Welcome to my weblog!
I’m a professional card reader. I read playing cards, Lenormand, and other oracle cards. I began my Lenormand journey with the Titania Fortune Cards in 2001, but my study of Lenormand did not take off until December of 2007. I received the book The Secrets of the Lenormand Oracle by Sylvie Steinbach for Christmas that year, along with a deck of Mystical Lenormand cards. I studied the book, and then completed the advanced training that was offered by Sylvie Steinbach at the Aeclectic Tarot Forum in the Oracle Study Groups forum (under the nickname “Aristede”).
You can find the virtual workshop by clicking on this link:
In January of 2008 I started this weblog as my Lenormand journal where I could record my practice readings. At the time, it was one of the first Lenormand sites in the English language on the internet. During the past 8 years I created other private Lenormand blogs which I have also consolidated here.
My current method of reading the Lenormand has expanded to encompass several different styles and traditions. I follow the French convention of ascribing work to the Fox card, and money to the Bear, because that is what works for me. Generally, I do not follow the practice of attributing meaning to the direction a card image faces; for example, the blade on the Scythe, or the binding on the Book, or the light and dark sides of the Clouds. I tried those techniques while studying the Treppner course, and found that they only caused confusion in my readings. I do respect the fact that those techniques prove very accurate for other people.
This blog is dedicated to learning the Lenormand oracle cards. It will serve as a record of my daily card draws and practice readings. The readings featured on this blog are all real. In many cases the names and/or identities have been changed according to the verbal agreement between the querents and myself which allows me to share the readings publicly in all their wonderful detail.
I don’t know if you’ll find anything useful here. My intention is not to teach, but to record my own explorations with the Lenormand, but you’re welcome to learn along with me. I learn something new every day about the Lenormand, and I continued this blog to share my discoveries as I work with this remarkable oracle deck.
Kick off your shoes, take a load off, have a look around, and make yourself home. I welcome your questions, comments, suggestions, experiences, thoughts and ideas!
In truth and light,
(J. David Arcuri)