Question for the Petit Etteilla, Coup de Cinq

A female querent wants to know if applying for the position of  “front office manager” would be beneficial for her. I decided to consult the Petit Etteilla.


Etteilla cards are traditionally read from right to left. The first card is our (preselected) significator, the Lady of

The cards answer in their typical “Etteilla style”, loud and clear but with the necessary amount of drama. The 8 of ♠ speaks of “prudentia”, the centuries-old allegory for wisdom and prudence. The “family name” of the reversed King of ♠ is weakness/cowardice. The reversed 9 of ♣ refers to a gift (first name) and the 10 of  brings gold. The last card in the row is the 10 of ♣, “apple of eye”. Now we just need to translate this into a comprehensible language that fits the context of the question.


Dear A,

Regardless of what the cards are telling us, I would say just go for it if you are interested in the job. Unless your application might compromise your current position or situation. There is nothing in this spread that advises against applying for the job. Just keep in mind that you might not end up being the chosen one. The cards are telling you to be careful because there is a certain cowardice/unfairness at play that sees the contextual gold (the job) being offered to someone who has already been favoured (apple of eye).  

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but it looks like someone else will grab the loot…



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The Snake and the Stork

When I first started reading Lenormand, an elderly lady once told me a very interesting story about the Snake and the Stork that has never left my mind. It’s funny and extremely accurate.

Did you know that in real life the Stork is the enemy of the Snake? The White Stork is a carnivore and feeds up on a variety of amphibians and reptiles including snakes…


So think about this whenever you see the Stork and the Snake lined up in a spread.

When you are looking at the outcome of a situation, or if this is a combination in the Grand Tableau, the Snake + Stork combo indicates that there will be a change after a bad time (lies, stress, etc.). The Stork always brings a change in this combination, a positive one. Take note of the card coming after the Stork to find out what the change will bring.

The Stork beats the Snake, at least if it’s in the Stork’s crosshairs, because the Snake will not dare to look at its predator. In nature, the Stork looks the Snake in the eye. Good wins over evil.


If the Snake happens to be in a situation where the Stork is not alert, the Snake will use her cold and calculated nature to cause a change for the worse.

The Stork may well eat Snakes, but the Snake is smart enough to hide behind the Stork’s back. The Queen of Clubs wins over the Queen of Hearts only if she can approach her unexpectedly … the Snake will always strike at unguarded moments.


In this combination, with the Stork preceding the Snake, the cards could point to an ominous change or a vitriolic turnaround.

The cards pictured in this post are from Carta Mundi, which is the most popular deck amongst the old generation of readers in Belgium. As a matter of fact, for most of them it’s the only deck they ever use. So when applying this little “technique” to your readings, keep in mind that you may have to make some adjustments, depending on the direction in which the Stork and Snake are facing in your deck.

Are there any particular directional combinations that you are paying attention to in your readings? Let us know in the comments!




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To all the non-Dutch speaking followers of Björn’s work and lovers of traditional cartomancy, we created this blog especially for you! Many of you have been repeatedly asking for English versions of Björn’s articles so this is the place where you will soon be able to enjoy them. Apart from the translations of previously published content, we will of course add tons of new stuff as well, so stay tuned!

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Diseur de Bonne Aventure – Björn Meuris
Card reader, cartomancy teacher, blogger and author of the Petit Lenormand Encyclopedia.

Diseuse de Bonne Aventure – Ruth Gistelinck
Card reader and blogger.