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!


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.

Madame N.

© 2012 Madame Nadia

What My Mother Taught Me

Recently I have been immersed in the playing cards quite a bit. I think it’s all started after I spiritually committed myself to Ana Cortez’s upcoming deck — The Book of Knowing.

In contrast to other authors and deck creators, Ana has graciously allowed, and even encouraged, reproducing the paintings her father, C.J. Freeman, had channeled and manifested, to make a personal playing cards oracle deck.

I downloaded the images and mounted them onto a regular deck of Bicycle brand playing cards. And then, when my own version of The Book of Knowing was finished, I communed with the elements, circling under an Aquarius Full Moon, ritually dedicating myself to the cards.

A few cards of my own Book of Knowing deck

V. Erco 2012 edition

Since then, I have been obsessing over unique and vintage playing cards decks on eBay. Mainly, I got some amazing Russian and Ukrainian decks — while being especially fascinated by the wonderful art of Vladislav Erco and his Taras Bulba inspired cards.

Getting a hold of these papery treasures gives my heart an all-over fuzzy feeling. It reminds me of my mother laying her piquet cards over the kitchen table, fortune telling on matters of the pocket and the heart while her girlfriends sip Turkish coffee. Growing up, card reading felt absolutely normal — “What, your mom doesn’t read the cards?”

After following my own divinatory interests for many years, and spending a lot of this time in the intrigues of tarot, I came back to roots and requested my mother to teach me her way of reading the playing cards. She wasn’t very interested. “I don’t know how I do it,” she said.

“Well, how did you learn to read them to begin with?” I wondered. She couldn’t remember.

“I think I learned it from an old gypsy lady… Hmmm, maybe not. I really don’t know.” I wasn’t surprised. My mother’s memory is like Swiss cheese. After all, she can’t even remember what time of day I was born. “I think it was early afternoon, Nadyusha. Maybe it was late afternoon. Probably after 5 PM. Wait, maybe it was midnight.” It doesn’t matter really because my mom is an amazing reader. Or, as my dear Californian friends would say: She’s right on!

But here’s the deal — My mother’s style of reading is not psychological, Jungian, or archetypal. It ain’t based on astrology or the seasons. She uses very basic, pre-assigned meanings for each of the cards. She works within the permutations of these meanings, filling in negative space with brilliant intuition.

I am going to share with you the card meanings my mother has shared with me. For this purpose I’ve translated them from Russian. The intuition part, however, is your own business!







An unmarried young man / The Life of a an unmarried young man

An Official, a Lawyer, a Soldier, or a Boss / Life of an older man

A Male, a sweetheart (love interest) if read for a female / The Life of a client or of a sweetheart

A male. His Life


An unmarried young woman / The Life of a an unmarried young woman

An older female, often divorced, and older. Could also represent a female in an official position.

A female, or a sweetheart (if reading for a male client). Her Life.

A female. Her Life.


Worries of a young and unmarried individual

Worries in official matters.

Worries of the client or his / her love interest.

Worries of an individual.


Good financial news.

A tough love situation. A financial (official) interest.

Love of a “Hearts” individual.

Love of a “Clubs” individual.


A bed of an unmarried individual.

A sick bed.

The bed of a “Hearts” individual. A lucky card.

The bed of a of a “Clubs” individual.


Thoughts and conversations of an unmarried person.

Thoughts and conversations of official matters.

Thoughts and conversations of a client or their sweetheart.

Thoughts and conversations of a “Clubs” individual.


A meeting with a younger, unmarried individual.

A meeting with an official, or a much older person.

A meeting with a sweetheart.

A meeting with a “Clubs” person.


A path, a way of a younger, unmarried individual.

A path, a way of an official, or a much older person

A path, a way of a client or their sweetheart.

A path, a way of a “Clubs” person.


Great news in financial matters. Success (especially when combined with 10 of Diamonds)

An official structure (hospital, bank, office, etc.) Also a bad luck card, especially when the Spade is pointing down.

A client’s or their sweetheart’s home.

A home of a “Clubs” person.


As you can see, these are very basic meanings. Coming down from a tarot reading perspective, it is almost more complicated to be able to read such simplified combinations. There are more intertwined nuances my mother uses in her card reading, but this is the basic skeleton of information she follows.


Madame Nadia

Daily Read: Multiple Oracles – One Message

Yesterday I stayed home instead of going to work. I terribly needed rest. My body felt like it has been hit by a truck. During the past 3 “epic” weeks of severe sciatica problems — during which my toddler went through a mega stomach virus — I also had to deal with my own sinus infection, and an ongoing saga with a root canal that is still unfolding. With not enough sleep and unexpected financial blows relating to electrical and plumbing; and culminating into a nasty storm that forced us to leave our home and stay in a hotel for several nights while clearing up uprooted trees from our back yard during the days, my nerves and my muscles needed a time out.

So yesterday morning, while attempting to lay down low and actually rest after my husband left to work and the baby went to day care, my mind started making plans of all these things I wanted to accomplish because I stayed at home. A classic, right?

So I pulled a few cards to see what kind of a day I’m going to have. And funny enough, all of the different oracles had the same message:

Girl, chill out! You might spend a lot of time in your head planning and dreaming, but not much chance for executing these ideas of yours today.

And boy, were the cards right?

I pulled 2 cards, Luck and Expectation, from Pepi Valderrama’s upcoming Kipper cards first. (I guess due to a Mercury Retrograde mishap I am the only person in the world owning a copy of this edition besides Pepi)

Then I drew card number 10 from King Solomon’s Oracle. This card came out reversed.

I also drew 7 of Cups from the Romantic Victorian Tarot.

And finally, I also pulled Kitchen Table from the Dirty Tarot oracle that tied all the information together, reinforcing the idea of bonding and downtime vs. practicality.

The Fortune Teller’s Guide to Success — A review of Valentina Burton’s remarkable book


My library is overstocked with cartomancy books. I own many “how-to” books about card reading, about traditional and archetypal meanings, layered with more and less complicated spreads and layouts. My shelves are filled with reading materials that accumulated throughout the years, coming to me with decks I bought. Browsing my book collection gives me pleasure — there’s something about the feel and smell of paper that the digital age will never replace for me.

But when I started considering reading the cards professionally I had many questions: “No one knows me, so how will I promote myself? How much should I be charging? And where do you signup to be the corky reader at a local Ren Fair?” Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an appropriate advice in any of the books I owned, and was much more successful at online research and networking. Now, many moons after I went public with my fortune telling, there’s finally a book out that can really help a reader to establish a successful business.

The Fortune Teller’s Guide to Success is written by Valentina Burton, also known as “The Fortune Teller of Dallas,” who is a successful psychic, a spiritual practitioner, and an experienced entertainer. In addition to owning a flourishing private business set in a vintage, 1920’s New Orleans-inspired office, Valentina reads regularly at the stylish Zaza boutique hotel in Dallas.

Ms. Burton’s approach to fortune has been inspiring me for years. I learned of Valentina through my mentor and dear friend, catherine yronwode. Upon becoming a graduate of the Hoodoo and Rootwork Correspondence Course, and joining an endorsed by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. network of conjure practitioners (the Association of Readers and Rootworkers hasn’t been established yet at the time), I learned that Valentina is also cat’s graduate and confidant. Though I’ve never met her in person, I am always fascinated by Valentina’s work. Seeing her pictures in elaborate costumes — an exotic fortune teller in a center of a big party — I always thought to myself: “This girl knows how to make it work! I wish I knew her secret.”

So when her book came out, I couldn’t wait to purchase it. And I am thrilled! Valentina is a great writer. The book is practical, easy to understand, and is (thankfully) written in demystified manner and clear language. The author’s entertaining personality shines through loads of valuable advice, rich business experience, and sprinkles of funny real-life vignettes of working with clients. Interviews with other successful psychics are also included.

The Fortune Teller’s Guide to Success offers solutions for those of us who dream of working the corporate and fair circuit for instance; while sharing the pros and cons of renting a personal office space. There’s valuable information for the urban as well as the rural reader, and for the phone psychics who prefer not to work face-to-face with their clients. The author talks about promotion, presentation, and professionalism, while remembering to accent the concepts of ethics and integrity. She also warns of potential problems and real dangers in our chosen profession, along with practical solutions to avoid these.

All in all, I think it’s remarkable that Valentina freely shares the practical secrets to her success. After thoroughly enjoying this summer read, I feel rejuvenated and inspired with the possibilities of making my own business more profitable.

The book can be ordered at the Lucky Mojo Curio Co., as well as with several online retailers.


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).

– 1 –

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?

– 2 –

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

– 3 –

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.

– 4 –

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.

In the Works: Ana Cortez’s New Deck

I am so excited to share these awesome news with all of you! My mentor and friend, Ana Cortez, the author and co-creator of the Playing Cards Oracles is raising funds to publish a  second deck.

I find this upcoming project very exciting, and am planning to support it personally as well. I thought I’d share the information with you, so you too might participate in the manifestation of this new and brilliant playing cards deck.

Read more about this extraordinary project on Ana’s site.

And if you just want to go and get you a few decks, or buy an original painting, here’s the link to Kickstarter: The Book of Knowing

Summertime: A 3-Months Russian Gypsy Draw

Summertime, time, time,
Child, the living’s easy.
Fish are jumping out
And the cotton, Lord,
Cotton’s high, Lord, so high.

The sun is shining bright and the countdown has begun! My solar return commences in less than 24 hours, crowned with a Rose Full Moon is Sagittarius and a partial Lunar Eclipse. Also, two whole weeks of summer break start in a week and a day from today. And here’s the cherry on the icing: we’ll be on a plane to the mysterious city of my fantasies, New Orleans, in 9 days — Child, the living’s easy!

Well, maybe not that easy considering the job front is starting to borderline unbearable again. But summer beats even that. My life is a carnival. I am aware of that. And so over a ride on the roller coaster I pick the ferris wheel consciously. Too old for drama, I’m intent on manifesting a calmer type of happiness. And when I am completely loosing my zen, I will try to remind myself of the following Russian proverb:

G-d’s with us, and hell’s with them!

Talking about proverbs, I figured that today would be a good day to set some periodical fortunetelling in place with the Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards. Summertime, here I come!

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[# Title — General card description; Prediction based on a specific position. Time period]

40 Knot — Family Ties; You have tied strong knots for a lifetime. Life

31 Sun — Warmth and strength of character. Immediate to middle.

Your daddy’s rich
And your ma is so good-looking, baby.
She’s looking good now,
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby,
No, no, no, no, don’t you cry.
Don’t you cry!

36 Handshake — State of the union between two people; The handshake will weaken if you don’t make an effort to strengthen it. Middle to life.

35 Anchor — Stability or hindrance; Disillusionment with the ideal / doubts. Middle

50 Bread — Happiness; Profit and happiness in the house, success in business affairs. Middle.

One of these mornings
You’re gonna rise, rise up singing,
You’re gonna spread your wings,
Child, and take, take to the sky,
Lord, the sky.

Last Card (outcome):

39 Horse (no match) — Emotional upheaval; Your feelings will be trampled upon. Immediate.

But until that morning
Honey, n-n-nothing’s going to harm you now,
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Don’t you cry,

I wish everybody a wonderful summer, full of sunny, bright days, and lucky and happy fortunes. with this in mind, today I leave you with Janis because nobody does Summertime better than her. Bless your soul, sister!

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.