Saturday, 31 May 2014

Cauldron, Candle and Spell

I haven't spent much time at my altar, but I did surf around for a cauldron.  It now stands on my altar, bigger than I was expecting.  It can also hold a tea light, but that would put it on the side of fire, rather than water.  So, I shall just keep its lid on - allowing the emotions I feel to fill this container, more of them than I expected, but at least vaguely under control.  Yep, that about sums up my week!

As you might also notice, I also found a candle for Litha, which I couldn't resist.  It has a citrine inside, so the idea is that you gather solar energy into the crystal by burning the candle, and then use the crystal in a ritual - nice :)

Anyhow, I also channelled some of those overflowing emotions into creating a Lenormand spell.  There's been some really nasty stuff going on at work, underhand dealings, feuds, lies.  So, I chose these Lenormand cards to describe a little the situation, but more especially where I would like to see things go.

Key, Heart, Tower, House/Moon, Bear, Whips, Paths/Scythe, Book, Birds, Lily

The Bear is the manager who I hope will be able to bring some clarity and kinder emotions back into the situation (Key/Heart), as she has a good reputation (Moon).  The Whips is the younger fellow who is causing all the problems (though he does have some justification, he was poorly treated in the past by the old boss, the Tower, and is now being treated poorly by his father, and some other father-figures, the House).  I'm hoping he will choose peace, rather than following in his father's footsteps (House/Paths/Lily).  And I want to see a clean break with all the secrecy and underhand dealings (Scythe/Book), replaced by peace through clear communication (Birds/Lily).

I chose these cards intentionally, using my understanding of the situation and what I feel it needs.  Problem-solving is the reason for this reading, and hence the Key is the first card.  I then worked with the notion of thoughts above, and actions from past to future at the bottom left to right.  For example, I actually chose the Tower and the House to represent thinking about the good of the company as a whole, and being family-oriented.  This is one of the powers of the cards, and of visual images: they hold more than one meaning!

I was delighted to see that reading the corners suggests that the key to peace can be found in breaking with father-figures, or perhaps also harvesting his own sense of being a father-figure.  I think that, if this younger chap could be persuaded not to see himself as a down-trodden child, but as a figure of security for others, his resentment would drop and he might be more reasonable.

I call this a Lenormand spell, as it creates a visual way to understand the situation and the people involved, and also acts as an aid to setting intentions for change.  There is little I can do directly, but understanding the people and situation better may help me to nudge things a little, and think about how to frame what needs to be said to better suit the emotions involved.  I will also do a cleansing ritual for the younger chap, which is one way I read the Whips card - a need for cleansing to remove anger and tension.

6 comments:

  1. I like the idea of having a "safe container" for your emotions - nice cauldron! :) Great idea to choose the Lenormand cards to set an intention too.

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    1. Ideally, I'd like to do some kind of ritual to visualise "pouring" my emotions in there… :) And it was interesting to do a more "traditional" Lenormand spell. I've done some before, but rather more free-form. This is also the biggest one I've done so far, and I'm chuffed with how it worked out :)

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  2. I've done this often with tarot but never with lenormand I like how you can manifest changes into your daily life with these cards. I will give it a try for sure.
    Love the cauldron... and the lid :D

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    1. For me, at least, it works really well using Lenormand cards like this. It's not as much about the image as it would be with tarot, but the multi-levels still exist - the House as stability, family-orientedness, and a father figure :)

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  3. I like the cauldron and your spell, too! :)

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    1. Thanks, Carla :) Haven't done the cleansing ritual yet, but I think it will include the cauldron...

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