If Ya Don’t Wanna Know…

Miss Dolly reads the Gypsy Tattoo Deck by Paris Debono

…don’t ask.  Simple. Yet, in the online world of card reading and card readers this statement has gotten lost. People learn the basics and then in practice reads decide when the query is theirs the ratings of the Lenormand cards i.e. positive, negative and neutral don’t apply or the situational cards shown in a Kipper spread have changed their meanings and time frames.

New readers not only wear rose tinted spectacles, their glasses also have  blinders which obstruct peripheral vision. Teachers should strive to lay out and make the steps clear and not just say this is or isn’t the answer. Another non-productive approach is releasing information piecemeal in groups. A learning environment is no place for teasers nor should it be a  commercial for any product or service being sold. Such tactics cause confusion as they were never meant to be fully discussed in a public forum. To learn one needs to know the meaning of all terms used as well as the why of the process, i.e.  how do the responding cards in this layout or line give the answer.

Even in making things crystal one will find certain students who make what is fundamental more complex, that being how their personality functions. One doesn’t use logic or need flow charts to read card lines or layouts. The ability to interpret symbols in combination for diverse queries comes out of journaling a daily draw with an evening follow up entry -consistantly over time with lennies and with frequent practice reads in Kipperland.

So I’ve made myself scarce and stopped commenting because the obvious and the basic both seem to fall on deaf ears. There is a vast difference in the directions and intent of a fortune teller and a diviner. No need to suffer a concussion from all the flotsam and jetsam floating about in the fortune telling ocean, seems like the perfect time for this diviner to swim ashore and blog on my own beach.



Magic Afoot!

Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit ( Time becomes space, here)  

~Wagner’s Parsifal


When using the lenormand deck the triple combination Stars-Sun- Birch Rod (16-31-11) as a response to a query may signal magical involvment.

Most define magic as change. My definiton of magic is a shift in thought, circumstances or events by the intervention of a sentient being. So according to the aforementioned definiton, the triple combination 16-31- with 11 signs magical involvement in a short line of five or seven.

The Birch Rod  card 11 is one of control, repetition and ritual. If card 11 falls before the pair 16-31 the magic is being worked. When the Birch Rod falls after 16-31 the magic has concluded and the desired shift or results are manifesting in the circumstances of your Querent. The shift can be a subtle change in thinking or as overt as outside of the client’s control physical changes.

A triple of course means the cards are touching each other as described above but the presence of all three cards in a short Line of Five (which means that two out of the triple will touch) or even a Line of Seven where the three cards may not touch still foretells the “possibility” of outside influences being gathered to affect or sway the client.

In general the triple as a warning  will fall in queries where the context is not about magic.  An attentive Reader then is alerted to the presence of an undercurrent of energy in the affairs of the client and may then proceed to formulate their questions following a new tack.

Lennies Are More Popular

The lenormand deck it seems gets way more attention than Kipper cards. I cannot see why the more descriptive of the two sets of fortune telling cards are so routinely overlooked.

One reason might be the cards themselves. The traditional Kipper deck is dark and dated. However, the new artistic renderings in Kipperkarten by people not so well versed in reading the cards can hamper the new reader’s ability to interpret the cards in the traditional way.  What seems old fashioned about card scenes is quite charming, once one learns the history of the deck. Kipperkarten are certainly more modern than the Marseilles Tarot deck.

Secondly, a Kipper deck needs to be very clear on directions on each of the 36 cards. Ambiguity is caused by artists modifying the original card scenes which have the visual cues used by traditional Kipper reading techniques’ Without these cues Kipper becomes inaccessible. The Kipper cards are overtly directional whereas in lenormand the directions are covert.  The lennies use direction but not in a way which will impact the beginning lenormand reader.

The Line of Sight Draw above: MC2-> 34 Work-35-High Honor-18 A Small Child says the Lady works to learn something new. This was my approach to both Lenormand and   Kipperkarten- as a student learning the basics which allows skills to grow and unfold naturally during the process.



Kipper Money Cards

Top:  Left Card 11 -Win Lots of Money; Right Card 13- Rich Gent

Bottom: Left Card 24-Theft; Right Card 27 -Unexpected Money

It is simple enough to me, Kipper money cards are the cards which have money on them whether on a table, in a cupboard, a check in the hand or on the floor. The money cards show legal tender and have amounts written on the containers or wrappers which hold the currency.

Two of my German language sources* list Card 13, Rich Young Gent as a Money card saying it primarily represents the firm or company one receives their wages from. Wages are scheduled monies. The Rich Gent can be an accountant or anyone who works with money as a vocation. By extension with card 29, the Prison, it shows a bank employee.

Of course some will ask isn’t Card 13 the Rich Gent a person card? Yes, it is traditionally the card of the son when it appears with other people cards near the Living Room or the House. The assignment of the “other man” or a Lover usually involves other male person cards and not Rich Young Gent. In many Kipper forums, new readers are interpreting romantic involvements in lines where the Rich Young Gent appears when his forte is finance!

The next query may be- why do you list Theft as a money card? Duh… it definitely meets the criteria of having money in denominations on the card face. The scene clearly shows a reduction of funds by the removal of money. The person is not stealing food, jewelry, or someone’s affections. It is money in the thief’s hand.

Card 27 –Unexpected Money is the Merchant’s card. A merchant can’t say how much people spend and when.  Same for a business owner.  This is obviously a money card but it is often explained as money that is not earned as a wage like Card 13. In Card 27 one finds  variance in sales made, commissions, bonuses, winnings; cash which appears when it appears, monies one cannot plan or depend on.

Card 11 Win Lots of Money is accepted as a money card without question. It is a lot of money or a large sum.

However, to every rule there is an exception and here the exception is a female. Card 12- The Rich Young Lady is part of the money card complex by her title even though no money is shown on her card.  She is seen outside in a garden which represents her contact with the social world. In terms of finances she represents disposable income or consumer spending where funds go out of one’s hands.


*German Sources Used

Kipper-karten Band II Legetechniken. Dipl.-Ing. Hildegard Leiding Heinz

Das Geheimnis Der Kipperkarten- Band I, Ingo Michael Simon


Kipper “Legalese”

I absolutely love working with the Kipper deck. My first real challenges in interpretation were the 3 cards which related to the judiciary system- Card 23- Court, Card 29- Prison/Jailhouse, and Card 30 – Court Person. I went to my German texts and started translating to see if I was missing something in the core meaning of the cards and the scenes on them. After a bit of effort I found the approach which works for me.

The Court card relates to conflicts and decisions about how to handle them. However, it is specific to pending decisions and conflicts that have not yet been resolved. You have an ongoing conflict with your neighbor and you can’t reach a decision as to how to work it out so you go to court. In a reading the Court card shows your Querent has an unresolved issue.

The Court Person card shows an official person giving advice, discussions and counsel.  The Court Person can in practice be a professional, an expert, or an acquaintance. The words said may not be what one wants to hear or be  said in the way one would like to hear them. As a legal theme it is the “power of the court” to deliver a verdict which resolves a case.

The Prison card relates to blocks and delays.  One has come up against obstacles and restrictions which take TIME. It is slow going, like walking through knee deep mud. In the case of a Querent they are struggling with details/ red tape within a system, an institution or in terms of a personal or professional matter and feel their life/ forward motion has been put on hold. No forward movement or change.


23-30 The Court Card with The Court Person following it can speak of a hearing  or ongoing court trial leading to a descision.

30-23 The Court Person  appearing before the Court Card in a sequence shows  a decision has  been reached or that the Querent has already “made up their mind” on a matter.

The Prison card when not appearing  with the other “legalese” cards 23 and 30 can show a large important building or structure which is locked or guarded. As an example 11-29 can show a bank, while 31-29 can show a hospital or sanitorium.


Time: The Footprint of the Invisible

“Probability means the future you will experience has already occurred.”

This would be the sign over my door if I were the Oracle of the Matrix.  I believe this statement explains why an oracle or seer with or without a tool can “read” or see what has yet to present itself in the physical world.  The Querent has already made their choice on a deeper unconscious level. It is just a matter of “watching” how it “rises” out from the subtle or invisible watery worlds into tangible and visible events.

In the Hindu system Time or Kala  is an attribute of Kali. We are said to be living in era of the Kali Yuga. Think of the words calendar and apocalypse and hear the sound of Kali the fierce Hindu Goddess in them. Mortals resist time. Time is the Great Invisible. It moves in and around us like a Ninja. We can’t track it directly, we see the effects of its passage. One cannot store or hoard time. We are here in the physical world as long as our destiny allows or until our time runs out.

In the culture of the 21st century Death rules. As a side effect of Death’s domination comes the impulse of the mind of mankind to run faster to speed things up. The present moment is the only constant in the equation of existense and paradoxically it is also the variable.  In a teckno-hyped culture one has multiple distractions in each moment – instant messages, instant photos, superfast downloads, and 1 click shortcuts to complete tasks. People are told to hurry up, to do more in less time. The result of all this hurrying is impatience and stress which lead to incompetence. Every process has an optimum time cycle or season to grow and develop.

Diviners move and manipulate signs. This requires they understand the phases of the time cycle to develop a rapport with its rhythm. In other words, students of any new method have to fight the general entry level group impulse to rush, by slowing things down and focusing intently so they may not only see more but pick up the clues others missed by rushing.

It is run on thinking, I have to do this and then I have to do that, which locks one outside of the present moment. The mind is already moving toward the next step before one can digest what is happening in the current moment. “Faster, faster, faster,” this is the mantra of the mind as it tries to outrun time and outrun the consequences of being annexed to the body.

Time is not a line drawn in the sand but is latent energy braided or woven in each moment of the present. The threads of time energy can be grasped. Time is simultaneous which is why we are in a multiverse, i.e. there are different versions of events in different worlds. Oracles do not predict the future but grab onto the threads of time and follow their flow to a specific manifestation of phenomena or a conclusion.


*This material first appeared in my 2012 Song of Lenormand blog. It has been edited.

Lenormand Overlay

When one studies the scenery of the traditional Lenormand decks such as the Dondorf and the Blue Owl one will see certain symbols are included in other cards. For example, let us take a look at The Rider using a Blue Owl style deck:

The Rider is a Man card 28

The card shows him riding away from a House card 04

He travels on a tree lined Road card 22

The trio of symbols on the Rider vignette are what I call an overlay. The Rider includes the energies of card 28, 04 and 22 making card 1, a story within a story. The Rider shows movement away from home and travel over land a short distance returning at the end of the day. We say a return at the end of the day due to the timing element of the Rider card.

Another overlay is the Ship Complex. In the Blue Owl  deck, The Ship appears on card 3 as well as card 34- The Fish and card 35 The Anchor. Again there are shared properties  on all cards due to the ship symbol and the watery environment. The Ship shows a long journey. One goes a great distance (34) before setting anchor on dry land (35).

There are more overlays in the deck. Traditional Lenormand decks contain these sets of cards which share symbols. While this is not relevant to the beginner, it is food for meditation for an intermediate to advanced Lenormand student who has selected a primary working deck, as every detail about that deck can add information to the reading.

Symbol and Signatum

Merry-Go-Round by Elenare on Deviant Art

As the late Dr. Charles Musès said:  “… you have to regard a symbol as a revolving door, the point of which is to walk through and not get stuck in it, and then help other people to get through. A symbol is very useful, no question, but you can get caught in a revolving door. You have to be careful. ”

My gloss/interpretation of Dr. Muses words is symbols whether words or pictures are pointers to something else. The something which they point to is the signatum, the deep meaning under the form or concept. However, a revolving door requires a push to move. When one accepts the symbol as if it were the whole or sole meaning, the revolving door turns into a carousel of flashing lights, music and horses going up and down- an entertaining distraction.

Why? A symbol has no objective value in and of itself. Believing the symbol is a construct is a trap which blocks development by making readings stiff and fixed. Such responses are unable to shift the meaning to adapt to the flow of context in the question being asked.

One size/ meaning does not fit all / questions in Cartomancy!

So the first phase of Cartomancy  consists of an introduction to symbols. The road of a Cartomancer however begins when one leaves the symbol as index behind and crosses the threshold to interact with the signatum, the dynamic energies beyond the cards.


Quote from: Charles Musès, Destiny and Control in Human Systems: Studies in the Interactive Connectiveness of Time, Kluwer Academic Publishing, Hingham, MA. 1985


Clearing the Deck

Yes, Cartomancy does have its own jargon. Clearing the deck means to remove stagnant energies. Many folk may think this applies only when clients handle the deck, my experience  finds it pertinent to a reader’s energy even more so, as it is not just dirt or oils on fingers which require removal.

At best a new deck frequently used is clean for 3 moons before it needs clearing. Think of the clearing process as opening up the deck and letting it breathe. The reading of  energies represented by their card symbols are looked at by the eyes of the reader and it is the “looking” which creates the  residue on the cards.  Over time the remnants of our fixed attention can turn sticky or tacky and hinder the shuffling of the cards causing them to “cluster” or make patterns which are not related to what is currently being read.

Each person has their own method of clearing. It however should be a dry method. Misting or spraying is out. Holding the individual cards in the smoke of incense is a solution. Placing your deck in a ziplock bag with some white flour for a shake-shake  then removing the deck and wiping each card off, back and front with a clean soft cloth is another. Remember the key to clearing the deck is a separation of each card from the deck to remove the accumulated substance of one’s gaze. It will take some time.

The flag or alert for deck maintainence for me falls under the Clouds card in lenormand method. When card 06 appears in consecutive reads or if the pair 26-06, Book- Clouds falls, the notation  reminds me to “clear the deck!”

The Snake Eats the Mouse

” Each card master has a bag of tricks. Some traditional and some riffs.”

Card systems have a tradition surrounding them which is based on the way things have been done over generations. Along side of tradition is the folklore of the cards. The folklore is passed along in the songs and stories which are part of the culture of the people. There exists an underground stream or current which refreshes the tradition by bursting up through to the surface to remind the tradition of what may have been lost or changed. It is the underground stream which nourishes the folklore of Cartomancy.

Many traditional users have found the Mouse/Mice to be a difficult card in any pairing. As a double card it is a loss to one side and a spoiling of things on the other side. If there are negative cards surrounding the Mice then all to the good, or so they say… However, the eroding qualities of the Mouse against the Mountain are very, very slow. The Mice don’t stop the Scythe but they do dull or rust the blade making a bad situation  worse. When paired with the Coffin card the Mice as practice with the daily will show can produce a virus, discomfort or “the runs”.

So what is the control card for the Mice/Mouse in the lenormand deck? For this we leave the traditional and go to the folklore. This is not a beginner’s issue but one of the many tricks in the bag of the card journeyman as they ply their trade. The neutralization of the Mouse card is a bit tricky because it is both deck and direction dependent, one of those pair notations which can’t be written in stone as it must be eye-balled!  It can be either 07-23 or 23-07.*

The Snake eats the Mice. All school children can support this and it is correct that the snake loves to eat rodents. In lenormand method the head of the Serpent card when it touches the Mice/Mouse card neutralizes its effect on the side it touches.

In the photo above the directions are shown from top to bottom of the Piatnik, Dondorf and Mertz decks for the pair Snake eats Mouse.

* In any deck where the Serpent’s head is vertical such as in the Dreaming Way Lenormand the swallowing effect of Serpent in the pairing  cannot be applied to the linear read.