Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Joy of Gifting

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As the longest day finds us, it is time to think about the joy of gifting, a way to cheer us through these dark times.  That was the title our wrangler, Arwen Lynch, gave us for this Blog Hop.  She also suggested five questions to use as a spread to examine this:
  1. What gift would you give the world if you could?
  2. What gift would you want from the world?
  3. What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?
  4. What gift have you given that has brought you joy?
  5. What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?
Now, I could just ramble on about how the Celtic Lenormand is a gift I'm giving to the world, and how glad I am that I'll be getting my hands on a copy within the next month or so, but that sounds pretty dull!  Instead, I thought I'd ask the cards their opinion on these questions.

Some people say that Lenormand cards are great because they give practical, down-to-earth answers, and this is certainly true.  Still, I think they can also be used for readings that are more spiritual and/or broader in scope.  We'll just have to wait and see what kind of answer they come up with here...

The next question was how to ask, given that you don't generally just draw a single card with Lenormand (though you can, and the answers can still be very helpful).  I decided to draw a nine square, with the intention that the top row would answer question 1, the bottom row question 2, the left column question 3, the right column question 4, and the central cross for the final question.  This combines traditional elements of reading a nine square with a positional aspect.  It's something I've done before with this spread, to good effect, as it relies on the cards having variable meanings depending on the question/context.  So, here goes:

1) What gift would you give the world if you could?  Ship, Dog, Mountain

The gift of staying loyal to my soul's journey, no matter the obstacles.  At a more mundane level, offering friendship to those who are far from me in either location or outlook.

2) What gift would you want from the world?  Man, Lady, Flowers

The ability to creatively unite practical rationality with spiritual intuition.  It's interesting that we have here the Man and the Lady, as opposed to the Lord or the Woman, as it gives an additional layer of differences to unite, and highlights the strength of the feminine.  More practically, this could also be read as a moment of grace for a man and woman - my partner and I enjoying the pleasures of the holiday season together.

3) What gift have you gotten that has brought you joy?  Ship, Moon, Man

The gift of sharing my life's journey with a man whose emotions run deep and true.
4) What gift have you given that has brought you joy?  Mountain, Paths, Flowers

Ha ha, the first thing I saw was the idea that "You can choose the easy way, or you can choose the hard way!"  Hmm, I do know someone who'd appreciate some film noir dvd's...  It also makes me think of my goddaughter.  She wants to learn piano, and so I am giving her a keyboard.  It's a long, hard path to become proficient, but there is much beauty along the way, and it is a path she has chosen for herself!

5) What is one last thing you would like to share about this season?  Anchor, Dog, Moon, Paths, Lady

An old meaning of the Anchor is that of hope.  While not often used in modern Lenormand readings, this is where the original Spiel der Hoffnung (Game of Hope) got its name from, as the point of the game was to reach the Anchor card (and go no further).  So, at the heart of this season is hope: hope that our friends will be with us through the cold, dark days of winter; hope that the sun and warmth will return after the longest night; hope that we will have time to ponder our choices, and make good ones moving forward; hope that we can be true to our best self...

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