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GOBSMACKED! The Ensslin, Schaiblin/Reutlingen Lenormand

The deck is a little wonky, but profoundly stunning. It’s easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing Lenormands I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen scads!) Is it one of those pretty but unreadable things? Not at all. Let me explain:

The numbering is not standard. That’s not an issue for most of us.

There is no Cross card, but there is a Cat card. Since Cat meanings in cartomancy are identical to Fox meanings, having a Cat in the deck is like having two Fox cards. So, for myself, I use Cross meanings. Why? It balances the deck, and “full stop, burdens, suffering, illness” fits the ferals we see every day.
(YES, my town needs TNR.) That’s my take. Do as you see fit.

Perfectly round insets, crazy sigils, lovely linework and tints. Feast your eyes a bit.

The Esslin is available HERE

And while we’re on the subject, Lauren is talking about doing a Wirth. A good, working, no glitter one! Put me down for several copies – imagine a side of these Wirth majors with your Lenormand! ❤

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Odin hates nazis

Using the runes for white supremacist purposes (and that stupid backwards-spinning swastika – WTF was up with THAT?) appears to have come back and bitten the nazis on the ass bigtime.

The old Northern Gods aren’t having that shit. And BTW, “All-Father” means EXACTLY that. So these new nazis and racists are going to get their asses handed to them again.

Race is a construct – do you honestly believe that “That Which Cannot Be Reached With Thought” differentiates?

Here is the best resource on runes I’ve found. Read them, use them, and if you see a nazi, knock the shit out of him. You can’t shame a person who has no shame, after all (and that’s why passive resistance won’t work) and you can’t reason with a fascist.

Just take the runes back. They’re even blunter than Lenormand, and worth saving. RUNEMAKER SITE

The Rana George Lenormand

This one arrived on the morning of July 3rd, after being on preorder for some time. It is, as expected, wonderful. It is well thought-out. Callie French’s art is beautifully done. The cards have shiny gold detailing and a subtle shimmer all over – not glittery or glitzy, just the barest whisper of sparkle. The stock is sturdy. The booklet is substantial, and the box is one of those nice magnetic closure ones. No surprises here.

What surprised me is how affecting the whole thing is. You don’t get the full impact in photos or videos. This thing shimmers, it pulls you in, everything else kind of drops off and there’s just the cards, and this incredible lush world that doesn’t exist the same way anymore. (Check out the photo essay at Beautiful Beirut before Bombed-Out Buildings were part of the Scenery) Yet even knowing what happened, the deck manages not to be depressing. “La Dolce Vita in the Middle East” is too vibrant for that.

There are six extra cards included, total. There are extra Man and Woman cards, both in the old style and a more contemporary look. There are also the four shown at the bottom of this photo, Spirit, Incense, Bed, and Market:

Those four are cards that Rana – a top tier, seasoned reader – had actually been wishing were in a Lenormand deck for some time, they’re not innovation for innovation’s sake. And they work – having a Spirit card, for example, is much easier than having to pick that kind of information out of combos. And the Bed card! As Madame Nadia said earlier today, “The “Bed” is everything. It’s such a classic cartomantic move.” I agree. It can work like Kurze Krankheit in Kippers, but it’s MUCH more inviting! 😀 The 8×5 is going to be A Thing. Watch. 😉

I wish I had the writing chops to express how superb this deck really is, but I don’t. Just experience it for yourself. You can order the Rana George Lenormand HERE.

On Ethics

I have never posted a code of ethics. Ethics are important, but I’ve seen so many crazy ill-informed lists posted, I just don’t want to do that. For those who are interested, though, I’ll talk about it a bit here.

Confidentiality is obviously of utmost importance. Period. So is being non-judgemental – see my old post from 2013 here, “On Movies, Morals, and Reading Cards”. What I’m saying here is that card reading ethics are the same as regular ethics: if you tell me something in confidence, I keep my mouth shut. And I don’t care what you’re into sexually as long as it’s consensual, I’ll try to help you get what you want. I won’t help anyone rape, stalk, or do child molestation – I’ve actually had requests like that – OH HELL NO – but I wouldn’t help people do that in a non-card reading situation, either. I’d throw a monkey wrench in that shit. See? It’s just like regular ethics.

Not scamming people is important. But posting that you don’t recommend or do spellwork, when many top-shelf readers DO, is ill-informed, to put it mildly. I’m not saying that someone who sells $10 readings that always say the client is cursed and needs a $900 cleansing is ethical, by any means. But if you’re looking for spellwork and the cards say it’s a good idea, I’ll comply. If you want a real specialist in this area, I’ll refer you to an AIRR reader. I have a day (well, night) job. I love having repeat clients, but my survival doesn’t depend on keeping you on a string.

There is a paradox I see in a lot of peoples’ codes of ethics. On the one hand, they “don’t predict the future”. On the other hand, they “don’t psychoanalyze”. Which is it? There is predictive, fortunetelling type reading, and there is modern psychological Tarot reading. If you don’t do either, what the hell do you do?

Personally, I avoid psychological reading. I am neither qualified nor licensed to practice psychology. And if I were, I could lose my license for diagnosing people with cards. I’m a fortuneteller. I studied cards for decades, I learned the ones I use for paid readings quite well, and when you ask me a question, I will tell you what the cards say. Not lie, not make stuff up (so-called “intuitive” reading – ugh), just give you what you paid for. It’s up to you if you want to take it to heart or consider it all in fun. Personally, from years of observation, I’ve found that while the cards are not infallible, they’re correct about 85-90% of the time. That’s better than the TV weatherman, and he has a million dollars worth of equipment. 😀

And then there is all the stuff about “third party readings”. I think Andy Boroveshengra explained it best a few years ago: I am not a party to your situation with the person you’re asking about. If you want to know if your boyfriend is seeing somebody else on the sly, he’s the second party, not the third. And we will look at the cards and see exactly what’s going on.

That’s about it, or all that comes to mind at the moment. Comments, as always, are welcome!

Getting To Know The Belline

The photo above is the Oracle Belline, laid out in a spread recommended by Andy Boroveshengra: “Draw one card for yourself, or the client. Then draw two for their personal life (relationships, home life, friendships), two for their projects (work, hobbies, et cetera) and two for their health. Silvestre includes this draw in her book (Le Grand Livre des Jeux de Cartes et de Tarots) but replaces health with finances.”

The following is an experimental reading – I’m not a Belline adept at this point in time, obviously. I haven’t attempted reflection, etc. in this spread as I’m keeping things very simple for now. But it might be fun to come back to this later and see how the interpretations compare to how things played out.

The first thing I noticed is that there are two Saturn cards – ack!

For myself, I got 52, Cloister. Spot on, I haven’t been in the mood to seek out company, preferring to putter around the house. I get enough – too much, really – of people at my job. Give me a closed door, my dog, an internet connection, and an air conditioner, and it’s All Good.

For Personal Life, I got 45, The Seer’s Star/Happiness, and 51, The Wheel in the Rut. Things are jammed, but not necessarily in a bad way. My Taurean self is quite contented with that. I’m in a comfortable rut. Things do change, though, so when the inevitable eventually comes to pass, I need to prepare myself to roll with the punches.

For Projects, I got 5, Success, and 18, Change. My first thought was that success was “changing”, i.e., things will get worse. Both cards, however, are considered positive. There may be a new opportunity around the corner. Or not. I’m noting it here and will wait and see how it plays out.

For Health, I got 30, the Amphora/Table, and 34, Despotism/The Bound One. 34 is about invitations – it looks like a simple warning not to overindulge in food and drink if I do happen to go out. There may also be a caution against overwork here, especially with two Saturn cards showing up. My job is very Saturnine. So: moderation, etc.

Another interpretation is that I might feel like I have to go someplace I don’t want to be. So, again, waiting to see how it all plays out.

That crazy Mitelli!

Lately I’ve been getting into decks that don’t have massive crowds of people swarming all over them. The Belline (though it’s quite popular in France), Sibilla decks (though I fear they may be the Next Big Thing), a return visit to the Grand Jeu, and the 1690 Gioco del Passo Tempo (Game of the Passage of Time) by G.M. Mitelli, published my Il Meneghello.

Like so many great reading decks (Tarot, Lenormand, playing cards….), it started as a gaming deck. There are forty cards, with various vices and virtues. Some of the cards are similar to Italian Sibilla: Superbia is accompanied by a peacock, there’s a Gelosia card, Fedelta (with a dog, of course), Allegrezza, Fortuna, Falsita, and Malinconia. So this thing is very likely to be historically significant.

Here is a list of the cards, with rough translations:

1 Turco – Turk, Ottoman
2 Mangia Bene – Eat Well
3 Superbia – Pride
4 Danno – Damage, Harm, Loss
5 Furore – Rage
6 Malinconia – Melancholy
7 Ignoranza – Ignorance
8 Curiosita – Curiousity
9 Arpia – Harpy
10 Falsita D’Amore – False Love
11 Invidia – Envy
12 Inganno – Deceit, Hoax
13 Interesse – Interest, concern
14 Fortuna – Fortuna
15 Allegrezza – Joyfulness
16 Gelosia – Jealousy
17 Bugia – Lie
18 Adulazione – Flattery
19 Incostanza – Inconstancy, Fickleness
10 GAME INSTRUCTIONS
21 Silenzio – Hush, Keep Quiet
22 Industria – Industry, Trade
23 Contento – Contentment
24 Vigilanza – Vigilance, Supervision, Surveillance, Lookout
25 Valore – Value, Gallantry, Merit
26 Scoltura – Sculpture
27 Ingegno – Ingenuity, Brain
28 Ragione – Reason, Motive
29 Astrologia – Astrology
30 Prontiza – Readiness, Quickness
31 Concordia – Accord, Agreement
32 Realta -Reality, Fact
33 Pittura – Picture, Depiction
34 Fedelta – Fidelity, Loyalty
35 Musica – Music
36 Sollecitudine – Solicitude, Concern, Kindness
37 Cortesia – Courtesy
38 Afabilita – Affability, Kindness
39 Virtu – Virtue
40 Il Tempo Passa – Time Passes

You may have noticed that No. 20 is “game instructions” – and that is correct. If you purchase this deck, don’t assume that card 20 is missing – it’s not. It just goes in the middle of the deck for some reason as yet unknown to me.

The cards are uncoated, with a textured, linen-type finish. Not something that will stand up to heavy use and constant riffling, but they do feel wonderful. The images are somewhat like those in emblem books.

All in all, it won’t totally replace your heavy-use decks, but it’s a wonderful thing to keep on your reading table.