‘Tis the Season – 2014 Yule TarotBlogHop


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5-Card Yuletide Spread

In the Yule BlogHop we were asked to do a 5-card spread for the following questions:

1) What gift would you give the world if you could?  The Lovers

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

Love remains the greatest power of all. With loving comes forgiveness and acceptance of one another’s differences. If our world leaders could operate from love and acceptance rather than greed and blood-thirst this would be a much better world to live in.

2) What gift would you want from the world?  Page of Pentacles

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

The Page of Pentacles represents the student to me. This is very fitting as I see myself as a perpetual student learning from the world at all times.

3) What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy? 2 of Cups

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

For me the Two of Cups speaks of equality and mutual respect. I have finally honoured my inner artist, the intuitively creative me that is well represented by the Cups suit, by enrolling at Art School at the mature age of 51. I’ve loved art since I was a little girl, and I’ve wanted to ‘do’ good art since just about forever. It is never too late to honour oneself and to treat ourselves as deserving equals. With Art I can express myself.

4) What gift have you given that has brought you joy? Queen of Swords

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

The written and spoken word. I’ve been fortunate that I had a very busy tarot practice until quite recently. It brought me great joy to witness the healing and peace that my readings often brought others. I’ve also just completed my first contracted book for publication by Schiffer Publishers, a how-to manual for my LeNewbie Lenormand deck. Hopefully my written words in this publication will be a gift for those who are new to the oracle.

5) What is the last thing that you would like to share about this season?  Knight of Pentacles

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by  Nøra Huszka

The Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nøra Huszka

For me, this card is all about responsibility and planning ahead. I guess I’d say that good planning and foresight will assist each of us to meet our responsibilities toward ourselves and others; not only over the season, but into 2015 too.

Happy holidays to us & ours, including all our fur (and feathered) babies.

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Buccaneer Lenormand by Rootweaver – Arrrr!


Albatross feature on the Bird card. Sailors have long held a deep superstition about these birds!

Albatross feature on the Bird card. Sailors have long held a deep superstition about these birds!

Shiver me timbers! A pirate-themed deck, inspired by Black Sails and Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the latest offering from Rootweaver’s creative basket. Digitally rendered sketches with bursts of colour to bring this appropriately ‘dark’ deck to life and to delight fans of all-things-pirate.

Featuring our matey captain Jack Sparrow and a pretty lass at his side who looks a little lily-livered but she’s a tough lass who’s not afraid to use a cat o’ nine tails on a scallywag if provoked.

Don’t pay doubloons, save your pieces o’ eight by taking advantage of the pre-order price and beat the sprogs at it. Save a whole $6.00 – that be a mighty fine discount! So, beat ‘em scallywags to the booty and order your copy today directly from Rootweaver’s site for the discounted pre-order price of $22.95.

(This deck is already at the printer and is expected to arrive within 10 days.) Arrrr!

Crossroads - where will they lead you?

Crossroads – where will they lead you?

Product description:

A 36-card  lenormand deck that has been slightly modified to a pirate theme. These modifications include replacing the traditional Scythe (card 10) with a Sword, replacing the Coffin (card 8) with a pirate’s Grave,  the Whip (card 11) features a cat o’ nine tails, we have the Albatross featured in the Birds card (card 12), Rats instead of Mice for card 23, a Scroll instead of a Letter (card 27) and both the Bouquet (card 9) and Lily (card 30) feature ‘dark’ flowers.

These cards are 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches in size (standard poker size) and are printed on premium linen card stock by Printers Studio,  shrink wrapped and will be shipped in a luxurious velvet drawstring pouch.

A lighthouse Tower to lead the way. It's a dangerous place for pirates!

A lighthouse Tower to lead the way. It’s a dangerous place for pirates!

Mystery Grand Tableau – Solve April’s whodunit lenormand mystery.


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Starting in April 2014 we will feature a monthly Mystery Grand Tableau. This is a ‘solve the mystery’ kinda reading, a ‘whodunit’ as it were. Here goes:

You have been assigned to a special Lenormand Police Force task team to solve this crime/mystery. A body has been found in a park. Upon initial inspection it looks like foul play. You need to find out the following: Who was the victim? Why was he/she murdered? Were they in fact murdered?? If so, who did it, and what was their motive? Once you have a suspect find both motive & opportunity. Who can you trust to assist you in your investigation? Who can you not trust? Why? Your findings must be supported with ‘evidence’ (i.e show us how you tie things together in the GT.) As you examine and re-examine this GT throughout the month of April, coming back to it with fresh eyes, add additional insights. It’s perfectly okay to change your mind, to re-examine evidence, and to interrogate new ‘suspects.’

Use any and all lenormand reading techniques that you have learnt to ‘solve the mystery.’ If you’re new to lenormand (a European system of fortune-telling using cards) or want to participate within a closed and safe environment, join us over at Lenormand Toolbox on Facebook. A closed group for enthusiasts of lenormand from beginners to advanced. The Toolbox is a supportive learning environment for readers of all levels to participate in with heaps of exercises, tips and lessons. All welcome!

Where is God?


As the world seemingly becomes more troubled before our eyes some of us might be wondering, where is God? God, by any and all others names; the Creative Source. I learnt that sometimes all it takes is to ask. So I did.

“Where is God?”
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God is as present in our DNA helix as in the great sand dunes and in the microscopic life beneath the ocean. In geometry, in negative space, in the thunder and in the skin of the reptile. Every fibre, every cavity, every frequency and all reflections of these is where God is.

In the pallet of the artist, the delicate balance in contrast, in science and in nothingness. In the shadows and their vacancy. In all things is the spark of divinity. It is impossible to not see God in all things. All things are a reflection of all that is. All that is exists in multiple dimensions, all at once. What is considered to be grotesque in one realm is revered in another; for all that is is divine.

We catch but fleeting glimpses of creation in our world. As divine creation expands outward so too does it contract inward, a column and circle all at once. Many and one in the same moment.

From our perspective we sometimes see God as the object, sometimes as the negative space surrounding the object. There are no mistakes or miscalculations, this is not possible in the constantly evolving dance of creation.

Where do we find God? Where our attention span takes us, for nothing is devoid of the creator. We witness its endless birth in all that is, in all that we perceive to be missing and present. Like eternally wet paint on the artist’s canvas, creation is never still or stagnant, always moving, always blending, running, smudging, creating new blends, new experiences  – all for our benefit so that we may see divinity reflected back to us and recognise ourselves in all that is divine, all that is.

We think God is only ‘good’ or ‘just.’ God is everything, everywhere. Nothing can exist without the particle we call God. When we see that there is no division, no lack, no right or wrong, we recognise the splendour of unity, the wonder of oneness. Then we begin to recognise ourselves as God. However, it is our destiny to always seek divinity just as we are divinity, therein lies the great paradox.

God is the eye that sees the object and the object that is seen. God is the reflection of the object on the optic nerve and God is the optic nerve. The space between viewer and object, the point of connection and separation, the manifest and non-manifest. The overseer in the unseen as well as the seen. The apex and the nadir. The shadow, the suggestion, the cause and the effect. The near, the far, the origin and the offshoot. All these things are one expressed in infinite ways.

Seek God in contrast. The space between spaces. Moving as one organism on its own dance, perfectly choreographed. To see God as only one thing from only one perspective limits our ability to see the dance as a whole of which we are both part and total. Eyes open or shut, nothing is not God.

An endless dance. Never the same. Always in the process of creation. That is God.

There is God.

 

 

R.I.P Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)


Something I wrote in 1998 for Nelson Mandela. Hamba kahle, Tata Madiba.

Nelson Mandela, artist rendition. Source: http://guardianlv.com

Nelson Mandela, artist rendition. Source: http://guardianlv.com

In the Land of his birth and destiny
an ordinary man was fighting to be free
from segregation
of the black nation, for humanity.
He was the symbol of justice in white courts
the paradigm of freedom for this he had fought
he would not bend
until the end, was what he taught.

The strength of this cause would see him through
the aspirations of his people was enough, he knew,
to fill his soul
while in the gaol. The time was due.
The father of the nation when at last released,
his people adored him, their self-esteem increased
and he was proud
to hear the crowd sing out aloud.

Here my children is the land of our birth
which was gone for too long,
yet, with courage, faith and song
we have won.
Thus with pride and dignity and worth
we can honour this land
for together we must stand,
no longer banned,
sing with pride and merriment and mirth.

Hate not your enemies, is what he told to all,
for they too were prisoners inside their very soul
and now are free,
like you and me, our common goal.
We’ll cultivate a nation of which we can be proud
the voices of our people will all sing out aloud
and start anew
this is our cue, this is the hour.

Our valleys will echo the voices of all man
our dreams will be carried on the wind across the sand,
for we are free
with dignity, in this our land.
African children, people of all tribes,
we have taken back our country and taken back our lives
so with respect
we shall protect, grow and thrive.

Here my children is the land of our birth
which was gone for too long
yet with courage, faith and song
we have won.
Thus with pride and dignity and worth
we can honour this land
for together we must stand
no longer banned.
Sing with pride and merriment and mirth.

We’ll educate our children, off the land they’ll feed,
we’ll honour our country and never let it bleed,
for it is here
in Africa that we are freed.

Rootweaver © 1998-2013

 

Lenormand Reader’s Flowchart


How to determine whether you're a Lenormand reader, or not. Image © Rootweaver

How to determine whether you’re a Lenormand reader, or not. Image © Rootweaver

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What happened to Madeleine McCann?


What happened to Madeleine McCann? A reading by JbR Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013 www.rootweaver.com

What happened to Madeleine McCann? A reading by JbR
Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013 http://www.rootweaver.com

Little Madeleine McCann, eldest daughter of a British couple, disappeared days before her fourth birthday on May 3rd 2007, from a holiday resort in Portugal. Her parents and their friends were enjoying dinner at a nearby tapas bar while the children slept, during which time Madeleine disappeared. I did a Grand Tableau to find more information surrounding her disappearance.

*Disclaimer: Nothing here is presented or intended as fact or actual knowledge of what happened, it is merely how I interpreted the cards in the spread above.

Method: Grand Tableau using a Chaining/Linking technique.

The Child was told that her parents reputedly ‘gifted’ her to them by invitation, and possibly for financial reasons, when she was stolen by a repeat offender, a man who was part of a circle that pretended to be her extended family. There were discussions to confine her under lock and key until the dust had settled. The network (syndicate) responsible for her abduction operated under obscurity and secrecy to finalise the kidnapping. Under the guise of ‘caring relatives’ they took her (relocated her) to a woman, transporting her by sea, and delivered her disguised as a boy with forged documents to be passed off as someone else’s child.

The abduction was premeditated as it happened after repeated discussions with a man, connected to a human trafficking ring that has been in existence for many years. They have an extensive communications network that is tightly contained, accessible only through a deep underground movement where such abductions are plotted. Shrouded in obscurity and with the aid of secret documents they were able to see the abduction through to its conclusion, ensuring no trail was left. This abduction was emotionally motivated by ‘family connections’ ensuring the child was delivered to a woman abroad who then transported her by car to a hidden location where they wouldn’t be exposed. Documents were exchanged regarding ‘parental’ rights (possibly with inside help from some official) ensuring the child would not be recognised. This child was specifically chosen for her appearance (beauty) and money was exchanged for the abduction.

It appears as if they kept the child in a fortress that had several exit routes to make their quick escape if necessary. The venue is possibly in a mountainous terrain or near a large mountain range, and/or behind high walls.

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Samhain Blog-Hop: How do I love myself?


Thoughts on love. The most complex relationship most of us will have is the relationship we have with ourselves. It is little wonder then that the issue at hand in many readings I do for querents comes back to this question: ‘How do I love myself?’

I am honoured to be part of the Samhain blog-hop, the theme this time is LOVE. My post links here to Ethony (the blogger before me;) and here to Sun Goddess Tarot (the blogger after me.) Continue to read each of our thoughts on love by clicking on these links. From their blogs they will direct you to the next blogs in the Samhain blog-hop. If however Mercury Retrograde decides to play havoc with any of the links in the chain, fear not, here is the Master List.

How do I love myself? Knowing that the relationship we have with ourselves will colour the relationships we have with everyone and everything around us, I thought it a good opportunity to address this question. I consulted the Lenormand, a European system of fortune-telling. Card combinations are numbered and listed at the end. What follows is a dialogue, a heart-to-heart with ourselves about self-love, derived from a Square of Nine reading I did on this subject. In this reading the conversation might go something like this:

Square of Nine - Samhain Bloghop. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver www.rootweaver.com

Square of Nine – Samhain Bloghop. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013. Available at http://www.rootweaver.com

“Dear Self,

(1) I acknowledge that my relationship with you has been riddled with disease, crippling me to believe that I am not as worthy as another. Confining me to that stuck place where I am confronted with my imperfections. A tomb that whispers ‘if I can see how unworthy you are, surely everybody else sees this too?’ I fear these thoughts that weigh me down seem utterly beyond my control.

(2) But… I acknowledge too that I am in partnership with myself, however I approach this we’re in it together. I may as well stop the merry-go-round for long enough to make a promise to me; a promise of commitment – come what may.  (3) In doing so, what may come is a new message of love. A renewal of my core relationship; a relationship that touches and colours all other relationships in my life. (4) I accept the invitation to seek the beauty and value in me. I know it has always been there even if I’ve temporarily lost sight of it.

(5) I acknowledge that my issues of low self esteem are deeply rooted. It seems I’ve carried the weight of this through generations almost as if my imperfections are imprinted on the DNA of my psyche. (6) But, I also acknowledge that I need to make an effort to be truer to me, the real me, and to trust myself to be a loyal companion who can see beyond the genetic imprints until I remember that I have always been my own soul-mate, even before I chose this life, these generational lessons.

(7) It is then that I will be free to enjoy the abundance of who I am. To frolic again in the flow and to see hurtful experiences and perceptions as nothing more than yet another resource, one of many to add to my coffer. (8) For, wherever I travel, whatever distance I cover in this life or another on these or other foreign shores, I know that I am the rightful heir to my unique connection to Source – my own spark of divinity. It is my inheritance.

(9) I will travel beyond the shores of my physical experiences, I will heal my sense of discomfort and ill-worth, and I will recognise myself as one who has been on this journey a long time, much longer than my physical age. From this day on I will be my own champion, my own best friend. I will endeavour to remain in the flow of abundance from which I was conceived.

(10) Dear Self, my journey has not stalled, I am merely setting down roots for a while as I learn about love and relationships in this physical world. I allow the roots of my tree to dip deeply into the flow of consciousness, and I pause often to quench my thirst.

(11) I have me, my best friend, to face the rest of this journey with. As long as I trust that I am exactly where I need to be and that soon enough my ship will sail on to new shores, we might as well enjoy the process together.

(12) I can only love another in so much as I have learnt to love myself. I no longer struggle to swim upstream, I surrender to the flow. Suddenly I find I no longer need permission to love because this love doesn’t come with a price tag that says ‘you’ve gotta love me back.’ I’ve let go of the notion that I am any less deserving than another because I know this is not true. We’re all cut from the same cloth, fishing from the same pond.

I think I’ll spread a picnic blanket now, catch some sun rays and allow myself to feel totally at one with all I am, all I ever have been and all that I am becoming.

I am loved.”

  1. Heart+Coffin
  2. Heart+Ring
  3. Heart+Rider
  4. Heart+Bouquet
  5. Heart+Tree
  6. Heart+Dog
  7. Heart+Fish
  8. Heart+Ship
  9. Tree+Ship
  10. Tree+Fish
  11. Dog+Ship
  12. Dog+Fish

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Lenormand Notebooks, how do you organise yours?


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

Card #26 Book. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand © Rootweaver 2013. http://www.rootweaver.com

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?

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 www.tarottaxi.com

JbR’s Timing Method © Rootweaver 2013 http://www.tarottaxi.com

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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.