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Rising From the Ashes

Hello Everyone

It has been a long time since I have last blogged, and I will be making a few changes within the next few weeks to this site.

During my absence I have been playing with the Grand Tableau. When I first started my lenormand journey, the GT was not something that I focused on, since I had been learning under Sylvie Steinbach who was not keen on teaching it, as she required a layout that could provide quick answers in a fast pace environment and that was the “No Layout” However the No layout cannot be shown in a public domain as is copyrighted by Sylvie, I will not be using it on this blog, and I have moved on since those early days, and am free to fly as the name of this blog suggests “Phoenix” rising from the ashes.

I have to laugh, I had been thinking of name change for my blog as well and I pulled 3 cards to brain wave a name. The cards I pulled were


Death/Life/Birds – so what does the Phoenix bird do? Rises from death to life and flys . I couldn’t get anymore literal than that could I?. And I’m bringing this blog back to life. So I guess the Phoenix will need to remain in there somewhere, the clarification card I got was “Ring” so I need to make a commitment and taking ownership for my name, that I’ve had for many years when I started this journey. Although only problem with Phoenixes, is that they are only known for resurrecting from death, they need to fly a little bit longer instead of always Rising!! I will think more on that.



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New Lenormand Forum – Lenormand Journey

Hi Everyone

I just want to let you all know of a new lenormand forum. My former Forum LenormandNZ has now changed ownership to Naomi Noah,  to Lenormand Journey    it is free to join and is based on the Lenormand cards although no longer dedicated strictly to Sylvie Steinbach’s No layout system, although the card meanings are inspired by her book, Secrets of the Lenormand oracle. However we are more flexible and are open to lenormand enthusiasts of all kinds. You may also create your own group within the forum and you can advertise your own professional services within your own group. So if you are looking for a more relaxed learning environment of the Lenormand, please join us Lenormand Journey


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Catching up

Hey all,

It has been a very long time since I have posted on this blog, so I just wanted to update, and still let you know that I am still around. I of course have been very busy on my Lenormand forum this forum of course is dedicated to Sylvie Steinbach’s Secrets of the lenormand method, which is growing in membership all of the time.

I have just come back from Melbourne Australia, attending and assisting Sylvie on the first Australian workshops series, which was a great success. We hope to do more workshops in Australia in the future, on a yearly basis. We of course are open to doing workshops in other countries and areas, as long as there will be someone to organise and coordinate the event for us.

The beginners workshop of course is very intense, learning the 36 cards, the No layout technique and case studies, on finance, career, relationships. The beginners course is very much the meat and potatoes of the system. Advanced workshops are on Past lives, health scans, mediumship and channelling. Very specialised topic, that was a highlight for students, to put everything together in a practice, exchanging readings with students.

I can say, observing once again, as I have been at every workshop since Sylvie first conducted them on the virtual online workshop and here in NZ. It never ceases to amaze me. It inspires me, mainly because I know that through consultations with clients it can give valuable guidance and insight.

For anyone who has the book “Secrets of the lenormand Oracle” by Sylvie Steinbach, you will be able to register with the Lenormand NZ forum, so that you can share with other SLO lenormand enthusiasts, active participation in which Sylvie and I are always monitoring and giving advice.



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Pastlife Connection

This is a past life reading I did for a friend of mine, who had wondered about a male friend of hers. I had concluded that there was a karmic connection, because the dog and tree appeared regularly for these 2 people.

I’m using the No layout spread that Sylvie had taught us on the advanced workshop here in NZ. I am using the Tree to give information into the past life, and the woman card, to represent my friend, and the man card to represent her male friend.




Firstly I look at the spread of cards representing the past life, to give information about the past life shared, if I look to the key card Tree, beside it will indicate what kind of past life, therefore fox and tower are the indicator, one of them has to indicate something, otherwise there is no past life shared. Tower is my indicator, without looking too much into the spread yet, the tower can be a life either to do with hospital, prison, captivity or high society. Fox isn’t really a strong indicator of anything, so just to say work for now.

Snake…horseman…fox …This combination tells me that there was a possiblity that work may have been a problem in this time, and therefore one had to seek new employment opportunities.

Tower…storks…bear…This indicates working hard to improve a financial situation. Moving up, finances was a strong incentive. So I would say that this life time was in “High Society” rather than prison, hospital or captivity. Improving finances may have been done through investments, stock markets possibly. Or a rise to power, where  became financially stable. It wasn’t an inherited wealth, but one where they or one of them worked hard to get it.

Now I shall take a look at my friend (female) the cards shown to represent her in that life time


The cards either side of her are indicators of what she was in that life time. Moon is a feminine card, so it can represent either a wife, mother, muse or lover. Sun on the other side however is a musculine card so it can represent a husband or father. Intuitvely I would go with her being the feminine in this case.

Moon and sun to both sides of her, indicates that she was very successful and possibly well known in what she did. She was certainly a very seductive person with charisma. It is possible that she was a “secret” (book) lover to him. There is a feel of mystery around her.

Now I shall take a look at the cards surrounding him..


Clover indicates that he was happy go lucky, looking for a opportunity, possibly an opportunist. Heart shows that he did have some emotional connection to her.

Letter…mice…clover There was something that caused him to be excited it may have first been caused by a letter or news that he had received. It that time he was motivated by taking risks.

Heart…bouquet…ship He was a handsome lover who desired nice things, and to travel, he may have eventually left.

So I would summarise that they had a passionate love affair in which she was successful in her life, he was seduced by it, and saw it as an opportunity to better himself. It was a life of luxury. He in particular had to work hard to get to the top. So a good relationship, although it started off as being a secret.

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Reading at a fair

It is interesting how synchronicities play out. As you would have read in my previous post, I had bought a table and chairs in anticipation of reading somewhere, well my chance came the day after, I had inquired to some fair organisors, and one of the questions was “Would you be interested in reading at one of the regular readers didn’t turn up, so they asked me if I would like to participate, so of course I accepted.

It was a quiet fair, I had 5 sitters. 4 of them I already knew.

One of the stall holders was a psychic artist, she had asked me if I wanted to set up a stall with her at a cafe in a nearby town. So I decided to do that as well, it was very quiet, I had 4 sitters for the 2 days I went. One woman was very challenging. And rather wanted to test my skill. Luckily I was able to answer all  questions. So a good experience.


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Well I’m finally doing it!

Hi all,

Well I’ve finally plucked up the courage to do face to face readings, and I’m really enjoying it. I actually like it alot better than email readings, as it’s the interactive exchange with the sitter. I did one the other day, and as I was shuffling I thought to myself, i wonder what is on this persons mind, and the child card jumped out of the deck, so I just noted it, and then when I went to lay out the cards, using the no layout, and next to the key card (woman) who do I see sitting there, but the child card, she happened to be a youth worker, and was thinking about one of her sons.

It is important though, that they do acknowledge what you are saying. There are those ones who just sits there, and are really testing your ability. No doubt i will come across some of those.

One thing that I have to determine, is how best to tell them, when something that they are hoping for doesn’t turn out the way the want it to. I would like to be the bearer of good news rather than a messenger of gloom, but I guess that all comes with experience.

I will keep you posted.

Fortune Tellers Cafe

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Should I charge for readings?

I thought I would ask this question, as something that has come to my attention lately. Now if I was to charge for readings, email readings for example, would I be classed as a “professional reader” because I’ve accepted money for one. There are alot of charlatans out there charging exuberance prices for readings that they’ve copied right out of a book.

I’ve been told that to gain experience the only way to do it is by reading for people. And that one should always have some form of exchange. I wouldn’t class myself as a professional, because I don’t have years of experience reading for people, or even have hundreds of sitters under my belt. But I guess all of these professional people had to have a starting point when they accepted money. I know people who had read hundreds even into thousands of sitters before they charged for readings.

I am a person who would feel uncomfortable charging someone if I knew that the reading they got wasn’t atleast 90% accurate, that isn’t good enough, although not all readers experienced or not are 100% accurate. In the same token, I would be doing myself a disservice for not receiving an exchange of some sort. I guess people come to a point in life, when they have to take the plunge, and step out and just do it, if it works out or not. I am one who is quite comfortable sitting in a comfort zone, very cautious and not wanting to take risks. I am also very mindful of what other people say and think, especially if I have alot of respect for their wisdom. I was a most obedient child growing up.

Anyway I thought I would take a look at the cards using the “No layout” I feel this is the best layout for answering questions.  The Question “Am I ready to accept money for readings”


Looking at this, it is a very nice draw I must say. I would say that I would progress alot faster and with confidence and  ease if I engaged with other people, one on one. It is the only way to do it, no easy way. I would also say, that for myself I would be taking myself and readings more seriously if I was to have more faith in myself.

I also realised,  that my previous readings on this blog, I have stayed in my comfort zone by breaking down the readings, as more of a learning zone for myself and others, instead of just looking at it and having that quiet moment to listen to the intuitive voice, and not always taking the cards literally, the cards are suppose to trigger the psychic impressions, that is the next level I need to take.

Another question “What must I do to become a successful reader”?




Knowledge gained, through an instititute or teachings of a known source. This could be Sylvie’s method and teachings. Knowing it inside and out. I have not learnt  any other method of lenormand than the secrets of the lenormand oracle. I feel that is all I need to know, I have no intention of learning the traditional method.


I need to get past the nervousness, may even rely on that gut feeling, having a close connection with my cards. Knowing the methodology of the cards and it’s layout is an important factor. The cards don’t lie!

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