Hi everyone! Since this is my first blog post ever, I probably ought to say something exceptionally smart in order to make a good first impression but, as it usually happens, I cannot think of anything even remotely witty to write. Instead, I will introduce myself and hope you’ll bear with me long enough to see that I do have some interesting moments and some cool information to share.
My name is Stefan, I have just turned 31, and I live in Vojvodina, the northern part of Serbia, at the meeting point between central and south-eastern Europe. I mainly work as a translator but also occasionally write and paint. And I read cards. Fortune-telling cards. The ones that predict the future.
Sounds spooky, doesn’t it? Well, not quite. But they do work. While many readers out there warn that cards cannot tell your future, that they only serve self-reflection and inner spiritual exploration – I come from a slightly different tradition. My approach stems from the Central European bend towards very honest and straightforward fortune-telling coupled with the no-nonsense approach of folk magic of the Balkans. Not much hand-holding and healing there. Just results. Real-life, practical, tangible results.
The truth is, I have been fascinated by the idea of magic and clairvoyance for as long as I can remember. I got my first deck of fortune-telling cards, the Zigeunerkarten, when I was 10, soon followed by my first Tarot. Possessing a rather inquisitive nature, I proceeded to learn about Wicca, Hermeticism and Theosophy, try crystal gazing, astral projection, various forms of folk magic, communicating with angels, doing reconnective healing, along with just about any other idea out there. Even if this may sound like a lot, I am pretty sure my path was no different than that of any other person interested in the occult. Just like many others, I developed an on-and-off relationship with matters not easily explained by contemporary science. I wanted magic to work, I knew it was there, I knew there must be a way to make it happen, but it remained elusive, always one step ahead of me.
It took me a while to find the missing bit. Lenormand proved to be that piece of the puzzle. Its semantic nature made things finally click into place. It was straightforward and brutally honest. No fluff. At last, a method that actually worked, one that gave results, information that made sense, and predictions that did come true. Finally, I had found my own kind of magic. A lot of other things started making sense too – divination, prayer, spells. I adopted a new approach, one less complicated, a lot lighter, pleasantly detached but still sharply focused. I was finally on the right track. Over time, I moved to Kipper, then back to Tarot, back and forth, exploring more, practicing, and the magic was there. It remained there. I have unlocked it and it worked. Of course, on occasion, it would turn around to bite me on the ass for wanting to know too much but, overall, it was good.
During this process, I also started reading cards professionally, also on an on-and-off basis. After almost a decade, this year I decided to take my services online and open an Etsy shop. Soon enough, an idea of starting a blog crystallized as the logical next step. Bearing in mind that some of the systems and methods I use do actually work but information on them is still not quite as readily available on the internet as it ought to be, I decided to share my knowledge with the world and help like-minded individuals develop their own skills.
During the first few months of I blogging, I largely intend to focus on Kipper since that is the system the (English-language) internet provides very little information on. This series will be followed by articles on Lenormand, Tarot, Runes, and other types of divination and magic. Stay tuned.