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Blogs and Blessings

Today I decided to splurge, a brand new shiny laptop to help me with rebuilding the website and getting my work back on track. So…. Blessings to the new laptop and time to blog!

This is my small tranquility area on our back deck. Even with the severe lack of rain here in Vermont this season, the green of the Green Mountain State is still thriving. I bring you here thinking of blessings which abound around us if we choose to just take the moment and think.

This small little scene shares blessings I had from a friendship gone too soon. My dearest friend Helen passed away a number of years ago, only in her 50’s. I spent many days/nights in her company, studied Tarot and Reiki and yes we drank way more wine then was good for us. Her home in Chappaqua, NY was an oasis of calm and she had a Buddha just like this one. We set out on an adventure one day and lo and behold we found mine.

The stones are all from Montauk, NY, called “The End” by some. It is the very tip or End of Long Island and long thought of as a vortex of energy such as Sedona, AZ. While not as popular it has an energy that stays with one. I experienced this a few times, again all with Helen.

Two chunks of Apophyllite are in this photo as well, at the far side, right and left. Yes you guessed it already, Helen helped me learn all about the energies of this stone, I might suggest you research it for yourself.

Now as I get older, a privilege these days that I do not overlook, I get to enjoy this spot. It is not a place of sadness for my friend’s memory, it is a sanctuary of calm that she helped me realize I could create in my life, where I needed one. It’s a seasonal one yes, but that helps me remember how things change – something I also do not overlook the privilege of knowing the value of.

So why blog on this? Simple blessings are in my life and while I normally don’t talk or blog about them, today felt like the day I should. I am not going all “white light” here on you, rather I just gentle remind you that you have them also. I faced some of my hardest times these past 2 years, and the lessons I learned have been a few – count your blessings is among them.

Care to count yours as well?

Sitting back and …..

I have been quiet for quite sometime, i apologize. We moved to Vermont for peace and quiet and things sort of spun out of control on us. Here is the short version of the low down;

In September of 2020 I was diagnosed with Rectal Cancer and needless to say my world turned a bit upside down. I went through 2 different chemotherapy treatment series, a radiation treatment series as well as 2 surgeries. I also was cared for by a team of Reiki practitioners, and a few close friends who use other alternative therapies/practices. I am now Cancer free (yay me!!) and am on a road of recovery that keeps me a bit fatigued but still able to work full time with a slightly modified shift schedule. That’s it, I kept things mostly quite as I didn’t, and still don’t, want to make my life about Cancer or having had had it.

Now during all this sort of forced down time I had lots of time to study alternative healing work as well as return to traditional methods of reading Kipper and Lenormand. I added in Playing Cards – what a ton of fun those are – and made a few friends on a card readers forum. That forum, I will be kind and not name it, has gone South in a big way. They decided to embrace this new methodology of ”wellness” in readings and not support those of us who are Fortunetellers. Its all about, ”what is my greatest good”, ”will soul be nourished by this endeavor” and….. geez dear Gods help me. While that sort of thing might appeal to others, just give me the facts of life, ”how do I save enough for retirement quickly?” or other practical information and let me live life. I don’t feel I am am qualified to be handing out arm chair Psycho Babble and I won’t. Nuff said.

So I will be spending the next few weeks updating this website and get it back to running form. Readings and Healing works will be offered again. These are done around my Full Time job so please understand that. I also pace myself a bit more until I am back full steam, never fear I can perform this work well and actually doing so helps me out tremendously.

That’s it. That’s whats up. And now, let us move forward !

It is all coming up Clover

It is all coming up Clover, or at least I hope it is.

This card is from Maybe Lenormand, by Ryan Edwards, US Games Systems Inc.

When the #2 the Clover appears in your reading almost always we have a note of joy, in fact that is the essence of the card. We have keywords normally associated with this card of;

  • Luck
  • Opportunity
  • Change of Fortune
  • Gamble/Chance
  • Good Luck Charm/Talisman

these are just a few of the words we can use of course. Let us also remember that what the Clover brings along is of a short duration or quick window of time to work with/obtain. The effects don’t hang around long, seize them while you have the chance – pun intended.

This card has always been my little Leprechaun of the Lenormand – catch this one in your reading and things can go well for you unless…… #6 the Clouds are close by. This is one of two cards that has its meaning reversed by #6, the other card that is reversed by #6 – keep up with the blog posts to find out. So this said without the #6 we see Good Luck, Good Opportunity, Good Change of Fortune, etc. and with #6 near, Bad Luck, Opportunity that is not good for you, etc. and still even with #6 near, it is quick and short in duration.

Questions -feel free to ask away. This is, to me of course, one of the easier of the cards to interpret and I love hearing how it works for you.

Remember to always read with wisdom and compassion,

Blessings, Hugh

Lenormand Card Meanings – You asked for it

As I start to settle into Vermont life I am also getting to settle back into my spiritual work. One of the items on my to do list is to blog about the meanings of each Lenormand Card. While this has been covered by many others, I am consistently asked how I read them and would I mind providing this. I happily do so with the caveat that this does not take the place of the excellent books that are out there nor does it take the place of a class or workshop you might attend. Also might I add, these meanings are how I have learned to read the cards – others read them differently I am sure.

For these blog postings I will be using the graphics of the cards from Ryan Edward’s most excellent deck, Maybe Lenormand, published by US Games Systems, Inc. A while back Ryan gave me permission to do this and I must say I am so happy that he did. If you are going to be learning Lenormand this is a fabulous deck to work with and if you are an old hand with Lenormand you will enjoy them as well. Thank you again Ryan.

So you will start to see these posts shortly. I haven’t decided as of yet If I will go in card number order or just post them as they present themselves to me. The Muse of Lenormand will assist me I am sure.

Blessed Be, Hugh

And then, Vermont !

So the move is done and I now reside in the Green Mountain State, Vermont.

The how and why to the move is simple – I wanted a more simple life and after almost 60 years of life living just outside of New York City, getting to relocate to Vermont is like a dream come true. It is true, the Mountains are Green and the Air is so much more clean AND I will now be able to concentrate on what I have wanted to do for quite some time, Readings and Healing work on a more full time basis. How this will all shape up and transform my life is to be seen but I know that the adventure has begun. As I await my husband Dan to join me here, I am taking the time to take the time and not rush into anything.

I share this to let you know, while I have sort of fallen off the Map, at least the NY State one, I am here and appreciate the many emails of support. Online/Email readings will be the first to start back up as well as Distance Healing Sessions which have shown so much success for those who have partaken of them. Just give me a bit more time and feel free to email me with questions.

In closing I hope this finds all of you doing as best you can during this incredible time we live in. “May you live in interesting times” was a curse I once heard uttered – we have that in spades now don’t we? Let us find the ground to learn and grow from what we are going through, not to tear others down. My heart and prayers go out to all who have lost a loved one, We Are In This Together – never forget that !!

Many Blessings, Hugh

Cultivating Clarity Part 2

When performing readings, using any tool you choose to do so, clarity is of ultimate importance to whom you are reading for. Cultivating how best to achieve this should be an ongoing pursuit – one can never get good enough at this.

Part One was basically all about Focus, Part Two will be dedication to your readings, perhaps another kind of focus you might say.

I have been involved in the studies of divination systems since some time in the early 70’s. Tarot was the name of the game here in America back then and with few resources you learned as best you could. In the 80’s I started learning Runes and Playing Cards and in general the resources for divination studies were growing. The 90’s to current date has added Petit Lenormand and Kipper Cards to my repertoire. With a fun “side of ” an oracle called Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oracle and the her additional deck of Dark Enchantment my studies are quite a full time job.

So basically we have 5 systems with my personal fun Mildred systems added over the course of 40 years (geez that hurts to even type how long I have been doing this) and I am at my limit. Now again, I do this more or less full time so I do admit I have more time then the average person does to work with my divination tools. Okay you say, where is he going with this? Let me tell you oh inquisitive one.

The internet and the plethora of divination tools that we now have access to through it is almost staggering in it’s volume. And…. it is growing by the day or at least seems to be in my eyes. With all of this and, I admit I will be doing this shortly as well, teachings via the internet venue it is like the candy store of divination and children (no insult to any of you) are running wild through the aisles grabbing a bit of this and that and ending up with – a divination tummy ache.

There comes a time when, if you are a serious reader of a divination system, that you have to dedicate yourself to just a system or two to learn. Tarot, as an example, is a life time work of study no matter how you look at it. The Lenormand system I love so much, with only 36 cards might I add, still teaches me something daily about how to work with it. If as a student of divination you truly want to learn the depths of a system – you have to limit yourself to what you study.

Okay, so now I ruined your fun – but not really. I can’t tell you the joy I find in Lenormand and I only found that by, diving in deep and working my way through the cards in such a wide multitude of ways that shocked even myself with what they could do. I literally lived with the cards for months on end and that was to just feel I have the basics down. Now I find there are not many questions I can’t answer with this little deck, okay yes I need to think out a question or two from time to time. I only got there by concentration on ONE system. I didn’t fall prey to running to this oracle and that, the Wooden Pineapple Coins and the Intermittent Mage Stones (okay I made those both up) called but I resisted their lure.

Am I saying don’t ever experiment with something new? Absolutely not but I am saying you only have so much time and if you want to get to a point in your divination studies where you can at least feel you are at an intermediate level (I hesitate to ever say mastered because once I do the tool proves me wrong, lol) and provide concise readings that give clarity then you have to limit yourself. Plain and simple and yes that is my opinion by the way – learn Just a few systems. Again, and not to brag because again it hurts to admit it but I am this old, I have been at this for almost 50 years and look at how I have cultivated really just a few systems.

So at the end of the day/blog post here is the question I guess you need to ask yourself ;

Do I want to become truly good at reading just a couple of divination systems or do I want to know a little about a whole lot of them?

I went with the former, how will you decide and what couple of systems really do call to you if you follow my lead? I hope if nothing else this gives you food for though and help your cultivate yet more Clarity in your readings!

An early Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA readers – don’t eat to much!



A 2020 Election Reading – My Reading


There is no doubt in the World of Cartomancy there are a number of people I admire and respect. Andy Boroveshengra, Rana George, Toni Puhle, Benebell Wen, and Stella are just a few. Wait Stella? Who is Stella did you ask – well if you don’t know Stella it’s about time you did.

Stella is an old fashioned, sassy card reader with a style and flair all of her own. She is insightful and yes at times in your face with her views – hmmm remind you of anyone? She is one of those people I would like to sit and talk to over a pot of coffee and a good deck of Lenormand or Kipper cards – and she is who started me thinking of posts for this 2020 Presidential Election here in the USA.

First off Stella can be found at and in her blog you will find a posting with the same title as the one above, a 2020 election reading. I contacted her after reading her post and asked her to share the wording to the question she used and I would then follow suit and do the same – here we go;

First the question – What effect will the next election have on the office of POTUS? I didn’t change one word of this, its is exactly as she posted to me in the comments of her post.

Here are the cards I drew and yes Stella and I have the same amazing taste in cards so I used the same deck that she did, Mlle LeNormand’s Wahrsage Karten der Engel which you can find at

Now I am going to NOT post my breakdown of my reading here as Stella did, instead I am going to pose this to you – using the same question and the Lenormand reading system cast your own Portrait Spread and see how they fall for you. I am finding it interesting to see the comparison between Stella’s reading and mine, both what is similar and what is different – or when you really look at it is it all that different?

I would love for you to add a link to this post and let us get a head start on what is sure to be an interesting 2020 Election!

May I add in closing that Stella’s website is well worth your time to peruse – I learned a lot from reading her blogs and I guess you might as well.

Cultivating Clarity Part 1

The goal I strive for in providing a reading is that it is clear, concise and on target, one that the person I am reading for (I call that person the Sitter as they Sit for the reading) can understand and work with.  I hear most often from those new to readings (and yes sometime the veterans as well, as don’t we all tend to forget things learned long ago), that they can’t seem to obtain that sense of clarity when reading the cards or trying to verbalize what they are saying – let’s see if we can cover some areas to help that out.  I will post a few different blogs over time to do this as many subjects can influence how you perform your readings and their clarity.

First off lets look at the conditions we are reading within.  While you may learn to read in almost any environment as you progress in experience, creating the right environment for you to read within is important, especially when new to readings or in a new physical space.  You can make this as spiritual or non-spiritual a process and space as you like.  You will quickly see my preference from below but remember, that is my preference and doesn’t need to be yours.

The first thing I look at is the physical space and if this going to be a permanent reading space or a temporary or perhaps part-time reading space.  I am currently going through a relocation and downsize as we make plans for retirement (don’t worry I will never retire from readings) and I am going from a full time entire room to perform my readings and spiritual work within to a part-time use the dining room area situation.  Guess what, either can work, you just need to make adjustments for your situation, the temporary or part-time space just needs to be “portable” if you will.  I mention this early on so you can start the planning process in your head, yes visualize what you will for the space you will be working in and where it will go and be ready for it to shape-shift over time, your needs may change or grow as you learn and dare I say, as you age.

Cleanliness, yes you need to keep a clean space and there are no housekeeping shortcuts here.  Make sure the reading area is clean and neat, knocking over items while reading and not having enough table space to lay out the cards is nothing if not a total distraction and this will blow your focus and effect your clarity right away.  Then make sure that table top is clean, having mayo from junior’s sandwich all over your cards is not a good thing.

The area needs a clean energy to it as well.  Use clearing and cleansing methods you normally do to move out any stale or negative energies present and invite in new, fresh and supportive energies for your reading. If you don’t have a practice of clearing and cleansing then smudging with incense or a sage bundle is a good place to start (making sure no one is allergic to what you use please) but I do suggest you research this subject and tailor it to you.  I do this at least once a week in my private room space and will more then likely move to a daily basis when I share the dining area space – close your eyes and allow yourself to feel the energy in the area and you decide when it needs to be done.

So now we have a space that is clean both physically and energetically, good job!  Now onto what you might find more fun – what goes in your space and on your reading table, be ready to get creative but…… keep it under control, the idea of less is more often works best for reading spaces.

Personally I like to first invite in Spirit by having a representation of that in my space.  Now I am not getting all preachy here, not my job, but I am saying if you are comfortable with having supportive and guiding energies of Spirit in your space – Go For It.  I have a statute of my Patroness in my area, she is on a shelf with a candle lit in her honor as well as a few small items important to her.  I sometimes have gazed at her during a reading when I have needed help and she has never failed to assist. Others like Angels around, some like wall hangings of mandalas – whatever form Spirit and the tools you relate to working with Spirit feel right are, just remember if you have a Sitter present with you, you want them to feel comfortable in the surroundings as well.

My table top is rather plain I must admit.  I use a dark colored cloth, indigo blue is typical with astrological symbols or moon and stars as a backdrop for the reading.  On top of that a candle and clear quartz crystal as well as a clear glass full of spring water, these are things that Mama Silver trained me to work with each for their own reason.  An antique key that was gifted to me is also present as well as the cards I will be using and a pendulumn for quick verifications if need be.  That is it on my table, like I mentioned, less is more for most reader’s tables, again we don’t want to create distractions from our work.

I finish off this with sound and scent.  Now a hint on scent – if you are reading for someone in person and you don’t know their allergies and likes and dislikes don’t use incense and scented candles.  A coughing, teary eyed Sitter is not going to enjoy their reading or really actually stay for one.

That now said, I usually burn Myrrh  incense, for me it’s the right energy and scent for a reading.  In the background, and almost so quite that you can’t hear it, is music.  I like the non-verbal Celtic type but I also am prepared to turn it off as for some Sitter’s any type of music no matter how soft is a distraction to them and effects their clarity of obtaining the reading.

Now here is the homework – start thinking out your reading space.  For those with a permanent space able to dedicate it just to readings, the options are endless, you can even choose to repaint a room, I did.  For those with a shared space or on the go routine I suggest the “have readings will travel bag” idea.  I suggest this for everyone actually as one day you might need it.  In this bag, box, or tote is all the supplies you need to perform a reading, you will really appreciate the less is more when you work this way.  Just make sure you can quickly unpack and pack it up and don’t forget if candles are in your bag to have a lighter packed as well.

And this all does one thing no matter where your space is – it creates a place and time where you can focus and thus gain more clarity while reading.  Now I did not address that you need to have quite and time – I leave this to you and your creative process when designing your space to also build this into it.  This might be your biggest challenge I know, but with planning you can do it and no reading was ever clear if interruptions abound and the sound of “what’s for dinner” is echoing in your ear!

I look forward to blogging about another way to cultivate Clarity in your readings soon and in the mean time I would love to hear how you set up your space.  Post a comment here and please do invite your friends to do so as well and follow my blog to learn more themselves.

PS – On purpose I did not explain my use of tools, such as the clear quartz crystal or my Patroness.  I do so not to keep a “secret”,  but rather to keep on target that this series of blog posts is about Clarity, not my practices – perhaps in the future I will go through those, stay tuned and we shall see.


Card Readings Change Lives

Where is he? What is he doing? Is he okay? Yes, these and more I have been hearing in regards to me and…. it’s all good and I am better then fine, I am just learning how to –

Okay yes I understand the irony of running a blog and web based business and writing about this but it has become a huge life changer for me and in all ways positive, let me explain.  Before I do explain though let me ask you this, read to the end of this blog post for the reason for posting this may well be different from what you might think.  In fact the this posting might leave you with more then just one thought to ponder.

I found myself about a year and a half to two years ago not being as happy as I was used to being.  I was running a brick and mortar shoppe that was not doing well and I thought, okay that’s it – wrong.  At that time I had also picked up along the way some people in my life who were prone to drama (more then the usual as we all do have some of that) and/or very secretive types, so I did as I have in the past and cleaned my social house up – that wasn’t the total answer either.

So the past few months has seen me falling back upon the tools of my trade, crystals, cards, prayer, energy work, healings, spell-work – you get the picture.  And it led me to certain answers, certain answer that are leading me to be very honest and transparent because of this work I do and love;

  1. You may or may not be aware but I am just over 5 years now of being sober.  I did that not through any group, not that there is anything wrong with that at all, but cold turkey after having just awakened one morning and saying to myself, “I can’t live this way anymore.”  I did well that after having become perhaps the most infamous member of Silver Ravenwolf’s Black Forest Clan and personally betraying and hurting her and many others in the process – alcohol will make you lie like no one’s business is all I can say – I won’t cause further hurt by expounding upon that time of my life to those I have already caused enough harm to – nor will I ever ask they accept this or any other writing as a type of apology, I wouldn’t insult them in that manner either.  My utmost respect and love still go to Silver and the BFC is how I will end this.
  2. I left Social Media.  Now after the first bullet point you might say to yourself” well this doesn’t rank up there” and you would be wrong.  I left social media because I have spent years, nay, decades learning to be a “sensitive” and expand my abilities in many way to assist others – social media causes me to have anxiety and depression not to mention absorb a huge amount of my time that can be spent in actually being social in real life.  “Don’t you shield or protect yourself from this type of energy” is what I hear in the back of my head from some of you as I type this – Yes I do and…. the first step in any metaphysical process is to take the common sense approach and for me that was just leave social media. People have been shocked and insulted that I could do this, some are wondering how you can survive without it and to this I will say – it’s not for everyone to walk away but for me it caused life to become much more enjoyable.  I have kept in touch with some, Toni Puhle of the WDA for one, and have always said – just email me if you need something so I can’t say on this point I feel any guilt at all!
  3. I have turned down the influence of the News.  Okay, I will not live in a hole with a rock over the opening but, I will also not listen to never ending coverage of events as they unfold – watching a train wreck in process (and oh do we have so many, in so many countries these days) is not my style.  I now listen to the news once a day and get on with doing what I can to make a difference in the world.
  4. I realized my practice of my spiritual faith had waned, not due to point one, but some how I just lost touch with it.  As I reinstated my practices, Wicca a huge part, life came back into a good place.  Yes I know I always teach and told others to do this – okay so I was not practicing my faith, walking my talk, as I should have been.  The Warlock is back in the house is all I will say – yes I realize some take offense to that term – I own it with pride as calling myself a Wizard (too Harry Potter) or a Male Witch doesn’t work, at least for me, Warlock is my gender specific term for us guys who practice! And taking an old word and changing it to fit modern times is done all the time before we go there.

So why did you type this blog up for me to read.  “Was it to come clean on some dirty secret skeletons in your closet” you say?  Okay maybe in part that is true but as important as that is, there is something else to learn from this – when you become involved, truly involved in the world of Cartomancy (card reading) you will find that until you deal with the truth that the cards show you, you won’t get much further down the path of your life.  The Cards were repeatedly telling me about the above points, how much so I can’t say strong enough.

I have heard from others, Rana George, Toni Puhle, Caitlín Matthews to name a few, the Cards will tell you straight up how it is and unless you heed the advice don’t expect so much to change in your life.  My Lenormand Cards have been hounding me to do just this, type up this blog posting, tell people what I have been through and go through and…. deal with the fallout as it happens.  Some will love my honestly others will see a rogue witch and run the other way – so be it.  The Cards gave the guidance and I listen.

Yes, fallout comes when you are honest, fallout also comes when you face things that you need address as you but thing to rights and in balance due to a of a Card reading.  I am ready to move forward, fall out or not, are you sure you are?  “Be careful what you wish for” is the old adage, be careful what you read about might well be my advice here to you.

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