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Our wrangler, the fabulous Alison Cross, decreed we should write about "Christmas Present", and I thought that fitted in well with one of the spreads I talk about in the companion book to this deck. The Celtic Lenormand is a pagan-themed Lenormand deck, and one of the "pagan" aspects is that the eight sabbats most often celebrated in modern pagan tradition each have a card to represent them.
So, for this Yule Blog Hop, I would like to share a spread I recommend doing on each sabbat, to look at the energy around you at the present time. It is a basic nine card square (3x3), using the card for the particular sabbat as the key card in the centre, and interpreting the cards around it. How you interpret it is up to you (and there are several different ways possible). However, it’s a good idea to decide before you begin how you will interpret it and then stick to that. In card reading, as in many other aspects of life and spirituality, intent is extremely important.
As the actual cards for this deck are not yet finished, I drew my own version as a teaching tool and so that I could practice with the Celtic Lenormand system. Please excuse my limited drawing skills: I call it my Kindergarten Lenormand :)
What I see here is that over this Yule season there is a need for me to communicate well (Birds) with my partner (Lord), so that our home (House) does not feel like an obstacle course (Mountain). We sent out invitations (Letter) to family, wanting to share in giving and receiving (Fish) over the holidays (Moon). There is some ambivalence (Clouds), though, some split emotions about doing this. However, overall it will be a successful (Key) holiday time.
Knighting tells us a bit more. It is the invitations that are causing the barriers in the home (Letter/House/Mountain), but the key to resolving this successfully is to help my partner talk about it (Key/Lord/Birds). As a back note to this, my partner is not very close to some of the family he felt obliged to invite. Looking at the diagonals, my partner (Lord) feels particularly burdened (Mountain) this Yule (Moon), so helping talk him through any unpleasantness (Birds), is vital to the sense of us enjoying a happy home (House) over the holidays (Moon).
Some of the pairs in the reading give useful suggestions. To perhaps remind him of the reasons behind us sending the invites (Letter/Key). And that there are two sides (Clouds) to this enduring issue (Mountain), as he'd also be burdened with guilt if he hadn't invited this person. Finally, to remind him that an abundant home full of gratitude and generosity (Fish/House), is the key to everyone really feeling like family (House/Key).
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Another aspect of the Celtic Lenormand, with its pagan theme, is that there are affirmations for all the cards. While I might not use these for everyday readings, for a reading of this kind I would choose between one and three affirmations to act as a support around the Yule holidays. For example, Songbirds has the affirmation “I create healing through my words”, and Mountain has the affirmation “I overcome obstacles in my path”.
I hope you found this spread and the insight into the Celtic Lenormand deck interesting. Next up on the hop is the amazing Ania, why not take a look? Happy Yule to one and all!