For this season's blog hop (follow the links to discover other blogs from around the world), our wrangler decided to go with a non-seasonal topic. What, he asked, has helped us make a quantum leap in our readings?
In terms of Lenormand readings, my answer is clear: creating the Celtic Lenormand! In Mary K. Greer's book 21 Ways To Read A Tarot Card (Llewellyn, 2006), she suggests drawing cards, even if simply reproducing RWS imagery in sketch form, as a way to explore a card and its meanings. While I did that with my Kindergarten Lenormand (2nd Edition, 2014), it was the actual designing, without drawing, of the Celtic Lenormand that made the biggest difference to me as a reader.
In the process, I really thought about how I read each image: which keywords I associate with each card; and how those keywords relate to the animal, object or person involved. For instance, I connect the Dog with friendship and reliability. By putting a stick at his feet, ready to play fetch, I subtly pointed towards those two aspects: you play with a friend, and a dog can be relied on to fetch a stick when thrown.
While in reading Lenormand cards, these kinds of visual cues are not important, as the cards act more like pictographs pointing to keywords, I still felt it would be handy to have clues towards those keywords subtly in the images. Also, in Lenormand readings the biggest factor is how the cards combine. Even so, connecting with each card more profoundly makes such connections easier, too. When Dog and Moon combine, for instance, we might have an emotional friend, be aware of a friend's reputation, or see a need for emotional reliability. And when Moon and Dog combine, we may be able to rely on our reputation, have a reputation for friendliness, or be loyal in our emotions.
As for what a Lenormand leap would look like, perhaps the joy and enlightenment of the Sun coming after the delays and obstacles of the Mountain, or finding the Key to those mysteries held in the Book...
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