My next book is a bit of a departure for me, although not entirely. As you know, I can’t stop thinking about the nature of symbols, and so divination systems are a natural area of interest for me. One particular system, a set of thirty-six cards called the Lenormand, began interesting me several years ago. I immediately began to learn all I could, which at the time wasn’t much, because most books were in German or French. However, I did manage to find some resources in languages I could read and then, like a good ol’ American mutt, I rolled up my sleeves and started working with the cards.
Like most Americans, I’m more familiar with the tarot, so of course I tried to compare the cards to the tarot. In doing so, I found a way in to the cards that I think is unique, and so — like all lunatics — when I find something unique I immediately want to write a book about it!
And I did, and it’s coming out in July.
I imagine it might raise a few hackles. I know there are staunch traditionalists among Lenormand readers, and I know they may not like my approach — which bows to tradition but recognizes that those traditions are multiple. I’m also a magician, so I look at this from the perspective of my magical practice, which might be a completely unique perspective on these fascinating cards. I’m hoping those hackles don’t get too spiky, though, because I’m friendly to tradition and if anything, I think my book is about the willingness to learn and explore.
There are also several other books on the Lenormand coming out in coming months (or just come out!) and I will review them as I get my eager hands on them. I’m very excited for the whole field of Lenormand in America now, and I hope you, like me, will snap up every darned book on the topic you can get. Including mine.