What Does The Deck Say? September 20, 2023

The Motif Deck. ©Lee Bradford.

Today’s cards: A blue hand holding a yellow key against a green background, a blue key against a green background, and a blue flower held over a yellow candle (and flame) against a green background.

That thing you were told to try did not work out for you, but don’t blame yourself or your tool for the failure. What is holding you back was never locked away in the first place. What is holding you back is the nostalgia for a condition that never existed. If you want to move forward, burn up those ideals that could never be achieved and you will be surprised what is revealed in that light.


The Motif Deck is a unique cartomancy system designed and painted by Lee Bradford where the images have no inherent meaning, and so it’s up to the reader to assign significance. The cards consist of seven objects interacting with each other: hand, candle, rose, feather, key, string, and cup. Each image consists of one or two of these items on a plain colored background. These images were designed to be meaningless- they are just objects. What gives them meaning is the combination of color, frequency, placement, and interpretation from the querent and the reader. The Motif Deck is ©Lee Bradford.

What Does The Deck Say” is a weekday series of 3 card pulls from a cartomancy deck. No context or query is given to frame what the cards say as the posts are reading samples and not personal instruction. The result is sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, and usually surprising. All readers are invited to leave a comment about what they perceive in the random spread as each person will interact with the cards in their own way.

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