The Art of Asking Questions

How well do you ask questions when consulting the cards? Do you take the time to formulate the question in such a way that there will be absolutely no doubt that the cards will show you exactly the type of information you are after? From my experience too many readers fail to even think about the issue.


Cards will answer the actual question, not what you meant to ask but eventually didn’t because you failed to convert your thoughts into a clear, unambiguous question. Broad questions will result in vague answers that are either tricky to interpret or that can go in so many different directions that it’s easy to simply mold the interpretation to an answer that suits you.

Don’t ask “What do I need to know about this relationship?” because you won’t know what type of answer you will be getting. Will it be a description of the current situation? Or an advice on how to deal with it? Or perhaps the cards will be showing you how the relationship will develop in the near future… So how are you going to interpret it?

Take the time to think about what you want to know, write it down if you need to and make sure your question is direct, succinct and well-defined. If you are in doubt about something, don’t ask “Should I…?” because who are you asking to decide for you in that case? Rather ask for outcomes, compare different possibilities and look at pros and cons of the options you are considering.

Use common sense when sitting down with your cards. Especially when you are in love or dealing with questions about matters of the heart because that’s where people tend to lose their ability to think. Avoid questions such as “Is he the one?”, “Will I find love again?” or “Does she have feelings for me?”. The cards have no idea what your definition is of “the one” apart from the fact that it might as well be the one for the coming 6 months before the next one comes along rather than the one you will spend the rest of your life with. When asking about love and feelings, be specific – there are many forms of love and feelings.

Get your questions right before anything else. The accuracy of the answer depends on it before your ability as a reader even comes into play.





Petit Etteilla: relationship outlook

A lady wants to know if she will start a new relationship in the near future.


Since we read the Petit Etteilla from right to left, I can immediately tell her that the answer is yes. In the last spot, to the far left, sits the King of (reversed) , which as you can see on top of the card, represents “Un Homme” (a man). Nevertheless, the 9 of falling right in front of him points to a delay (“Retard”). The trio of club cards, 9 of ♣ + 8 of ♣ (reversed) + 7 of ♣ (reversed) indicates that the effect of shyness will create a distance.

Conclusion: Yes, there is still a relationship in store for you, but keep in mind that this might take a long time. Either you or your future partner will keep things at bay due to shyness or embarrassment.



*** If you are interested in learning how to read the Petit Etteilla together with me, there are still a couple of spots available in the workshop that starts next Monday ***

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Lenormand: Back to the Roots

Lenormand roots are linked back to Das Spiel Der Hoffnung which was a popular Parlour Game in the late 1700s and early 1800s, the game consisted of 36 Cards each with a simple Symbol and a Playing Card assigned to each card. The aim of the game was to be the first to get to the Anchor Card in spot 35. Along the way the Players found their way through auspicious and inauspicious cards which either catapulted them forward, hindered their progress or in the worst case returned them to the beginning of the game.

If you are interested in exploring the grass roots of Lenormand and the Game of Hope, I can highly recommend to take Toni Puhle’s workshop. Not only will you receive original translations of the German Instructions, you will also gain an insight into the techniques that live on in Germany today.


In this workshop you will visit the instructions that are held by the British Museum (ca.1800-1850) and learn how these can influence your favourite Lenormand Deck using early techniques.

These techniques have been learned from generations of German Readers who trace the system back to the Game of Hope and who stick very closely to the techniques of the 19th Century!

Not only will you be discovering meanings for your cards that highlight their roots but you will also be learning the method of directions that was originally used in Germany and is still very much alive today!

Take a step back in time and respect the origins of the Lenormand System.

Students receive a Certificate upon succesful completion of the Examination.

Hurry up because the workshop starts on Monday!!


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The Dog and the Rider


Apart from the usual person cards and the ones that depict court card inserts (King, Queen, Jack), there are some other cards that could also represent people.

Especially in readings centered around “love” it is interesting to see where the Rider or the Dog are positioned.
When they fall close to the Heart, they may warm your heart and whether that will be of a temporary or more serious nature, will be confirmed by the other cards.


The Dog and the Rider are distinct personalities, usually with different physical characteristics and will each have their own “style” of influencing the Heart (n ° 24).

N ° 1, the Rider is often the man who causes ladies look in the mirror to check if their hair and décolleté are still on point.
He is the attractive (athletic), proud, well-dressed, charismatic guy.
At worst he can be vain and arrogant on his high horse and display a real lack of “Dog properties”.

N ° 18, the Dog is usually the type of man, ladies with a Rider partner are longing for.
He is the loyal and patient one who willingly sacrifices himself for his object of affection.
At worst he doesn’t possess any Rider characteristics and may be too boring and unattractive.





Learn how to read Kipper Cards

Do you want to gain insider knowledge from the Author of The Card Geek’s Guide to Kipper? Hands-on experience at your finger-tips in this 5 day workshop based on the book. Spend 5 days learning how best to start on your Kipper journey or a refresher for those who have already started!


Do you want to learn Kipper Cards and how they were originally used? The English speaking world has imposed a Lenormand style reading on the cards and although they are similar in many ways there are differences in techniques. Learn the correct translation and meanings of the cards as written in German and learn the techniques studied in Germany.

Course includes:

5 – 9 card spreads and the techniques you can apply to make your reads precise.

Daily exercises and feedback.

Students receive a Certificate upon succesful completion of the Examination.

The World Divination Association offers high-quality workshops for several cartomancy systems. For more information and bookings, please check out the course page on the website by clicking here.

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Tarot de Marseille reflections

When L’AMOUREUX represents a choice that we have to make, the card to the left will describe the best option while the one to the right will tell you what you shouldn’t do (the choice based on “desire”).

Looking at this example, there are several possibilities.


1 – Do not choose what sounds like music to your ears or don’t listen to those who toot their own horns just because it satisfies your desires with regards to the current situation…

The correct choice would be based upon the characteristics that L’HERMITE embodies. Whereas LE JUGEMENT is loud and wants to be noticed, L’HERMITE shows isolation and modesty.

2 – Don’t judge…

Act like L’HERMITE, examine everything thoroughly…



35. The Anchor

As with most cards in the Lenormand deck, the Anchor will take on different meanings depending on context and placement. While its essence or core meaning is “hope”, it also expresses a grounding or staying put which is often translated as stability or “being in it for the long haul” – the Anchor is heavy and is not budging. It literally keeps you where you are.


This is generally regarded as a good thing because people usually strive for security and durability in their relationships, career and other areas of life. Unless you are anticipating change or a movement in a situation, the Anchor is a card that we look forward to seeing in a spread.

The Anchor is a sign of successful enterprise and true love when it falls close to the significator in a Grand Tableau but distant it can indicate disappointment and inconstancy in love.

While the Heart speaks of warm feelings and passion and the Ring describes the nature or status of the relationship as a concept, the nature of the love itself is represented by the Anchor. When favourably placed, it speaks of a love that is true – an “anchored” love that is not going anywhere.

In questions about love, the Anchor can speak of more than just hope, trust or stability. When looking at feelings it is often an indicator of firmly grounded or deeply rooted, genuine love.