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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24 comments:

  1. So looking forward to holding these cards in my hands!

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    1. Me too, Alison! I hope they'll inspire you to get back to reading Lenormand again, too :D

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    1. Thanks, Machelle! Not long to go now :)

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  3. Beautiful deck. I love that you chose to do a lenormand reading & spread. Here's to 'Hope' for all in 2015.

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  4. great spread and thoughtful insight. Also looking forward to the 'hard copy' in my hands.

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    1. Thanks, Sharyn! I'm really looking forward to the 'hard copy', too! I hope they'll inspire you to dig into the Lenormand system again (or just read them as an oracle, whatever inspires you!)

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  5. The Celtic Lenormand is on my wish list. It's going to be such an amazing gift to the Lenormand world.

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    1. Hiya Arwen, I can imagine with your joy in language you'll love Lenormand once you get into it :) And thank you for your help in making this Lenormand a reality!

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  6. Great readings and gorgeous cards! :)

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    1. Thanks, Fiona, glad you enjoyed them :)

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  7. Wow, this is the first time I've every really gotten drawn into the Lenormand cards- love this reading and the images. Beautifully done!

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    1. Tee hee, another Lenormand convert is always welcome :) Thanks, Deirdre!

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  8. I cannot WAIT to get my paws on this deck!!! I love the sentiment about being true to our best self; that's a great lode-star to adopt :)

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    1. Yes, I've always seen the Lady as that, while the Woman is more practical (if you want those nuances in your Lenormand reading). Hope I can take the cards' advice to heart :)

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  9. Beautiful deck. Often the hard way has the best rewards.

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  10. Beautiful reading and wonderful cards! Cuando salen a la venta? Estaran en Amazon? Gracias! Un beso amiga!

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    1. Hi LM, glad you like it. Deben salir el mes de enero, y sí, estarán en Amazon :D Besos, y que tengas un año nuevo estupendísimo!

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  11. What a brilliant way to address this spread/question set, super cool :-) And yes, your deck is a great gift to the world, it's gorgeous!

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    1. I just love how versatile the nine square is :) And I can't wait, the deck is nearly here!! *over-excited-kid-before-Christmas face*

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  12. Liking that deck, your spread and the deck, Chloe, thank you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Louise, glad you like it :D It's been ages coming, but I hope it'll be worth the wait!

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