Spreads Category

Here’s a visual reference list for you to use with your Magpie Oracle.  Each shiny charm matches the 36 cards found in traditional Lenormand decks.  Enjoy & Happy Divining!


1 Rider: News, a delivery or visit. A young, sometimes athletic man or lover. Speed, agility and mobility. Transportation. A literal horse/livestock.

2 Clover: Luck (a little luck), a nice surprise, a new opportunity. Pleasure, enjoyment, happiness and good fortune. Literally some clover or ground cover.

3 Ship: Travel, foreigners and foreign places. Transitions and nostalgia. Bodies of Water. Import-export, trade. A naval or nautical component, shipyards. Occasionally shows an inheritance. A literal ship.

4 House: Your home in all senses of the word. A base, or family/community/hub. Real estate. A mature man, often a father or father figure. A literal house.

5 Tree: Medication, treatment, sickness and health. A lengthy amount of time. Boredom, monotony.  Growth. Lineage, genealogy and “roots”.  A literal tree/forest/nature.

6 Clouds: Problems, haziness and feeling foggy or clouded. Stormy/cloudy weather, both literal and figurative. An unpleasant man, sometimes older and very much in his head. Often, but not always, an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend.

7 Snake: A woman, female rival, or simply a very bright and intellectual older lady. Curved shapes, pipes, and tubes. A roundabout way or change in direction. A literal snake.

8 Coffin: Ending, transformation through finality or completion. A shock, sickness, loss.  Feeling “boxed in”. A literal coffin or box.

9 Bouquet: An invitation, a welcoming gift/visit/surprise. A pleasant and kind woman. Could literally be flowers.

MO row 1 with titles

10 Scythe: Suddenness, jeopardy, threat. Possible physical pain as in surgery and cutting. Harvest and gathering.  Severing and removing.  A young male/Peter Pan complex. A literal sharp object that can cut. Use caution.

11 Birch Rod/Whip: Heated conversations, discussions or debate. A sharp and tough advisor. Repetitive motion, activity or rhythm. Repeat addictive behavior patterns. Passion/obsession, self-sabotage/abuse. A literal whip.

12 Birds: Verbal communication, voice messages and phone calls. Chatter, anxious talking/speaking, sometimes gossip or energized dialogue. Things in pairs, siblings, or an older couple. Literal birds.

13 Child: New beginnings, young or new things. Something small as in a small amount, a small favor, small in size, etc. A literal child, grandchild. Rarely, but sometimes, someone with child-like tendencies.

14 Fox: A false mask, deceit. Someone being wronged. A scam artist or manipulator. A shrewd and clever acquaintance. Often, but not always, cunning motives that occur at the querent’s place of work. A literal fox.

15 Bear: A high moving official, executive, boss or management. Someone of authority in both position and age, like a father or guardian. Power, force, strength. High finance and investments. A literal bear.

16 Stars: Lucidity, psychic development/metaphysics/astrology. Wishes and wishful thinking. Higher intention and prayer. Evening and the stars in the night sky. Things in large numbers.

17 Stork: Changes (usually nice), promotion. To elevate. Moving and relocation—sometimes travel.  A nice woman—sometimes a woman with children or a maternal figure. An “expected” family addition (not always a child). A literal stork or bird.

18 Dog: A good and reliable friend. Someone you can count on. Trust and loyalty. A faithful man. Sometimes a literal dog or pet.


MO Row 2 with text

19 Tower: An official or authority figure. Government and big business. Borders, boundaries and restrictions. Self-rule, isolation, loneliness, quiet work. A literal tower or tall building.

20 Garden: Public places, sites and locations where people gather: fairs, festivals, sports events, meetings, parties, entertainment, rallies, protests, outdoor weddings. A literal park or garden.

21 Mountain: Barriers, obstacles, delays. An uphill or circuitous climb. Getting over and above things. Literally, the mountains.

22 Crossroads/Paths: Alternatives, choices, decisions. Things in pairs. A turning point, being at a crossroads. A literal road, or road trip. At times a quick and decisive woman who crosses you, or your path.

23 Mice: Loss, theft, something thats wearing away or down. Worries, illness, infection, disease. Literal mice or other rodents.

24 Heart: Love and affection. A warm regard. Sweetheart/friendship, playful flirtation. Feelings of the heart, emotions.  Affairs, the hearts desire.  An emotionally mature young man. The literal heart.

25 Ring: Contract, pact, partnership. An engagement or long term commitment. An ongoing loop, series or sequence. A literal ring. Sometimes a piece of jewelry.

26 Book: Secrets, classified information. Academics, higher education, private study. Unrevealed knowledge. Publishing and writing. A literal book.

27 Letter: Written messages/correspondence, information, emails, faxes, memos, notes, missives, receipts, tickets, anything printed out, or on paper.

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28 Gentleman: A male consultant/querent, or an important man (in female consultant’s/querent’s life)

29 Lady: A female consultant/querent, or an important woman (in male consultant’s/querent’s life).

30 Lilies: Sex and sexuality. Family and family planning. Tranquility and peace. A strict and mature man or patriarch/protector.

31 Sun: Success! Morning/daylight. Happiness. Heat, fire, warmth, electricity. Brilliance, power, energy, vibrancy. The literal sun.

32 Moon: Fame and public recognition. Success in creative outlets. Romance. Soul tending. Natural cycles. Literal moonlight and evenings.

33 Key: Sureness, complete control, expertise, skill and talent. Feeling open and self-knowing. A literal key.

34 Fish: Money, finances, cash flow, prosperity and abundance. Deep investments. A sensitive and compassionate businessman. Liquids, sometimes alcohol. Literal aquatic life.

35 Anchor: Dropping your anchor. Committing to work, stability, and responsibility. Creating a safe-harbor. Retreating to a place of depth. Can also mean feeling adrift, the literal seaside and docking.

36 Cross: Suffering, grief, burdens, fate, destiny, challenges, tests, belief, religion. A literal cross, or cross to bear.

MO Row 4 with text

October is a favorable month for diviners. The atmosphere is ripe for casting spells and charms. Set aside some time and treat yourself to some future telling. Light some candles and cast your Magpie Oracle over the October casting calendar making note of where your charms land. What wants your attention this full moon and Halloween?

Skeleton Parade

The skeletons are out tonight,
They march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads,
And bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
They march on Hallowe’en.

Magpie Oracle Casting Calendar October 2013



About five months ago I noticed a square of nine friends displayed just to the left of my personal Facebook page.  This wasn’t a static group of people, in fact each friend changed weekly only to rotate back in.  I wondered what algorithm caused this change and instead of relying on Facebook’s blog for the answer, I decided to reach for the cards.  I began drawing a card or charm whenever a new friend would pop up and surprisingly they came bearing great wisdom.

Over time this divination grew into a non-traditional version of a Lenormand spread known as a 3 x 3, or square of nine, which is a square made of three rows of three cards. For me this square of nine friends presented a weekly opportunity to repurpose the divine while receiving wisdom from some of my favorite people, and so far each have been spot on.

If you have a personal page on Facebook, scroll down a bit and just to the left you will discover your nine friends. They are usually positioned just below a square of nine photos (which is another opportunity to divine). The people in this square will change about every week giving you new divination options. Here’s how it works:

Facebook Friends Square of Nine Spread

  • Print out your square of nine friends from your personal page. Look to each as an adviser or someone who brings a specialty to your divination.
  • Assign and write a word on each friend’s square that represents their specialty. Try to go with the first word that comes to mind. The words you assign will come into play later.
  • Pose your question and cast or place your charms or cards over the square of nine making sure that one charm/card is matched with each friend/specialty. Magpie Oracle or card casting be they Lenormand, tarot, or otherwise all work with this spread.


A square of nine can be read a number of ways many of which depend on tradition. For this spread I am taking a non-traditional route by starting with the central square. This represents the main message or focus. Look to the friend who occupies this square, their assigned word or specialty, and the charm or card for added insight. How do these three pieces (friend, title/specialty and card/charm) serve as the main focus to your reading?

Use this same approach with the four squares that make up a cross from the central card (above, below, and to the left and right of the central card).

  • Above the central card: This represents what is directly influencing your actions.
  • Below the central card: This is what you have direct access to, or what might be a direct resource in your situation.
  • Left of central card: This is the energy from your recent past that is charging your situation.
  • Right of central card: This is your immediate future, what’s to come from your past residue should you choose to remain attached.


Take a moment here to enlist the advice of each friend while looking to his or her specialty for added insight. How would this group advise you regarding your question? How can their specialty add to your reading?

Next, move to the three columns that give further details for past, present, and future possibilities.


Left Column- PAST:

  • Upper left corner = Far past that’s ready to be released.
  • Lower left corner = Supporting lessons.


Central Column- PRESENT:

  • You, plus your present resources. I like to envision this line as my pillar of support.


Right Column- FUTURE:

  • Upper right corner = Far future message.
  • Lower right corner = A future aspect that’s already in the works and lining up to manifest. Pay attention here. Is this what you want? If not, reach to your advisers for guidance.


At this point you may notice some collective wisdom from your nine friends. What are they suggesting?

The final step incorporates the three horizontal lines:

  • Line 1: This is what’s above you and not yet within reach. If you want it badly enough, ask the friend who occupies that square how you can reach it.
  • Line 2: This is what you’re currently invested in.
  • Line 3: This is what you’re on top of, or what you have under control.


Look to the three friends from each line and using their assigned words, make a single sentence that will assist you in your situation. Invite this information to come in the form of an answer.

Many thanks to my friends who gave permission to use their photos in this post. You are a true resource for all things divine.

While holiday consumers are out purchasing trees and decorations, my husband and I decided to take a different route —one that required no shopping, cutting down trees, or adding to landfills.

This year, instead of going with a traditional tree, we put our use-what-we-have minds to the test and asked, “What do we already own that will bring the spirit of Solstice into our home?”  We took in our surroundings and started a mental list of the items we might use.

Items like tarot decks and books instantly made the list, as did a string of white lights and a bag of gift bows. Great stuff that we had plenty of, but how could we go about creating  a holiday tree out of books and decks? For the answer I turned to one of my favorite oracles, Google Images and typed in the following combination of words: holiday tree decorating, making holiday trees using books, and card/deck trees. It didn’t take long for the answer to reveal itself. There were about 450,000,000 results with several featuring holiday book trees. Apparently book trees are a growing trend that many non-traditionalists are adopting and are best described as stacked books that are shaped and decorated to give the look of a holiday tree. This was the perfect fit for our needs and an easy one at that.

Inspired by what we saw we went to work using our materials list and created what we coin our Holiday Tree of Knowledge. We took about 100 books of varying sizes and topics to construct our tree. Towards the top of the tree we added a few tarot decks, and for the topper itself we chose Le Monde, the World card from the Marseilles deck by Jean-Claude Flornoyare. To give our tree that holiday glow we wrapped it in white lights and le voilà! A magical tree was born.


What we love about our tree is the overall feel it provides. Although it’s not a tree in the traditional sense, it does what most holiday trees set out to do. It warms our home, brings a smile to all who see it, and serves as a great conversation piece. In addition, we not only have the option to view the tree, but we can also read it. And that’s not all.

This being the season for giving we decided to make our tree interactive and created an activity that includes divination. Had to! Circulated throughout the tree are oracle cards that a querent can select from and take home as a holiday reminder. For this we used the Card and Rumi Book Pack created by Eryk Hanut and Michelle Wetherbee. Each card features lines from Rumi’s finest verses. At the tree’s base we fanned out two tarot decks that include brief card descriptions printed on each card. For this we chose a U.S. Games Rider, Waite, Smith deck titled Tarot Affirmations, with text by Sally Hill, Ph.D. The second deck is the Rumi Tarot by Nigel Jackson, which is a beautiful blend of Jackson’s art with Rumi’s poetry printed directly on the cards.

Solstice Tree


As winter reaches its peak, we’re discovering the Holiday Tree of Knowledge to be spot on in its divination. So much so that people are coming back for more and calling it the Giving Tree. We feel we’ve adopted the makings of a new Solstice tradition and encourage you to consider trying one for yourself.

The project took less than an hour to assemble and required no tools or long pages of instructions. Simply begin by placing your larger books in a wide circle on the floor (tabletops are also an option) and start stacking upward making the spiral smaller as you reach the top by using smaller books followed by decks. Decorate to your liking and be one of many who are changing the way we approach the season by not giving into holiday consumerism and giving with what we already love and own.

Here’s is a message for you from one of the cards in our Holiday Tree of Knowledge:

The world grows green again, and runs with gardens.

Jewels from the mines glitter in each tree.

Souls open like suns and link with one another.  ~Rumi

Merry Solstice!