A couple of months ago (wow, doesn’t time fly?) I was in a second-hand/charity shop and happened upon a pack of ‘playing cards’; they weren’t actual playing cards, but similar to Tarot cards, but not Tarot cards (I knew that much).
This story, however, begins the day before when Youtube threw a video my way about the Rothschilds. If you haven’t heard of them the following is paraphrased from Wikipedia.
The Rothschilds are a wealthy Jewish family who have their roots in banking, during the 19th century possessing the largest private fortune in the world. Today their interests cover a diverse range of fields, including financial services, real estate, mining, energy, mixed farming, winemaking and nonprofits. The Rothschild family has frequently been the subject of conspiracy theories, many of which have antisemitic origins.
The Youtuber responsible for the video had basically done a Google Image search of ‘Rothschild women’ and presented on screen, and in the thumbnail for the video, the initial results. What caught my attention was that a British celebrity was among the women, either that or it was a lookalike.
I carried out the search myself and indeed there was a picture of Fearne Cotton, a well known BBC TV and Radio presenter, but as far as I knew she wasn’t a Rothschild or had any ties to them.
I clicked my way to the page where Google had sourced the photo and it turned out that the page was referring to ‘Rothschild’ but that among a bunch of unrelated but then current news headlines was one about Fearne leaving the BBC.
Problem solved. Luckily the Youtuber hadn’t made any comment about the picture of Fearne. You don’t need to see the video, so where am I going with this story? Well, the news page about Fearne leaving the BBC (yes I clicked that far) mentioned her age as being 33.
The significance? Perhaps none at this stage but I found it curious because 33 is a significant number in Freemasonry, and/as it is the age when Jesus ‘died’ on the cross. Lady Gaga recently turned 33 , so various media outlets were keen to inform me. I thought nothing more of this.
The Numerology for “jehovah” is 33
33 -The Master Teacher, Teacher of Teachers, Master Healer, The Principle of Guidance, Focused on Own Abilities, Spiritual Uplifting of Mankind, Changer, Paradigm Transformer. – Numerology
Back to those cards now which I discovered at the second-hand/charity shop. They were without a box, but individually numbered, yet all in a random order so I put them in order, discovering there were, no, not 33, but 36 – I could only assume that was a full set (like jigsaws in such shops you can never be certain you have all of the pieces!) The cards had pictures and somewhat cryptic paragraphs on them, but no suits or reds and blacks, hearts or diamonds like normal playing cards. On the back of each was a blue owl. Again, not Tarot cards, but they were Tarot-like.
Prior to putting them in order I had a look through them to get an impression of what they were about and then I gave them a casual shuffle. I had the idea that I would pick a random card and see what it would ‘tell’ me, if anything.
Guess the card I picked?
Number 33. The explanation on the card was pretty meaningless to me at this stage but the number made me chuckle. I put all of the cards in order, determined 36 was a complete set, and decided to buy them, still not knowing what they were.
Like other ‘esoteric’ things of this nature I have been lead to believe that it’s not best practice to actively seek out and buy these things for yourself, instead if you’re ‘meant to’ have them, if ‘the time is right’ then they’ll find their way to you – don’t force the process. I generally agree with this approach and find it also works well for many other things, from cats to furniture, books or cars, and perhaps women.
I have always had an interest in things of this nature, perhaps more so in the past; I went through a phase of studying astrology and I always thought I would quite like to give Tarot cards a go, I just never came across any cards.
Was I forcing these particular-but-not-Tarot-cards into my possession? Well, with the two 33s that had shown themselves to me, I didn’t think so but a further (unplanned) test came about when I put the cards down on a stack of books while I wandered around. Another customer came in for a browse and had a look around those books. I nervously watched from the corner of my eye rather than remove the cards before he might choose them for himself, but he looked right past them. Phew! They were mine after all.
That evening I had a look online to see if I could find out about the cards. A quick search using the the first line of text from the first card revealed they were ‘Lenormand’ cards, worth a few quid more new on Amazon than what I paid for them.
Cartomancy is fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards. Forms of cartomancy appeared soon after playing cards were first introduced into Europe in the 14th century. Practitioners of cartomancy are generally known as cartomancers, card readers, or simply readers.
Cartomancy using standard playing cards was the most popular form of providing fortune-telling card readings in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries… In English-speaking countries, the most common form of cartomancy is generally tarot card reading. Tarot cards are almost exclusively used for this purpose in these places. Wikipedia
Indeed, as a child I had a pack of playing cards and had for a brief period tried to read them like “fortune-telling cards”. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know that people used actual playing cards for this and I didn’t know therefore how to interpret them. Lenormand cards, as Wikipedia informs me, came about after the death of Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772–1843).
[She] was a French professional fortune-teller of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era… considered the greatest cartomancer of all time [in France and] highly influential on the wave of French cartomancy that began in the late 18th century… Lenormand claimed to have given cartomantic advice to many famous persons, among them leaders of the French revolution… She was active for more than 40 years.
In 1814 Lenormand started a second literary career and published many texts, causing many public controversies. She was imprisoned more than once, though never for very long… After [her] death her name was used on several cartomancy decks including a deck of 36 illustrated cards known as … Lenormand cards still used extensively today…
There was also a book by Rana George on Amazon for learning how to use the cards. Not being prepared to spend money on such a book (one will surely find its way to me if I need it!) I clicked onwards and found a Youtube video of Rana giving a brief explanation of the cards, how they can be used, and how they compare to Tarot.
I noticed something in that video though; Rana was wearing a necklace with a large key on; the very same key as was featured on the 33 card I had chosen earlier, and as I flicked through the rest of the cards it didn’t seem to feature anywhere else. “Follow the white rabbit Neo!”
What I then decided to do was to do “36 Days of Lenormand” whereby I would pick a card (or a selection of cards) at random each day to see how they might relate to my experiences, such as people I meet and interact with and events that crop up.
Of course, as with other things of this nature, from Tarot to Astrology, or even dreams, they can all be interpreted in different ways, plus this would be coupled with the fact that I was a novice, but I would have fun with it.
I would say that the first half of my exercise seemed to be more rewarding; I would often feel like the cards chosen were meaningful and I could relate them to unfolding experiences. There also seemed to me a number of recurring cards along with ones that didn’t once present themselves.
How I would generally choose a card would be to shuffle the pack until either a card slipped, dropped, or ‘jumped’ out. Or I might wait until I felt ready to split the pack and choose a card. Or I might spread them out and see if one was positioned more prominently. Whilst doing all this I would be asking the question (internally, but to the cards) what could they tell me about the upcoming day (I would generally do this exercise first thing in the morning). Since doing these things I have heard others say they avoid ‘jumpers’. I’m not sure why; to me it seemed like a way a message might come through – if you believe in that sort of thing – however I have also considered that a benevolent spirit might nudge a particular card my way in order to lure me off the right path – again it’s what anyone might believe or not. To go with feelings or not – this is a question I’ve been pondering a lot lately.
I found my set of cards useful since they had pictures and a textual meaning. Others would believe that these verses are not necessary and are perhaps distracting, perhaps they’re not authentic to Lenormand – I’m not sure where they come from. For me though the text gave that extra level of interest and an explanation that mostly aided me as a beginner, though sometimes they were too riddlesome or cryptic and likely confused and distracted me from the simple meaning the image on each card was there to portray. It has also been pointed out to me that generally, good Lenormand cards will include an illustration of each of the standard playing cards on them, but other sets (there are many of them) also omit this. I would like to go with the idea that there is no right or wrong, it’s what suits the person; the cards are a tool.
As I got into the second half of my exercise though it seemed to occur more and more that I would be shuffling and shuffling and not feeling anything; there would be no ‘jumper’ and no inclination to pick a card. It was like there was simply no message for that day, or that I was not in the right frame of mind. Maybe I had ‘drained’ the cards since I have heard this said of crystals. Maybe these days were just quieter with fewer interactions with others and the world in general for the cards to give me any guidance on. Who knows? All I can say is that this was a little frustrating.
Prior to this though I did have one particular experience which spanned a couple of days that was quite a learning experience for me. I had receive a couple of messages on my phone from people I who I wasn’t sure how to respond; one was simply a missed call from someone I knew and rather than phone them back and say “Hey, I noticed I had a missed call from you, what’s up?” my inclination was to not respond and simply wait for them to try again. The second one was work client where the previous job had not ended well; they had essentially left me underpaid because I hadn’t done what they wanted and accused me of breaking their device when the fault was already there; basically things turned sour with them trying to belittle me and I walked away – fight or flight? I generally choose the latter. Now a month or so later they were asking for my help again and since they hadn’t paid me in full for the last job I wasn’t going to entertain them.
The cards seemed to have a different idea though! The cards I was choosing seemed to be suggesting that I should be proactive and contact these people rather than either ignore them or wait for them to try again. They implied I would be heading down a bad path if I didn’t do this.
Since I had been going along with the cards up to this point I conceded that yes, I should change my approach. However, when it came to it I just couldn’t. It churned me stomach to even think about it and I wondered why this was, why didn’t I find this seemingly simple task so difficult? I pondered how I was feeling and why I was stopping myself from contacting these people and I came to learn that it was down to self-pride. While I didn’t need to give in to the client since my approach would have been to phone them and politely state that since they hadn’t paid me in full last time I wouldn’t do any more work for them, that couple with the point about them not being happy with my previous work that if they felt that way then I shouldn’t be the one doing the work for them. I wasn’t intending to be confrontational, I just saw that by stepping up and phoning these people I was actively de-festering things, because festering is what tends to happen with me; I dwell on negative issues, causing them to spin round in my head over and over until they burn themselves out.
I saw all this when the cards ‘told me’ to take this other approach, but I still couldn’t do it. In then end I gave up trying to persuade myself and instead accepted the ‘bad path’ the cards had warned me about. I felt like a smoker who is shown what the cigarettes do to the lungs, yet still unable to chose the alternative!
Defeated? Yes, but something I will keep with me and continue to work on in some way. Whether I consider the cards ‘work’ in the way as card readers believe they certainly gave me cause to ponder and ask questions of myself each day, such as how I’m interacting with others (or not), or helping me to keep my eyes open to dangers or obstacles that lie ahead. After 36 Days of Lenormand I still keep the cards nearby and dip into the pack from time to time when I feel the urge to do so.
Lenormand card meanings: www.lenormand1.com
Good and bad Lenormand decks: youtube.com/watch?v=adtKWL2TxE4
Lenormand card combinations: youtube.com/watch?v=lpGq-QCfrZ0