The Yes or No Spread

Great post for answers to yes/no questions.

Lenormand Notebooks, how do you organise yours?

Card #26 Book. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013.

Card #26 Book. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013.

My Lenormand notebook’s belly is starting to feel quite full lately! After initially resisting advice to begin my own notebook (for reasons unknown) I can now see why this is such an important exercise. The Lennie nerd in me is even having fun finding adjectives to describe and modify my subject cards! LOL!

Perhaps some of my initial resistance to the idea of keeping a notebook came from not really knowing where to begin, and what to add. There is just so much wonderful information available on the internet, that it can be seriously overwhelming for a beginner. So, here’s how I have organised my notebook. It is already clear to me that this will be the first volume of who-knows-how-many volumes to come in future. 🙂

My notebook is divided into the 36 cards, from #1 Rider to #36 Cross. Here is what I note in each:

  • Keywords
  • Adjectives (describing & modifying the subject/noun)
  • Combinations (although I am considering doing combos in a separate volume)
  • Timing
  • Health indicators
  • Personality descriptions
  • Physical appearance
  • Orientation
  • Playing Card inserts
  • German Suits
  • Negative / Positive / Neutral
  • Special groups (e.g: Work, Communication etc)
  • Spreads (e.g: Square of Nine, Grand Tableau) – again something I might record in a separate volume
  • Reading Techniques (Knighting, Mirroring, Near & Far etc)
  • Daily readings (separate notebook)

How is your Lenormand notebook coming along? Do you have any useful tips to share?

LeNewbie Lenormand, the Review


If you are starting with the Lenormand, or if you like to read some of the meanings, the LeNewbie Lenormand is the perfect deck for you! Jera-Babylon Rootweaver created a gorgeous deck. What seems a simple deck at first sight, hides a complicated and elaborate one.

In the center of each card you will find the silhouette of the card’s character (an anchor, a star, a woman, a man, etc) done with the meanings of the card. Words that compose the image are combined in bigger and smaller fonts, different fonts, and with different colors. Plus, it has a shadow that makes these wordy silhouettes to pop up. The effect is astounding: a silhouette which is composed by hundreds of words (depending on the image), that form a whole shape. Which is exactly what a Lenormand is: an apparent shape or character in middle of a card, hiding in plain sight its meanings! If you were searching for the deck of the poets, this is it! Poetry in plain sight!

The borders have, what I call, cheat words. If you are beginning with the Lenormand, these come in handy. You have written in the black borders, some of the possible meanings of the card, which makes it very easy to grasp the meaning of each card when combined with others. Plus, you get the cartomancy at the top right of the card (ace of hearts, 10 of diamonds, etc).

This Lenormand is a huge metaphor for what a Lenormand is: you get cards, with shapes drawn on them, like a kid, and this has a hidden meaning. I love the idea of creating silhouettes with the meanings inside, small in a way that seem hidden, but clear enough to be open to the naked eye. When you start diving inside the Lenormand, you will realize that the cards are doing exactly that! The borders help you in memorizing the meanings of the cards, which make it easy to remember those meanings.

This is not only a deck for beginners, but also for pros. It is a good idea to use this deck when you are reading the cards to someone who might be willing to know more, or to ask about the cards. I am not talking only to use the deck in classes, but also with clients who are more open to discuss the cards. This makes the conversation much easier than using traditional cards.


Let’s take a look to the Anchor (I chose a card randomly). Can you see the shape in the middle, the silhouette? It is composed by lots of words: the card meanings, and possible meanings when combined with other cards. These look tiny, but you can still read them if you focus on them or want to do so. The shape tells to your brain that this is an anchor, but your eyes record more than the shape: the card meanings! Plus, the borders are sending to your brain even clearer messages: the card meanings are written on them!

Shuffle the cards and take one by one: which is the first word that you notice on them? If you do this, you can notice how up or down your mood is! I noticed “joy” in the bouquet, “love” in the heart, “class” in the park, “success” in the anchor”, “solid” in the mountain, and so on. You can use these cards as “mood barometers” too. When we are happy, we tend to notice positive stuff around us. If we are not-so-happy, we tend to notice just the negative. Most of times, we are not aware of our own moods. Using this cards for daily reagins, makes it easier to know how positively tuned we are.

This is a limited edition. It comes signed and numbered, and with a cool bag to keep your cards. The linen card-stock is strong and easy to shuffle (Printer Studio quality).

This is a great deck to begin learning the Lenormand, to teach the Lenormand and to read the cards with very curious clients. It is also a must in your collection. And I repeat: it is a limited edition! Are you going to miss it?

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Timing in Lenormand, a new approach

If you are anything like me, you too have been wondering how to predict timing, using Lenormand. I may have good news. While this suggested timing method has not yet been tested, it seems to deserve some mention, at least worthy of trying out.

Several highly respected Lenormand readers have ascribed timing to some of the cards, but the problem I have with some of these is (at best) there seems to be a lack of consistency, and (at worst) the information is often conflicting. Flechter for example suggests that the Tree card indicates a period of one year, yet Channah suggests five years for the same card. Besides, I have come to realise that Lenormand rarely looks at events that far into the future; if these were months instead of years I’d probably be more inclined to adopt one of their approaches to timing. Another conflicting timing card is the Coffin; Kirsch says it means ‘forever,’ Flechter says it means ‘eternity’ yet Channah & Treppner suggest that events will take place ‘immediately.’ There are a number of examples where currently available information is either conflicting, confusing (for me) or set in terms of unrealistically long periods of time. I deeply respect their work, and I’m sure that many have been able to use their timing suggestions successfully; sadly I have not yet had the same success. However, timing is always a tricky thing in divination. I do recommend that you examine their timing methods thoroughly though, perhaps you will have more success with these than I have had.

In trying to get a grip on predicting timing in Lenormand, I devised a simple-to-use timing ‘board’ or spread to help me determine the potential timing of an event. This is how it works:

JbR's Timing Method © Rootweaver 2013

JbR’s Timing Method © Rootweaver 2013

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Remove the following 3 cards from your standard 36-card Lennie deck; Clover, Bouquet and Lily. I chose Clover to represent hours as it traditionally indicates a quick event, quick opportunities that end quickly. I chose Bouquet to indicate the days & weeks as flowers usually blossom in a few weeks; and I chose Lily to represent the month because it indicates maturity, something that might take a little longer.

Divide the remaining deck into 3 equal piles of 11 cards each. Add the Clover card to the first pile, the Bouquet to the 2nd pile and the Lily to the 3rd pile. Shuffle each pile thoroughly. The first pile will be cast on the top row of the spread or casting sheet from 1 to 12 across. The 2nd pile on the second row and the third pile on the third row.

The first row of cards is divided into 12 hours. If Clover lands on the 6th position in that row it means 06h00 or 18h00. The second row is divided into 4 blocks of 3 spaces each, these are the days & weeks. Dates ascribed to the first 3 positions (1st ‘block’) are 1st-7th of the month. The 4th, 5th and 6th position are the second ‘week’, dates ascribed to these positions are 8th-15th of the month. Positions 7, 8 and 9 are ‘week’ three, these dates are 16th-24th of the month, and finally positions 10, 11 and 12 are ‘week’ four, the 25th to 31st of the month. (See diagram.)

If the Bouquet card lands on the 8th position in this second row, it indicates that an event will take place sometime between the 16th and 24th of the month. The fact that this 8th position is squarely in the centre of the 3rd week/block suggests that the date is probably closer to the 20th (the middle of the week.)

The final row symbolises the months of the year, beginning from the month we are currently in (start counting from the month you’re in but don’t include it.)  Therefore if the Lily lands in the fourth position of this row in a reading done today the 24th October 2013, it would indicate that the event will take place in February 2014. Being that I’m already in October I allocated the first position to November. (Does that make sense?)

If this was a real reading, the timing information obtained from this method would indicate that the event should take place at 6:00 (am/pm) on February 20th, 2014. Is it accurate? I honestly don’t yet know. I’ll have to try it in real-time situations a few times to determine that. In the meanwhile though, there is no harm in testing this timing method and having fun with it. I hope you’ll give it a try too.

Lenormand Challenge: Identify the cards

I found something on Facebook (posted by The Smart Witch) that I thought might be a nice one to practice Lenormand on. How much of what is written below can you see as Lenormand cards?

I’ll do the first 2 points below to demonstrate what I mean. Do leave your feedback in the comments section. After a couple of days (giving everyone a chance to add their comments) I’ll update this article with the cards that I think successfully represents all the points.

Boy with violin

Guaranteed Ways to Fail at Anything

1) Giving away your power (Bear) to people (Garden) and circumstances.

2) Making an immense (Bear) mountain (Mountain) out of every small (Clover) bump in the road (Crossroads).

3) Wasting (Mice) time chasing (Whip) people (Garden) who prove (Key) to you time-and-time again  (Whip) that you mean very little (Clover/Child) to them … Except when they need you for something.

4) Choosing (Crossroads) to be unhappy (Clouds) and choosing to suffer (Cross). Yes (Sun/Key) these are choices.

5) Constant (Whip) complaining, walking (Rider) on the dark (Coffin), cloudy (Clouds) side of life (Sun), focusing on all the negatives.

6) Consistently (Tree) making excuses (Fox) why things go wrong (Fox).

Guaranteed Ways to Succeed

1) Take back your power (Bear.) You and you alone (Tower) write (Whip/Letter) your own story (Book.) Quit giving (Bouquet) the pen to someone else.

2) Hit a bump (Mountain) in the road (Crossroads,) forge on. You may have to change (Stork) direction (Crossroads/Stars). Use your inner GPS (Stars).

3) Evaluate (Fox) the people (Garden) in your life and their importance (Sun.) Do they enhance and add to your happiness (Bouquet/Sun)? Rarely? Sometimes? Most of the time? Categorize their place (House) in your life and give (Bouquet) your time and attention accordingly.

4) Choose your demeanour. These are your emotions (Moon). Get to the root (Tree) of the pain (Snake) and suffering (Cross) and rip (Scythe) it out.

5) Focus on all that is good (Dog/Child) in your life. No one likes a whiner. Get over to the sunny (Sun) side of the street (Crossroads.) Smiles, smiles, everyone.

6) Drop (Scythe/Tower) the excuses. Dig (Scythe) down deep (Tree) to the source, face reality and pin-point (Stars) the actual reason … then accept and change (Stork.)

JbR’s Lenormand Journal: Combinations (Clouds + 1)

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CLOUDS card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013. Available at

In today’s post I create combinations with the Clouds card.

Combinations: Clouds + 1

Cloud + Rider = A message from your ex
Cloud + Clover = ‘Storm in a teacup’
Cloud + Ship = An ‘international incident’ / Rough journey ahead
Cloud + House = Domestic troubles
Cloud + Tree = Illness
Cloud + Snake = Psychopath / Politician
Cloud + Coffin = Dark clouds
Cloud + Bouquet = ‘Sweet evil’ (someone who comes across as sweet with hidden intentions to harm you) / A gift from your ex
Cloud + Scythe = Censorship & misinformation
Cloud + Whip = Brainwashing / Indoctrination
Cloud + Birds = Anxiety & confusion / Panic
Cloud + Child = Small doubt / Ex-partner’s child / Morbid curiosity
Cloud + Fox = Spy / Liar / Diversion tactics
Cloud + Bear = Bully
Cloud + Stars = Lucid moments (in e.g. amnesia)
Cloud + Stork = Confusing changes 
Cloud + Dog = Questionable breed
Cloud + Tower = Intelligence agency (e.g. CIA)
Cloud + Garden = Mass panic / Mob mentality
Cloud + Mountain = Dangerous obstacle intended to confuse / Check-mate
Cloud + Crossroad = Diversion / Confusing choices
Cloud + Mice = Memory loss
Cloud + Heart = Falling out of love / ex-lover
Cloud + Ring = Previous marriage (marriage to ex)
Cloud + Book = Writer’s block / Propaganda
Cloud + Letter = Unpaid bills
Cloud + Man = Ex-husband
Cloud + Woman = Ex-husband’s new partner
Cloud + Lily = Alzheimers
Cloud + Sun = Conspiracy theory / Breakthrough / Sauna
Cloud + Moon = Psychic block
Cloud + Key = Uncovering the truth / Verdict
Cloud + Fish = Risky investment
Cloud + Anchor = ‘Ball & chain’
Cloud + Cross = Recession / Depression

JbR’s Lenormand Journal: Combinations (Tree + 1)

TREE card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013 Available on

TREE card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013
Available on

For a more complete list of the Tree card’s keywords please refer to this post on Card Keywords. In this list, adding the remaining 35 cards to the Tree card for a combined meaning, I have primarily focussed on the ‘health’ meaning of the Tree card. This is what happened when I started combining the cards:

Combinations: Tree + 1

Tree + Rider = Prognosis / Diagnosis
Tree + Clover = Herbalism
Tree + Ship = Foreign ancestry / Hospital ship
Tree + House = Family tree (genealogy)
Tree + Cloud = Emphysema / Dementia / Troubled health / Mental health
Tree + Snake = Underlying health concerns /  Varicose veins
Tree + Coffin =  Very poor health / Terminal
Tree + Bouquet = Clean bill of health
Tree + Scythe = Surgery / Accelerating ill health
Tree + Whip = Reoccurring illness / Sexual health
Tree + Birds =Counselling / 2nd opinion / Anxiety
Tree + Child = Paediatrics
Tree + Fox = Incorrect diagnosis / Masked symptoms
Tree + Bear = Doctor / Gynaecology / Strong health / Obesity
Tree + Stars = Vertigo / On-the-mend / Recovery
Tree + Stork = Obstetrics
Tree + Dog =  Veterinarian
Tree + Tower = Hospital
Tree + Garden = Public Health
Tree + Mountain = Tumour / Slow recovery / Persistent illness / Constipation
Tree + Crossroad = Alternative medicine / 2nd opinion / Secondary illness
Tree + Mice = Virus / Weight loss / Cancer / Oncologist / Dentist
Tree + Heart = Cardiology / Emotional health
Tree + Ring = Continuous health / Commitment to good health / Ringworm
Tree + Book = Medical Journal / Hidden condition
Tree + Letter = Health record / Medical results
Tree + Man = Urologist
Tree + Woman = Gynaecologist
Tree + Lily = Sex therapist / Geriatrician
Tree + Sun = Heat therapy / Excellent health
Tree + Moon = Hormone replacement therapy / Menopause
Tree + Key = Cure / Complete recovery / Remission
Tree + Fish = Urologist / Alcoholism
Tree + Anchor = Stable (health) condition
Tree + Cross = Suffering from ill health / Terminal / Grief therapy

Shorthand Tarot – What makes a Tarot card?

When doing Tarot readings, I consistently look at all my deck and then carefully select….the RWS. Or at least an RWS based deck. I love to work with the Marseille deck privately, but seldom use it with a client. I like Thoth and Deviant Moon to explore, but seldom use them with a client. When I am finished with a reading, I take a photograph (or screenshot in online readings) to “write down the reading” for reference and to give it to the client.

A while ago I thought it would be a good idea to have a way of noting down readings by hand. To be able to do something wihtout a smartphone, internet access and all that comes with it. Of course one can simply write the names of the cards, but that was not what I looked for. I wanted something quick and unique. I am familiar with a lot of systems to write down information quickly, such as shorthand notation, Juan Tamariz’ system of symbols to write out magic performance instructions and others. But they all suffered from a serious drawback: For me and the client they do not capture the essence of the reading. The client has to recall what the card looked like in order to recall the reading, which is difficult from abstract symbol. My abilities as a graphic artist are seriously limited so drawing each card was no option.

I tried to work out what exactly I wanted to have and came to the conclusion that I wanted a sort of Icon which would convey the Gestalt of the card, its general look and its numerical, elemental and astrological symbolism without words. These are the things I most often refer to in readings, so they needed writing down. Do these things constitute what a Tarot card is? I think not, there is more, obviously and less as well. To some a Tarot card is an artwork, nothing more. To others it is a projection of a full esoteric system on a symbolic representation, nothing less. Still, I tried to have this information as my minimalistic tarot shorthand.

Each card should be drawable as just line art with a single thickness pen, and in less than a minute. Plus my sore head needs to remember 78 silly pictures, so too much detail could not be included. Thus I developed what I now call the Shorthand Tarot, by no means the only version of a simplistic handdrawn cards, but to me, useful ones. I now use them for notation and also for other activities, subject of future discussion.

I would love to see what you think and what you make of the two cards below.

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

Shorthand Tarot (c) 2013 Markus Pfeil

I am a Germany based Tarot enthusiast available via http://www.Tarosophy.De

JbR’s Lenormand Journal: Combinations (House +1)

HOUSE card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013 Available at

HOUSE card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013
Available at

We know that House means: Home, Family, Security, Possessions, Comfort, Property, Real estate, Small building. What happens when we combine it with each of the other 35 cards in the deck?

Combinations: House + 1

House + Rider = Newspaper delivery
House + Clover = Poker game at home
House + Ship = Mobile home / Transfer of property deed
House + Tree = Family home / Health clinic
House +  Clouds = Ex’s house / Cabin fever
House +  Snake = Plumbing or electrical wiring problems
House +  Coffin = Foreclosure / Death in the family
House +  Bouquet = Beautiful home
House +  Scythe = Hostile neighbours / Abuse in the home / ‘House of horrors’
House +  Whip = Domestic arguments / Brothel
House +  Birds = Gossiping housemates
House +  Child = First home / New house
House +  Fox = Self employement / Home based business
House +  Bear = Stay-at-home mum / Property manager
House +  Stars = Home ADSL modem
House +  Stork = Home birth / Relocation
House +  Dog = Family pet / Family friend
House +  Tower = House rules / Separate houses (living apart)
House +  Garden = Commune / Boarding house / Public housing
House +  Mountain =Eviction / Declined Mortgage application
House +  Crossroad = Double storey house / Duplex
House +  Mice = Home invasion / Theft at home
House +  Heart =’Home is where the heart is’ / Loving family
House +  Ring = Mortgage contract / Tenancy contract
House +  Book = Homeowner’s manual / Property portfolio
House +  Letter = Property deed / Tenancy agreement
House +  Man = Male tenant
House +  Woman = Housewife
House +  Lily = Retirement home
House +  Sun = Sun room / Holiday home
House +  Moon = Dream house
House +  Key = Home security / Approved Mortgage application
House +  Fish = Investment property
House +  Anchor = Beach house
House +  Cross =  Religious family / Moving out of home
Previous card: Ship
Next card: Tree
These are suggested combinations. Try to come up with your own, then share them in the comments section. Each one teach one. 👍

JbR’s Lenormand Journal: Combinations (Ship + 1)

SHIP card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013 Available on

SHIP card. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013
Available on

The Ship card often refers to travel (amongst other things.) In this list of combinations I had fun listing various travel scenarios to add to my directory of card combinations.

Combinations: Ship + 1

Ship + Rider = Mail from abroad
Ship + Clover = Small vehicle
Ship + House = Comfortable travel
Ship + Tree = (to keep a) Healthy distance
Ship + Clouds = Mechanical problems
Ship + Snake = Dangerously unreliable vehicle
Ship + Coffin = Airplane/flight (box) travel. Dying
Ship + Bouquet = Surprise holiday (vacation) trip
Ship + Scythe = Hostile takeover / Hijack
Ship + Whip = Frequent flyer
Ship + Birds = Nervous traveller / Noisy flight
Ship + Child = First flight
Ship + Fox = Wrong flight / Business trip
Ship + Bear = Flight captain
Ship + Stars = Flight navigational system
Ship + Stork = Flight arrival
Ship + Dog = Friendly flight assistant
Ship + Tower = Airline
Ship + Garden = Public transport
Ship + Mountain = Delayed flight
Ship + Crossroad = Connecting flight
Ship + Mice = Stressful flight
Ship + Heart = The love of travel / Honeymoon
Ship + Ring = Boarding pass
Ship + Book = Passport
Ship + Letter = Visa
Ship + Man = Male passenger
Ship + Woman = Female passenger
Ship + Lily = Seasoned traveller
Ship + Sun = Trouble-free travel
Ship + Moon = Flight confirmation (recognised flight)
Ship + Key = 1st Class / Flight has landed
Ship + Fish = Business class
Ship + Anchor = Ocean liner
Ship + Cross = Cancelled flight

I’d welcome your suggested combinations in the comments section! 😃