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Killing the Glad Girl

There is a scene early in the film Red Dust where Clark Gable goes to toss a drunk worker at his rubber plantation into bed, and discovers that Jean Harlow has taken up residence there. She kicks the drunk to the floor, and the exchange goes like this:

Harlow: You’re not going to leave the corpse here?
Gable: It’s his room. Didn’t you know?
Harlow: Honest I didn’t. I just took the first room the houseboy showed me. Oh, please you guys. This place is full of lizards and cockroaches as it is.
Gable: One more won’t hurt. Come on, lets have it. Who are you? Where’d you come from?
Harlow: Don’t rush me, brother. I’m Pollyanna, the Glad Girl.

She means it sarcastically – she’s a stranded hooker (yet the most ethical and compassionate character in the movie. It’s a great film.) And I was intrigued by what it was referring to – a Depression-era advertising shill? Some cartoon lady who was glad because her floors were shiny, or her dishes were super clean? So I googled.

It turned out that “Pollyanna the Glad Girl” is regular old Pollyanna, the eternal optimist. She’s pathologically optimistic.

From wikipedia:
“The title character is Pollyanna Whittier, an eleven-year-old orphan who goes to live in the fictional town of Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern and cold spinster Aunt Polly, who does not want to take in Pollyanna but feels it is her duty to her late sister. Pollyanna’s philosophy of life centers on what she calls “The Glad Game,” an optimistic and positive attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation, no matter how bleak it may be. It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside. Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna’s father taught her to look at the good side of things—in this case, to be glad about the crutches because she did not need to use them.”

It’s all well and good to find some little silver lining in a bad situation. But to paint the whole thing with a broad brush and say it’s a positive – NO. If your partner punched your teeth out, I hope you wouldn’t say that they were a bit crooked or stained anyway, and now you can get some lovely caps. I hope you wouldn’t stay with him and hope to win him over and mend his ways with your “positive attitude”, the way Pollyanna did her creepy old aunt in the book. Would a qualified therapist tell you to do that? No, they’d try to get it into your head that you need to GTFO.

That book is from an era when kids weren’t supposed to feel sad, or angry, or disappointed, they were supposed to SHUT UP. Fred Rogers grew up in that era, and he dedicated his life to countering the idea and telling kids that it’s OK to FEEL things. I highly recommend the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” You can rent it on amazon prime for a pittance – about $2.99. Here’s Mr. Rogers winning over a hardassed senator who was all set to refuse him funding. I think Senator Pastore was raised with similar rules, and he could relate:

A majority of people here in the US are uninsured, or underinsured, and can’t afford quality, certified counseling or therapy. So people seek out reassurance from readers, aspiring readers, bad readers, all kinds of readers, in card reading communities. Often free, from new readers trying to gain experience, from incompetent readers, from readers following the lead of others. The good, seasoned readers are outnumbered by the bad ones, and people will cherry pick what they want to hear, anyway. And this phony reading is becoming normalized. It’s not difficult to find articles like this one https://www.dailydot.com/irl/tarot-cards-facebook/

Reassurance is not therapy. Therapy is, by all accounts, HARD. People who tell you everything will be OK and you’re doing the right thing (even if you aren’t) are not therapists. We’re venturing into pathological things like co-dependence and denial here.

I’m here to tell you that you’re better off with NO treatment that with BAD treatment.

Card reading – real card reading – is predictive fortunetelling. We don’t pretend to fix people or “make everything all better.” When asked what the cards say, we interpret them – AS IS. Death or the Coffin are endings, not “transformation”.

We’re living in time-space, and that means loss sometimes. Think back to your past. Even if you made it to this point without being truly, horribly abused in any way, you’ve experienced pain. People die, pets die, bad things happen sometimes. That’s just the way life is, it HURTS, and we need to acknowledge that, not stick our heads in the sand and go “LA LA LA LA LA – NOT LISTENING!”

I can’t reassure anybody that everything will be OK without lying. “Everything” is NEVER OK. But this lowlife fortuneteller (with about as much respectability as Harlow’s hooker Vantine in Red Dust), can do everything in her power to Keep It Real. It’s helpful – I rely on reading for myself, and my clients say that they’re helped by readings – but it’s NOT therapy.

The only thing it has in common with actual therapy is that it acknowledges when something is wrong.

If you really feel called to become a counselor, here are the requirements to be licensed in your state. “Owning a Tarot deck and practicing on the internet” is not one of them. https://careersinpsychology.org/how-to-become-a-licensed-counselor/

Fin de Siécle: High Honor

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It has come to my attention that there is some confusion regarding the High Honors card in Ciro Marchetti’s Fin de Siécle. Some people seem to think that it’s a battle scene, and that the meaning is changed from No. 25 Zu hohen Ehren kommen (“Come to high honors”) in the Original Kipperkarten.

It isn’t. It’s exactly the same thing. This is made clear in the companion PDF, but I know that not everyone reads that before doing an unboxing video, and that it’s currently only available in english, which isn’t everyone’s first language. But there are clues on the card itself.

Let’s look a little more closely. The Original shows a humble little house in the foreground, with a castle on a hill in the background, the implication being that someone has risen from humble beginnings and achieved wealth and power. Kind of a Gatsby card, hopefully without the organized crime. Of course it seldom means you’re going to be THAT rich. It’s a card of recognition, promotion, achievement, and career advancement.

Now let’s look at Ciro’s version:

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The soldiers are in spotless dress uniform.
The cannons are lined up perfectly.
Everything is orderly.
This is ceremonial.
This is a gun salute.

Combat is chaos. Soldiers are generally hunkered down firing, or running. They’re dirty and disheveled. There is a hellish atmosphere that isn’t present on the card.

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Now, would you say that the card looks like the photos above? Or does it look more like this Royal Gun Salute at Hyde Park?

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Here is a wikipedia entry on the 21-gun salute in the UK, the setting for this deck (though the wikipedia entry talks about our own times, not late Victorian/Edwardian, it’s an old tradition). You can see that it’s usually done for Royals. The “people in the castle” shown on No. 25 from the Original Kipperkarten. If you feel like looking over the whole article, you’ll see that it’s done in many parts of the world. In most countries, it’s similar. It’s generally reserved for royals, high officials, and heads of state.

A lot of you may have seen a gun salute firsthand. If you’ve ever gone to a veteran’s funeral, you’ve probably seen rifles fired graveside. In the US, this is a three-volley salute. My dad got that for his service in WWII. It’s not 21 shots with cannons, but it’s still an honor.

So this card is showing cannons fired to honor someone of very high rank. A high honor, and still a card of recognition, promotion, achievement, and career advancement.

A castle on a hill, a 21-gun salute. Two ways of saying the same thing.

Do take time to read the PDF if you can. (And not just because I got to contribute. It’s seriously helpful.) And, because I haven’t ended a blog post with a song in awhile, I leave you this 21-gun salute for the rest of us. 😀

Needful Things: Tarot Talismans, Hallowstones, & Fin de Siécle

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(A nod to Mr. Stephen King for the title – tis the season!)
Just checking in with a quick mention of Carrie Paris’s Tarot Talismans, Professional Dreamer’s Hallowstones, and Ciro Marchetti’s Fin de Siécle Kipperkarten deck. I will be blogging more on each separately as time allows, they’re all fabulous.

The Tarot Talismans are pure genius. There is a charm for each Trump, and the rest of the deck has been reduced – you can determine the rest via four suit charms, a ten sided die, and four chess charms that represent the Courts. It’s all explained thoroughly in the free PDF download available here. The tin is beautiful and large enough to hold a few extra things, the charms themselves are in a small organza bag and more portable than all but the tiniest mini deck. You can toss it in a little sling pouch along with your keys, wallet, phone and a little makeup and be ready for anything. 😀

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When it first arrived, I made a game of guessing which charms represented which card, and it was very easy. The meditating Kuan Yin makes a perfect High Priestess/Papess, the ballerina is obviously the dancing lady from The World. And a lot of them are literal, like the Sun, Moon, Star and Tower.
It can be purchased here, along with other Needful Things: http://carrieparis.com/shop/

The Hallowstones are Halloween/Samhain-themed, but I’m going to use mine year round – it’s my favorite holiday, after all! 😉 They’re somewhat like those wonderful Crowstones, but distilled down to twelve symbols that still manage to give a nuanced reading. Robyn is just really, really good at coming up with these things, they always work well. Even the pickiest of us love the Crowstones, and the Hallowstones are equally good, I think. It’s another very, very portable casting oracle. And it comes with a laminated casting sheet:

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The whole thing is very cheery and playful-looking, but it will dish the dirt, too, if you need it to do that. 😉 It’s available here, also with other Needful Things: http://tarotgoodies.webs.com/apps/webstore/

Now to get away from casting for a bit and talk about a deck. Ciro Marchetti has done a Kipper, not “Kipper inspired” or any of that, it just IS a Kipper, as much or moreso than Leidingkarten or Mystiches. It’s called the Fin de Siécle (pronounced “fon duh see-ECK-luh” – audio HERE) Yes, there have been changes – the cards are slightly larger to show the art, and the images have been done in a way that’s less ambiguous in many cases, and easier for beginners to understand. Compare the Original “Getting A Gift” and Ciro’s Gift card:

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It’s a lovely deck, somewhat more shadowy than other Marchetti decks, both in color values and subject matter – it has cards that convey some extremely gritty elements of life. The deck balances the Gilded Age lifestyle with the Dickensian poverty that went along with it and makes for a great spot-on reading deck that’s relevant today.

The stock is good, flexible and lightly coated. It comes with a printed satin bag and a personally autographed card. When you purchase, you’re sent a link to a downloadable Companion PDF that I’m honored to be a part of, along with Susanne Zitzl, Fortune Buchholtz, and Mr. Marchetti. The Companion Document contains cards descriptions, meanings, spreads, and Ciro’s commentary on the creation of the deck and the rationale behind the changes he implemented. At sixty-odd pages, it’s substantial. There’s also instructions for downloading a free app that’s a lot of fun – you point your phone at a card and it becomes animated – sound and movement! – and it shows you the card meaning (or, in the case of the Courthouse, the judge tells you!)

So it’s good value for the money. I’m told that US Games and Königsfurt-Urania Verlag have already licensed the deck, and we’ll be seeing that in a year or so, but I like these less-coated cards with all the bells and whistles. 🙂

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It’s available here (and you can also see a sample of the app in action): http://www.ciromarchetti.com/#!kipper/c1irz

And here is a teaser video that gives you a good idea of the art:

And because some of the cards reminded me of this movie, here’s the incomparable Lon Chaney Sr. and little Jackie Coogan (who grew up to be our beloved Uncle Fester!) in 1922’s Oliver Twist:

A Traditional Kipperkarten Primer

If you’ve been reading Lenormand awhile, you’ll take to Kippers like a duck to water – and the information in this blog post is actually enough to get you started reading. If not, I’d recommend a few years of Lenormand study and practice first, if only because there’s a lot more english language resources out there for Lenormand than there are for Kipperkarten. (I highly recommend the writings of Andy Boroveshengra, Rana George, and Caitlin Matthews.) Going straight to Kippers without first studying and practicing the Lenormand methods of proximity and combining cards tends to make neophytes attempt to read them with modern Tarot methods, and they don’t get the benefits of this wonderful system.

Something else to bear in mind is that this deck, while it shares a lot of similarities with Lenormand, is extremely visual – not in the “intuitive” sense, but in the sense that it seems to be designed to be read with a heavy emphasis on facing directions. A card can mean something completely different when it’s behind the significator’s back. So while you may find rules best with Lenormand (“The Scythe always cuts to the right” can simplify reading a Lenormand that shows two scythes crossed and pointing different directions, for example), Kippers should be read taking things into account like which card is on the other side of a door, or which card a figure is pointing to.

As always, use a traditional deck for learning. The choices are easy, since as of this writing there are only five major ones – and that is enough. The most traditional are the Original Kipperkarten (shown here, published by ASS) and the Salish Kipper. Ciro Marchetti’s Fin de Siècle is excellent – there are some changes, but they were carefully considered and Mr. Marchetti does not veer from the traditional meanings – some of his cards illuminate ideas that were rather cryptic in the old decks. The Leidingkarten are modernized, but true to the traditional meanings, and would still be OK for a beginner in my opinion. The Mystisches Kipper, like the Mystical Lenormand (both are by Urban Trösch), is a bit deviant. The art is interesting, though, and once you’ve got some experience under your belt it’s fine to use it. Like Lenormand, the deck has 36 cards (Ciro added a few extra to his deck), and they’re numbered, although there are no playing card insets. You can use the same spreads, (and, of course, any Kipper-friendly spreads that are included in the instruction book) and techniques like reflection, knighting, etc. Kippers look more scenic, there may be several objects or characters on a card rather than Lenormand’s one symbol per card, but again, don’t try to read them using modern Tarot methods, or you’ll get mud.

I’d like to expand this as time goes on, I’m always looking for traditional stuff on these, so if you find anything good (or just have questions), feel free to comment.

1. Main Person Male sig

2. Main Person Female sig

3. Marriage Card – Usually indicates relationships, bonds, or friendships – you need some backup cards to predict an actual marriage. Good when it’s ahead of the sig. Behind it, this card can sometimes mean separation, if other cards support this.

4. Meeting – Getting together – can be romance, friendship or business, see nearby cards to see who or what it’s about. Friends, good luck, harmony.

5. Good Lord – AKA “geezer”. 😀 Old guy, boss, relative. Wise, experienced, etc. Brings good news when close to the sig, with no bad cards near. In an affair, Card number 1 is the lover and no. 5 is the husband.

6. Good Lady – Same as 5, just reverse the sexes. If it lies ahead or above the sig, then pleasure is shown, in every respect. But behind the sig, she can be a troublemaking female relative.

7. Pleasant Letter – Contacts, news, letters, messages, calls, texts, emails, paper. Usually informal (no. 27 requires a signature). Generally, though not always, good. As always, pay attention to nearby cards. A pleasant message when this card is located ahead or above the sig, but behind it or otherwise badly aspected,  it can show defamation, grief and sorrow.

Timing: a week

8. False Person – Like the Fox in Lenormand, it says “WRONG”. Ramp it down and it’s a faux pas – a “false step”. Ramp it up and it’s flat-out deceit. Bad decision, deviousness, things that are hidden, or a dishonest person. Close to the sig, this card shows bad luck and danger; when far beware of loss, hypocrisy and betrayal.

9. A Change – A change in circumstances. With No. 21 Living Room, a move or relocation, and soon. Far from the sig, the change could be delayed.

Timing: 6 or 7 weeks

10. A Journey – Road trip, leaving something behind, transport or vehicle. With No. 24 Theft, a caution against loss or theft while travelling, or an auto accident. You really want good cards surrounding this one – Malkiel calls it one of the “Master Cards” and the cards around it can be somewhat amplified, in my experience. Pay special attention to the card that the driver points to with his whip.*

Timing: a week

11. Winning Much Money – Money other than regular earnings (lottery, inheritance, bonus, etc.), close to the sig in a GT or a large spread, a lot of money; far, the money is “out of reach” at best, losses at worst. When it’s not about money, it can describe a nearby card as “a lot”.

12. Rich Girl – A young woman, well-to-do girl, daughter, younger mistress, lucky life, no worries/being carefree. But with a bad card near it, family-related grief.

13. Rich Good Lord – Younger man, company/employer, money matters (usually positive), business. Always brings good news and favorable luck when no bad cards are near.

14. Sad News – Mildly depressing news, minor illness, weakness in general. The closer to the sig, the sooner it occurs.

15. Good Outcome In Love – Love or friendship (check nearby person cards). But near card no. 8, obstacles and dishonesty.

Timing: spring

16. His Thoughts – can be taken literally: what the person you are interested in is thinking. His thoughts are good when not surrounded by no. 8, 14, 23, 24, 29 or 30. Also, making plans.

Timing: 4 weeks

17. Getting A Gift – Joy, praise, recognition, profit, general happiness. Lucky card, especially near the sig, and it takes the edge off of nearby negative cards

Timing: Winter, or next holiday or celebration – Xmas, birthday, etc.

18. A Small Child – Something new, something small, a “little bit” of something, a fresh start. Card No. 36 Hope/Big Water + No. 18 A Small Child is the pregnancy combo. (18 + 36 is dreaming of/fantasizing about pregnancy). Bad cards near this one can bring anger, grief and sorrow.

Timing: Spring, or shortly

19. A Death – A “deadly” event, an ending. (Literal death only in certain combinations.) Close to the sig, a possible death in the family. If no. 21 is also nearby, it will occur suddenly and unexpectedly. A nasty shock. Above the Main Person, negative thoughts. Behind the Main Person, the bad time is past now. Under it, No. 19 says that they are going through a rough patch, but staying positive. Ahead, it’s a bad time yet to come.

The circular wreaths show the permanence of it – you can work through it, but you can never go back. The yellow wreath points to what caused it (the card on the left). The floral wreath below hovers above something that will be transformed rather than ended – the point of the coffin (bottom right) showing what will be affected. ***

Timing: night time or winter

20. House – House, apartment, real estate, land, yard/garden, home, stability, security. Near the sig, good luck and mercy in all undertakings. But in the center of the spread, all persons who surround this card are dangerous.

Timing: 6 months

21. Living Room – Your own personal space – home, apartment, sometimes even a motel room or office. Anyplace the world can’t intrude. Close to the sig, the events indicated by other nearby cards will happen very soon. (It’s “in the room”, i.e., close.)

Timing: 4 weeks. (Fiechter gives “24 hours to 4 weeks”, adapt for context)

22. Military Person – An official of any kind, when literal: cop, judge, etc. Can be a friend or relative. Can also be intimidating, unapproachable. But it’s often just an exclamation point describing a neighboring card: “It’s official!”

23. Court – Decisions, public affairs, public building. Neutral or unpleasant – literal court, tax office, negotiations, rattling cages, etc. Good news about legal matters when near the sig, bad when distant.

24. Theft – Loss or theft of any kind: money, goods, love, friendship. Ahead of the sig, you will recover your losses; when this card is distant, the loss is permanent.

25. Come To High Honor – Close to the sig, very favorable for recognition, promotion, achievement, and career advancement. Distant, what is shown by the surrounding cards will become reality. Usually business related. “Working smart” as opposed to menial labor. Work that requires knowledge. With 34, self employment.

26. Great Luck – Just what it says. Best card in the deck – unexpected good luck is on the way. Amplifies nearby good cards and reduces bad ones.

Timing: summer

27. Unexpected Money – Finances, formal contracts (signature required), speculation/investments, a little money, unexpected money coming in through work or a raise (check nearby cards), sudden and unexpected good luck, everyday money activities.

Timing: a couple of weeks

28. Expectation – Often referred to as “3 Months Patience”, but not literally 3 months. Longing, aching expectations. It advises waiting and letting things resolve themselves. Don’t act.

Timing: from a few weeks to a couple of months.

29. Prison (Hospital, in Leidingkarten) – Large building or corporation, being trapped in a relationship or situation. Fear, isolation, loneliness. No. 23 Court + no. 29 Prison, literal prison or jail time. Bad luck, a family secret may be revealed. Timing: A blockade. Time passes slowly.

30. Magistrate – Disagreements, problems, and stress, but also having someone to go to for resolution. Decision. Conversations. Judge, lawyer, doctor, etc. Close to the sig, unavoidable sad news.

31. Short Illness – Illness, addiction, problems, depression. With No. 14 Sad News, a serious illness, but with favorable cards only a short illness is indicated. Back of a person card, the back; above it, anything from the head to abdominal area; below it, problems below the waistline. Card No. 36 Hope/Great Water + No. 31 can warn of heart problems. This is also the “bed card”, so, sexuality. With 24 (Theft), an affair. With 21 (Living Room), intimate sex. With 22 (Military Person) it can get sporty. :D**

32. Grief And Adversity – Literally what it says. Also brooding, worries, obstacles, frustration, sometimes headache, fever, jealousy or rage, but things will come to a good end if no. 5, 6, 7, 15, or 26 are close.

33. Cloudy Thoughts – This one is always a warning, consider the surrounding cards very carefully. Many meanings including profound worry, rejection, deception, pessimism, confusion, lack of freedom. This card has a depressive quality, while 32 leans more towards a panicky state. Love and good luck will blossom, if it is close to no. 26; discouragement and misery if it’s far.

34. Work, Occupation – Usually (but not always) refers to working for a company, rather than self-employment (it only refers to self employment in combination with 25). Manual labor, hand crafting. Close to the sig, work, position, services or a good ending of an enterprise. Can be hobbies, but also drudgery.

35. A Long Road – Sometimes referred to as “2 Years Patience”, meaning a long time, or a lot that needs to be done, “a long road ahead”, “a long way to go”, a great distance. Behind the Sig, two years (or a long time) before, in front of the Sig, two years (or a long time) in the future.

Timing: a couple of years or a long time

36. Hope/Great Water – Dreams, fantasies, fortunes. No. 36. Hope/Great Water + (card) is a dream (or fear) coming true; (card) + No. 36 Hope/Great Water means it’s only a dream. Surrounding cards and positions are extremely important with this one. Hopes will be realized, if card no. 26 is close to it. It can also stand for a message from a far country or overseas.

Timing: summer

All versions of the Kipperkarten (with the exception of Ciro Marchetti’s) are available here http://www.esoterikshopping.de/Kartenlegen-Tarot-Lenormand-Wahrsagekarten-Engelkarten/Kipperkarten-Leidingkarten If you have trouble navigating the site (it’s in German), send them an email – they have some very nice bilingual people there who are happy to help!

The special edition of Ciro’s Kipper, the Fin de Siécle, is no longer available. You can order the USG version here https://www.usgamesinc.com/Fin-de-Siecle-Kipper/
And you can get a themed cherry colored wood box with a ceramic inlay, and/or a themed reading cloth at Ciro’s site http://www.ciromarchetti.com/#!kipper/c1irz

*Thanks to Malkiel Rouven Dietrich. Check out his NEW youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3xu6jyb-iYsoorBJS11-A

And good news! The Master Card Spread is back!

**Thanks to Kerstin Kolb

***Thanks to Toni Puhle for the information about the background objects. She says “its all in the cause and effect (like most kipper cards). i.e., where the cause is and what it affects”.

Most of the other info here was collected from the Original and Leidingkarten LWB’s, and various online card reading groups over the years. Thanks to all.

Cards & fans & fans & fans…

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The spreads I almost always use are the Grand Tableau, the 3×3 and lines of 3, 5, 7 or 9. But sometimes it’s fun to play with something else. I see a lot of people adapting Tarot spreads to Lenormand, etc., or inventing spreads, and this is actually OK, there’s just a simple trick to making it effective.

 

In cartomancy with playing cards, you’ll run across spreads that use a fan for each position. This generally consists of three cards – they can be laid side-by-side, or laid out in a fan formation, similar to the way a person holds a poker hand:

 

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Hence the name. 🙂 You can see an example of a spread that uses named positions, like Tarot, but with three-card fans for each position, at Cardseer’s blog here.

 

So, using this logic, you can adapt just about ANY Tarot spread to Lenormand, playing cards, Sibilla, Kipperkarten, or whatever. Just remember to use three cards for each position.

 

Recently, there’s been a trend in american Lenormand called “mobile” Houses. It’s done by laying out random cards in a small spread, and laying more random cards on top of them. It’s a fun technique, but “Houses” is actually a misnomer, since Houses require the entire deck in set order. “Mobile” Houses remind me of nothing so much as two-card fans! Why not make it three cards?

 

There’s a good reason for using three cards – you can see the logic in Chanah’s piece called Why Three Card Draws?
She makes the case that the third card can be VITAL, so take time to look over the examples! There’s a big different between Heart + Key, and Heart + Key + Fox! The third card makes all the difference in Lilies + Cross + Ring, too.

So if you’re going to venture off the beaten path with your spreads, just remember the fans. It takes a few words to make a sentence, after all! 😉

Pot, Meet Kettle

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Sometimes you see articles with instructions on finding a good reader and avoiding frauds. Some of them are quite good. Others are the bottom of the barrel, like this one, which essentially says you should choose a reader by ethnicity. Has anyone seen this? (warning: EXTREMELY offensive content) http://tarottrends.com/content/clear-line-sand

Ms. Gaudet states:“I, myself, own a gypsy costume – sometimes clients require it. When a client requests it, we don’t have much choice.”

If a client asked her to wear blackface, I don’t imagine she’d have a problem with that, either.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, the link is crammed with worse: bigotry, libel, and nazi rhetoric about predatory “neon gypsies”, amid claims that she’s “ethical” because she has “Tarot certifications”. I won’t quote any more here, it’s all in the link if you can read it without throwing up.

It doesn’t take much googling to find tons of scandals and pyramid schemes attached to the Tarot certification racket. From http://www.tarotcertification.org/ :
Certified Apprentice Tarot Reader Examination (CATR)© 50.00
Certified Tarot Reader Examination (CTR)© 50.00
Certified Professional Tarot Reader Examination (CPTR)© 50.00
Certified Tarot Consultant Examination (CTC)© 75.00
Certified Tarot Master Examination (CTM)© 75.00
Certified Tarot Instructor Examination (CTI)© 75.00
Certified Tarot GrandMaster Examination (CTGM)©100.00
At one point, you have to verify that you’ve qualified students for at least 25 certification ranks. Which is a minimum of $50 per rank.

Who’s scamming, again?

Follow the money: what this is, is essentially a cartel discussing how to use sham certifications and standards to destroy business rivals.

A Bag For Your Travelling Deck

This is a bag I made six or seven years ago that wears like iron. It’s more time consuming than running a bag up on a sewing machine and I don’t make them to sell because of that, but it’s really worth making for yourself. You don’t need to be good at crocheting, either. It’s all plain old double crochet all the way.

First, you’ll need a hook and some 100% cotton doily thread. You can find this pretty easily in most stores that carry knitting supplies, and it comes in lots of colors, not just the dark blue shown here or yellowed white like grandma’s doilies. If you’re really good with needlework, you can do contrasting colors, patterns, etc. I only stayed with solid dark blue because I suck at it, but it still turned out great. 😀

First, you do the gusset. Make a strip as wide as your deck is thick, plus a little extra for the joining seams. (I made this gusset double wide because sometimes I like to carry a deck of Kippers along with my Lennies.) Make it long enough to cover the bottom and sides of your deck, plus enough extra length for the drawstrings.


Then you do the front and back. Again, as big as the face of the deck, plus a little extra on the sides and bottom for where you join the pieces, and a little more extra on top for the drawstrings.

Now join it all together.

Now plait or chainstitch (your choice) a couple of drawstrings, thread them through, and knot them. You can add beads, charms, whatever you want. The moonstone on this bag is an old earring that lost its mate a long time ago.

This might be the last bag you’ll ever need! The one shown here has outlasted the first deck I kept in it. It goes in my purse everywhere and shows no signs of falling apart. It’s totally washable, too.