An interview with Bob Decker, about the wonderful Le Petit Cartomancien system! Bob will be teaching a five day course beginning 27th April, 2020.
I was first introduced to Let Petit Cartomancien by our very own WDA instructor Bjorn Meuris. I was looking through blog entries on his website, when I came across several that contained readings with these cards.
I was immediately struck by how effectively these picturesque cards could answer a question in a very direct and concise way. Whether it was a reading for the week ahead, or for a work or love related issue, they seemed to nail it every time. And this was in spreads of three to five cards!
Intrigued, I ordered a set online. When I got them, I knew this was going to be a challenging deck to work with, as everything, including the LWB, was in French! My knowledge of this language is limited to what I learned forty years ago in high school….
And English resources online seemed to be virtually non-existent. I decided to work with the cards by using Google Translate as I went along. Not easy to do. Fortunately, in my scouring the internet for information, it came to my attention that an English version of these cards made and discontinued by Grimaud in the early 1970s. They were called “The Concise Fortuneteller”.
You won’t have to get an English version to study these fascinating cards with me. I am providing translations that came with my deck and have been double checked for accuracy by our dear friend, Ruth Gistelinck. So you can easily use the French version to get started even if you are not fluent in that language.
Le Petit Cartomancien has been published continually since 1890 by Grimaud. It is a deck of 36 cards, and appears to be a reduced version of the 52 card Parlour Sibyl.
So these cards are a French Sibilla. They share many cards in common with the 52 card Sibilla Indovina, which is also commonly available online.
As I mentioned, these cards work great in lines of three or five, and we will spend a lot of time in the classroom practicing with these.
There is also a classic spread that will seem familiar to you that have studied classic cartomancy before, especially the Russian Cartomancy offered through the WDA.
This is a traditional spread that involves counting cards into piles, laying out a line of twelve, looking at multiple card values, and counting from the significator to make a story line. We then gather them up, count into piles again, each pile pertaining to the client, their home and family, their future, and the unexpected or surprise stack.
So come and join us in the five day course coming up starting 4/27/20! We are going to have a lot of fun learning this great oracle!