Lisa over at Seer Pathways is a fount of great spreads! Yesterday, she came up with one that combines tarot and Lenormand cards, and looks at the deep question of our nature and life lessons - what's not to love? I just had to give it a whirl :)
Soul card - Dreamer King - Gift of Judgement
My nature/personality - Owls, Sun, Man, Moon, Book
Lesson I'm here to learn - Dancer Five - Where Loss Resides
My soul card - from Emily Carding's wonderful Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011) - is actually the card that is attributed by the Golden Dawn system to my birthday: the Dreamer King or King of Swords. This speaks of my need to learn and study, to try to understand life. I also see in this card someone who is opening their third eye to see beyond the mundane to the deeper truths of life. And someone willing to sacrifice for the sake of that higher truth. Although the suit of Dreamers is associated with air and the mind, he rides in front of a full moon: he uses his intellect to gauge intuition and emotion, too.
The Mystical Lenormand (Königsfurt-Urania, 2004) line of five I drew for my personality is an interesting one: just look at those mirroring cards! As a Gemini, this makes a lot of sense to me. The talkative Owls are mirrored by the secretive Book, the outgoing Sun is mirrored by the inward-looking Moon. At the centre of it all, the Man: rationality (as emphasised by the Dreamer King) and dynamism. And yet, I'm a woman, a witch who works with her intuition: so another set of opposites.
Breaking this down more, the Owls and Sun combination speaks at a superficial level of my sometimes out-going, talkative nature - I'm not afraid to stand up and speak in front of large groups of people. It also points to the overt cheerfulness which sometimes hides a nervous disposition. And at a deeper level, it points to the search for enlightenment and wisdom that guides me. The Man at the centre points to the fact that I'm generally an active go-getter in my everyday life. Yet, it also emphasises the balance of masculine and feminine, yin and yang, in my make-up, as it is combined at an implicit level with my actual femininity.
At a surface level, the Moon and Book combo talk about the other side of the coin: how I am often emotionally closed, even secretive, at least in some areas of my life, despite the sunny face and apparent openness of the Sun and Owls. Yet it also points to how, more and more, I seek esoteric knowledge and work on my intuition, the foundations of this blog! Which also fits with the deeper, enlightenment interpretation of the Sun and Owls. Funny how two combinations which seem like opposites actually touch on the same elements - and perfect to represent the apparent contradictions of my Gemini nature :)
And what is the lesson I have to learn in this life? Dancer Five is a sad card, subtitled "Where Loss Resides". There is a need to accept the pain and sadness life brings, to learn to mourn and then let go, and finally to turn and look to the possibilities of the future. To face sadness, and then use it to grow rather than stagnate. This is very poignant to me, and it's certainly not a lesson that I feel in any way "done" with.
My thanks to Lisa for a powerful spread!