March 1, 2009 by Art of Cartomancy
I make it a general rule not to read for children. Children are very impressionable and easily influenced, and as Sylvie Steinbach mentions in The Secrets of the Lenormand Oracle, children are dependent on their parents and do not yet have complete free will over the circumstances of their lives.
On the other hand, I’m not adverse to reading about a child if the parent has questions or concerns regarding the child’s development or well-being. Yesterday the mother of a two-year-0ld little girl asked me to pick up on what her daughter would become when she grows up.
I advised the client that the question was difficult for several reasons. First, there are countless factors that will influence the child’s direction in life between today and the next 15 or more years. Secondly, I’ve conditioned my cards to reveal the near future (generally no more than 6 months), and this question projects far beyond the next 6 months.
I offered instead to pick up on the child’s natural talents and abilities which will undoubtedly help determine her course in life. The client agreed.
I decided this question is perfect for Sylvie Steinbach’s No Layout Spread,† and so I charged card #13 – The Child with the little girl’s name, and drew the following cards:
Book + Dog + Fish + Child + Lily + Tree + Bouquet
For this spread, I read the cards to the left of the Key Card as traits and talents that the child has already displayed, and the cards to the left as future traits and abilities.
Book + Dog indicate that the child is intelligent and friendly, and the Fish shows that the child is already displaying a sense of independence and good judgment.
The Lily suggests that the girl may mature early, and she will remain calm and level-headed. The Tree + Bouquet show that she will maintain a positive outlook and happy disposition in life.
The Tree also points toward healing ability, and along with the counseling ability indicated by the Dog, the girl could make an excellent nurse or doctor. The Lily confirms the ability to commit to long-term goals.
Tree + Bouquet may also suggests ‘health and beauty’ which could be an area of interest for the child.
The child’s analytical mind and sharp wit shown by the Book + Fish could also point to a successful career in business, or academia.
The client confirmed that the young girl is very inquisitive and already shows a high degree of intelligence. The child’s father is health practitioner, so it makes sense that the child may also be drawn to that profession.
I don’t think it’s possible to accurately determine exactly what the child will become when she grows up, but it is possible to ascertain that she has the traits and abilities to become a successful professional.
†For instructions on how to draw and interpret the No Layout Spread, please see The Secrets of the Lenormand Oracle by Sylvie Steinbach.