Wednesday, 28 August 2013


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Given the number of decks with extra cards these days, be it extra man and woman cards, two versions of the Birds, or additional cards like the Cat, some people wonder how to deal with a reading where more than one card of the same sort comes up.

In my experience, if two cards of the same number come up in a small reading, it can emphasise the differences in their meaning.  If just one had come up, you might use meanings from either version, but when two come up, you are often advised to focus on the differences.  For example, think what differences you perceive between Songbirds and Owls, or between people of different social classes, occupations or ethnic backgrounds. 
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For instance, in the Celtic Lenormand it is possible to read the Woman and the Lady cards in a single spread as indicating different aspects of the querent or their life.  The Woman might speak more to the area of crafts and hobbies, or home concerns, while the Lady might speak more to work or spiritual questions.  However, I have had readings where the two came up and indicated two different women - context is vital here.  With practice, and based on the situation being explored, you will see when to read the cards in these different ways.

Another example might be the Cat and the Dog appearing in a single reading.  This happened in a reading for Derek, who was asking about a new friendship.  We drew the Man, the Dog, and the Cat.  Derek associated the Man to himself in his social life, as in his work life he is a high level executive and associates more to the Lord.  Socially, he had recently made a new friend.  The first sentence that came to me was “Loyalty begets loyalty.”  Exploring deeper, we saw that if he was loyal (Man, Dog) to his new friend, then the friend would prove a steadfast support, without being a yes-man (Dog, Cat), as so many of Derek’s work colleagues seemed to be.  This friend, coming from outside that world, had an independent nature, and would treat Derek according to how he was treated in return, rather than caring about Derek’s status, or ability to affect the friend’s career.

I'd love to hear what your experiences have been reading with decks that have duplicates and extra cards.  And if you have any questions you've been wondering about, please feel free to email me at info (at)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


This is the first post about some questions I have been asked a lot. Some are general to the Lenormand system, others are more specific to the Celtic Lenormand. I hope you find the answers useful.

The cards just tell me what I already know!  Am I doing something wrong?

This is a question I have heard many times, it seems especially with practical Lenormand readings.  My belief is that, when this happens, the cards aren’t just being contrary.  Rather, we simply need to dig a little deeper to find the useful aspect of the reading.

Christine came to me and asked, among other things, about an up-coming visit from her mother.  We drew House, Ship and Bear.  At first sight, it seems as though the cards are simply reporting “Travelling (Ship) to your home (House), is a motherly woman (Bear)”.

On looking deeper, though, we came up with: “Nostalgia (Ship) for family (House) is brought up by your mother (Bear).”  And Christine could acknowledge that she gets along well with her mother, and that visits often give her a sense of security like she felt when she was a child.  Already, owning these emotions changed her perspective on the visit.

Still, I suggested another interpretation: “A dream (Ship) home (House) connected with your mother (Bear).”  At this, Christine remembered that there had been some talk in the past of finding a holiday home that they could all go to together, and determined to start looking into it again, and suggest it to her mother, who would enjoy the time with the grandchildren, too.

So, what seemed at first to just be a re-stating of the facts actually had other messages in it that were useful and empowering to Christine.  If you look deeper, you will often find this to be true.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Gone Fishin'?

This week, I decided to do something a little bit different.  Here are three cards I chose from my prototype Celtic Lenormand: Anchor, Book, Sun.  They represent why there is no 'Making Of' nor any new card backs to look at this week.  So, how would you read these? :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Second Card Back Poll

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a number of potential card backs and asked for feedback.  Based on that, I've created one new option, and tweaked another.  So, round two: which do you prefer?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sharing with Community: The Making of The Scythe

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Welcome to another Tarot Blog Hop!  You may have hopped in from Christiana's Tarot Trends, or from Cassandra's Quick Card Reading, depending on which way round you like to go.  Or maybe you found your way here from the Celtic Lenormand Facebook page, or somehow else.  Whatever the case, I hope you'll make your way round the hop, there's sure to be plenty of interesting posts!  And if you get lost along the way, here's the Master List.

This time around we are looking at Lammas, Loafmass, August Eve, or First Harvest.  Our wrangler, the fabulous Arwen, asked us: "What can you share from your table with your community?"  In the past, what was most often shared at this time of year was the first bread of the season, as suggested by the name Loafmass.  And what I will share is the card I chose to represent this time of year, as there are cards allocated in this deck to each of the pagan festivals, which can be used for timing in a reading.

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For this time, the Scythe seemed the obvious Lenormand choice.  A Scythe, after all, is used to harvest wheat to make bread.  That doesn't mean to say that I only see the Scythe in terms of harvesting.  For me, it's still about something that is cutting, sharp, possibly painful.  It can be a clean break, or a surgical procedure, or making the cut in an exam.  Cutting and harvesting link up.  After all, some people see the harvest as the Summer God sacrificing himself, being cut down in his prime, so that the village, tribe or community can survive the winter.  And when we make the cut in an exam, or break off a relationship, or have surgery, we harvest the consequences of those actions or situations.

As you can see, the direction that the Scythe is pointing changed between Will's original sketch and the final image.  Traditionally, many people read the card towards which the Scythe's tip is pointed as the one that is being cut.  (Some people see the handle side as being a bit of a thump, but not sharp in the same way.)  And most traditionally, that sharp tip points to the right.  After some thought, I decided to go with tradition on that one...

I hope that you enjoyed sharing this glimpse into the making of this deck, and that you will carry on hopping with Cassandra's Quick Card Reading.