Friday, 12 August 2011

Interview with Ludy Lescot

Having only recently acquired this rather dark deck, I decided I should probably get to know my new housemate a little better.  The Ludy Lescot is described as being a deck created by Ludy after her experiences in New Orleans.  I guess it is the aspect of voodoo that leads to this somewhat gothic deck, with plenty of vampires in evidence.

I assume, for no better reason than that it makes sense to me, that the woman depicted on all the Aces is Ludy.  Certainly, when she sauntered in, she matched that image.  I wasn't sure what Ludy would drink - something like Pimm's (closest thing I can think of to a New Orleans-style long drink), or gin or iced tea? 

"I (she has a delightful drawl, so this sounds like an elongated "a" as in "amtrak") don't take alcohol.  Interferes with the psychic abilities, you know?"

So, we settle down with some iced tea, and I make a start on my questions from the New Deck Interview Spread propagated by Fire Raven on Aeclectic.

What is your most important characteristic?  King of Pentacles

"Well, darlin'" she drawls, "I'm surprisingly grounded.  Pretty stable and wise, too, I guess, given what I've been through.  And I'm all woman, so there's a touch of sensuality thrown in for good measure.  Sex is something we're all interested in, and I don't see why you can't mix in a bit of eye candy to keep the interest alive.  Don't get me wrong, though, I like things to be ordered and organised - if that's all taken care of then the intuition can flow by itself, you know.  "

Not exactly the answer I was expecting, but a woman after my own heart in many ways.

What are your strengths?  Knight of Cups

"I say things in a pleasant way, and I don't just talk the talk, I also walk the walk.  I'm willing to go to the places I talk about, and I'm not scared of emotion.  You come to me anytime you need help accessing your intuition."

"That sounds like you've experienced a lot yourself?"

"I most certainly have, my dear.  Love and fear, pain and pleasure, it's all part of the tapestry of life."

What are your limitations?  Eight of Cups

"I have to admit, I'm not always good at knowing when to walk away.  I focus on what needs doing, and I may get a bit emotionally involved.  Then, when it's time to let go, I may need a push.  Of course, life is normally willing to oblige, or else you find a friend to give you a helping hand."

"I think I know what you mean - either a Tower moment comes, or else you get support from family or friends."

"Well, I don't have family, but yes, friends - they're the family you create for yourself, darlin', keep them close."

Sage advice, I think, though family do matter to me, too.


What can you teach me?  Ten of Cups

"I can teach you how to nourish your inner child, honey, and that helps your relationships flourish.  I know about anger and fear and pain, so I can help you get over them, or at least bear them.  I can mirror your thoughts and feelings to help you recognise them more quickly and easily.  And sometimes I might also suggest ways to modulate them, so they don't overwhelm you or anyone else."

"Those sound like good lessons to learn, and it feels like you bring a certain mothering quality to the relationship."

"Perhaps.  I see it more as being a midwife, I don't actually bear the child, I just help you find how to do it for yourself."

"That sounds very empowering."  I'm impressed.

"Well, we women need to learn to be strong, I certainly did.  You can't let your emotions get in the way, whether you're facing a vampire or just a bully."

"Are you talking about real vampires or emotional vampires?"

"Take it how you like, darlin', it's all the same to me.  I know what I know, is all I'm sayin'."

I'll have to take that with a pinch of salt, but I do like how she thinks.


How can we best collaborate?  The Empress

"I work best through a creative and some might say playful approach, so that's how we should collaborate.  Although I have a lot of wisdom, I also know when not to take myself too seriously.  And I can multi-task, as any mother or midwife must."

"Yes, I certainly get multi-tasking, and I like to play: it keeps the darkest things from getting overwhelming." 

Ludy adds, "It's also true I don't like conflict, I like things to be harmonious.  It's part of my emotional make-up.  Playful is normally peaceful - it finds other ways around difficulties.  So, if we do those things together it sounds like we will both be playing to our strengths." 

"I like the sound of that.  I look forward to playing together.  One final question, Ludy."


What is the potential outcome of our relationship?  Two of Swords

"Well, sugar, together we can balance out different ideas to shed light on even the darkest situation.  We can find the way to make choices, to choose between passion and purity, ideas and feelings.  I'm not saying it'll always be easy, but I reckon we can manage between us."

She seems so down to earth, despite the vampires and the challenges.  It may be a bit tricky to work with her for my daily gratitude practice, I see her being better suited to more emotional questions.  Still, I'll give it a go ;) winking


  1. I have tried this spread with lots of decks and always found the interview to reflect a honeymoon period rather than the long term. I haven't been able to get anything useful from it. Do you use it with all your new decks?

  2. Hi Carla,
    I do it with a lot but not all of my decks, and I have found it quite useful at times. I sometimes re-interview them if things seem to have changed, or use a different interview spread, which I did with the Wildwood very effectively. Perhaps, for you, different questions would be more relevant?

  3. I had managed to put myself right off this deck when it came and I looked through it, though I had been soooo excited for it. You are putting me back "on". I rather like the interview spread, too.

  4. Glad to return the favour, Manda ;)

  5. Love this deck. So dark and yet a really beautiful insight into Ludy's experiences and mindset. Loved it so much I just ordered another copy ( ) as my current one is getting rather worn out!

    1. It is a lovely deck, though I'll admit I haven't used it enough to wear it out :)