Where to go?

OK, the picture doesn’t really express exactly what this is about. It’s Robert Johnson at the Crossroads, the place where all that stuff you labored at finally falls into place and you become badass. If you’re not a Lenormand badass by now you won’t be. But there’s a “Where to go?” element to it, too. That fits, so I used the image.

This has been primarily a Petit Lenormand blog. There’s been other stuff, sure, and lots of it, but it’s always come back to Lenormand. And a lot of us want to take a break from writing on that.

I feel that it is now safe to do so, since the 2011-2013 gangbang has come to an end long since and there ARE some of you out there who GET IT. As for the others, let them pound sand. Let them post bad readings on forums, let them sing the praises of the Dreaming Way and Under The Roses. What they do is nothing to do with me, or the Lenormand method, for that matter.

I’ve explained it many times over. I’ve told you to get Andy’s book, or, if that doesn’t do it for you, get Rana’s. I’ve had a Q&A going for years upon years, and it’s still open, but I just want to do something else.

I’m seriously considering going back to the Grand Jeu. It has issues, yes…the racial stuff that one finds in an 1840’s deck is appalling. But it’s complex and violent enough to keep the crowd with the veneer of new age white light away.

I guess that’s what it takes to keep the idiots away: complexity and violence. (A sad commentary, don’t you think?)

Don’t get me wrong, I will always USE Petit Lenormand. It just works too well. If you learn the system, the method, and the card essences, something that’s been explained many times over, nothing beats it.

But I don’t have any more to say about it at the moment.

What do you guys think? Do you want to do this for awhile?

13 responses »

  1. These days, I restrict my sharing of Lenormand badassery (in my limited capacity) to recommending Andy’s book, and maybe offering a trad interpretation when all around are away with the fairies. In the vast majority of cases, if you’re not already preaching to the choir, it’s just falling on deaf ears, so I appreciate your desire to let go at this point and just do something else. But please *do* do something else.

    • Already doing it.
      And yes. Scraping pigeon crap off my chessboard has been tiresome for a good while. 😉
      I’m always up for a good scrap, of course, but I prefer not to debate the mentally competent.

  2. I have this thing and it’s daunting. It’s a monster — constellations, playing cards, Greek/Roman myths, random letters? Damn. Is there anything written about it or is it just lay the cards and pick one quadrant to read?

  3. You have a great feel for Grand Jeu. Or as I call it “Seven, yes seven decks in one.” I’ve often wondered why it isn’t more popular with Lenormand readers. It is much closer to how Lenormand divined, I think, than the Petit Jeu. I’ll read whatever you want to write about.

    • Thank you.
      And yes, I don’t know many who use it. Malkiel, Lord Ewin, maybe a few others. I could probably count them on one hand.

    • Thanks, Ang!
      I don’t think it will ever be a “popular” deck, for the reasons mentioned above.
      But that’s a GOOD thing. 😉

  4. Throughout 2019, my desire to write about the Lenormand Oracle declined. Not just on the blog; forums, Instagram, et cetera. By the end of the year, each post was an effort. I stopped responding to messages – you can only explain why the playing-cards are important (and that there is no contradictions) so many times.

    The turning point for me was a bereavement. I had two dreams and then did a reading. It was clear – time to move on. 26 + 8 + 33. It has been leaded and sealed.

    I went through my cards and gave away 80 %. I have one Lenormand Oracle (excluding the antiques). The Noblet and Dodal have gone now.

    Whatever you write I’ll read. I’ve started re-studying the Grand Etteilla. But the Grand Jeu is fascinating.

    • That’s exactly the problem, having to repeat the same things over and over. What makes a good beginner deck. What books to get (and you mentioned taking yours off amazon anyway.) The insets, the numbers, how it differs from modern Tarot reading, why card order matters, and those stupid “schools”…argh.

      I’m sorry to hear about your bereavement.
      26 + 8 + 33 – it sounds like the cards were being adamant. I’ve never ignored a crystal clear Lenormand triplet like that and not regretted it.

      These couple of GJ posts have been so much less tedious to write. The ideas just flow out, I don’t have to force anything. And that’s as it should be.

      I’m looking forward to your Etteilla posts, and anything else you choose to write.

      • Thank you, Stella. Yes, I’ve drafted ten or so posts for the Picturebook and it has been so different. I do still have a GJ and also the Dames deck.

        My Father and I were never close. His death was not a total surprise. However, it was a moment of reflection. Not the first — I’d become fed up of being asked what my Mother thought or Aunt Elisa did.

        The schools are now part of the pseudo-folklore. I do wish Delcos’ texts would be translated – she uses the playing cards a lot! Even to pick significators. As does Vincent. But never mind.

        The Grand Etteilla is interesting. I tried working with it a few years back. But circumstances were not conducive and Etteilla’s writing is not the clearest. Colette Silvestre and Claude Darche texts are useful. They do deviate at times but it’s an interesting system.

  5. I am game as long as it is you writing about it because you have consistently led me in the correct direction. Heck what is another adventure if not with Stella??

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