly what used to be fun and inspiring, now raised anxiety. There was so much details, tricks, and just SO MUCH information yet to be learned and memorized. “Damn,” I thought to myself, “It really will take time to learn!” The Lenormand wasn’t that simplistic in my eyes anymore, and I realized that I have to take a break from jamming more and more technical information into my head if I REALLY wanted to get it.

Sadly, it became clear to me that what I was really doing was racing to an imaginary finish line. Instead of taking the time to learn how to read these amazing cards, now I was lost in competing with a virtual band of readers. And this wasn’t working. I knew that I had to slow down, take a break from the course, and reconfigure my priority list.

All great films have multiple story lines. Sure, the Alpha storyline is what’s most important. However, it is because of secondary story lines that we are able gage the colors and measure the depths of our characters. Without these parallel prisms of information, every film is a rigid composition of only primary “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” sort of colors.

LiliesMy film metaphor is quite a detour. But it makes this post more flavorful. And so is the Lenormand experience I’m striving for. After exiting a self-imposed, mental competition, I’ve searched for new ways to look at the cards without pressure. I figure that there must be other layers and prisms through which each card, and consequently combinations of cards, would reveal information greater than just key words and right-to-left reading technique. I yearn to know how much dust, in a given read, is accomulated on the Rider’s boots; and how sharp is Scythe’s blade, and how sexy is the Lily? I crave those B and C story lines. And so do my clients.

Recently I’ve been feeling a shift in the way that I read. I am walking away from rigid ideas about cards, as I am building a personal library of notions and experiences. I’ve also found a few helpful sources. Taking Caitlin Matthews’ informative webinar, Petit Lenoirmand Method — Past and Future, has been really helpful with building new, and more personalized layers of interpretation. And even more recently, being exposed to the writings of a heavy weight Lenormand champion, Chanah, of Confessions of a Freaky Fortune Teller, who has returned to the cartomancy scene just in time to lift my reader’s block, has been awesome. So there’s light in the end of the tunnel.

IMG_7706I guess that Mama Woudun and Fennario were right after all, saying it takes years before you really start digging the Lenormand. Following their wise advice, I took my relationship with the cards to the next phase. Maybe we’re not living together yet, but we’re definitely going out steady. I feel like I am ready to “meet the family”; that I do care to know what makes big sister Bouquet tick, when is uncle Whip planning to get out of the closet, and what kind of mental illness grandpa Clouds gifted my sitter with. I’m not so obsessed parading my “red, hot” reader’s skills to others anymore. What I am focused on is getting to know the cards’ personalities intimately — and how these play out when we’re together. That’s all.

Cheers,

Madame Nadia

3X3 Lenormand Sample Reading for the Month Ahead

I thought it would be of interest to share a sample 3X3 reading I gave a fellow student of the Cartomantes Cabinet. My colleague’s concerned with the month ahead, focusing mainly on love and money. Personally, I think he’ll have a rocking month!

The Cards 

3 Sixes — a lot of money. Money will be coming in, possibly through a full-time job. Corresponds w/ the Fish card. 2 Kings — Agreement (possibly foreshadows a successful month in the relationship arena).

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The Focus — TOWER — ambition that is triggered by the STARS, which represent hope and guidance.

Stars + Fish + House + Ring — This shows that you’re interest isn’t only in work and relationship separately, but there’s also a desire for the relationship to help or facilitate financial growth. I hope this makes sense?

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Rod + Clover =  Lucky argument / Satisfying sexual encounters

Clover + Tower = An official lucky break

Tower + Letter = A message of official nature

Letter + Key =  A positive message / document

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Past: Star + Clover + House  = Hoping for happiness in the household / relationship. Also, hoping for luck to come from the relationship.

Present: Rod + Tower + Letter = Official documents / correspondence going back-and-forth between you and a potential employer. Possible arguments based on anxiety around this issue.

Future: Fish + Key + Ring = A successful contract that brings an increase in money. Also, this position is supported within your romantic relationship.

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House + Ring = An official commitment in a relationship + Rod = but it will also generate some strife and arguments.

Stars + Fish = A hope for business / improved finances + Letter = A document that brings a positive answer to this hope.

Daily Draw — June 2, 2012

What a week that was! It felt like the days were ringing through my head on a speed dial, and I couldn’t be happier on Friday evening. I kinda feel guilty for not posting anything on this blog for a while… Oh well.

I did continue with my Lenormand practice, and drew cards everyday for my husband and myself. Again, I do not have enough synonyms for the word amazing to describe how accurate this system is. But I haven’t had time for my Cartomantes Cabinet studies. I was able to resume my learning only last night, and I hope to go through Lesson 4 concerning the 9X9 Spread this weekend. As a Lenormand fiend studying this “building block” spread makes me very excited!

In any case, I figured I’ll have enough time to share my daily reading from this morning.

Here goes:

Clouds + Moon + Stork + Ship + Clover

The Stork is a key card and denots movement and change. The combination of Moon + Stork + Ship is a classic message of promotion and often relocation. Since it’s a daily draw, I feel that it is an uplifting message about my work / career situation. This make me very happy because there has been a confusing and stressful recent development (Clouds + Moon) relating to my husband’s and my current work situation.

The Ship + Clover make me feel like a small wish will be granted — I think it relates to a package I am expecting to arrive by mail.

With the Clouds mirroring the Clover I feel that anxiety and stress are going to continue tricking my Gemini mind today, like the sun that is hiding behind the clouds on and off today.

Finally the Moon and Ship reinforce that positive change is coming. I am also wondering if this change is going to touch ground on the upcoming Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, which happen to manifest on my birthday this year.

Lenormand — First crack at the Line of Five

Although I had the best intentions to blog this week, there was so much going on that I couldn’t make it happen. A full-time day position, resuming my fortune telling practice, and medical misfortunes like a nasty root canal and a never-ending saga with a compression garment has kept my schedule quite uncompromising. Nevertheless, I diligently continued my Lenormand practice.

Following Cartomantes Cabinet lessons, I immersed myself in the Line of Five spread this week. Although it’s a bit too heavy for a daily spread (a draw of three is easier to decode and is generally more doable on a daily basis), I stuck with it and it really made a difference. But I had to be creative.

In the previous week I woke up every morning having enough time to lay out three cards, record the time and the weather conditions, and jot down my predictions for the day before going to work. This week, on the other hand, was much more hectic — so sitting peacefully and journaling about the cards I got wasn’t an option. I found myself mainly pulling cards on the way to work. The lovely Postman Lenormand is still my favorite for on-the-go readings because the images are simple, the playing cards symbols are captured right there on the cards’ faces, and the tin carrier-case keeps the cards safe in the front pocket of my purse.

When having a few extra minutes to snooze, I drew cards while still in bed — even before having coffee. And I think that I had only a single opportunity this week to actually sit down for a more meditative sort of a reading. Because I knew I had the time, I also cast a few bones to get more insight into the day. Doesn’t this look cool?

Casting bones over a Line of Five

I also got to practice this technique with another student on Cartomantes Cabinet, as part of a Reading Exchange assignment. It was neat to not only practice with a different person, but to also receive validation to my interpretations.

But the coolest experience this week definitely was using the Line of Five method in a conjure consultation; where I not only foretold a client’s future, but also saw the appropriate magical remediation to improve their situation and reach the desired results. It made me realize that I have begun using Lenormand system not only horizontally (linearly), but also vertically. I found appropriate ways to incorporate my intuition into the traditional way of reading these awesome cards.

Homework: Daily Draw — Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Today is the last day of my 3-Card Daily Draw exercise that I’ve been faithfully performing for a week as part of my homework in Cartomantes’ Cabinet. I am very excited for the progress I made in my Lenormand study. Things definitely make more sense, and readings become more fluid.

I pulled a card from the Silent Tarot deck, and 3 cards from Les Vieux Jours Lenormand. Both of these decks can be visually overstimulating, so I supplemented the draw with same cards from the ARLO pack to be able to focus on the symbols better. 

Time: 8:30 AM

 Weather: 61 Degrees, Possible Thunder storms

Tarot Cards Drawn: Sun — Being Aware

Lenormand Cards Drawn: Key + Path + Garden

Key Card Focus: Key

Keywords: Destiny / Mastery / Yes — Opening Doors + Choice / Alternative / Important + Community / Social / Popular

Prediction: Feeling successful in social situations. Becoming more popular as a reader. Feeling more secure with Lenormand.

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Sun tarot card & Key + Path + Park

Time: 11:30 PM

 Accuracy: 75%

What Happened in relation to the cards:

I really didn’t feel very accomplished in social settings or in my communication with others. But I did get more divination / spiritual work clients. And I am feeling much more accomplished in my Lenormand work.

Observations:

Looking at this in retrospective makes me think of Road Opener type of spiritual work — or seeing that some blockages are lifting.  Also, I noticed that there was information coming from different directions, and I needed more effort to be grounded in order to receive it.

Homework: Daily Draw, May 11th, 2012 — TGIF & Mother’s Day

Hell, what a week! I can’t believe I have survived this long, and physically-taxing week. Friday, you make me sooooo happy.

This morning was hectic, and I ended up performing my daily read on my baby’s rocking chair because we woke up late and she got up too early. Maybe it ain’t the most spiritual way to draw cards, but hey: a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!

Anyway, I found today’s draw to be pretty awesome. I love seeing cards that I have previously interpreted as negative, show up in a new way in a daily. Somehow, Lenormand never gets old.

ARLO and Britta on baby’s rocking chair

Time: 6:50 AM

 Weather: 45 Degrees Fahrenheit, and Sunny. I can hear the birds chirping, and I fel the summer on my doorstep.

Cards Drawn: Fish + Moon + Snake

Key Card Focus: Fish

Keywords: Business / Money + Creative / Honorary + Twisted / Complicated / Feminine

Prediction:

I feel that all 3 cards talk about the occult and spiritual work. I think today will offer new ways or ideas about making money in the spiritual realm, and maybe there will be an increase with spiritual consultations?

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Time: 10:15 PM

Accuracy: 100%

What Happened in relation to the cards:

I have recently re-listed with AIRR. I am one of the founding members, but after my accident I took a long haitus until a few weeks ago. I am finally feeling ready for Spiritual work, and am craving readings. And today I got more interest in spiritual / divination services that I have before. I also started working on putting up my Etsy Fortune Telling store. And yes, it is Fortune Telling and not spiritual consulting! lol

Observations:

I particularly enjoyed seeing The Snake showing up not as a negative card, but as part of the description. It actually hoed up for me. This was also the first time I experienced The Moon as the main card to represent work. It worked out well.

a first mother’s day gift from my daughter

All of these cards felt very feminine, and a confirmation for this was a card and a plant I received from my baby girl. She (with a lot of help from her teacher) made it in kindergarden. This was the first time I’ve received a Mother’s Day gift from her, and I was deeply touched.

Homework: Daily Reading — May 10, 2012 — “The fish stinks from the head”

Time: 6:50 AM

Weather: 46 Degrees, and sunny. Seems like it’s going to be a warm day.

Cards Drawn: Clouds + Tower + Scythe

Key Card Focus: Clouds

Keywords: Confusion / Complication + Lonely / Official + Final / Aggressive

Clouds + Tower + Scythe

Prediction:

This is going to be a day of complications and confusion. Doesn’t seem like a particularly good day, considering that 2/3 of the cards are negative, which consequently paints the neutral card (Tower) negative as well.

Feels like the main blow will come from work, since The Tower usually comes up in a daily reading around this concept for me.

Also, since the Scythe relates to teeth, and the top of The Tower in this deck kind of looks like teeth lets me understand that my toothache is just going to get worst.

Time: 09:50 PM

Accuracy: 90%

What Happened in relation to the cards:

This was indeed a crappy day. First of all my general physical condition got worst. My tooth is really hurting, and I am even more congested. Apparently, one of my students has been coming to school with Mono for the past two weeks, so I am at high risk for getting it. Also, while keeping the medial theme going, I saw my burn specialist this afternoon. This meeting made me feel quite upset because: (1) He was almost an hour late for the appointment; and (2) though he agreed that I absolutely need a compression garment, he couldn’t offer any help in regard to dealing with insurance. I despise the medical / insurance system in the US — in this arrangement the patient’s well being is really not a priority.

Finally, on the work front, I learned some disturbing news that proved yet again of the dirty politics that’s going on there. As we say in Hebrew, “the fish stinks from the head,” meaning that management is the nastiest part of a corporation, and if something is going wrong the leadership positions are the most responsible for it — unfortunately, they’re usually the least accountable.

Observations:

The Clouds, being the key card has definitely set the tone for my mood today. Things felt uncomfortable and depressing. The Tower + The Scythe seemed to represent medical issues (especially visiting a sergeant’s office, and dealing with toothache. They also added layers of loneliness and gloom.

Homework: Daily Draw for May 9th, 2012

Today’s daily read will indeed be classified under memorable draws in my book.

Time: 6:45 AM

Weather: Partially cloudy, but beautiful. 50 Degrees

Cards Drawn: Ring + Park + Gentleman

Key Card Focus: Ring

Keywords: Commitment / Cycle / Routine + Social + Significant Male

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Prediction: A significant social male commitment. A significant male showing up in a social setting.

My idea (and this morning I could put money on it) was that my husband and I are going to meet my mother-in-law’s boyfriend. She has scheduled to bring him over this evening, so we bought red velvet cake and were planning to getting introduced to him.

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Time: 10:45 PM

Accuracy: 100%, but not at all in the zone of my anticipation.

What Happened in relation to the cards:

Around 3:00 PM, my m-i-l texted us that Tom had to cancel. I am not sure about the details, but we ended up tasting the Red Velvet cake on our own. However, my anticipation of a significant social male commitment ended up being the news of President Obama’s public support of gay marriage that has exploded all over social media today.

Observations:

When shuffling the cards this morning I was not only focusing on the general vibe that today would bring, but I also wanted to learn something positive and inspiring. Clearly, I find Obama’s message inspiring, and am very excited to hear the happiness expressed by many of my friends.

Another interesting fact is the look of the Gentleman card in the Titania deck. It does kind of reminds me of the President’s famous siluette-like poster from his presidential campaign.