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!

‘Ffrond’ – free zendoodle pattern (by JbR)


Here’s another freebie to add to your doodle directory. I have called it ‘Ffrond’ for obvious reasons. At first this pattern looks very complex, but once broken down into easy-to-follow steps it is simple to do. Just divide your circle into quarters (or thirds if you prefer) and then proceed to fill in each segment as shown in the steps below. Have fun!

Zendoodles can be used to create your own art (be that in a deck of cards or otherwise,) create greeting cards or embellish your favourite walking shoes. The applications are endless. If you use any of my patterns in your designs please remember to credit me.

To draw Ffrond follow these step-by-step instructions.

'Ffrond' by JbR

‘Ffrond’ by JbR

LeNewbie Lenormand, a learning & teaching tool


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LeNewbie Lenormand, by Rootweaver

Lenormand has taken the card-reading world by storm. However, as more and more readers try their hand at this fascinating system of European fortune-telling, it becomes clear that it’s not as easy to learn as it first appears to be.

The system depends on traditional keyword meanings for each card, used in combination with one another to make accurate revelations. It is imperative that newcomers first learn these keywords before they can successfully start using the cards. In comes the LeNewbie Lenormand to the rescue; a deck designed with the beginner in mind.

Each of the images on the 36 cards that make up this deck are compiled of their relevant keywords, doing away with the immediate need to memorise the Lenormand keywords because they are right in front of the reader! Now anyone can read Lenormand.

30. LILY aThe brain works in a strange way. When the image becomes the words these words seem to somehow stick in the memory, without any effort. Thus killing two birds with one stone, the immediate ability to read Lenormand and the subtle manner in which one remembers keywords without really trying.

This is a limited edition deck, only 250 copies – signed and numbered. A powerful learning and teaching tool, a must-have for anyone interested in learning or teaching the fascinating Lenormand.

Order directly from Rootweaver’s site at www.rootweaver.com

Do you think that seeing the keywords on each card, represented as an image would help you to learn or teach Lenormand? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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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Rapid growth in tarot knowledge


I was browsing Biddy Tarot’s blog and came across a simply fabulous article entitled Rapidly Deepening Your Tarot Knowledge with Tarot Card Profiles. She’s one smart lady! If you hop over to her blog via the link above you’ll see that she cleverly discusses the benefits of using Tarot Card Profiles, you can even download a template Tarot Card Profile from her blog while you’re there!

She gives a clear 5-step approach to creating a Tarot Card Profile that is very useful, but my favourite bit is the Context-Specific Meanings. I think this is a very beneficial way to look at the cards for deeper tarot knowledge.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 5


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Minor Arcana – Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles– Carpal tunnel syndrome

2 of Pentacles– Testicular issues

3 of Pentacles– Fear of heights

4 of Pentacles– Stress

5 of Pentacles– Winter colds & flu, limp, difficulty walking

6 of Pentacles– Eating disorders

7 of Pentacles– Lethargy

8 of Pentacles– Sport or workplace injury

9 of Pentacles– Detoxification required, issues relating to overindulgence of food, wine etc

10 of Pentacles– Diabetes

Page of Pentacles– Stroke

Knight of Pentacles– Meningitis

Queen of Pentacles– Dementia, Senility, Alzheimer

King of Pentacles– Gout

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 4


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Minor Arcana – Swords

Ace of Swords– Rectal pain (eg: hemorrhoids, anal fissure, proctalgia fugax)

2 of Swords– Eyesight

3 of Swords– Heart, chest pains

4 of Swords– Sleep disorders, fatigue

5 of Swords– Limp (any other condition that requires the use of a walking stick)

6 of Swords– Left arm

7 of Swords– Sleep-walking

8 of Swords– Mental disorder that requires restraining (eg: straight-jacket)

9 of Swords– Night terrors, nightmares, phobias

10 of Swords– Back-ache, spinal issues

Page of Swords– Tennis elbow

Knight of Swords– Rage issues, over-active, bi-polar, mood-swings, fever

Queen of Swords– Surgery (female patient)

King of Swords– Surgery (male patient)

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 3


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Minor Arcana – Wands

Ace of Wands– Male circumcision, erectile dysfunction

2 of Wands– Near-sighted

3 of Wands– Right arm

4 of Wands– Indigestion, choking

5 of Wands– Infection (viral or bacterial)

6 of Wands– Sexual health issues

7 of Wands– Vertigo

8 of Wands– splinter/thorn (foreign objects in the body), tape worm

9 of Wands– Head injury

10 of Wands– Back-ache, tension, poor posture

Page of Wands– Sexual/gender identity crisis

Knight of Wands– Left leg, stiff leg

Queen of Wands– Menopausal symptoms, hot-flushes etc

King of Wands– Hemorrhoids

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – Part 2


*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings.

Minor Arcana – Cups

Ace of Cups – Incontinence, weepy

2 of Cups– 2nd medical opinion needed

3 of Cups– Foot issues, eg athletes foot, flat-foot, etc

4 of Cups– Incorrect medication/dosage administered, body rejects transplant

5 of Cups– Underactive thyroid, low body temperature

6 of Cups– Ear-nose-throat

7 of Cups– Lack of concentration, day-dreaming, autism

8 of Cups– Limp (any other condition that requires the use of a walking stick)

9 of Cups– Overweight, alcoholism

10 of Cups– Pleurisy

Page of Cups– Halitosis

Knight of Cups– Stiff back & neck, light-headed

Queen of Cups– Headache, tight shoulder muscles

King of Cups– Chesty, bronchial

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.

Health Issue Indicators – part 1


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*Please note: These indicators were intuited using the ‘Voice in the Card’ method in which I ignored all other (relevant) interpretations and card-meanings. I am more than happy to share what I received, but I strongly suggest that readers who find this list helpful rather intuit their own list of health indicators before attempting to use them in readings. 

Major Arcana

Fool– High blood pressure

Magician– Intestinal issues eg: hernia

High Priestess– Anti-social personality disorders

Empress– Ovaries & female reproductive system. Pregnancy.

Emperor– Teeth, gums & jaw

Hierophant– Constipation

Lovers– Sexually transmitted disease

Chariot– Immobility, leg paralysis

Strength– Allergies

Hermit– Depression

Wheel of Fortune– Chiropractic issues eg: spinal disks

Justice– Sinusitis, phlegm on the chest

Hanged Man– Poor blood circulation, thrombosis

Death– Death

Temperance– Acne, boils

Devil– Addictions, heartburn, issues arising from poor personal hygiene

Tower– Memory loss

Star–  Plantar warts (ingrown foot warts)

Moon– Moontime/menses (period pains)

Sun– Hamstring, pulled ligaments

Judgement– Throat, oesophagus,  voice-box

World– Cholesterol

*Disclaimer. I am not a health professional, and this is not meant to be a diagnostic exercise, merely clues to possible underlying conditions that querents should consult their medical professionals about rather than ‘taking my word’ for it.