Sunday, 22 December 2013
Lenormand Reading on Reading Lenormand
Later, I read a post about someone else's approach to Yule. That worried me, too, because I don't subscribe to the "traditional" approach of seeing the Winter Solstice as the rebirth of the sun. To me, it is the longest night, and I see the rebirth of the sun more at the spring equinox, when daylight hours start to exceed nighttime hours, at least in my part of the world.
Both were instances of someone claiming "tradition" is on their side, and that therefore my way of seeing the world is wrong. Although at least the Yule post didn't put it that bluntly, while the Lenormand post did!
It's funny, because my approach to these things is far more live-and-let-live. I follow fairly traditional ways of reading the Lenormand, for the most part, but I love reading when people take it their own way, as By the Sycamore Tree did yesterday, or as Sharyn did over on Quirkeries in November :)
I haven't been drawing Lenormand cards recently, I think in part because of just this sort of thing - being told that I/others read them the wrong way, for the wrong reasons, using the wrong decks. I am part of a Lenormand forum, as well, where a sudden bought of bitchiness came up, accusing Caitlín Matthews' Enchanted Lenormand of not being a "real" Lenormand, and her of being a fake cartomant! How much more will they hate me, when in fact there is more than 30 years of tradition behind how I read the cards, and well thought out reasons why I don't do predictions. Why do people even care how others read the cards?
Anyhow, I decided to draw some cards from my favourite Lenormand, to look at what is going on for me with the Lenormand right now. A little bit of me was wondering whether I should just give up on these cards, but what I drew, shown here from the Mystical Lenormand (Königsfurt-Urania, 2004), made me smile and sigh. The cards don't let me down, it's just some of the other card readers that do…
I almost stopped at the first card which dropped out, the Birds, which I took as the theme for the reading. The problem is with my anxiety over what others say, other people's gossipy talk and ideas. Even as I was shuffling, I thought "The Cross, this is about burdens and beliefs", and up it popped: Ship, Cross, Stars. So, I am burdened by other people's ideas about which direction I should follow on my spiritual journey with the cards. Yet, the answer is in the same cards: I just need to have faith in my path, to follow my own guiding star, to accept and believe in this adventure I'm on and trust my own vision.