Petit Etteilla: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

In my previous post, I shared how the Petit Etteilla, said to be the original Lenormand deck, came into my life.

And since then, I’ve been thinking about the experience with a bigger picture sensibility, contemplating the nature of my work with Petit Etteilla.

So, I thought to put that question to the cards (as I’m known to do), asking, What’s the nature of my work to be with Petit Etteilla?”

The Reading

I drew a Line of 5, reading the cards from right-to-left: 7 of Hearts, 10 of Clubs, 8 of Clubs, Ace of Hearts, and 9 of Clubs reversed (↓).

Each card has a forename (top line of text) and a surname (line of text beneath top line), and from what I understand (according to my notes), you choose either the forename or the surname as one part of the overall message for the line.

Looking for the words that seem to best fit the context and question, here’s what I chose:

  • 7 of Hearts: thoughts (la pensée)
  • 10 of Clubs: the future (l’avenir)
  • 8 of Clubs: art (art)
  • Ace of Hearts: Mars, which can also mean the person struggling/making efforts (Mars)
  • 9 of Clubs ↓: a gift (un present)

Stringing the words together, the line reads, “Thoughts about the future of the art, the person will be making efforts with a gift.”

So, the Petit Etteilla is validating the space I’m currently in, regarding my bigger picture, down the line thinking with the opening words in the line (thoughts about the future of the art), as well as giving me encouraging guidance in the second half of the line (the person making efforts with a gift).

And, I couldn’t help notice how cheeky the Petit Etteilla was in referencing itself as both art and a gift.

Modern Twist on a Classic

Taking a moment to look at the line more in the way I read a full deck of playing cards, I noticed a few things:

The focus card, 8 of Clubs is the work card, meaning the work you do; here, in this position, “work” is the focus of the reading (and I actually used the word in my question).

Along with the 8 of Clubs, both the 9 and 10 of Clubs appear in the line, making the suit of Clubs the ruling majority, again emphasizing work and business, but also effort and making progress.

In addition to those associations, Clubs can also refer to teaching and learning, and I’m presently learning the Petit Etteilla—learning to “work” the system.

The secondary suit is Hearts (7 of Hearts and Ace of Hearts being the remaining cards in the line), speaking about my relationship with Petit Etteilla.

The 7 of Hearts can refer to a pleasant surprise, and the 10 of Clubs is a card of a journey; these cards validate the way Petit Etteilla came into my life.

The Ace of Hearts is the home card, and with the 8 of Clubs also meaning conversations, this pair talks about my having conversations with the Petit Etteilla at home, and by doing so, I begin to feel more “at home” with the deck system.

And the 9 of Clubs is a card of good luck, suggesting that progress—through effort—will be made. The 9 of Clubs can also mean a gentle force urging you on to accomplishment, that fate is taking a gentle hand and nudging you in the right direction.

And those aspects of the 9 of Clubs fit with the larger context my question was framed in.

Either way you look at it, the Petit Etteilla and I have some serious work to do.

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Getting a Gift of Cartomancy

In previous posts, I mentioned that I’ve declared 2018 the year I would work more with playing cards personally, as I’m coming up on the 20th anniversary of the dream that set me on the path to becoming a card reader.

On July 7, 1998, I had a dream in which I was reading playing cards for myself, studying the cards on a table and taking notes. I woke up from the dream mystified, as I’d never worked with a deck of cards like that in my waking life.

In researching the symbolism of playing cards in dreams, I discovered that playing cards were related to Tarot cards, and that set the stage for me to begin exploring Tarot. And the rest, as they say, is history.

And as I immersed myself in Tarot, I had a follow-up dream, again with playing cards, and I realized I was supposed to also read actual playing cards too. And that was reinforced again when I took up Lenormand a few years ago, because traditional decks have playing card inserts, which I found totally captivating. And I wanted to find ways to work with them when reading Lenormand, so the interest in reading playing cards was sparked again.

Interesting things can happen when you make a declaration. In this case, a woman recently messaged me on Facebook. We weren’t “friends” on FB, so I didn’t know who she was when the message landed in my inbox. She wanted to let me know that she watches the video presentations of my readings, and asked if I ever read with the Petit Etteilla, a French cartomancy system said to be the original Lenormand.

I replied that I’d heard of the system, but I hadn’t delved into it beyond knowing about it. And then she made the offer to send me a copy of the Petit Etteilla in English (it’s traditionally in French, and only translated into English a few years ago)—for free, her gift to me.

Petit Etteilla–both in French and in English

I thanked her for her generosity, and gave her my address. Within a few days, I was surprised to see a long, narrow box in the mail. In it, she had not only sent me a copy of an English translation of the Petit Etteilla—but also a copy of it in French, along with a drawstring bag, and some handwritten notes about the deck! The handwritten notes turned out to be very important, as there is little written about the Petit Etteilla in English.

How magical is it, that, just as I declare to deepen my playing card reading practice, a woman—who I never met or spoke to before—would offer to send me a French deck of playing cards?

The only thing I could say is that it was a sign.

So I spent some time looking over the notes to get some understanding of how to work with the cards, but I’m also a believer that experience can be the best teacher, so I decided to lay out a Line of 5 to read.

The Reading

For the reading, I asked, “What can I do to learn how to work with the English Petit Etteilla?”

I shuffled the deck, making sure some of the cards were reversed (the system requires reversals). With the cards facedown, I cut the deck, fanned the cards, and drew 5 cards at random. The cards are placed right-to-left, and that’s how they’re to be read.

I drew, from right-to-left: Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Etteilla, Jack of Hearts, and 7 of Spades.

The first thing I noticed was the Etteilla card in the middle of the line. The Etteilla card represents the Questioner (Le Questionant), and is the deck’s way of saying things center on me, saying I play a central part in my learning to work with the system.

And this was random. You can’t make this stuff up.

The cards have writing on all four sides of the cards, and different meanings are taken into account when the cards are upright, reversed, or in multiples.

For the Ace of Diamonds, the meaning is a letter or written communication. For the King of Diamonds, the meaning is a significant man. Pairing these cards, they say that written communication from a significant man is going to help me learn to read the Petit Etteilla. And then, with the Questioner card coming right after, the message then becomes written communication from a significant man comes to you.

And it occurred to me what my kind gift-giver said in the notes she enclosed: She told me the papers were notes she’d taken when learning from her teacher—a man. And this man is well-known in Europe for his work with different systems of cartomancy.

When the Ettteilla card appears, you’re to take the word next to the letter E on the card to its left.  The word of the Jack of Hearts next to the letter E is superstition.

I was perplexed by this word, and had to sit with it for a bit. And then I decided to look the word up in the dictionary for some ideas:

  • A belief in the supernatural
  • Practice based on belief

That helped me form this message: the practice of believing would help me in learning to work with the Petit Etteilla.

And the final card, 7 of Spades, has the meaning of hope. Paired with the Jack of Hearts, the cards are saying to believe and remain hopeful. I worded the ending in that manner because I personally read Spades as challenges and the 7 of Spades can mean setback and stagnation.

So my summation is written communication from a significant man comes to you, and through practice, you will gain hope. Basically, sticking with the notes I have (for now), practice doing readings with the cards, and remaining hopeful will be the things that will help me learn to work with the Petit Etteilla.

And the word superstition is a nice one to bring this to a close: In essence, I have to believe in the magic of the cards.

Oh, I think I can manage that…

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Oracle Outlook: Gypsy Witch Playing Card Reading for February 5-11, 2018

This week I felt led to work with the Gypsy Witch Fortune Playing Cards (published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.) for the reading, as I haven’t picked it up since using it for the final reading of 2017.

So, I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

The cards for the week are: Ace of Spades, 8 of Diamonds, Jack of Hearts, 6 of Spades, and 9 of Clubs.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the Jack of Hearts.

One possibility with having a face card in the middle of the line this week is that there could be a situation in which a person plays a central role or part in how that situation unfolds; it could also suggest that the situation actually focuses on this person.

As a person, the Jack of Hearts can be a young person, either a young man or a young woman. Being from the suit of Hearts, this person may be a close friend or a relative. Hearts also being the suit of love and relationships, the Jack could be a suitor or love interest.

If not a person, the Jack would represent news and messages; connected to Hearts, this could be news or messages about love or a relationship (and he does have what looks like a quill pen in his hand, as if to write a love letter or sonnet).

Jacks can also represent thoughts, so another possibility would be thinking about a relationship or loving thoughts.

Book is the divinatory symbol on the card, which can refer to education, teaching, learning, and knowledge. With the Jack of Hearts, Book can make this a knowledgeable person, someone well-read and educated, even a student.

For me personally, I see Book as a reader, and a deck of cards, so this person might even be a card reader. As a personal message, Jack of Hearts and Book is a person who’s focused on divination; this makes me want to pay attention to how this reading unfolds.

Looking at the Line

Opening up the line this week is the Ace of Spades. When I see a Spades card start off a line, I tend to read it as a problem on its way out. With that in mind, the Ace of Spades can point to a potential end stage of a problem or difficulty.

And since I mentioned the word “mind,” that’s also another meaning of the Ace of Spades. Keeping with that, the Ace of Spades can mean a decision, suggesting that we have to make our mind up to put an end to a situation or experience.

Conversely, the Ace of Spades can also indicate the beginning stage of a new problem or difficulty, and with that in mind, I point out the divinatory symbol on the card, Rapiers (or Crossed Swords).

Rapiers can indicate indecision, which is an interesting conflict with the Ace of Spades meaning decision. This could suggest the possibility of a decision needing to be made, but there’s an undercurrent of indecision with it.

If we consider the Ace of Spades to be a potential conflict, Rapiers would reinforce this idea, suggesting a disagreement, a clash of ideals, or differing opinions.

With a Heart at the “heart” of the line, we have the possibility of an emotional difficulty or problem (Spades + Hearts = emotional difficulty).

Moving to the next card, we have the 8 of Diamonds. My first association with a Diamond card is money, and the 8 of Diamonds can refer to budgeting, which is a carryover message from last week’s reading. Going with that, the 8 of Diamonds can also represent accounting, and with Book, it could also mean bookkeeping.

When the 8 of Diamonds talks about money, it usually means financial limitations and restrictions. This would make sense, since Spades + Diamonds = financial difficulty.

The 8 of Diamonds can also represent the eyes, so it could mean to keep our eyes on how money circulates (the 8 can mean circulation, and money circulates in the economy) in and out of our lives, and budgeting would help with that.

The divinatory symbol on the card is Broken Glass, and I read this as something having been shattered. In the image, the glass looks like a mirror, so it can suggest that an image we held of a person (the focus card pointing out a possible relationship) has been shattered, perhaps as the result of the conflict pointed out by Rapiers coming before this card.

If a situation, Broken Glass might suggest a change in how we’re seeing (8 of Diamonds being eyes) a situation or experience; if about money, let’s say, then a possible message is to shatter an image of seeing ourselves as being “broke” financially.

Moving to the other side of the King of Hearts, we have the 6 of Spades.

The 6 of Spades can turn up to suggest that a situation is coming to an end once and for all, and with that, it’s time to move on. This reinforces what was said with the Ace of Spades, about the possible end stage of a problem or difficulty, as well as the idea of making one’s mind up.

In terms of difficulty handling a problem, another card from the suit of Spades could suggest ups and downs contributing to that difficulty. The 6 is a number associated with responsibility, making the 6 of Spades potentially an issue of being irresponsible a part of the problem. If other people are a part of the problem (Rapiers), someone may not be accepting responsibility for his or her contribution to either the problem—or the solution.

And that could lead into another meaning I have for the 6 of Spades: a difficult conversation. There may be a need to discuss a problem or difficulty. With Book coming before, it might imply the conversation is about sharing knowledge with another person, perhaps talking about what’s been learned or “uncovered.”

The divinatory symbol here is Mice, and can indicate loss, which is gradual in nature. A possible scenario might be that a problem with money has been uncovered through bookkeeping or accounting, showing a gradual loss, perhaps due to some irresponsibility, and the decision is now being made to end the situation once and for all.

Mice can also indicate stress and worry, so whatever the problem being pointed out by the 6 of Swords is stressful and worrisome.

But all is not lost with the final card in the line, the 9 of Clubs; the number 9 can mean gain or attainment and the suit of Clubs can refer to progress being made. As the suit of work, when a Clubs card comes after a Spades card, it means that a problem is going to be worked out—but not without some effort.

The 6 of Spades is a card that can indicate moving away, and the 9 of Clubs can mean a journey; a possibility here is that after a situation is resolved once and for all, the end result could be that someone makes the decision to move on.

The 9 of Clubs is also a card of distance, so there’s the idea of moving on by creating distance between people. And this would be an ideal point to bring in the divinatory symbol on the card, Park.

Park can represent the outdoors, so if there’s a possible move or journey, Park could be highlighting an actual change in scenery or environment (think the great outdoors).

Park also represents the public, so it can point out a group or community (other people), as well as society at large. With that in mind, Book + Mice + Park could suggest stress or worry surrounding knowledge becoming public; these cards could be read as, “Knowledge (Book) about a loss (Mice) becomes public (Park).”

Wrapping Up

Summing up the line, it looks like the may be some ups and downs (Spades) with emotional rewards (Diamonds + Hearts), but the problem (Spades) can be worked out (Clubs) with some effort (Clubs). The first step would be to make the decision (Ace of Spades) to end the matter once and for all (6 of Spades), which would create the space (9 of Clubs) to move on (6 of Spades and 9 of Clubs).

And with that, I’ll bring this week’s reading to a close.




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Answer Spread: Finding My “Soul” Deck

I first heard this idea of a “soul deck” from fellow cartomancer, Kapherus, when he referred to Hessler’s Enhanced Playing Card Deck as his in a blog post.

It got me to thinking about the deck I would consider my “soul deck.”

Cards from the Prince Karte No. 402 deck originally published by Dondorf.

For the longest time, I had my eye on the Prince Karte No. 402, a vintage deck of playing cards originally published by Dondorf in the 1920s and 1930s.

I first saw this set in a blog post by another cartmancer, Madame Nadia, and I was immediately taken by its beautiful court cards.

She mentioned in the post that she had found some reproductions of the deck, so I set out to land a copy of my own.

I soon discovered one of two things: The deck was either hard to find, or the copies that I did find (which were mostly on eBay) were way out of my price point (or at least what I’d be willing to spend on a deck).

So, I put the search for Prince Karte No. 402 to rest and moved on.

After some time, I discovered a deck by Rick Davidson called Origins: Shadows of History, in which the artwork was inspired by playing card decks circa 1567. The project was on Kickstarter, so I immediately backed it, and once it got funded, I patiently waited for my copy to arrive.

If I were to pick a deck in my collection at that time, Origins would have been close. Notice what I said there: Close.

And that’s because, one day, toward the end of last month, I found it. The deck.

I was “randomly” doing an internet search on vintage playing cards when I came across a site named “Rare Playing Cards.” I thought I’d check it out and see—just by chance—if a copy of Prince Karte No. 402 was amongst the inventory.

So I’m searching, looking through a number of pages, coming across some interesting decks of all types, and that’s when I came upon the Uusi Classic deck.

Cards from the Uusi Classic deck by Uusi.

One look and I fell in love with it instantly. The pip cards were yellowed to give them an antique, vintage look and feel.

But it was the court cards…oh my gosh. They were hand-painted, done in a Renaissance art style that made me think of the Prince Karte No. 402.

And the best part? I could afford a copy. Sold!

The deck arrived just yesterday (February 2, 2018), and I haven’t been able to put it down for long. I watched TV last night while holding the deck in my hands, shuffling the cards, touching them, looking at them. I’ve got it bad for Uusi Classic.

It feels as if this is my “soul deck.”

So I thought I’d ask the cards directly, using the Answer Spread (currently one of my favorite spreads): “Is the Uusi Classic my ‘soul deck’?”

The Reading

In response, I drew 3 of Clubs, 5 of Hearts, Jack of Spades, 4 of Hearts, 6 of Hearts, and 5 of Spades.

The 3 of Clubs and 4 of Hearts represent aspects of the situation.

As part of the situation, the 3 of Clubs talks about an opportunity for growth and development, as well as the beginning stages of an endeavor that progresses gradually.

The 4 of Hearts following is known as the “marriage bed” card, and can mean the formation of a serious relationship, that a foundation is being laid to build on in the future. I tend to read this card as one of intimacy and closeness, and sharing a future together.

The pairing of Clubs + Hearts could be read as “working on a relationship.”

Very interesting to see at the start of the reading.

The 5 of Hearts and the 6 of Hearts answer the question.

The 5 of Hearts can mean wishes being fulfilled and a dream comes true, so this is very nice to see as part of the answer to the question. I also read the 5 of Hearts as holding hands (a hand has 5 fingers), and I do have to hold the deck in my hands when reading with it (and I’ve been doing a lot of that already).

And the answer gets better with the 6 of Hearts, which not only means a love affair—but a karmic relationship as well. It’s the karmic relationship aspect of the 6 of Hearts that specifically answers the question of Uusi Classic being my “soul deck”; it goes right to the heart (I couldn’t help myself).

Having two Hearts as the answer to the question is a definite yes.

A couple of interesting notes here:

The first is that the 5 of Hearts can represent female energy, while the 6 of Hearts can represent male energy. So my relationship with Uusi Classic is yin and yang; we balance each other out.

The other thing worth noting is the influence of the pair, which comes from adding 5 + 6, for a total of 11. 11 is a master number, and a spiritual one at that, which fits nicely with the idea of a “soul deck.”

But the number 11 is also made up of two 1’s, and in that regard, it can suggest two individuals coming together—one-to-one.

And then the 11 reduces to 2, the number of relationship, partnership, and compatibility.

This just gets better and better.

The Jack of Spades and 5 of Spades provide additional information to be considered.

At first glance, seeing both cards from the suit of Spades (challenges, problems, blocks, and obstacles) wasn’t thrilling, especially because the previous cards were so positive.

I considered the Jack to represent my thoughts, since I’m the only person involved in the situation/question. But this Jack would suggest thinking about a problem or difficulty, or there being a problem with my thinking, with regard to my idea of Uusi Classic being my “soul deck.” And that didn’t sit right with me.

But here’s a thought that did: The Jack of Spades can turn up to represent a rival. And then this thought popped into my head: Jacks can represent news and messages; the Jack of Spades can suggest bad news or messages that are troubling.

So, I kept those thoughts “under my hat” (the Jack has a hat on in the image), as I moved to the pivot card, 5 of Spades.

My first thought of the 5 of Spades was separation and divorce (my immediate go-to meanings), but I also considered the idea of handling (another 5) a problem or difficulty.

And then it came to me that the 5 of Spades can also mean having to stand on your own two feet—leading me to come up with the word “standalone.”

And then the pair came together and made sense: The deck, as the Jack of Spades, was delivering a message that might be difficult for me to “hear” in the moment—and that was, while the Uusi Classic is indeed my “soul deck,” it knows it will have to compete for my affections (Jack being a rival), and that it would be challenging for me to break away from my other decks (5 of Spades) and read with it exclusively (5 of Spades being independence).

This makes me love the deck even more, because it gets me. It really gets me.


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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for January 29 – February 4, 2018

Lionel, one of my viewers (he watches the video presentation of the readings) who loves my “Have a Tarot-tastic week” sign-off, recently asked why I wasn’t using it, because he enjoys hearing me say it.

The question made me realize that it’s been awhile since I read Tarot in this space, because that’s when I use that particular sign-off.

Since I’ve declared 2018 to be the year of playing cards (because this year will be the 20th anniversary of the dream that put me on the card reading path, the one in which I was reading playing cards for myself), I’m working with a deck that fits the bill, allowing me to read with playing cards and use the “Tarot-tastic” sign-off at the end: The Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).

So I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

The cards for the week are: The Emperor, Jack of Spades, 7 of Hearts, 2 of Diamonds, and The Chariot.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 7 of Hearts.

With the 7 of Hearts turning up, there’s the possibility of being faced with many options; the only thing is, the more options that are placed before us, the more we may be unable to decide.

We’re being asked, with this card, to narrow our focus. When this card turns up, the question being posed to us is, “What do I need (from an emotional standpoint, as Hearts is the suit of feelings and our emotional nature) right now?”

The 7 of Hearts suggests the need to concentrate on a single goal to ensure success.

This card can also warn of fantasies, daydreams, and having your head in the clouds, so be sure that your decision is grounded in practicality—or life will give you a reality check. Don’t build castles in the clouds or bake pies in the sky. Check those rose-colored glasses at the door, please!

This card, for me, is a very spiritual and psychic card. I always encourage people to write down and interpret their dreams, which may be particularly vivid this week. We could also experience some psychic visions.

Daily meditation and visualization are also highlighted with this card. Before anything we want in the outer can manifest, we first need to go within and see, with our faculty of imaging and imagination, as being/doing/having that very thing.

And, one final possibility to consider with the 7 of Hearts is detoxification. This detox may be physical, psychological, emotional, or spiritual. Whatever the nature, a detox allows whatever is no longer serving and supporting us (the “toxins”) to be flushed out of our lives.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the The Emperor.

When The Emperor turns up, he’s asking you about how you’re using your power: Are you using it wisely—or are you abusing it?

The Emperor sits on a throne, signifying that he’s a person of power. He’s a leader, and is in a position of authority.

When we look at power in the external sense, at the people around us in positions of authority, The Emperor is asking how that power is being used. Are these people using power in its best and highest sense—or are these people “lording it” over others, coming off as tyrannical dictators and control freaks—letting the power go to their heads, and corrupting themselves in the process?

And how about when we take a look at ourselves? The Emperor acknowledges that we, too, are powerful people—no matter our station, position, or status, in life. Being a card of self-empowerment, of personal power, The Emperor asks us to consider the ways we retain our power—and the ways we give it away, whether consciously or unconsciously. If you have found yourself giving your power away, The Emperor is asking you to consider ways to begin reclaiming it.

I always think of the song, “The Boss,” by Diana Ross, when I see this card (Did I just date myself—and reveal that I like disco too? Uh-oh!). You are “the boss of you.” Dr. Phil often says that we are our own “life’s manager.”

And then he follows with the question, “How’s that working for ya?”

So, this week, consider how your life is working—and begin to take command of the parts that aren’t working so well. The Emperor, also being a card of structure, order, and discipline, is asking you to come up with a plan—and then work your plan. After all, you are your own best authority on you.

And as the song by Snap! goes—you’ve got the power!

Moving to the next card, we have the Jack of Spades.

With the Jack of Spades, there may be challenges and obstacles to face and conquer moving forward—some of which you may know when you see them coming, and others not so much.

Spades, being the suit in Tarot that is associated with beliefs, can suggest that you may need to be prepared to defend some of your beliefs as you move through the week.

Another aspect of this card is that it is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, and for me, this can mean that there’s a potential for communication issues (keep in mind, Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini) this week. In your communications with people this week, be focused on making your point.

If you’re the headstrong and overly aggressive type, and while it might be good to express your opinion freely, be mindful of speaking too freely and telling others where and how to get off —if you’re not careful, you could find yourself with a fight on your hands, based on something you said. If you find yourself in an argument, be sure you’re solid in your reasoning and that your approach is logical.

Based on the imagery of the card, it can suggest that there may be a situation in which you are being encouraged not to rush into. The Jack of Spades can be the type of person who rushes into situations without first thinking them through—and then wants to get out of them just as quickly (this Jack can indicate sudden and hasty exits).

Here’s an analogy I see with this Jack: Consider him the car mechanic of the Tarot. He’s the guy who wants to get under the hood of a car and make sure everything’s in working order—he likes to investigate things. And that’s good—especially in those moments when he wants to get in the car and just go—and go immediately.

What might you need to check out further so when it’s time to jump in, you know full well what you’re getting into?

Moving over to the cards on the other side of the 7 of Hearts, we first have the 2 of Diamonds.

When the 2 of Diamonds turns up, its message is that change is in the air; it’s a time of fluctuation, and going with the flow. The 2 of Diamonds is a multi-tasking card, with the sense that there are a lot of things to juggle.

The 2 of Diamonds suggests you might experience a shift in your priorities, as things you once held in great value and considered high-priority are now taking a back seat to things that were once low-priority, and are now moving to the forefront of your attention.

As Diamonds rule the physical and material, this would be a good time to look at how money circulates in and out of your life by creating a budget. Balancing your checkbooks would also be something worth doing. The 2 of Diamonds talks about the ways money comes to you, and you, in turn, give money to others for the goods and services you value in your life.

Since the 2 of Diamonds is a card of circulation (think of circulating money), it can also highlight your circulatory system. It’s said that “if you’re healthy, you’re wealthy,” so an additional message is to not allow all that multi-tasking and juggling to stress you out, if you can manage it.

And since I mentioned health, the 2 of Diamonds is also associated with the stomach, so if the message of a physical detox resonates, this card backs that up, suggesting a cleanse that benefits the digestive and elimination systems in the body.

As a result, there may be a need to make different choices around food, or to balance one’s diet overall.

And, on that note of balance, you may discover some resources (Diamonds being the suit of resources) that can help you restore some balance to your life. If so, consider putting them to work for you.

At the end of the line, we have The Chariot, encouraging you to consider (or reconsider) your life direction.

The Chariot urges you to realize that life is about both the journey and the destination.

The card, being numbered 7 (which repeats, by the way), emphasizes spiritual growth and development, and The Chariot, in that case, can suggest solitary travel. Sometimes, in life, we have to go through certain experiences alone–no one can accompany us (which, most often, can be some form of a spiritual journey).

This also says that we’re responsible for both where we are in our lives in the present moment, as well as where we want to be in the future. You can’t be the passenger in your own life experience.

When we blame other people for where we are in life, we have given them the reins, allowing them to control where we go and wind up. If that’s true for you, this is the week for you to consider why that might be (the 7 being also about self-awareness and personal insight) and how you can create positive ways to get back in the driver’s seat and take control of the steering wheel (which is a nod to The Emperor, the card at the other end of the line that started things off).

I’ll bring this joyride (because the analogy is working oh so well) to a stop here: Consider where you want to go, and how you’ll get there.

Just like our daily travels, we don’t just hop in the car and go (well, most of us don’t, anyway); we have some idea where we want to go, and the route we will take to get there.

And part of that process, just like we learned when we were taught how to drive, is to take a moment and consider where you’re at in the present moment. You know, that time when we check our surroundings and the interior workings of the car, as we strap in and start the ignition.

Look around you, and appreciate that previous journeys have brought you where you’re at now.

Ask yourself what you’ve learned, being grateful for the learning opportunity, as you wave bye-bye in the rear view mirror, on to the next exciting leg in the road trip of your life.

Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week (and especially you, Lionel!),




This reading is general in nature. If you’re interested in having your own personalized Tarot reading, please visit my Tarot Consultations page for all the details.

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Answer Spread: Success with the Software

A few posts back, I shared an Answer Spread I did on the character of Will Horton, from “Days of Our Lives,” asking if he would get his memory back.

In that post, I also shared that I’m really enjoying working with playing cards at the moment, pulling them for my personal daily draws and other readings, while sticking with Tarot and Lenormand in my professional work with clients.

And I’ve been doing a number of Answer Spreads with my playing card decks.

Recently, I consulted the cards, using the Answer Spread, regarding software for recording video calls.

Long story short, I’ve been working on a cartomancy coaching service, and I’ve been using a client to “beta test” the service to work out any kinks.

One of those kinks has been finding software to record Skype video calls. I’ve tested a number of them already, and each didn’t deliver what I was hoping for. I even bought a license for one, only having to get a refund when the software continually presented problems, and the troubleshooting advice I was given didn’t help in any way.

Then I discovered one that might just work, and I was feeling excited and optimistic.

So, on the morning of the next video call with my beta client, I thought I’d lay out an Answer Spread before getting on Skype, asking the question, “Will the software successfully record my Skype video call today?”

The Reading

Using my deck of standard Bicycle® playing cards, I drew 8 of Clubs, 6 of Hearts, Little Joker, 3 of Clubs, 10 of Spades, and 7 of Diamonds.

The 8 of Clubs and 3 of Clubs represent aspects of the situation.

The 8 of Clubs is a perfect card to open things up, as one of its meanings is “the work you do,” which is keeping with the context related to the question. Another one of its meanings is conversation, and this fits nicely with the fact that Skype is being used to communicate.

The 3 of Clubs is a card that can represent work or business that’s growing and developing, again keeping with aspects of the situation (using Skype for business, and the growth and development of the service).

The 3 of Clubs can also refer to “on-the-job training,” and the coaching calls serve that function, helping my beta client make some progress with Lenormand, so she can, in turn, read the cards for her clients.

The 6 of Hearts and the 10 of Spades answer the question.

The 6 of Hearts is an interesting card to fall here. One of its meanings is a love affair, suggesting an emotional connection being made. My first thought is this card simply means that I will fall in love with the software, and how it works for me.

And then I remembered that this card can refer to a “book,” which would suggest knowledge and study, again a reference to the work being done (studying the cards).

The 10 of Spades brings problems and difficulties, and suggests some kind of block. The 10 is a number of success, but connected to a Spade, it can suggest failure. The 10 of Spades is a card of worry and fear, so I see it here as being worried the software won’t work (fail).

A Heart suggests starting out feeling optimistic, but with the Spade following, the mood may change to becoming pessimistic.

The Little Joker and 7 of Diamonds provide additional information to be considered.

The Little Joker is a “wild card,” and can suggest some type of surprise. Playing on the image of the card, which is a smaller image of the Joker riding a bicycle, I read this as making “small” progress. And the word “Guarantee” popped out, getting my attention.

The 7 of Diamonds, being the pivot card, is a card of investment, and can suggest reaping a reward for past efforts. Diamonds is also the suit associated with success, so seeing a card from this suit ends the reading on a more positive note than the 10 of Spades being the last card in the answer column.

And because of that, I was leaning more toward the pivot card as the answer to the question—that, in the end, using this particular software would be a rewarding experience.

What Happened?

So here’s how things played out…

I get on Skype and called the client, and set up the recording software. Everything is working.

Just as the client and I start to dig into the 9-card Lenormand box reading she did on her own, I notice a dialogue box, stating that the software has completed its five-minute recording.

I keep going with the call, and once the client and I finish, I immediately check out what happened with the software and the recording.

Little Joker

The video of the recording was great, so I was very happy to see that, especially with the problems I had with the other software in the past.

It turned out that the software is a trial version, and only records the first five minutes of a call, which I didn’t know when I first got hold of it. There’s a full version available for purchase.

So, the Answer Spread was spot on: I did love the software (6 of Hearts), even though it didn’t record the entire call (10 of Spades). And to my surprise (Little Joker), there’s an investment (7 of Diamonds) to make to acquire the full version.

The investment (7 of Diamonds) will be worth it (7 of Diamonds being reward), as it is nominal—and I can write it off as a business expense (in reference to the 8 and 3 of Clubs).

It looks like my biggest challenge (10 of Spades) with launching this coaching service just got resolved.

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Oracle Outlook: Kadar Fortune Card Reading for January 22-28, 2018

At the top of the year, I worked with a new deck of cards for the weekly reading: Kadar Fortune Cards (by Christopher J. Gould of Magic Tao).

The reading was well-received, and the video presentation of it has gotten more attention (views) than more recent video readings, coming in a close second to when I first worked with the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards.

So I thought I’d work with Kadar once again this week.

Taking the deck in hand, and shuffling the cards, I’m asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

The cards for the week are: 5 of Spades, 9 of Clubs, 9 of Diamonds, 6 of Spades, and the Joker.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 9 of Diamonds.

Just like last week, we have a Diamond card in the center, again suggesting the possibility of focusing on material matters. The 9 of Diamonds is a card of financial and material gain, so there might be some type of reward for any changes made or activities taken up last week with regard to finances (in reference to the 5 of Diamonds).

Another possibility is that we’re being encouraged to consider what the experiences we go through this week are teaching us. The 9 is a number for me that can mean “wisdom gained through experience,” and with Diamonds being the suit of the material and physical, this would be the area of that attainment.

The 9 is also a number that pertains to spiritual advancement, so, if the sphere of spirituality, the 9 of Diamonds can turn up when there’s a focus and attention on developing (or advancing) one’s psychic ability (if that’s not too “woo-woo” for you; it isn’t for Kadar).

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 5 of Spades. When I turn over a Spades card as the first in a line, it can suggest a problem or difficulty being resolved (Spades being a suit associated with challenges obstacles, and hurdles).

The 5 of Spades, in particular, can point to the possibility of a difficulty that results in one becoming independent, and having to stand on his or her own two feet. The 5 of Spades would suggest handling a problem or difficulty, and it may be that the problem has to be handled on one’s own.

Another possibility with the 5 of Spades is undergoing some type or separation process; Spades is the suit of eliminating things, so this might point to cutting out people, places, and conditions that are inhibiting us (5 is a number of freedom), that are keeping us stuck, limited, or restricted in some way.

Between the 5 of Spades and the 9 of Diamonds we have the 9 of Clubs. The suit of Clubs is associated with work and business; so when I see a Club follow a Spade, it can suggest a problem or difficulty being worked out, and suggesting some effort being put in toward its resolution.

We have another 9 repeating in the line this week, suggesting an emphasis on any “unfinished business.” With the 5 of Spades coming before the two 9 cards, this could suggest that’s where the problem lies, that either there’s been no activity toward completing this unfinished business, or that there needs to be some change in how the problem is being handled.

For me, the 9 of Clubs is the spiritual and psychological journey card, and this aspect reinforces what the 9 of Diamonds had to say about wisdom gained through experiences this week. In addition, the suit of Clubs can represent progress, as well as teaching and learning.

In that regard, both the 9 of Clubs and the 9 of Diamonds are letting us know that there are many types of gain and rewards in life beyond the physical and material.

The 9 of Clubs is also a card of “distance,” reinforcing the message of separation introduced by the 5 of Spades.

Moving to the other side of the 9 of Diamonds, we have the 6 of Spades, a card that is similar in meaning to the 5 of Spades, in that it can also point to a separation.

The 6 of Spades can turn up to suggest that a situation is coming to an end once and for all, and with that, it’s time to move on. We had that reflected in the card that mirrors the 6 of Spades, the 9 of Clubs, which is a “journey” card.

In terms of difficulty handling a problem (5 of Spades), another card from the suit of Spades could suggest ups and downs contributing to that difficulty. The 6 is a number associated with responsibility, making the 6 of Spades potentially an issue of being irresponsible a part of the problem. If other people are a part of the problem, someone may not be accepting responsibility for his or her contribution to either the problem—or the solution.

And that could lead into another meaning I have for the 6 of Spades: a difficult conversation. There may be a need to discuss a problem or difficulty; another possibility would be that the difficult conversation may be about that separation mentioned by the 5 of Spades and the 9 of Clubs, both in combination with the 6 of Spades.

And that brings us to the final card in the line, one of the two Joker cards in the deck. For me, the Joker is a “wild” card, suggesting a surprise or an element of the unknown (which is further reinforced by the black crystal ball in front of him).

If you’re into Tarot, I liken this particular Joker to The Tower card; one of my meanings for The Tower card is “revelation,” and, in this depiction of the Joker, we see him—in part—peering out from behind a curtain, suggesting not seeing the “entire picture” of a situation, that there are elements that have yet to be revealed.

Might that come as a result of having that potentially difficult conversation (6 of Spades), the result of ending a situation once and for all, and moving on (6 of Spades)?

The Joker, in that regard, might suggest to the person opening up such a dialogue to gently brace the parties on the receiving end for the shock and impact such news could bring.

The Joker can also turn up to suggest a new phase or chapter in life that is opening up, that’s about to begin. It’s a matter of taking that all-too important first step—even if one can’t see the entire path (again, a subtle reference to the black crystal ball).

And, on that note, I’ll close the curtains on this week’s reading.

Wishing you the best in all your journeys (in whatever form they may take) this week,

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