Julian Assange executed?

It has been almost a week since anyone has seen or heard from Julian Assange. His Internet connection was deliberately severed by the Ecuadorian embassy over the weekend in an apparent attempt to keep Assange from influencing the USA elections after Wikileaks released the content of Hillary Clinton’s private (paid) speeches to wealthy banking corporations. At the same time that the world lost contact with Assange, 3 cryptic messages were tweeted which many have come to believe are the result of a ‘dead man’s switch’ that was activated after he was captured/killed.  Wikileaks have confirmed that contingency plans have been set into motion. Since Assange has been silenced several more email leaks have been published, almost daily, by others in the Wikileaks organisation.

Concerned for his safety I decided to do a Grand Tableau reading on the whereabouts of Julian Assange. I wanted to know: what has happened to him?

Before laying down the spread I charged the Man card (28) to represent Assange, the Woman card (29) to represent Hillary Clinton (aka the establishment) and the House card (4) to represent the Ecuadorian embassy where Assange has been arbitrarily detained for more than 4 years under the protection of asylum.

Using the ‘chaining’ technique I came to this alarming conclusion:


Charged card: 4 – House (as embassy)

executed>end>treacherous>veiled>branch out>departure> reputation>sacrificed.

Based on the above it seems the Ecuadorian embassy’s continued success depends on their commitment and resources linked to the US government; this position is threatened by the publicity of the Clinton emails. To prevent a repetition of further email publications the embassy severed Assange’s (Internet) connection. Furthermore the embassy may have turned a blind eye to Assange’s execution, being careful to veil their treachery. (If this turns out to be accurate we can expect much smoke screening on the part of the embassy.) We see too that the release of Wikileaks publications has ‘branched out’ – as a result of Assange’s departure. His reputation and sacrifice however live on.

Charged card: 29 – Woman (as Hillary Clinton aka the establishment)


Clinton>public>emails>repeat>cut/punish>end/death>dangerous/venomous>smoke & mirrors>health>split/detour>reputation>sacrifice>White House>success>relationship/s>money

From the above I conclude that Clinton is concerned that her public position would be undermined by the email leaks, especially if the leaks continue. To prevent this a decision was made to amputate Assange’s efforts (by cutting his internet access) and to measure out swift punishment possibly resulting in his death. She sees Assange as dangerous, fearing future leaks could penetrate the smoke & mirrors surrounding her health issues which could result in a split in her path to the White House as health revelations could irreversibly damage her reputation resulting in her being ‘sacrificed’ instead of sworn into office. She believes that ending the leaks (and therefore Assange) will result in her successfully entering the White House, a path that has been paved by her relationships (connections) to money (corporations?)

Charged card: 28 – Man (as Julian Assange)



This short chain suggests that Assange was moved from the embassy, whether dead or alive.

There is much more that can be read in this spread. The first 3 cards open the reading with Key (33) Mice (23) and Child (13). A solution to the loss of innocence. This fits well with the intent behind Wikileaks – to expose the guilty in their corruption and theft. The last 4 cards (a summary) of the reading are: Bouquet (9), Ring (25), Book (26), Moon (32). Gifting us with his commitment to the truth (unveiling secrets) is how he will be known and remembered.

I sincerely hope that I am wrong, that my interpretation is off. I cannot however shake the feeling that Assange’s enemies have done away with him while the embassy turned a blind eye. Any deeper insight or clarity into this reading will be happily received in the comments.

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.)

Lenormand Group Activities, featuring Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver

Here are a few Lenormand reading activities to participate in. Cards used are from the new Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver, available from  www.rootweaver.com

GROUP ACTIVITY: Describe the person in the cards.

Gender, appearance, personality etc. Explain your reasoning for learning purposes. Cards: 24 Heart, 4 House, 3 Ship.

reading 24-4-3



GROUP ACTIVITY:  What work does this person do?

Explain your reasoning for learning purposes. Cards: 19 Tower, 12 Birds, 18 Dog.

reading 19-12-18



GROUP ACTIVITY: What is causing chaos?

There’s a major roadblock ahead. Total chaos. Everyone is wondering: What is the cause? Explain your reasoning with your answers. Cards: 30 Lily, 22 Crossroad, 32 Moon.

reading 30-22-32


GROUP ACTIVITY: Find a missing item.

An item has been lost. Where could it be? Explain your reasoning with your answer. Cards: 25 Ring, 15 Bear, 23 Mice.

reading 25-15-23


GROUP ACTIVITY: What is the secret?

Someone is keeping a secret. What could it be? Explain your reasoning with your answer. Cards: 16 Star, 11 Whip, 9 Bouquet.

reading 16-11-9


Please share your answers in the comments, this way we can all  learn from one another.

Looking forward to hearing from you 😀

Rootweaver (JbR)


‘Peace knot’ – free zendoodle pattern (by JbR)

'Cross' by JbR © 2013 using the 'peace knot' doodle pattern.

‘Cross’ by JbR © 2013 using the ‘peace knot’ doodle pattern.

A little something for the deck creators, artists, zen-chasers and wanna-be artists amongst us.

Doodling is as old as the hills. People have doodled forever. But, have you wondered what might happen if you incorporated a bit more structure into your doodles? What inevitably happens is surprisingly beautiful art, and you need not be an artist to create fabulous doodles! Seriously, you need only put pen to paper and follow these easy instructions.

Zentangle ® is the art of repetitive patterns to form intricate and complex doodles. However, once we break these complex designs down to their basics, drawing fabulous looking doodles are both fun and easy, and it is addictive! It has a similar effect on us as what drawing mandalas does, it is meditative, relaxing and good for our health.

As a keen doodler myself, I have tried many of the available ‘tangles’ (doodles) as published by Zentangle and others. However, I am now ready to share my own unique (and new) doodle patterns with easy to replicate, step-by-step instructions. Anyone may freely use these patterns for non-commercial or commercial use, however I retain the copyright on the patterns themselves, and a mention might be nice if you do decide to use one or more of my patterns in your art 😉

I call the first one ‘peace knot’ because it reminds me of a piece of string knotted around a stone, a symbol of ‘tying up’ the violence in our world. This pattern is especially beautiful and striking when repeated over a larger area with a bit of shading added afterward for depth.

How to draw ‘peace knot.’

'peace knot' by JbR © 2013

‘peace knot’ by JbR © 2013

I will post these tangles separately. Please share widely with your tangle, doodle and arty friends and remember to subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss out on any future free doodle/tangle patterns.

Build-Your-Own Lenormand: A game-changer

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The Build-Your-Own Lenormand deck is every bit as much the creation of the wider Lenormand community as it is mine. It is as a result of specific challenges and questions that were raised within the community that these ideas (and solutions) began to form in my mind. In the anticipation of the BYO Lenormand I have said that this is a unique deck, a never-done-before concept in Lenormand, and I’d like to take this opportunity to explain what I meant by that.

  1. For the first time in Lenormand history the standard 36-card deck now has 5 variations for each card from which to choose.
  2. This is also the first time that buyers and readers can purchase cards individually rather than by the deck.
  3. This deck features an African family as one of the 5 options to choose from in the Man, Woman and Child cards.
  4. The BYO Lenormand caters equally for the needs of traditional readers as well as non-traditional readers.

I have listed some of the benefits of this particular deck and how it addresses many of the challenges experienced in the Lenormand community (from a reader’s point of view) with innovative solutions to these challenges.


What is the ‘perfect’ deck. There isn’t really such a thing, right? Because taste differs and we don’t all like the same thing. I’m sure I speak for many of us when I find myself falling in love with one or several cards in a deck, but not so much with other cards in the same deck. That’s human nature, it’s normal to have a preference for some cards and not others.


The solution would be to have a deck with enough variations of each card so that readers and buyers can choose the cards that they really like, as opposed to being ‘stuck’ with some cards they can’t really relate to. The BYO Lenormand deck has five different variations for each of the standard 36 cards, increasing the chances that you’re going to find that one-in-five option in each of the 36 cards that appeals to you. The  result is a deck that comprises almost entirely of cards that you really like.


Wish you had a completely unique (but affordable) one-of-a-kind deck without having to resort to making your own single-copy deck? Especially if it’s a deck that your peers have too (albeit uniquely different) so that you can compare?


With 180 cards to choose from there is almost no chance that you will end up with the same deck as anyone else! Do the math yourself to calculate what the odds are of any two people having the same BYO Lenormand deck; 36×5^36=[the odds] It is highly unlikely. I tried to calculate this on Google’s scientific calculator, but the number is so big that it gives an error message. Perhaps one of you have a large enough calculator to get the exact number. Or, perhaps I am miscalculating it entirely. Either way, there is almost no chance at all that any two readers will choose exactly the same cards from the wide selection available in this deck.

BYO odds


The dog ate your card. Or, you somehow lost a card from your favorite deck. Don’t you just hate that? Normally you would have to buy an entire new deck to replace a damaged or missing card. And, what do you do with those ‘extras’ lying around afterward?


For the first time ever you can now buy individual Lenormand cards, from as few as 1 card to as many as 180 cards. To replace a missing or damaged card is easy with the BYO Lenormand, and best of all it is inexpensive at only $1.25 a card.

This puts the buyer/reader in control instead of the deck creator or publisher. If your deck needs a face-lift it is simple enough to buy a few extra cards to replace the ones you might be tired of. You can even rotate them regularly if that suit you.


The ‘people’ cards in our Lennie decks aren’t representative enough of other ethnic groups, and there aren’t enough people cards in the deck to act as significators.


The BYO Lenormand includes an African family. An African Man, Woman and Child card to add a deeper dimension to your deck. Included too are two other little non-caucasean boys, one from the Middle East and one from South America. You are spoilt for choice which is exactly what I wanted for you. Complete flexibility in the hands of the reader becomes a new possibility in your Lenormand deck.

For readers who want to include cards to represent same-sex couples, sisters, brothers, ex-partners, extra children (one for each child in the family) etc. you can now do so with this deck. Readings can be done to include specific family members which will make your readings so much more direct to the situation at hand or the family dynamics of the person you’re reading for. The addition of extra cards to represent same-sex couples is a modern inclusion in many newer decks. However, never before have we had this many choices.

This idea can be extended even further and need not be limited to the people cards. You can (for example) choose a card with big Fish to represent big money (perhaps an inheritance), and smaller Fish to represent smaller money (perhaps a salary or bonus.) Why not have them both? Now you can, and one never knows it might just be that extra little ‘something’ that your clients enjoy about your readings or that sets you apart from other readers.


You are a new reader who is still learning the finer nuances in Lenormand, and while you like the more contemporary decks everyone advises you to start with a traditional deck first. Or, you are a traditionalist and you feel that many contemporary deck designers aren’t paying as much attention to the detail (eg. orientation) as a traditional deck does, it frustrates you that deck creators aren’t hearing you because orientation is an important consideration for you.


Now you can have the best of both worlds in one deck! As your reading skills and knowledge of Lenormand develops and improves you can replace some cards with others in the deck that more accurately reflects the correct orientation. A strictly traditional reader will easily find variations in the BYO Deck of cards that do adhere to the correct orientation in order to compile a deck that is traditional. With this in mind your deck can grow with you as your knowledge in Lenormand grows.


You like the look of contemporary decks but they are too ‘busy’ in a Grand Tableau which makes it harder to quickly identify the cards in a reading.


Amongst some of the variations available in the BYO Lenormand you’ll be able to select starker cards for easier GT readings. This way you can have a contemporary deck that isn’t too overwhelming with imagery.

In short, gone are the days of the Goldilocks effect where the deck is either too ‘this’, not enough ‘that’, and seldom ever ‘just right.’ It is now possible to compile the ‘perfect’ deck (if such a thing exists,) one that is at least ‘just right’ for you.

This deck can be purchased directly from http://www.rootweaver.com

A Lenormand Game: Guessing Cards in their Houses – round 3

Vontage Lenormand by Rootweaver & The Deck of Lenormand Houses by Tierney Sadler

Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver & The Deck of Lenormand Houses by Tierney Sadler

Continuing an exercise on Cards and Houses from ‘Learning Lenormand’ the course associated with Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin’s soon-to-be released book of the same title, we continue the word-play game. I will give a few rhymes, see if you can identify the Lenormand Card and House that the rhyme refers to. Two Cards, one Focus Card and one House Card to provide context.  To make it easier, I have highlighted the clues (referring to the 2 cards) in bold. Answers below.

  1. “A bond formed in fidelity with Facebook friends across the sea
  2. “A choice must be made to live sensibly, if one hopes to achieve longevity.”
  3. “She found herself filled with doubt, to accept his gift or go without…”



  1. Dog in Ship
  2. Paths in Tree
  3. Clouds in Bouquet


A Lenormand Game: Guessing Cards in their Houses – round 2

Here are today’s 3 rhymes. Try to guess what the Card is and which House it lands on. The answers are below.


  1. “Place of comfort & retreat turns into a busy party street.”
  2. “Repeated conflict will ensure that what covers you will not endure.”
  3. “Your stoke of luck however brief will only end in loss & grief.”
Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver & The Deck of Lenormand Houses by Tierney Sadler

Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver & The Deck of Lenormand Houses by Tierney Sadler

*Rhymes by JbR


  1. House in Garden
  2. Whip in Tree
  3. Clover in Mice

Tarot Exercise – colour your own!

Once upon a time, somewhere on the www, I found uncoloured line-drawn copies of the RWS cards. I have found it very useful to colour my own as a tarot exercise, and am always pleasantly surprised by what is revealed to me in the process. Perhaps it’s because I look at the cards differently during the process of colouring them, seeing details I had not noticed before.

An example of this is the Three of Swords card. When I spent time colouring this card in I unexpectedly noticed  that the swords were sharp upon entering the heart but blunt upon exiting it! Something changed the blades in the process of piercing the heart! This was something I had really not noticed before colouring in my own Three of Swords card. I also noticed for the first time that it was raining (in the card)! In these unexpected discoveries lie exciting new layers of possible interpretations to further enhance our reading abilities.

I kept the line-drawings and am making them available here for download. Perhaps you’d like to give this exercise a try too? If you do, let me know what new revelations you uncover!

Apologies for the ‘order’ (disorder) that these are in, but it seems all 78 cards are here. I have listed the cards that appear on each page below, with links to download the pdf documents.

Colour-your-own-Page1: The Fool, The High Priestess, The Magician, The Empress

Colour-your-own-Page2: The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot

Colour-your-own-Page3: Strength, The hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice

Colour-your-own-Page4: The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil

Colour-your-own-Page5: The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun

Colour-your-own-Page6: Judgement, The World

Colour-your-own-Page7: King of Swords, Queen of Swords, Knight of Swords, Page of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page8: Ten of Swords, Nine of Swords, Eight of Swords, Seven of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page9: King of Cups, Queen of Cups, Knight of Cups, Page of Cups

Colour-your-own-Page10: King of Wands, Queen of Wands, Ace of Cups, Two of Cups

Colour-your-own-Page11: Seven of Cups, Eight of Cups, Nine of Cups, Ten of Cups

Colour-your-own-Page12: Knight of Wands, Page of Wands, Ten of Wands, Nine of Wands

Colour-your-own-Page13: Four of Wands, Six of Wands, Seven of Wands, Eight of Wands

Colour-your-own-Page14: Five of Pentacles, Seven of Pentacles, Nine of Pentacles, Ten of Pentacles

Colour-your-own-Page15: King of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles, Knight of Pentacles, Page of Pentacles

Colour-your-own-Page16: Ace of Pentacles, Four of Pentacles, Three of Swords, Six of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page17: Two of Pentacles, Three of Pentacles, Six of Pentacles, Eight of Pentacles

Colour-your-own-Page18: Ace of Swords, Two of Swords, Four of Swords, Five of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page19: Ace of Wands, Two of Wands, Three of Wands, Five of Wands

Colour-your-own-Page20: Three of Cups, Four of Cups, Five of Cups, Six of Cups