Saturday, 2 August 2014

Lughnasadh Reading

Yesterday, I decided to draw some cards for Lughnasadh.  I didn't have a particular question, other than thinking about this turn of the Wheel.  From the Mystical Lenormand (Königsfurt-Urania, 2004), I drew this nine square.

Again and again, I get into discussions with people about predictive versus empowering reading of Lenormand cards (or cards in general).  And there are those who say, just read what the cards have to say.  The problem is, as a double Gemini I always see lots of possibilities in the cards.

Take this reading.  The theme (corners) could be read as written communication (Birds/Letter) of an about turn (Ring/Storks - circular change).  The cross could be painful undermining (Scythe/Mice) of a project I've been loyal to (Book/Dog).  There is just such a project which I emailed someone about a couple of weeks ago, and have yet to hear anything from them.  If they decided not to go ahead with the project, I would be very upset….

Or, the theme could be communicative writing (Birds/Letter - for example a Powerpoint presentation) about a commitment to change (Ring/Storks).  Then, the cross might be shocking theft (Scythe/Mice) of secrets by a friend/colleague (Book/Dog).  I am working on just such a presentation, and have spoken about it with several colleagues…

Moving away from prediction, the theme could be a conversation about writing (Birds/Letter) as a commitment to change (I had a conversation about this on Wednesday, and have another version scheduled on Monday next week).  The cross speaks to me of reducing fears around surgery (Scythe/Mice) through loyalty to a literary project (Book/Dog).  In the time between now and the next turn of the Wheel, my loved ones have three surgeries booked, and I'm certainly nervous about them.  Focusing on a written (Letter) project as a distraction, as well as something I am passionately committed (Ring) to, sounds like good advice, rather than letting my brain spin (Ring) around the scary (Scythe) possibilities (knighting Scythe to Ring and Letter).  Going deeper, the rows suggest talking about the operation will also help me move forward (Birds/Scythe/Storks); that I can reduce my fears by actively working on a project (Mice/Rider/Book); and that there is value in a loyal commitment to writing (Ring/Dog/Letter).

At the centre of all this is the question of whether I wait for messages to come to me, or focus on my own message (Rider).  I know which one I'll choose!

6 comments:

  1. This is a great example how confusion the cards can be without a question :)
    On the other hand it is amazing how much we can read in 36 cards if we are familiar with their layered meanings.

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    1. Even with a question, there are always different possible ways to interpret the cards, be they Lenormand or Tarot. Just think of the way different people see the cards when commenting on another's blog! The cards' message is rarely black and white :)

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    2. yes you are right; we color the meaning of the cards with our own perception of reality

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    3. Which is one of their strengths - helping us to see outside of ourselves, so that we can find that reality :)

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  2. My brain hurts from trying to keep up with all these twists and turns! Who knew just 36 cards could go so deep (but also be confusing)? I am in awe of anyone who does Lenormand readings. But I agree with you - keep it simple and focus on your own message!

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    1. Yes, I always prefer to go on intuition and looking for an empowering message. When someone says: "Well, that says it all!" of a reading, I just know the message is clear for them, not that the message is clear. Take that Froud Magician card you pulled recently: lots of possibilities there, but you saw the message you needed to see. Isn't card reading great! :)

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