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Daily reading N°3 about my trip to Paris, France

Hi there,

this is the third reading I did when I was in Paris.

After going to the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre, I went back at the hotel in order to drop all the little things I bought along the way. I also had to charge the battery of my camera. So, I took the opportunity to make another 5 cards draw to see about the rest of my day.

Here are the cards:

the clover 02the child 13the sun 31the letter 27the star 16

the clover, the child, the sun, the letter, the star

The second part of my day was a fun ride. Walked a lot again ! And I went to new places. Places I have never been to when I was in Paris, but that are actually quite famous. That is “le quartier Saint Germain”. I decided to go there by walk from one of the bridges, because I knew the views would be beautiful. At that time of the day, the sun was slowly going down offering myriads of colors. Honestly I felt like I was in one of those movies …


This is a picture I took on the bridge as the sun was going down, and the dark clouds were taking place in the sky. Quite dramatic. Unfortunately this picture doesn’t quite capture the color of that moment. I yet have to learn to master that camera a lot better !


This is something typical from Paris. The old bookstands. There are so many of them. You can find very old books there. Also, stamps, comics, posters, calendars …


I took a coffee at “Les Deux Magots” which is one of the famous places in Saint Germain. Le café de Flore is just a few walk steps away and is another famous place. Huysmans, Giraudoux, surrealist writers , Camus, Faulkner, Simone de Beauvoir … They all have been there on a regular basis …


I visited some bookstores in the streets nearby. Actually took a look at some novels, … After that I went back to the “Rue saint Honoré” and had a nice walk enjoying the city lights.

The Ritz’s entrance on the Place Vendome. A mythical hotel. I’d love to stay at that hotel someday.


And then, to finish the evening, the Champs Elysees again.


So, if I look at the cards in the draw :

the clover, the child : me enjoying new places in the city.( what I mean by new is “new to me” as I have never been there).

the sun, the letter, the star : related to the weather and time of the day. the sun was going down at the beginning of my walk and finished in the night. Also it is related to famous places (the sun and the star) . Places made famous by writers and intellectuals (the letter).

Hope you enjoyed the little trip


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5 cards layout about this evening

Hi there,

taking a little break from the Grand Tableau’s theory. This will be a case analysis using a 5 card layout. Context : a friend of mine asked me to help his son with his studies. I usually am at ease with teaching, but I have never done that sort of activity with a teenager. So I prepared some stuff to help him out: some learning tools. I wanted my approach to be very different than the one he has been used to with his teacher. The one point is that he has to be motivated. I reasoned that it had to be a departure of what he already knew. So I wanted my approach to be fun and playful. That way, he would actually learn stuff without even knowing. These are the 5 cards I got :

the book 26the child 13the clouds 06the star 16the tree 05

the Book, the Child, the Clouds, the Star, the Tree

The Book stands for studies, learning. Matter of fact, I am going to help a young teenager (the Child) with his English speaking skills. He dislikes learning his lessons,and is acting quite grumpy (child+clouds). The point is that he has to learn to enjoy learning. Right now, he doesn’t feel like learning could be any fun. The experience he had with his teacher in class wasn’t “all that” as he told me ! He finds it utterly boring, difficult (clouds) … and he is being very lazy with the whole thing (clouds and stars). I yet have to jump in and make him feel like this could actually be fun. The Star and The Tree speaks to me as being a clean base again, something creative and I think they might represent me and my approach.

What actually happened :
He was at home with a friend of the same age, so in the end the class was given to the 2 kids. We made flash cards with drawings and vocabulary. Many topics were covered. It was very funny, and very productive. Many laughters. Full of energy. Very creative : the star card I suppose. We reached what we wanted : he is now motivated. And managed to view it as a challenging game and not something boring and dull. They actually remained focused for 1 hour and half. Prior to the lesson, I asked how long he thought he could remained focused, and then should take a break : 40 minutes was his opinion. I am glad it all went well.


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Lenormand reading : a case analysis around oscar night

Browsing my archives, I found out a funny reading I did around the academy award. Don’t ask me why but I was pretty sure it was either Marion Cotillard or Julie Christie who was going to get it. And just like that, in front of the TV, I did a reading, silly me. I was oh so curious of what the cards would be telling me. Usually I don’t “play” with my deck, but couldn’t resist the fun. I thought it would be a good training.

Here are the cards I got for Marion Cotillard / (the Lady is the key card)

The Lily, the Star, the Dog, the Lady, the Snake, the Heart, the Ring

For Marion Cotillard : I think the cards to the left are related to the fact that she had been honored already (with Bafta) about her interpretation of Edith Piaf. So she was already highly appreciated and respected as an actress before the Oscar night. That is the combination of the cards Lily, Star and Dog : appreciation of both the audience and her peers. Cards on the right first made me hesitating quite a bit. The snake is usually a sign of trouble, something that is not going the right way … that kind of thing. But it also might represent a woman. And I think that here it represents Edith Piaf. She honestly completely transformed herself : she WAS Edith. Also, I think that it played a huge part as Americans know and cherish Edith Piaf. And for that, (the heart) she is highly appreciated and praised (the ring). And you know the rest of the story, she got that Oscar !



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The Star (16)

The Star is related to clarity of thought, spirituality, faith, hope, wishes. You are going through a phase in your life that is oh so good. You have the opportunity to make you dream come true. You are using your imagination. You are feeling blessed and lucky in your work or in your relationship. Creativity and esoteric studies are also keywords for the star. Listen to your intuition right now ! No matter where it takes you, have no doubts that your heart is in the right place.


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The 10 of Swords and the Star

The character is the 10 of Swords is someone who seems to have lost all faith in life. He looks defeated, if not dead in the card. He has been through a battle, or maybe has been stabbed in the back. Whatever the reason he has hit rock bottom. He is laying on the ground, looking defeated. He looks like he shall never rise again. The whole set of the card looks like a place devastated after a war. It definitely speaks of a cycle in life being coming to a close. The situation might not be actually as bas as it seems, though it may hurt a big deal. Simply put, it may sometimes represents someone with a victim personality. But sometimes as a situation is difficult to accept, we are that character : hurt, hopeless, wounded emotionally. Feeling totally crippled and not willing to keep on going. Post traumatic syndrome may be indicated here, as well as identity crisis following a nervous breakdown. This is someone who need his/her self-image to be rebuilt from the ground so to speak.

“When it is darkest, men see the stars” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The Star is kneeling, one feet in the water and one feet on the river’s edge. She can be seen as taking the water from the source and giving it to the earth. The whole card speaks about quietness, a time of peace, a time of hope. Serene, she is diligently working at her task. This card speaks about harmony. Her world seems to be full of promising opportunities that the 10 of Swords is lacking. She is choosing to see the positive. She looks faithful and resilient. Not to say that her life has been easy all the time : this Major Arcana is following the Tower which speaks of a shock, a upheaval of some kind. So she represents someone who can see the light through the darkness and learn from her trials and tribulations.
A renewal of the soul.
Now that the Tower in the Major Arcana collapsed, she has learned what was wrong in the foundations and she starts again, building on a better ground.

Indeed, when you place the “10 of Swords” and on its right “the Star” : it looks like the character in the 10 of swords has reached the shore, exhausted and that the Star is there to bring him her soothing presence. He seems to say : I resign, I surrender, please take good care of me, I feel like dying. And she pours the curing water, like a cure on his wounds represented by the swords on his back.

Indeed, I have read some place that the 10 Swords were placed not “accidentally” where they are : they are related to the chakras of the individual, and the kundalini. I’m no expert on this particular topic, but I do intend to read about it, even before looking at the 10 of Swords, it has “piqued” my interest anyway … Still speaking of healing and remedy : it looks like acupuncture right ?

“When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something”.
(Emerson, again)

What should be reminded here too, is that in the card “10 of swords”, in most decks, there is a dawn coming up. The sun is sometimes seen behind the clouds in the sky : reminding us that there is still hope, life is not over yet. The renewed sense of purpose is represented by “the Star”.

Just as in counseling, he has to be willing to cure himself, the presence of the Star means there is a possibility but the character in the 10 of swords has to turn around. He has to give up his victim mentality. You have to be willing to make the first step. No one can cure you unless you are willing to participate in the healing process. The psychological attitude is very important when going through such a process. Feeling hopeful is already the first step towards better time. Only then you allow the bringing together of higher energies. Here below, these two cards from the beautiful Druidcraft tarot deck.

I found this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which is, reflecting in its own way one of the meaning you could associate to these two cards one next to another.

“Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”
Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher’s Honest Man’s Fortune

Cheers, Hope you enjoyed reading this

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Theory : Optimism and Tarot cards

Feeling kinda good this day, I felt like doing a post about being optimistic. So of course, there might be other cards in the tarot deck that can be added to the list below, but these seemed to me to be the obvious ones. I took some out of this post because they seemed more related to “being confident”, “having strength” and such, so these will be in another post.

the SunPage of Wandsknight of wandsthe fool

The Sun : radiant, beaming, positive attitude, believing in oneself. The card stands for enthusiasm. The bright side. This card is always getting some “Aaaaah” when it’s coming up. Everyone is happy to get this card, well maybe not Dracula coming to think of it…

The Page of wands : childish exuberance. ready to jump in the fun.The page sometimes representing a message, this is the sign of some good news.

The Knight of Wands : an adventurous individual who has faith in his capacities, a charmer, who may be a little bit to self assured. Ambition might be indicated but enthusiast anyway.

The Fool: a happy go lucky fellow, careless, free as the wind and not aware of the potential danger of a situation. This individual lives for the moment, a very spontaneous energy.

3 of cups4 of wands10 of cups

The 3 of Cups : a celebration party, enjoying the pleasure of life, dancing. You’re in high spirits. Total glee. Your friends are supporting you and giving you an extra boost of energy.

The 4 of Wands : celebration again , harmony, a positive outcome bringing a sense of security. This one may be related to a ceremony which is making you feel very happy. A job well done is appreciated and you’re feeling good about it.

The 10 of Cups : total bliss. A cycle is accomplished. You are experiencing the joy of having goals accomplished. Satisfaction and completion.

the worldthe judgementthe star

The World too with an idea relating to fulfillment, feeling part of this world, complete.

The Judgment : feeling alive again. You’re on with the new. Rejuvenated and released.

The Star : having an ideal to look up to. I associate it also with faith and hopes. Focusing your energy on the pursuit of wishes and dreams.

There are some other cards then such as the 6 of wands, the Chariot, the Strength etc … Confidence, pro active attitude, going forward but they will be developped in another post,


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Cards about love

the loversace of cupsAce of Wands

Love is of course one of the main reasons people ask for a reading. Not that I am complaining. I just shuffled my deck today, and flipped the cards one by one.
As I looked at each card, I jotted down these thoughts trying to connect them with events related to love. Well, of course, all cards could be related to this topic in some way or another, but some seems to be more obvious than others. I’ll start only with the upright cards. I’ll keep the reversed for another post.

The lovers card comes to mind of course, but contrary to popular belief this may remain platonic. It may speak about the affection 2 individuals have for one another. So it may sometimes indicates a soul mate but this could be the friend you’ll keep for a lifetime. Or maybe just an indication that you are at present in your life, listening to your physical and spiritual needs when making a choice.

The Ace of Cups is showing a time when you discover about love, about expressing it and receiving it. My stepsister that I love dearly, and who’s lucky in love and doesn’t know anything about tarot; just once looked at the whole deck. I actually was wondering what would be her reaction to the cards as she has no notion of the card’s meaning, she just looked at the Ace of Cups and said “This looks beautiful. Very catholic in a way, but I love the details of it”. By the way, it was the medieval Scapini tarot deck. So the Ace of Cups is about a new relationship, or taking the existing relationship to the next level.

The Ace of Wands is a very phallic looking card. It may means fertility, but one thing for sure when you get this as an answer for a relationship reading, the spark between the 2 individuals is there and this could lead to a passionate fling, if not a relationship. It says physical action. Think “Start me up” by the Rolling Stones when you see this card.

2 of cups3 of cups The 2 of Cups is the sharing between 2 individuals. The sharing is beneficial for both and both are working on the relationship. The 4 of wands and/or the 6 of wands is for the commitment. The 10 of cups is also a good indicator.

The 3 of Cups may simply denote friendship, a party. But it may point a marriage/commitment : the celebration party. Look if the Empress is around, she is the mother card, the home stability. (and if there is one of the Pages : it may indicate a women’s pregnancy). Look for the 9 of pentacles as well. When it comes to being committed, the 8 of pentacles shows the will to work on the relationship, doing what’s right to make it work. The 6 of wands is the coming home with success. The 4 of wands alone may mean redecorating a house, but with the other 2 cards : moving in with someone, making room for a relationship … the 10 of cups which shows a loving family could indicate a true bliss.

8 of pentacles6 of wands4 of wands10 of cups

8 of wandsThe 8 of wands on the other end speaks about something happening quickly. It doesn’t promise to stay. It may also represent someone who’s making a move on you. But it could move out as soon as it moves in. “Carpe diem”. Enjoy, but don’t look yet for commitment, first things first. Think “I need U tonight” by INXS.

5 of cups

The 5 of Cups shows sadness. it is the mourning card. along with the 9 of swords it may point to serious issue like depression, endless nights without sleep, crying for the lost love. Look if there is the Tower and the Death card as well, it could lead to something very serious like a nervous breakdown, something very hard to go through.

8 of cupsThe 8 of cups is someone leaving the relationship if there is one. Which can be a good thing if it is an abusive relationship. and if there is none, it might be someone who’s leaving pain, sadness, grief behind in order to seek something more fulfilling. If the relationship was a bad one, then it is a good sign, you leave the pain behind, you keep on going on your journey, looking out for a better place for you in the world.

The 3 of swords is yet another card that shows the pain one has when a meaningful relationship is coming to an end. I see the 7 of cups as illusion in love, not knowing what you need or want in a relationship, especially associated with the Moon for example.

3 of swords7 of cupsthe moon4 of cups

The 4 of cups is a card you may get when being bored in a relationship. maybe it is a sign that love has turned into a dull routine. If the 7 of pentacles is around, you might be reconsidering options. Should I stay or should I go ? You are in need of “Alive and Kicking” (Simple Minds).

5 of pentaclesthe hermit

The 5 of pentacles is being poor in the matter of the heart ( if the question is about love of course) this card is about financial matters, but in regards to feeling : it shows being left out, not having a home to come to. The Hermit is a solitary individual, who could though long for a soul mate, but also someone who’s dedicated to something else in life, and has no wish to fall in love.

10 of wandstowerpage of cups10 of cupsthe empress

The 10 of wands : someone is carrying all the burden of the relationship on his shoulder. It may show an abusive relationship, or someone who’s always victimizing himself. Or maybe just overloaded with work, and is not looking for any other trouble at the moment.

The Tower is actually tricky and should be analysed with the cards around it. Could be a love at first sight thing, but also the brutal ending of a love affair that really alter your view on relationships.

The page of cups is a messenger of love, the very beginning of a love affair, the early states.

10 of cups shows a happy family. the empress is the card of fertility, the mother card.
These 2 together with the ace of wands could indicate the addition of a little one to the family.

temperancethe hanged manthe starthe devil

Temperance may show a time when you are feeling good with yourself. If you have suffered a break up in the past, you are now sort of having a balanced approach. You may not be ready to have a relationship yet, but you are experiencing peace of mind.

The Hanged Man may show a humanitarian. Someone expecting stuff to happen also, not the kind to make a move, but the kind who’s waiting for the other one to make the move. I have seen it in reading representing someone that was “once bitten twice shy”, yet compassion is there as well. The Star card is indicating a renewal in faith and hope for life as well.

The devil is a card indicating passion in some reading. But you have to look for the cards around it, because this can indicate a passion that is blind. And maybe destructive. Surely not the quiet type.

Any court card appearing in the reading may indicate the type of person around you, the kind of person the universe is sending to you.

well, that’s it for now. Hope this is helpful. I feel I deserve my coffee now. Jayce.

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