The Lenormand Current


The reason why I am writing about intermediate lenormand is I have worked through and emerged from that stage. After years of intensive lenormand method I am still observing how lenormand readers of experience and various mother tongues / language have limited their reading technique choices. No so called ‘professional’ reader throws in every technique available including the kitchen sink in an attempt to “cover all the bases” and basically ignores the actual question asked by the client during their interpretation.

Keywords box a reader in. The core concept of the sign once grasped allows one to “plug in” the proper aspect or contour of the concept. This contour is not based on a sentence like structure but is a modification of the concept according to neighboring cards. A pat set of keywords becomes a dam which will not allow the lenormand current to flow in and assume different meanings based on the question’s context, the unique vessel that each querent’s query represents. Newer readers and older ones working with a Rolodex of keywords keep putting the same round or square pegs in their respective holes on a wooden board be it 3×3 or 8x 4+4, the resulting combinations become too stiff to give specifics. Mastery of lenormand requires the skill of a weaver.

Paired sign meanings in and of themselves do not an interpretation make! If one uses a series of cliches, no matter if you hail from Germany, the Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic or any historic bastion of lenormand divination sooner or later the pat phrases will suck the life out of the reading. Experience simplifies, it does not complicate, or exhibit stiff and rigid interpretations. Experience makes something look easy when indeed it is not.

It is known by traditional lenormand readers that reading a Grand Tableau can be done without learning one combination solely by using the basic meaning of the cards in the near and far technique. This method can and did hold up entirely on its own! The more modern Grand Tableau readers use combinations by house and seated card. All else is direction of the Significator and its environs . The pair combination style of left to right (or top to bottom) reading being shown and taught today is a beginner’s gambit most suited to the 3 X 3 form and lenormand lines.

Interpretation is where the rubber meets the road. An astute lenormand student can tell when going over a reading, if the reader learned their skill via family lineage/tradition, one on one with a mentor, by taking courses, or was self-taught from one or more books.

It is as Morpheus said to Neo in the Matrix film: “At some point you have to just let it all go.” One has to take that proverbial leap of faith. It is the signal that you as a student are ready to jump into the lenormand current. If you have kept your end of the bargain, you’ll read what you “see” and cease to care if you are wrong in your interpretation as you surely will be at times! Fortune tellers are not God and some people do exercise their free-will. Yet, letting go permits one to become open to the energies, principles, concepts, visual cues and playing card inserts that flow in the “lenormand current,” and to relax into the “gestalt” where all the parts are integrated into a seamless whole as the cards in the Grand Tableau come alive.

However, one doesn’t put the cart in front of the horse and not study any traditional meanings or methods of reading the cards and then label the untutored attempts at interpretation as “intuition.” Nope, I am not saying that at all! The letting go always comes after learning the basics by rote. The object of any training is to eventually move beyond the training. The object of lenormand method is to see what the cards are saying, to make the vignette of the Grand Tableau into a movie. It is letting go in spite of any fear of falling which opens one to the receptive state where acceptance of the lenormand current’s gift of grace allows one to put together a “free” interpretation which doesn’t rely on keyword strings, steps, or memorized pairs- the training wheels you used when you were first learning how to “sight read” or ride the Lenormand bike.

A masterful interpretation should not allow the casual reader or listener to identify or pull out keywords like one pulls shrimps out of a runny gumbo. It should be conversational in tone. Our concoction to use another cooking analogy should be more the smooth bisque where the flavor is delicious and delicate but the palette of the average taster can’t identify each individual ingredient used in the recipe or run off into the kitchen and whip up one just like it. Nor should a good interpretation contain excess repetition, like the best Lenormand decks the reader should keep their speech lean and concise.

This just to remind the serious students that just as sight reading i.e, ability to decipher pairs without lists marks the beginning of the intermediate level and directional reading is the meat of it, once over the threshold of the intermediate phase there is a different goal.

I first introduced the term lenormand current in 2011 and defined it as the transmission of knowledge passed from teacher to student in the old days. It is my belief that this current survives as an energy field which disciplined and committed users of the lenormand cards can link and connect to which bestows a level of interpretation which comes from the voice of the lenormand oracle, itself.

Written and originally  posted on my Song of Lenormand blog  5/27/2013 .

The Kipper Querent


The Kipper system  has two very important cards: the MC1 and the MC2. They are the main characters and represent the Querent, i.e. the person who is asking the question or the person whom the reader is being asked to read.

The MC cards are gender based as Kipper is a traditional system. So one must assign them based if not on physical gender, the preference of the Querent.

Kipper readings are directional so it is imperative one see the position of the Querent and what is before them in their line of sight i.e. where they are looking as well as what is immediately behind them.

This is the basic first step of all the Kipper reads I have learned to date.

When one encounters the techniques involved in learning a new system, there are many what if’s . Yes, there are numerous people cards in the Kipper deck of various ages and sexes but the MC1 or MC2 are the ONLY Querent cards. The other people in the deck are people in the Querent’s life. In psychological reads the other people cards may represent aspects of the Querent i.e. roles he or she plays  or assumes, but these people in the deck while acting as significators can never overshadow or completely take over the primary role of the Querent -the MC1 or MC2.

To ask a question without first placing or using an MC card first is a bad habit.  Why? The placement of the MC card happens BEFORE the reader shuffles. It is removed from the deck as one is asking and usually gazed upon by the reader.

The MC 1 and the MC 2 tell us how to place the cards and what direction we read them such as when using a Line of Sight spread where with the MC1 or the male we follow his gaze right to left and with MC2 the female we read left to right.

In the  MC spread or 3 X 3 the MC in the center determines how we place the cards to complete the layout.

To leave out the Querent card is to change the dynamics of  traditional Kipper spreads. Yes, there is a short 4 card “What It Is” spread used for newbies which does not use an MC card. The spread  is not a traditional Kipper spread. It can confuse students and in my opinion creates a bad habit which is hard to break.

Mixing traditional with modern spreads early on can come back to bite one in the rear further down the road for it allows beginners to interpret a group of cards without first placing the MC. So when students start replacing the Kipper MC card with other “people cards” or significators based on the type of question they are asking, it is either 1) a logical progression from their introduction to and  early usage of a non-traditional spread or 2) applying lenormand reading methods to Kipper cards. Nicht gut as they say in German- not good!




Lenormand or Kipper?

A legitimate question for a serious reader to ask is what is the advantage of  Lenormand versus Kipper cards? When is one a better choice than the other for a reading and why?

Those who have studied the German oracle decks will know they are related with the Lenormand being older than its Bavarian cousin.  I cannot speak for others reasoning but will share here my means of selecting what deck to use and when.

Lenormand is a symbol deck.

I use it primarily for issues related to dream work, checking energy evaluation and alignment in magical practices, interpretation of mental cliches such as daydreams and visions and in working with non-corporeal intelligences. Lenormand therefore is used by me as a divination deck,  a translation device, to interpret the signs seen in the physical and spiritual realms and express them in the concepts of human language.

Lenormand small layouts are limited either the lines of 5, 7 or 9 or the 3 X 3 Box Spread.  The Grand Tableau suits the lenormand deck best putting out all 36 cards.

Kipper cards on the other hand are situational.

They contain scenes which are part of mundane life which everyone can recognize. Kipper is a great selection for clients  who want their fortunes told, i.e. to see the causes and effects, motivations and directional trends of themselves and the people in their immediate environment.

Kipper has more variety in the number of traditional smaller card layouts which do not place all 36 cards.  It can use the Grand Tableau but due to alternatives is not as dependent on it.

Which deck do I use more frequently ?

The answer is the lenormand. This is due to my familiarity with Lenormand symbology, since I am prone to use a 5 or 7 card line when looking for an answer on projects I am working with.

A Directional Lenormand Read

Mini Russian Dondorf Deck

The line shown above is 34-22-13-04-01. It was an actual query used to divine the source of a received “nocturnal message.”  The question was did the information originate on the astral plane or was it from the mental plane?

First how would one read the line? The Rider shows direction so the  line reads from right to left. The direction of the center card 13 confirms the direction as right to left. So: o1-> 04-> 13->22 | 34.

The Rider shows a journey undertaken taken to a place (House) or plane via a new direction  and road. The interesting thing is an actual road or path is shown in the Dondorf on the bottom of all the cards from 01-Rider to 22- The Ways.

Card 22 curves the path up and away from Card 34 . One can see in the Ways Card (22) there is a water source along side the road and a bridge in the distance but the road actually curves away from the waters going up and out of the line.

Water is the symbol par excellent of the astral plane, so the new direction and road suggests the information was sourced from a plane which runs parallel to the astral and leads  towards the mental which is “above” the astral or beyond it being of a faster frequency.

Crystal Clear!




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 or an aquaintance. The words said may not be what one wants to hear or said in the way one would like to hear them. As a 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. In the case of a Querent they are struggling with details/ red tape within a system, an institution or in terms of a personal matter and are feeling as if their hands are tied  because their life/ forward motion has been put on hold.


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.