Over the next two weeks, my elder son is scheduled for two surgeries. While the first is a 'standard procedure', one he's already had versions of four times, the second is more complicated. So, we're all feeling quite nervous, and last night I decided to throw a Grand Tableau to look at the whole thing.
I used the ASS Lenormand (as in Altenburg Spielkarten, rather than a cross between a horse and a donkey). I like these cards (Königsfurt-Urania, 2005) which, while traditional, are a little more 'funky' than some.
This GT hit the nail on the head, as well as being helpful. At the heart of it (centre four cards) are Moon, Mice, Paths, Tree: feeling emotionally undermined by choices around health. Both the worry that this operation might not be the right choice, and my own poor eating choices when I'm stressed.
As for the corners (Letter, Stars, Clouds, Coffin), I see here both written guidance about an unclear illness and spiritual writing to help relieve doubts about that illness. The first points to the 'book' we printed out to try to prepare my son for what is coming, while this post fits with the second :)
Despite having the Coffin right there in the corner, a theme for the reading, I like that it is in the house of the Coffin! So, the illness doesn't 'spread' into the reading, and can be read as an end to sickness. Which, given the op is to stop my son throwing up/being sick, seems very appropriate!
Looking around the Scythe, we have Letter, Heart, Key, Fox, Sun: the surgeon is qualified (has his bits of paper), kind, and skillful, and this keyhole surgery will have a happy outcome/be the dawn of a new day for us. To be less predictive, the key is that the surgeon is qualified, kind, skillful and energetic :)
Using the House of the Scythe to dig deeper, gives the sequence: Key, Book, Fish, Anchor, Dog, Whips, Fox, Garden, Paths, Woman, House, Ring, Clouds, Child, Mice, Clover, Scythe. This keyhole surgery is an open book to an experienced older man whose work it is. He has faithfully carried it out many times, so that his skill has earned him public acclaim (he was recommended to us by three different doctors, from different hospitals). This choice I have made with and for my family will take us full circle through those doubts and a fortunately small and successful operation for my child.
The message I am left with in the final four cards (Book, Anchor, Dog, Bear) is the importance of the work my DH and I are doing to educate/prepare our son, and also of any esoteric work I faithfully perform - a spell to pray for that positive outcome is also in order!