The Clouds

According to Wikipedia, The Cloud may refer to:

  • a wireless network operator in Europe
  • a paradigm where computing resources are offered as a utility via the Internet, or
  • a metaphor for the Internet.

These are the techy picks, the public domain contains many references to and titles of  The Cloud;  however, our matter is plural. We are looking at the sixth card in the Lenormand deck, The Clouds.

My first encounter with the lenormand Clouds was the indistinct Dondorf/French Cartomancy version. Eventually after much frustration I ended up colorizing the card with a permanent black marker to give one side an obviously darker hue.

The Clouds card as shown above is more in line with the mini deck I use for quick reads – a Russian version of the standard Blue Owl deck. In this version  one cannot make an error – left or right are clear and the greyness in the center bottom reminds one how to judge the card in a 3 X 3 or a Tableau.  The Clouds overhead are a warning to whoever or whatever is directly underneath. It looks like rain, take heed and have an umbrella at the ready!

However, as the blog title proclaims we are not here for the troubles of beginning readers but for the development which comes  from “using” the cards for a time. As I approach my seventh year with the system the learning continues as to how the cards work on levels above and below the threshold of the obvious.

The Clouds in lenormand method has a connection to the Cloud as it is used in computing. The Clouds card is on the mental -causal plane. In a reading it speaks to the Querent’s  mental state. In proximity combinations with a card for the partner, child, siblings, parents, it shows their mind. Near  The Garden, the Clouds  can speak of a group or collective mindset or it can show the Vox populi  public opinion. Again this is interpreted according to the darkside  or lightside positioning of the cards.

Where there is no touching “people” card,  The Cloud shows the Querent’s mind.  The dark side  represents uncertainty,  fears and a general murkiness.  The clear side of The Clouds shows  more ordered thoughts and plans along with some degree of optimism.

In some oracle decks the mind is represented by the symbol of a mirror. In the Lenormand deck the Clouds card is like a mirror. The dark side of the Clouds is the back of the mirror or the subconscious “broodings” of the Querent; while the light side is their conscious thoughts which are reflected outward as their general perspective, Weltanschauung or world view.




What’s on Your Table?


When one reads almost all of the types of cards used  for the telling of fortunes and divination how does one pick? It is necessary, of course to know the difference between the two operations of telling fortunes and divining at the outset.

Blue Owl Lennies

For fortune telling beyond  linear restraints the Kipper cards excel as they require geometrics or dimensionality to express their energies. For quick line reads in tight quarters the 36 card Lenormand deck is best.  Wii rarely use playing cards for fortune telling these days since our  prefered traditional German Lenormand  decks incorporate  the same energy via the inserts.

Original Kippers!!!

For divination which actually is the reading of the Querent’s inner and outer situation without focusing on other people in their lives the Marseilles style Tarot deck is always the go to. Theme Tarot decks (lol), Tarot “style” decks with less than 78 cards or picture pips decks such as used on the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot do not work as well for divination purposes in mai experience.

My brand of Tarot

As to oracle decks, most are like mood swings! They come and they go, sort of like comparing a fashion trend to a classic look. However, an oracle deck such as the French Tarot d’Eltynne  a version of the Belline Oracle shown below has a connection to traditional Cartomancy via the number of cards used in the deck (52 +1) and shares the same symbol language. This type of oracle  can infuse a reader with a different view of things to break up habits and  reroute blocks.  My favorite fun Oracle deck is Paris Debono’s Gypsy Tattoo Oracle Deck which has 36 cards.

There is a caveat in the buying of any deck which wii have adopted. Other than a deckmaker card, trump or card  titles and  numbers of rank there can be no words on the card face. Text is very distracting, as at the subconscious levels of awareness all is  symbol  and color oriented and there is no literacy of wording at all.  Also when and where possible borderless card decks are much enjoyed!

Tarot d”Eltynne
Gypsy Tattoo Oracle


On mai reading table for fortune telling Kipper  cards are usually the first choice. For divination the Marseille Tarot reigns supreme. Decks which wii do not use are either passed on or sold.

Happy 2018

A new calendar year is upon us. As with all  Cartomancers there is a new year reading done. Many readers use a Zodiac style layout placing a card in each of the 12 positions in a circle using the traditional months.  A 13th card is drawn as a synthesis of the energy of the year and placed in the center.

The starting point or the placement of the first card for January on the Wheel  of the Year is usually consistent with the system one is aligned with.  There are no hard and fast rules. Wii do not use the placement as shown above.

The reading does not have to be done exactly on the first day of the year but the energy is strongest in the first 7 days or week of the incoming year.

Note:  The layout image in the post was taken from the Internet and has a copyright stamp on it.

Playing Card Flow: Spots and Dots


Much like any other 4 suited deck the concept of the elements enters in with standard playing cards. Wii use :

CLUBS – earth; SPADES – air

HEARTS- water; DIAMONDS- fire

The red suits of water  and fire are opposite elements and the black suits relate to earth and air being in elemental terms “enemies”.

So using proximity it is easy to “see”  two red cards touching is an issue or a cessation in the energy flow as are two black cards next to each other. 

Clubs as earth and Hearts as water are “friendly;” as are Spades as air and Diamonds as fire. This passes the energy along the line of drawn cards. Some readers use  elemental cues alone to determine what a line of cards means; tweaking the basic card meanings along their best and worst meanings to reach a conclusion.

Face Cards

The advantage of element over reversals  is one can “judge” the Face Cards. Face cards are not reversible  in the playing card deck as they are “double persons”.  Those who use the reversal method with the pips as outlined below can use the directional cues when the Face cards fall together in a line; noting if they look towards or away from one another. Towards each other being seen as positive away as unfriendly or hostile.


Some  people who use the element method  also take into consideration  the reversed Aces of Spades, Clubs and Hearts emblems because the BIG THREE  are a part of Cartomancy folklore and are very easy visually to spot.


Reversal depends upon and is determined by the number of emblems being upright to the viewer or reversed in the numeric field of the pip cards.  As one will notice  Diamond pips  are totally “un”reversible due to their shape.  Deuces and fours cannot be reversed in any suit.  One needs to go through the entire deck and look at each pip card carefully. In practice, pip reversals beyond the six of the suit in Clubs, Spades and Hearts require the keenest eye. For those who are sight challenged  marking  a small dot in the upper corner of any reversed pip  card  helps to discern the placement. Keeping the dot  small will not draw the attention of the average sitter.

Remember the suits of heart, diamond , spade and club  when used in a cartomancy layout are  simply a flowchart  of the movement  or blockage of internal and external energies in and around the sitter.




Clubs: When There’s Work to Be Done

The Clubs are a very physical suit. Some stand alone meanings for the cards in this suit are:

The Ace of Clubs-physical strength, The ability to “make it so.”

The King is the Country Squire.  He is somewhat of a heavy weight being sedentary or retired.   An owner of real estate. Often an employer of many people in a small town.

The Queen is the Lady of the Manor. This Queen who is generally younger than her King rides horses and is not unfamiliar with a hunting rifle.

The Jack of Clubs is the Jock, the Boy of Brawn. Strong and athletic often inclined to bully others less endowed.

The 10 of clubs is  land in the country, an estate or even a working farm. The idea behind the 10 of clubs is land  has to be worked, farmed or maintained and thus people are hired.

2 of clubs can indicate best friends.

3 of clubs is the proverbial “buttinsky” a person who aggressively wants to be included and won’t take NO as an answer.

4 of clubs is a room or a cottage, even a shed.  It can represent the four walls of a dwelling or a fenced in outdoor area.

5 of clubs is traditionally the need to rest or recuperate from exhaustion to literally “lie down”.

6 of clubs is a country road or a lane. It can be the way to one’s work or the method/ way one does their job.

7 of clubs can indicate trouble keeping a steady job and the issues a reduction of wages or  income can bring.

8 of clubs indicates a crew or ones co-workers and can indicate socializing .

9  of clubs  is the end of a job, project  or a contract. It is not like the 7 of clubs where person is removed. Here the work is simply completed.

Stay tuned for:  Reversals in playing cards should you or shouldn’t you?

The Suit of Hearts: A House of Beliefs

In dealing with the suit of Hearts we deal with Blood and the Ink of Oaths. It is our beliefs that cause us to make liaisons, to join and fellowship, to co-sign and make pacts and ultimately to shed blood in war.

The Ace of Hearts is the home in traditional Cartomancy.  As the old saying goes home is where the hearth is. This however is not the actual edifice that one lives in but an idealized internal comfort zone. The Ace shows what gives one comfort and/or pleasure. It is what soothes the raging beast within the center of a man.

The King of Hearts-this is the representative of one’s beliefs. He is a talking head. He can be The Pope, The President, or an academic or scientific expert in any discipline, institution or organization  where one places their faith or BELIEF.  Belief gives the King of Hearts his authority.

The Queen of Hearts– Here we find  Beauty in all Her idolized symbols such as  Luxury and Art.  The Queen of Hearts represents High Culture and is worshipped in some form by all Nations. Her power is DESIRE-the dynamic drive in mankind to possess some material token of what one believes in.

The Jack of Hearts- This is a card of Luck . Of changed circumstances. Of winning against the “odds”. It is the Hail Mary pass. The lottery ticket that pays off. The favor of a cool Beloved bestowed as a warm kissThe power of the Jack of Hearts is static.  It is called HOPE.

The 10 of hearts is the home in terms of one’s family, the bloodline of living and dead forming the spiral stair of life and rebirth transmitted in the DNA/ RNA/mtDNA Temple of Blood. In more general terms this card stands for  one’s species. Therefore, the 10 of Hearts is not a card about individual concerns but will always involve others.

Pips 2-9 to follow.



Part 2: Suit of Diamonds -Pips


The pips are basically levels of contractual  business relationships. The suit of Diamonds is not about manual labor, a job or working wage. It relates to corporations, business owners and the wealthy. In terms of the average man it points to legal obligations such as taxes, to banks, large ticket purchases and lifestyles financed on credit.

Deuce-a legal partnership

Tray- a business takeover, credit transactions

Four-  real property or assets, a mortgage

Five- signed documents, expenses, (also overspending/gambling)

Six- a financial opportunity or investment ( for good or ill)

Seven- interest rates, management of holdings or investments,  accountants, taxes and red tape

Eight- boards of directors, stockholders; also clubs, orders, and fraternities

Nine- legacies and inheritances

Though this is my system of reading playing cards suits it still follows that each query and the position, i.e. the cards to right and left as well as above and below the playing card will help fine tune meaning.


The Suit of Diamonds, or The Privileges of Wealth, part 1

In the suit of Diamonds we enter into the world of privilege originally restricted  to nobility and title.  Protection of the peasants and patronage of the scholar and artisan allowed a nation to thrive and  over generations to create an infrastructure of  culture. Wealth once a direct result of  land ownership and tithes from vassals was extended by war and conquest to political treaties and international trade agreements.  In the modern age “privilege” remains as rank, fame or celebrity and having the right “connections”.

The Ace of Diamonds represents PRIVILEGE.

The King of Diamonds can be seen as: Rich Uncle Pennybags aka Mr. Monopoly : WEALTH

 The Queen of Diamonds as the cold hearted Cruella Deville: PEDIGREE

and the Jack of Diamonds as the fair haired boy or Richie Rich: LEGACY

The 10 of Diamonds represents the bankers who  control “The Machine”, i.e. the military-industrial complex. The logo of the World Bank is an apt symbol : FINANCIAL MARKETS

The Kingdom of Shades or Spades

Autumn  is about falling leaves. It is the season when one begins to contemplate the suit of Spades. This is instinctive for the spade as emblem reminds one of a tree leaf. Leaves hit the ground as the Earth  prepares to enter the Northern quarter in my neck of the woods. The black gate of the North is imagined in my mind’s eye as embellished with spade scrollwork.

The cards of the Spade suit for me are a story which begins at the Black Gate itself or The Ace of Spades which is symbolically the power of the Dark Arts. Close behind the Ace is the Jack of Spades, the Great Hellhound who guards the Dark Castle (10 of Spades) and those who live in it, the King and Queen of Spades.

The Spade pips tell of those in or around the Dark Kingdom from 2- 5 show the ranks of the Dead. The 6 of Spades is  The Corpse Road or the Roads in Hell, while the  7-9 of Spades speak of those entities in limbo- neither here nor there, those who are “undone” their bodies lost or in pieces and those self-exiled aka The Wanderers.

So as we approach All Hallows, the Invisibles have freedom to visit or interact with the physical realm as long as the leaves change and fall  from the trees. This permission is rescinded at midnight Nov. 1st or Judgement Day when the Dead are rounded up to return to the Underworld and the gates are locked leaving the stragglers i.e. the 7, 8 and 9 of pips outside to find shelter in the long shadows of winter.  Once all is secured  the Underworld Royals throw a great party which lasts for 30 nights, at least so it seems from this side.



Playing Cards

Happy Fall 2017

The most basic form of divination used by most people born in the Western world prior to the importation of the Tarot deck from Europe was a standard deck of playing cards. They were used in Hoodoo in the US and by Vodouisant on the island of Ayiti as well.

I am a Tarotist who started reading in 1964 when only the Swiss style Marseilles deck was available in NYC, so I tend to think of the standard deck as a strange version of the Minor Arcana missing the Knights.

Old style Hoodoo used the basic cutting style for questions. Client thought of a yes or no question, the reader shuffles and the client cuts. Black card is a no. Red card a yes. Easy peasy!

In Hoodoo the coloring of the face cards and their gender stood for people and the Aces were The Big Spirits. Each reader had their own lexicon of place/suit and situations /number which they worked out with the aid of an experienced Hoodoo or their own “divining Spirit”. Spirit work was on the job training. There were no hard and fast meanings for individual playing cards.

Early on most Hoodoo folk didn’t read and thus pamphlets and books were not a boon to them or their practices. Workers were more dependant on their own psychic gifts and hearing their spirits so the deck was essentially a prop. This was actually a good thing as it ruled out charlatans and the dilettantes  reading  a tract in the Dixie Drug store and then next day deciding to hang out a shingle proclaiming themselves a card reader.

More to come!