Daily Draw: Riding Solo with Rose Colored Glasses מנק

FullSizeRender.jpgHow do you feel about Riding Solo, foxy?

Not too keen on it? You and I both! Maybe we need some attitude adjustment? Because we are entering our personal desert of life circumstances, and it’s our job to do some winter cleaning. Besides, today Mercury is going officially retrograde, and so we won’t be short on the opportunities for house cleaning.

Today I am examining the Holy Combination מנק  (Mem Nun Kuf), as I meditate on the density of attachments. Attachments to individuals who aren’t supportive of my cause or happiness; but mainly, I’m prepping to go savage on my inner-closet, filled with outdated self-sabotages, numerous pairs of self-pity, and bitter blame that is way too small for this fox’s curvaceous attitude.

 

Today’s draw teaches us the mystery of elimination. Of cleaning house from attachments and relationships that take away from our beauty, power, and our grace. It empowers us to act instead of reacting, and ultimately forces us to rock self-reliance till we are the biggest star on the stage of our personal destiny.

If you would like to use this Divine Vibration in your personal spiritual work, I’ve made a short video tutorial on how to write this combination in Hebrew:

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another Daily Draw at 3 PM Central, on my Facebook Page.

And until tomorrow, stay foxy, my friends!

 

Exquisitely yours,

Madame N.

 

 

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a ‘Deste’ Love Reading

I have been getting a lot of Deste-related questions recently from folks who want to learn the deck. The Spirit of Deste — and if you read Deste you know exactly what I’m talking about — has been quite pushy about wanting me to give it more attention. Although I am far from mastering this oracle, I thought it would be helpful sharing an actual reading I’ve recently done for a client. Luckily, the client was gracious and has given me permission to share her consultation with you.

In addition, I have a couple of important announcements tucked at the end of this post — so make sure to check them out before you click on and away from my blog 😉

To the Reading, then:

My client wanted to know about the prospects of her relationship with a colleague, whom she’s been involved with for several months now. I drew the Imperial Cross — thanks Dimitra for teaching me this technique. Essentially, it’s a similar layout to what we refer as the Celtic Cross, but Miss Meimaridi calls it the Imperial Cross.

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an Imperial Cross layout + a Djan for advice

Dare Reversed (Rx) in the center represents the man you are in a relationship with. By being reversed we see already that the situation isn’t ideal. The card in general foretells of reversals of fortune, and having to wait for what you want. Your situation is influenced by outside forces — it’s not in your own hands. Most likely it’s family issues that interfere with your relationship.
Clouds represent the obstacles. You want clarity, yet this desire isn’t possible at the moment. With the Anchor to the right of the Clouds, it seems like what you really want is clarity in regard to the stability of this relationship.
Gate Rx stands for the fear of the negative influence this relationship could have on your work / career situation. Also, if your guys was waiting for a promotion at work, Gate Rx below his significator card, Dare Rx, it doesn’t look likely.
Assyranta is a female in a position of influence. Is he married or in a committed relationship? It sure looks like that with Assyranta on above Dare Rx that is on top of Gate Rx.
In that case, she is in control of the situation, and he won’t leave her / divorce her.
~ after the reading the client had confirmed she is involved with a married man ~
Zara, the white horse of the diamond suit, shows the bright promises of the past; it looked like this relationship would blossom into a more fulfilling and easier to handle romance, and that the man you are dating would be a suitable choice for a partner.
With Anchor placed in the position of upcoming events, I don’t think you’ll be leaving him soon. Anchor is a card of stability. I do not foresee a major change in the status quo, so to speak, in the near future. It also shows that if he is in another relationship, he’ll continue going between both of you. Butit’s important to remember that the Anchor is a positive card. So it’s quite possible that your outlook on the relationship will become a bit more positive, and so you won’t want to make changes.
The Mice Rx tell us that you have hopes for this relationship to work out, and regain the things that were lost in the near past.
You have people around you that push you to stay in the relationship with him, while others sway you against it. This is shown the reversed Fish card. It makes you feel like others know better than you. You are stuck in the middle, unable to make a decision, and wanting others to decided for you.
Your own feeling is that you are willing to give him one last chance. The Tomb Rx states so.
For now, as seen by the Letter card, you will continue communicating with him.
Bedes Rx is the advice card. It doesn’t show great potential for the relationship because you have a lot working against you. Bedes talks about having to wait for a very long time, and be extra patient to get this relationship to a place that is truly healthy and good for you.

I hope this sample reading was helpful for you. Please feel free to respond in the comments about your experiences with the Deste, and how do you handle love consultations.

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Madame Pamita, Johannes, Madame Nadia, & Elvyra at the Hoodoo Heritage Fest 2013

As you may already know, I will be presenting two workshops at the Hoodoo Heritage Festival in California, in the first weekend of May. One of the workshops might be of special interest to you, and so I thought I’d share the details.

Beyond the Reading: Using Tarot, Lenormand, and Playing Cards in Rootwork is a workshop crafted to teach how to use Tarot, Lenormand, and Playing Cards to diagnose yourself or a client and decide which spell to use for any given situation, how to customize that spell for maximum effectiveness, and even how to incorporate your cards into hoodoo spells.

This workshop will take place between 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

You’ll even get to take home some awesome conjure goodies when you sign up for the workshop.

On another note, I will be on the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour, along with catherine yronwode and ConjureMan Ali, this coming Sunday, at 5 PM CST. I hope you can tune in, and join the live chat that’s always loads of fun. The show is also archived, and available for later listening.

Finding a Lost Object Using the Lenormand

So it might appear like a petty, even a dumb draw; but it illustrates precisely why traditional Lenormand is by far one of my favorite divination systems:

(1) It’s practical

(2) It’s unpretentious

(3) And it’s uber accurate

A Case of a Lost DVD Cover

My husband and I rent DVDs for our young daughter at the local library. She is three and a half, and has been a fan of Angelina Ballerina for about half of her life. So last time we went to the library we rented Mousical Medleys, which is an Angelina Ballerina feature. And today the time has come to return the DVD.

Although the actual disk was still in the DVD player, my husband couldn’t find the film’s case for the life of him. He looked all around the basement — which is our family room, and where the TV is located — but Mousical Medleys was nowhere to be found.

The DVD case wasn’t behind the TV stand. I was neither under the couch, nor in the toy basket.

“I have no clue where it is,” hubby announced in somewhat annoyed manner.

“I’ll find it,” I said.

“How?”

“I’ll throw some cards on it.”

Standing in the doorway separating the unfinished part of the basement from the common area, he gave me the typical look husbands of fortune tellers give their wives when we grab at the “supernatural” to mend the general household affairs — it looks like something like a fuse between the “yeah, right” look, and the “oh shit” gaze — and moved on onto the next item on his to do list.

For the task at hand I picked the Magpie Oracle by Carrie Paris, which is a collection of all the 36 Lenormand symbols in a form of tiny charms. I love using these because it’s easy placing them on letter-size Lenormand house printouts. (Carrie actually provides some cool charts on her site to be used with the Magpie Oracle.) Casting the Magpie charms reminds me casting bones, just in a less involved and formal manner.

So back to the story; For my investigation I used a Lenormand Houses chart, casting 3 charms onto specific houses to try figuring out where the DVD Case is hiding.

The first charm was a mouse! I knew I was on the right track immediately:

(a) the Mice card talks about losses and theft;

(b) the actual MIA object was a cover of an animation about a mouse ballerina and her mousling friend dancers;

I placed that charm on the House position in the chart. The next draw was an Owl, which I placed in the house of Mice. Finally, I drew the Sun charm, placing it in the Birds / Owls space.

Mouse+Owl+Sun on Magpie Oracle

Together Mice+Birds+Sun zoned on a very specific area where the lost object is located. In this specific draw I was interested in physical locations and characteristics attributed to the cards. For instance, The Mice card points to the basement — so I knew the DVD cover hasn’t “left” the family room area. The Birds represent all forms of communication, and our internet modem is located in the basement, behind the TV. The owls, specifically, also made me think of glasses because it’s a card that relates to vision issues — and I keep a pair of glasses right next to the modem, which is by the TV, for the rare occasions when I actually have the time to watch movies with the rest of the crew. Finally, the Sun stands for electricity, and TVs specifically.

Magpie Charms & mini Marseille Lenormand

My conclusion was that the cover of Mousical Medleys must still be right there, by the TV, the modem, and the DVD player.

It took me about 5 seconds to move a few large children books laying on the TV stand, right by the DVD player to find the missing case. “You gotta be kidding me,” I said to hubby who saw me in action and now was scratching his head in disbelief.

the DVD case is "hiding" under books

 

Lenormand couldn’t be more precise. Like a sonar of sorts it gave me an exact location. I didn’t need to invoke spirits, form a psychological profile of my family, or connect to my inner child.

And this is why i love Lenormand!

Finding the lost DVD case

Affectionately,

Madame Nadia 

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

I am a proud member of Hoodoo Psychics

This is just a short post to let y’all know that as of last night I am a proud member of Hoodoo Psychics.

This is the first time I am venturing into the psychic hotline world, and I am very excited because Hoodoo Psychics is a true cooperative organization with a solid code of ethics. Currently, all the diviners who read via this site are also members of the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers.  I couldn’t ask for a better company!

So dial 1-888-4-HOODOO ext. 8468 if you would like to book an instant reading with me 🙂

 

Warmly,

Madame Nadia

 

Cinderella Weekends

My husband is finishing his Master’s degree — which means that along my full-time job and my fortune telling and conjure practice, I am also having quite a load on my shoulders taking care of our household, our daughter, and two spoiled fur-babies. And thought it sounds like bitching (and maybe it is 🙂 ), I wouldn’t mind cloning myself if I could. Especially on the weekends, when my to do list looks like a menacing, multi-headed hydra, and a martini-therapy seems like the only sane option.
This weekend my husband is away on a school-related seminar. And I am here — in “charge”! I pulled three cards from my vintage Piatnik, that gave me a perfect reflection of today’s situation.

The Crossroads is about important choices, and the decision-making process. In today’s, simplified, context I see it as being in charge and having to navigate the day for my family.
The House and the Child are quite literal. My decisions will be about my home, and focused on my daughter.

I also feel that the advice within these cards talks about making a conscious decision to have a good day because it could go either way.

In other words, bitching is OK, but don’t forget the blessings! Read between the lines of the laundry list, and enjoy what you’ve got without loosing your mind in the details of what needs to get done.

I’ll try!

Faithfully,

Madame Nadia

The Daily Deal — Personal Lenormand experiences based on daily draws

 

Let me tell you something, my friends; being a storyteller and a filmmaker can interfere with mastering daily Lenormand draws. My innate attraction to drama, high affect and loud personality perform nicely when reading for clients who desire periodic draws with deep revelations. But reading for myself everyday is a different beast altogether.

In our car

As I mentioned before on this blog, my daily practice consists of drawing 3 cards for my husband, and then 3 cards for myself on our way to work. After discussing the cards with my husband (who now can read Lenormand, even though he has never asked to learn it 😉 ), I record our dailies in a notebook along with my predictions. As I pull the cards — and especially if what I drew does not make sense right away — I tend to go over the top with my predictions. Overarching statements create safer umbrellas, when you are not sure what the exact message is. And, since objectivity isn’t possible, the tendency is to go for dramatic keywords I have memorized for each card.

By now dailies have become our own little ritual, and they never cease to surprise me. The Lenormand is precise, and witty, and literal, and I am always amazed when I realize which events playing out in our daily lives the cards chose to foreshadow. Typically these are the things we tell each other in the end of the day, as soon as we are cloaked by the privacy of our Mini Cooper, tend to reflect the morning draws 1-to-1. These are the joyous things we can’t wait to share right away; or the stresses and downers we must vent about, getting it off of our chests.

Today’s Draw: Birds + Rider + Whip, from a “Game of Hope” reproduction deck

This morning I drew The Birds, along with The Rider and The Whip. I had all kinds of ideas what these cards might represent, but it ended up reflecting me having to repeatedly attempt (The Whip) performing a simple computer-related task, and being unable to do it because of a loud group of people (Birds) that held a meeting in the same room I work at. Since I had a headache, and was tired and stressed out to begin with, having a herd of ladies chirping gossip in my ears in the end of the day really terminated my focus and performance abilities. The Lenormand though, was right on.

Our four bosses, and the way they show up in the cards.

As you have probably understand by now, my husband and I work together. We both are artists, working in a therapeutic day school for students with autism, who we adore. We have three female bosses that show up in the cards as the Snake, the Fox, and the Bear. Recently a fourth person joined the leadership team, and we think he might be showing up at the Dog — but we are not 100% on it yet.

The kids we work with have ginormous personalities, whether they are verbal or not. A few days ago, while brainstorming on my biggest project of the year, I’ve decided on a whim to interview one of my high schoolers about his dreams. This particular student (lets call him Luca) is very bright, but I had no idea whether he knew what the word dream means. Also, Luca has a very hard time controlling and organizing his body, and is a very high strung young man. When he is not feeling good physically or emotionally, his anxiety grows exponentially — heavily taxing Luca’s already limited ability for communicating his ideas.

I got lucky though, and Luca gave me some profound answers to my questions about dreams. On his letter board, slowly spelling with one finger letter by letter, Luca explained that dreams are visions coming from the brain. He dreams regularly, and in color. And it looks like movies. Regarding his aspirations, vs. nocturnal dreams, Luca said he would like to sail a boat one day. He also shared some interests that could possibly turn into an actual business in a not so far future.

Needless to say, I had chills running all over my body and tears in my eyes by the time we were done with the interview. The depth of Luca’s inner world blew me completely out of the water, and so did the morning Lenormand draw that looked like this:

Moon + Star + Stork talk about an uplifting feeling about a student’s dreams and aspirations for the future

Have wonderful dreams, my cartomancy friends!

Affectionately,

Madame Nadia

Learning a New Oracle? A couple thoughts on grasping the lingo of a new divination system.

Wolf Metacarpals Runes

Recently I picked up a few new oracles to study. Being a triple Gemini, I never lack in new subject to learn. Patience, however, isn’t my best quality, and I always desire to assimilate new systems so i can practice them right away — which is difficult to do, considering the subject of my interest is new to me; like the Runes I’ve been recently investigating.
On the other hand, the cool thing about my Mercurial tendencies is that I am able to swiftly utilize previously acquired information to produce accelerated learning.
In any case, my intention with this article isn’t to tell you of the pros and cons of my natal chart, but to share a few techniques helpful when working with new systems.
As I already mentioned, I’m currently studying the Runes. Although I have a couple of books at home, I tend to rely primarily on the internet for information. And we all know how “reliable” the net can be, so I am forced to discriminate with all that I find on the subject. Not much fun.

Little Czech Oracle draw with a Deer  Antler “Uruz” rune

I am also working with the Little Czech Oracle, produced by Baba Studio. This little gem packs quite an oracular punch, but since I do not Know Czech I do not understanding the LWB that came with the deck, and it’s hard for me to believe that the publisher will be investing time and money into translating it and making it into a book. So I am left trying to figure out on my own how to work the magic of this divination system.
Nevertheless, even if you are lucky enough to stumble upon a good source of information regarding a system you are attempting to grasp, there is still quite a gap between memorized meanings (which are no doubt a must), and utilizing these in a reading to produce an accurate, Spirit-led narrative that not only validates, but also transforms the querent. It’s one thing to have a decent vocabulary, and another to use it in meaningful, rich and engaging way.
Throughout the years of reading and being read by others, I realized that every good diviner posses a unique way of communicating spiritual messages eloquently. These individuals seem to have a special connection to the oracles they are using, and the way they are translating archetypal information to their clients.
In my own practice I learned that every oracle, be it the playing cards or Lenormand or Tarot, has its own way of sharing information. And not only that, but each oracular tool (i.e. my personal copy of the Game of Hope Lenormand, or my own set of Bones) has its own tone and accent. You might consider this idea strange, or even ridiculous, since I am giving such importance to the “voice” of inanimate objects; but no joke — a simple statement of “You will find a new job soon” is going to be expressed in a different dialect by my Crowley Thoth deck compared to how my vintage Rider-Waite-Smith will deliver this same line. And while my White Owl Lenormand usually takes a poetic approach, the Carta Mundi deck communicates within the “SpeakEasy” genre: saying it “like it is”!

So what are beneficial approaches to learning such linguistic nuances?

Reading Backward:

The Parlour Sibyl deck, one of my new cartomatic obsessions

One approach that has been working well for me is what I call “reading backward”. What I mean by “reading backward” is instead of predicting upcoming events, I divine on a well-known to me occurence with a clear outcome. This way I don’t get stuck, self-doubting my work because I am not fluent enough in a given oracular system. Instead, I focus on the way my system tells me a story I already know. I think about: What kind of themes does it choose to describe the situation? Are there elaborate, fuzzy metaphors, or warm and lacy analogies? Or is it speaking in a painfully straightforward and direct voice that hits my being like an iron feast? By paying attention to such details I can analyze the way my intellect and psyche interpret the language of a specific oracle, letting me to calibrate my “spiritual tuner” appropriately.

Reading Along Other Fortune Tellers:

Another useful exercise I’ve been employing to progress with a new divination system is to read along with other, trustworthy readers — while focusing on the same subject or theme. For instance, I regularly listen to the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Radio show, on which I have also been a guest in the past. The format of the show include two constant hosts, catherine yronwode and ConjureMan Ali, and a weekly guest from the AIRR collective. Callers, who signed up for a consultation prior to the show, phone-in to receive a free reading and rootwork advice. Their situation is stated by the show announcer, followed by their own description of their case. I do a short divination as the caller presents their situation; and after interpreting my own layout, I “compare notes” with the predictions of my esteemed colleagues on the show. This way I not only practice my divination skills in a controlled environment (i.e. not using my own clients as guinea pigs), but also learn the way my new oracle communicates.

Finally, I hope these two language-based ideas for divining with a new tool will be useful to you. I would love to hear about your own experiences as a novice, tackling a new oracle.

Affectionately,
Madame N.

© 2012 Madame Nadia

How Many Cards Should I Pull? — 5 popular layouts Lenormand diviners use

Shortly after starting my Lenormand journey, I realized how different this system is from Tarot. The differences are vast, and I am not going to bore you with all of them. But one of the things that struck me early on is the methodological significance behind the amount of cards chosen for a reading.

After 20 years of card reading experience I could give a profound and lengthy reading based on a single tarot card. On the other hand, I had many readings where I continued pulling cards from the deck, letting Spirit weave its stories of prophesy along many pages of colorful archetypes. Though I had my go-to spreads, like the Zodiac spread, many times I followed my intuition without limiting myself to a set number of cards.

a 2-Card Lenormand Spread (A Ukrainian version of the Blue Owl)

Not so with the Lenormand. Traditionally this system isn’t used with a single card — there must be at least two cards in a sequence — which means that the lowest number of cards in a spread will always be two. One of these cards is the noun, representing the matter at hand, so to speak; while the second card is the adjective that describes the first card. The way I read is the card on the left is described by the cards following it on the right.

Being a chronic immigrant and a triple Gemini, the linguistic nature of Lenormand makes a lot of sense to me. I relate the necessity of at least two cards per reading to the basic requirements of a sentence structure in English. For instance, we cannot have a sentence by just using the word “I” or the word “am” — however together they are a complete, though very basic, sentence — I am.

Although I have practiced extensively with the two cards spread in the past, today I use it mainly when in need of a super focused snapshot of a situation, or when I am really out of time. Sometimes I use this layout for Yes / No readings too.

3-Card Spread (Game of Hope deck)

My most used type of draw is the 3-card spread, however. Not only that I use it for clients, I also religiously pull three cards for myself and three cards for my husband every morning, on our way to work. I keep a notepad in the car where I record our daily draws and my predictions. On our way back from work we get to discuss the main events of our work day, comparing it to the cards we drew in the morning. This turned out to be an uber beneficial practice learning the way the Lenormand system communicates in general, and the intricacies of my personal processing of the cards’ dialect in particular. A 3-card spread seems to be the perfect amount of cards for my personal daily draw. It captures just enough information without giving me more than I can handle, especially so early in the morning.

Another of my regular cartomancy practices are the weekly overview draws. These are usually performed on Sunday nights in my altar room. I pull five cards from one of my Lenormands, alongside cards from various tarot and other oracle decks. I often end up topping this card “salad” with some bone and curio sprinkles.

A 5-Card Spread (from the Dark Castle deck)

A 5-card Lenormand draw is a bit more advanced form of fortune-telling because it not only uses more card, hence more meaning permutations; but also because more complicated techniques — like mirroring — are used with this spread.

A 3×3 Lenormand Spread (a vintage Dondorf deck)

Following the timeline trail, the next logical prediction stop is the monthly draw: which brings us to the 9-card spread, or the 3X3 as it is often called. This is a lovely layout that is easily replicated with tarot or other oracles that can potentially be combined with the Lenormand. The 9-card draw not only clarifies the main issue at hand, but it also gives us solid root and background causes. In addition, the 3X3 allows for a Past+Present+Future perspective.

The 9-card draw is indeed an advanced kind of spread. But when you know your way around this block of information, it brings you so much closer to mastering the mother of all Lenormand layouts — the Grand Tableau!

The Grand Tableau (ASS deck)

The Grand Tableau (GT) uses all the 36 cards in the deck. Some people arrange the deck in four equal rows of 9 cards; while others place the cards in four rows of 8, with an extra bottom raw of only four cards. No matter which way you choose to lay out the cards, the amount of information in this spread is quite overwhelming.

All major areas in one’s life are outlined in the GT, giving us not only a current and accurate snapshot of what is, but also shares profound information of the past and the future. I use this complicated spread to look into several upcoming months at a time — usually six months to a year. It is a fascinating and multilayered layout, and it  takes several hours to complete.

Affectionately,

Madame Nadia