Tarot Technique: DIY Unique Keywords *NEW*


Inspired by the Keyword Kaleidoscope technique taught by Tali from Tarot Town in her Lenormand Course, I took this one step further and accidentally discovered a really easy way to uncover unique keywords and meanings for any card in tarot, without fail; including reversal-meanings. It immediately cuts to the chase both ways; that is to say, in no time at all you can create your own positive and negative traits for any tarot card.

We begin with two simple triangles to form a grid, placing one on-top of the other to form a six-pointed star. The grid positions are marked in the illustration that follows:

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In positions 1,2 & 3 write down existing keywords that apply to the card you are working on, these can be found in most tarot books and deck LWB’s. In my example I am focussing on The Fool card. The commonly-accepted keywords that I have decided to use in these positions are:

1. Excited

2. Trusting

3. Care-free

Next, in positions A,B & C we are going to create a new keyword by merging existing keywords together. In position ‘A’ link keywords 1 & 2 to create a whole new keyword, one that it ‘born’ as it were from combining the essence of these two keywords.

After thinking about it for a few seconds the word that I came up with by merging ‘excited’ and ‘trusting’ was ‘anticipate.’  It is not difficult to see how ‘anticipate’ easily fits with the energy of ‘excited’ and ‘trusting.’ I write this new word in position ‘A’ on my grid.

Now, do the same for position ‘C’ combining keywords 1 & 3. In my example the new word created from merging ‘excited’ with ‘care-free’ was ‘child.’ Once more, do the same for position ‘B’ on the grid by combining keywords 2 & 3 to form a new keyword that reflects the essence of these two original keywords. In my example the new word born from merging ‘trusting’ and ‘care-free’ is ‘allow.’ Play with it, there are no ‘wrong’ answers, whatever your subconscious mind links by merging two keywords together is what works, for you!

A: Anticipate

B: Child

C: Allow

We now have 3 new keywords using Tali’s Kaleidoscope technique, but now we are going to take it one step further to discover shadow keywords that will be useful in reverse-card readings too. These we’ll slot into positions AB, AC and BC.

Using the same technique I consider keywords ‘A’ and ‘B’ to create a new keyword born from merging the two, but this time I allow myself to dwell for a moment on a negative possibility. The first thing that comes to mind when a child waits in anticipation of something that does not come is ‘disappoint.’  This then becomes my ‘shadow’ keyword in position ‘AB’ on the grid. Considering keywords ‘A’ and ‘C’ I decide on ‘relinquish control’ as a shadow meaning, derived at by contemplating a negative effect of anticipate’ and allow.‘ Finally for position ‘BC’ on the grid I consider what negative trait could be born from ‘child’ and ‘allow.’ After a few moments I deciding on over indulge as my shadow word.

AB: Disappoint

AC: Relinquish control

BC: Over indulge

This technique is easy to do and can be applied to all tarot cards. Give it a go, you might surprise yourself with the unique keywords that you discover with this method. Share your discoveries in the comments below, we can all benefit from them!

Lenormand – FREE course + deck download


Today I simply have to share my most recent obsession and Cartomancy indulgence. In one word, Lenormand!

Okay, so it’s not strictly tarot,  this is a 36-card oracle system named after Madame Lenormand, the most famous card-reader of all time. She was the cartomancer of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, amongst others. Mlle Lenormand claimed to obtain her first deck of cards at the age of 14 from gypsies who taught her to read. It wasn’t however until two years after her death that the first ‘Lenormand’ deck named ‘Le Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand’ was published by Grimaud. This deck was created by a Madame Breteau, who purportedly was a student of Madame Lenormand.

The cards are hauntingly beautiful. One is spoilt for choice as there are so many decks available to choose from today. Typically a Lenormand cartomancer will acquire several, just like the typical tarot reader, many of us know no limits to the amount of decks we simply ‘must have’ in our quest for knowledge🙂

If you’d like to learn more about the Lenormand style of reading, pop over to Tarot Town and join for a free course written and taught by the lovely and talented TaliTarot. The course/group is called Lenormand Lessons with TaliTarot, where she teaches Salon-Style readings with the Lenormand. And, did I mention it is FREE!

In fact, Tarot Town offers so many wonderful resources for tarot enthusiasts that it is well worth joining even if you don’t want to enroll in Tali’s Lenormand course just yet. You will most certainly find a lot of other things that will entice you to become a part of this vibrant community.

I was very happy to find the gorgeous Lenormand 1892-1931 Altenburger Spielkarten & Co deck (featured) in the public domain that you can now download from here. You may find it helpful to use during the course until your first Lenormand deck arrives if you don’t already own one. Links to download are below.

For those who are already enrolled in Tarot Town’s Lenormand course, here is a handy download of the Grand Tableau template (as promised) that may come in useful during your studies. I’ll be ‘seeing’ you all in class!

Now all I have to do is figure out how to pronounce Lenormand – presumably with a fake French accent!

Downloads:

Download a Grand Tableau template in PDF format. Or save the template below to your computer – PNG format.

Grand Tableau Grid-PDF

Download a complete 36-card Vintage Lenormand deck (public domain.)

At 4 cards per sheet all 36 cards are available, spread over the 9 pages below.

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