Bjorn’s Quick Tips

The Dog and the Rider

Let’s look at the Dog and the Rider as people cards.

The Lady, the Gentleman, and the court cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) can all represent people in the Lenormand deck, as can a few other cards.

It’s especially interesting to look at where the Rider and the Dog fall in love readings. If one of them is near the Heart card, it may be that that person warms your heart. They can also add emphasis to other cards, showing you if a relationship is serious or just a fling.

The Dog and the Rider are very different characters, and affect the Heart in different ways.


Usually this is the man who turns a woman’s head; the
attractive, proud, well-dressed, athletic man who radiates charisma. At worst, he may be arrogant (based on the horse), and vain.

He doesn’t have enough of the Dog’s qualities.


This is often the man that the woman with a Rider for a partner wants. The Dog is loyal and faithful, like a guard dog. At worst, the Dog is boring and unattractive, lacking the qualities of the Rider.


Fox + Person Card + Bear

Always remember that successful card reading depends on context. What a card combination means in one situation can be quite different to what it means in another, for example, the same cards can mean very different things depending on whether you’re reading about your family or your job.

In love readings, it’s important to pay attention to the following combination:


If the Fox and the Bear flank the person card, as shown above, you’re dealing with a complex character.

Even though the Bear is a lucky card that gives support and strength, he’s got a jealous and envious side. When the Fox speaks about someone’s character, it says that he often acts out of selfishness, and only for his own benefit. He’s also not above bending the truth.

It’s striking to me how often in practise this combination indicates a jealous person who hides his jealousy well. Usually this is the kind of jealousy that arises because the person is tempted himself. The Bear keeps himself well-protected.

As mentioned earlier, it’s about context. What I say above isn’t a hard and fast rule, but an indicator that should be borne in mind and examined. Look to other cards for confirmation, or ask the person sitting in front of you.

Queen of Hearts versus Queen of Clubs

When I first started reading the Lenormand cards, someone gave me a nice tip in the form of a story about the snake and the stork. It’s fun, and extremely accurate.

Note that in Belgium, the older generation reads almost exclusively with only one Lenormand deck, the Belgian Carta Mundi. It is also the most used deck on this blog.
If you use a different deck, this tip is the same, but you may have to adjust it depending on which way the Stork and the Snake are facing.

Did you know that storks eat snakes? In nature it is so.

It also makes sense in Lenormand reading.

If the question is about the outcome of a situation, or if this is a combination in the Grand Tableau, Snake + Stork means that after a bad time (lies, stress, etc.) there is a change coming. The Stork always brings a change in this combination, a positive one. Note the card after the Stork for confirmation of what the change will bring.

The Stork beats the Snake, at least if she has her in the crosshairs, because the Snake will not dare look at her. In nature, the stork watches the snake in the eye. Good wins over evil.


If the Snake happens upon a situation where the Stork is not alert, the Snake can strike with her cold and calculated nature, so that the situation turns ominous and negative.

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 the methodology described above, with the Stork preceding the Snake, the cards may want to say ominous change or a vitriolic turnaround.



Simple logic and practical use…

…is simply reading the answers the cards give to the questions you ask. Those answers are very much subject to the context you create with the questions you ask.

What is a good question?

How do I let the cards answer?

Frequently recurring questions you will have to deal with as a card reader:

‘Is my partner cheating on me?’
‘Will my relationship go wrong again?’
‘Will I fail my exam because I’m nervous?’
‘Will I lose my current job?’

These questions are all about legitimate concerns. But if you ask them the way they’re stated above and then throw cards, chances are very high that you’ll miss the message!


For the simple reason that you’ll be confused about what the cards want to tell you.
The questions listed above are questions about what we fear or things that we do not want to happen.

The desired answer is NO! But no matter, what cards should now appear?
Which cards will differentiate the severity or degree of disaster?
The positive and good luck cards confirm that things are all right, yes?
The negative cards don’t appear … this is reassuring, isn’t it?

‘Is my partner cheating on me?’

We always read the cards in combination with each other, but to see the problem with negative questions clearly, let’s just look at one card this time:

Our answer is the Coffin.


An ending, no, and never, are core meanings of the Coffin. What does the card say to our question?
No, she isn’t cheating? He never cheated? There was cheating, but only in the past?

This doesn’t feel right, that a heavy, negative card that signifies endings, illness, death, or melancholy in other layouts, is the appropriate answer here. It is illogical and leaves room for misinterpretation.

A good question is the foundation of your cartomancy, Context and a good framework are of paramount importance to achieve as accurate information as possible from the cards.

How do you best ask such questions?

First and foremost, you rephrase!

Don’t ask: ‘Is my partner cheating on me?’ in this question, you ask for your fears, or what you do not hope for, to be confirmed. It is much better to integrate your desire into the question.
‘Is my partner faithful to me?’, ‘Will my partner stay faithful?’, etc., since that’s what you wish for.

This phrasing gives you a very different context, because now positive and good luck cards can confirm your hopes and desires, while negative cards can express your fears.

11 thoughts on “Bjorn’s Quick Tips

  1. Thank you for your post. I would like to comment on the topic of querent questions, and the specific one: “Is my boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, etc., cheating on me”? First of all I don’t think snooping is a good idea. If the client wants proof of cheating they need to hire a private detective, then they will know. Second, the question makes the topic of the question to be about another person other than the querent. I think getting the client to focus on their part in any situation is empowering, because it is impossible to control the actions or motivations of another person. Third, I don’t like yes or no questions. Might as well flip a coin.

    Again, thank for your post, it is always good to get another experienced reader’s views.

    • It may not be the wisest question to consult the cards about, but it’s a common one, lol. If we refused to answer that one, we’d all probably be living on pinto beans. 😉

      As far as “focusing on another person”, there’s no reason not to read cards on that. Other people affect our lives. Would you say “will I get the job?” is “snooping”? The decision to hire or not is made by another person. There’s a bogus rule that’s been circulating for some time that says we shouldn’t do “third party readings”. Andy addressed it on his blog – the reader is NOT a “party” to the client’s situation. So a client asking about a partner, boss or friend is asking about a SECOND party, not a third.

      The reason we read cards, and the reason that people consult us, is often to find out the actions or motivations of someone else. That’s a key difference between an authentic fortuneteller and a bogus reader who does “counseling” (without proper certifications).

      And Lenormand is perfectly capable of answering yes or no questions, much more accurately than a binary system like a coin toss. If it wasn’t, there would be no point in learning it.

      • Thank you for your comments. I realize that many readers financially subsist on questions like:
        “Is he/she cheating on me.” Thankfully I don’t. I am able to attract clients who have a range and variety of questions other than betrayal. And………what if a reader answers the question and they are wrong, there will be hell to pay, and bad karma for the reader. Do you really want an irate and potentially violent person calling you up or paying a visit because you said they are cheating? Better to rephrase the question and make it about the querent. Such as: “What can you tell me about my part in the relationship.” or “what kind of partners do I tend to attract.”

        From my perspective it is snooping if you are looking specifically at another person’s life without their permission. Now, if a person shows up in a reading unannounced they will need to be addressed, such as the dog card. Also, to answer your question, it is not snooping if asking about a job. Only snooping if you are asking about a person without permission. Kind of like having NSA read your emails and listen to your phone conversations, a clear violation of privacy.

        I do not like yes/no questions. Too limiting. Like tying to squeeze a waterfall through a garden hose. My approach, and my perspective. Others differ, and for that I am grateful.

      • If you’re a competent reader, you’re accurate 85 – 90% of the time. And able to pick up whether a client is unstable and potentially violent. And sensible enough not to tell people who are not close friends or family where you live.

        Lenormand is designed for such questions, that’s what it does – tells you what’s happening, and what’s going to happen. Once you’ve learned it, you’ll be comfortable with yes/no questions.

  2. You miss understand, or perhaps I was not clear……..I am not talking about the client being violent or unstable, I am talking about the partner. The one who can come after you if you tell the client that the partner is a cheat.

    “if you are sensible you only tell family or close friends where you live.”

    Some of us read in person, not everyone is strictly a phone or internet reader. Face to face, and they know where you work and your phone number.

    And if you are wrong (15%) of the time , then you have destroyed at least two lives by calling someone a cheat. Of course, I am fine with others doing this, and it is not my approach.

    “Once you learned it, you will be comfortable with yes/no questions.”

    Does that presume that those who do not answer yes/no question are not learned?

    • Well yes. Anyone who is even at the intermediate levels with this system should be able to handle a yes/no question. And it’s obvious from the way you’re talking that you’re not well-versed in Lenormand. “…The question makes the topic of the question to be about another person other than the querent. I think getting the client to focus on their part in any situation is empowering” isn’t something an experienced Lenormand reader would say.

      • “It is obvious from the way you are talking that you are not well versed in Lenormand.”

        “It isn’t what an experienced Lenormand reader would say”

        Are you seriously going to make such presumptive and dismissive statements? I am shocked and saddened. Our conversation is at end.

  3. I need to comment on that. I´m not sure about nay other place, but in Brazil, if you refuse to read about the querent´s partner, or mother in law, or mother, father, brother, you will get a bad bad bad reputation. The querent comes here to know about his/her own life, INCLUDING the people around his/her. Of course “is my partner cheating me” is a very common question, and if yes, the querent will want to take some action – So if the answer in this case is yes (I use toi rephrase it like Bjorn does), I´ll investigate a bit more with cards, and most of time the querent asks something like “may I say him/her that I know?”, “how will she/he react to me in this case”? – I always say that “when Lenormand shows you a problem, it also shows a solution” – so I use to investigate a bit what the querent can do or need to do – I´m not a counselor, but lenormand shows what comes after. Also about “third” person, I think you are violating someone´s privacy when you ask something that only is related to he/she, but in a relation, both of them are part of each other´s life, and this is not a violation. A cheat can be a violation to you querent and sometimes cards can help he or she to get away from a bad situation. A Good Reader is accurated and is not nervous or fearful about the readings results. They are good, or not. Are there errors? For sure there are, most of them because your querent didn´t follow its own “fate”, or because you were not paying attention. To say (always) something like “we need to focus on you”, turn the reader in other thing – If the querent needs or wants a psychologist he/she wouldn´t be sitting in front of you (most of time a session with psychologist has also a better price than a session with a good reader (unless here in Brazil) 🙂 (This is only my opinion, and I do not intent to ofend anybody.)

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