Friday, 21 December 2012

Yule Blog Hop

©McCracken & Worthington
Hello and welcome to the first Tarot Blog Hop post by the Celtic Lenormand.  Whether you've just hopped in from Beauty, History, Magic, or gotten here any other way, welcome!  And if you should get lost in your Blog Hop travels, you can always check out the Master List :)

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 :)

©Chloe McCracken
I laid out the Moon card (as Yule is the longest night of the year) at the centre, and randomly drew eight other cards.  Using one traditional reading system, the corners count as the main theme of the reading, and the central cross provides additional information.

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). 

©McCracken & Worthington
The Celtic Lenormand has nine additional cards, though these can be left out and the numbering remains unaffected.  So, the deck can be used following any traditional system.  In particular, it has three Bird cards, as I mentioned in a previous post.  The card drawn here, the Songbirds, has the subsidiary meaning of healing, particularly through talk (for example, counselling).  That’s why I see talk as both helpful and necessary in the reading above.  Looking at the column that card falls in, it also suggests that part of the healing conversation (Songbirds) may be to remind my partner that feeling conflicted (Clouds) about someone he finds a burden (Mountain) is quite natural. 

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!

12 comments:

  1. I do love the pencil sketches - pretty please publish them...as a gift to me and lovers of such things :D

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    1. Hi Ania,
      Problem is, not all the sketches are as detailed as these, or else there were changes needed that will be made at the painting stage, not in the sketch. So, I wouldn't be able to publish them as a full Lenormand... :(

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  2. lovely mood in that moon card.

    also, your kindergarten lenordmand is charming - really, no need to keep apologizing for the artwork :]

    even though i not a participant really enjoy reading all these hop posts, and this is no exception. i really must get back to working a bit with the lenormand myself...

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    1. I agree, Bonkers, the Moon came out really powerfully :)

      Thanks for the kind words about my Kindergarten. I guess, comparing it to Will's art makes it hard for me to recognise its own charms...

      Will look forward to seeing some more Lennie posts from you, then ;)

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  3. Chloe, you have a nice, fluid and holistic way of reading the Lenormand. And your Kindergarten Lenormand is so cute! I do like the Celtic Lenormand sketches, but am also looking forward to Wil's final results.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. I enjoy reading the Lenormand - as a linguist, the idea of a "semantic" divination system intrigued me right away! I'm really looking forward to seeing the full and final images from Will, too. Think I'll have to get a "prototype" printed up once I have all the images in, rather than waiting for the full print... ;)

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  4. I'm fascinated by the Lenormand system. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. You're most welcome, Arwen :) I was glad to take part, though now I've signed with U.S. Games I doubt I'll do another Blog Hop through this blog... Still, you won't be able to keep me away on my other blogs ;D

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  5. This is going to be such an amazing deck - can't wait to see it all! Stop apologising about your own artwork - it's charming!

    Hope all the invites turn out well and you have a lovely Christmas when it comes!

    Ali x

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    1. As I say, I'd probably be less down on my own art if I wasn't directly comparing it with Will's!! :)

      Hope your Christmas goes swimmingly, too!
      Cxx

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  6. As a newcomer to the Lenormand, I find your posts really helpful - an ongoing present that I'm very grateful for! Like Ania, I'd love it if there was a way to collate all the sketches...

    Hope you've had a wonderful Christmas xxx

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    1. Hi Alison,
      Glad you're enjoying the Lenormand posts :) And very glad so many people like Will's sketches - I never know if I'm just biased ;)

      Hope you've had a wonderful Christmas, too!
      Chloë xx

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