The C.L. Wüst Lenormand

The “Wanderwust” Mini

I have bought and sold a few lenormand decks over the last seven years but not as many as most. I found early on that one’s first deck leaves an indelible impression and so most of my lenormand decks were traditional.  The Dondorf style seemed to be best as I started with the misnomered French Cartomancy deck  but other decks had their share of reading time  such as the Mertz deck.

One deck I had not paid attention to was the C.L.Wüst.  I did notice it was in the German style but never had an opportunity to study it up close or in hand.

I happened to be on Etsy searching for a replacement for my small Russian Blue Owl which due to its flimsy card stock (originally given an application of clear acrylic before first use) is quite the worse for the wear!  I somehow  found the  Wandering Oracle shop. They have a website as well:

They make a reproduction called the Wanderwust in a full and mini size. I purchased the mini which came direct from their printer with no tuck box . It has as does their full size reproduction 38 cards by way of an extra man and woman card. The card  shuffle is silky smooth, hard to achieve in a mini. Great cardstock is the key.  The tweaking of the black and white inserts and  touches of bright color juxtapositioned against the shade update the original images on an off-white  background. Eye candy!

As they say readable right out of the envelope.

I was a bit disappointed as the full size deck is currently sold out but I am sure this is temporary. The Wüst I am happy to say is my new number two; while it can’t replace my master deck, it is close to being an ideal lennie!  What would make it perfect?  For me, all the changes made by The Wandering Oracle,  plus the removal of the border lines. One can hope…


Mildred Speaks on The Purge

The Asylum Layout

Being in extreme chill mode this Sunday, I decided to speak to Mildred Payne. I asked her to design a layout which she did and to address some issues for my audience here on the blog in terms of the current Saturn retrograde. FYI : the Saturn Retrograde 2018 started on April 17 at 9° Capricorn and ends on September 6 at 2° Capricorn.

The 13 card Asylum Layout

The bottom layer of  six cards in this layout represents the “underground”. It is the inner earth,  where activity  hidden from the rational mind  triggers a response on the subconscious level of both  groups and individuals.

The level with four cards represents the space-time of our physical plane and what is happening around us which we can see if we pay attention but often may  not be aware of or misinterpret.

The 2 card level is that of the “double,” the energy twin each living being has and the shadow form it uses to interact with  the physical realm. The double after the death of an individual can be captured and placed in other vehicles. Mildred says “dolls” are often used for this but other objects can be vessels as well.

The card on top – the roof of the asylum is a spiritual seed . It is the hint of an incoming energy  which is  preparing to descend, i.e.  entering  into the process of manifestation.


The commentary which follows below uses the original 52 card Secret Pocket Oracle . My method of working the layout is from the bottom to the top. The rows are read from right to the left.


Controls are needed. Emotions are being worked up into a froth to rally negative forces. Spirits are using wild impulses and distraction as a ladder to climb out of the pit and spread  insanity like an infection.


One needs to have  firm boundaries and protections in place during a “purge cycle” which is what a Saturn Retrograde actually is!  Give honor to  Grandmother Earth so She may hold you inside Her web until the wanton destructive energy released during the Saturn retrograde passes.


BEWARE OF BACKSTABBERS!  Motives previously hidden  come to light. This is true for those around you, who act as projections of the shadow realm in your life and for your own bubbling internal cauldron of revenge.


What is being formed on the higher energy levels during this time of Saturn Retrograde is the seed of what is sure to come to pass. DO NOT PLANT DEAD SEEDS.  Fight to maintain your equilibrium and alignment now so the energy after the retrograde event passes will flow  positive, joyful and abundantly.

Thanks Mildred!!!

P.S.  Blog readers please bear with my poor eyesight. I looked this post over many times and did not realize the layout as given by Mildred had 6 cards on the bottom level and hence 13 cards total.