Monday, 2 February 2015

Lenormand Anomalies

The Burial Mound

It didn't take me long to figure out what I wanted to write about after Karen Sealey, our wrangler, declared the topic for this blog hop: oracular anomalies. 

The Celtic Lenormand is, itself, a bit of an oracular anomaly as Lenormand decks go.  For one thing, several of the cards have been renamed, though only to maintain the integrity of the deck's theme.  So, the Coffin became the Burial Mound, because the Celts intumated their dead (stuck them straight in a burial mound, rather than placing them inside a wooden box).  And the Garden has become the Meadow, because there were no manicured parks maintained by slews of gardeners in Celtic Europe.

Here, in the Celtic Lenormand, there are also nine extra cards.  They are all variations on standard cards, rather than being new creations.  There is a choice of a Cat and/or Dog, three possible types of Birds, two Snakes, two Trees, Man/Lord and Woman/Lady cards, and different gender choices for the Child and the Rider. 

Rider and Child variants
These cards were added for a number of reasons, some to do with the pagan theme of the deck, some to do with the possibility of different gender choices.  And I'll confess, my double Gemini soul loves choice and variety!  I also designed some ways of specifically working with the extra cards, such as looking at the cards around the Woman/Lady or Man/Lord cards to look at different aspects of a person's life, or to look at what the three aspects of the Goddess have to say to us.

Some say that the number of cards is important in Lenormand, because of the Grand Tableau, which uses all 36 cards, and only 36 cards.  While that is, in itself, a subject for another day, here's my bottom line.  If you only want to use 36 cards, take any extra cards out of the deck.  Now, how hard was that?  

Having done readings, including Grand Tableaux, with all the extra cards, and having done readings with a pre-selected set of 36, what is the common element?  All my readings have given me and my clients food for thought.  

Sometimes, different versions of the cards have highlighted specific areas, especially when two versions have both appeared in a smaller reading.  For example, in one reading the Cat and Dog appeared, highlighting issues around the client's work colleagues and his lack of friends independent of that context.  In every case, the cards have provided helpful messages for exploring the given situation.  And isn't that what it's really all about?

So, I hope you'll enjoy this oracular anomaly (when it finally becomes available in the next month or so), and maybe give those extra cards a go, see what messages they have to share...
 

14 comments:

  1. I love the idea of blending two traditions, Lenormand and Celtic paganism, and seeing what can come of it that combination, without being too constricting. I think you've done a fabulous job of explaining how the anomalies of the Celtic Lenormand deck ADD something to your readings. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Hi Deirdre, glad you like this blend - I love both so much :D

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  2. Lol glad you found yourself easily at hoe with the topic ;D
    "If you only want to use 36 cards, take any extra cards out of the deck. Now, how hard was that?"
    LOVE IT!!! You're a woman after my own heart :D Thanks!

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    1. :D Yes, I think we have the same kind of approach on many things, though you're much funnier about it than I am :)

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  3. I'm a follower of the "if you don't like it, walk away/don't do it" school myself :D

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    1. Ah, it's your pragmatism shining through. That and a healthy dose of "whatever!" :D

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  4. I love your deck, and you're right that the most important thing at the end of the day is: was the reading meaningful and helpful for the client? If so, all is well :-) I enjoy the art on these cards very much!

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy them just as much "in the flesh", Olivia! :D

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  5. I love the "meadow" & "burial mound" cards. I love this blog. Reaally "out of the box" thinking. AWESOME!!!!!

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    1. Glad you like the out-of-the-box thinking, Robin. Just can't seem to stay inside it, no matter how hard I try ;)

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  6. I for one am very interested in your deck, and can't wait to get them. They are beautiful. :)

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  7. I love the very different topics people are coming up with around the idea of anomalies! The anomalous extra cards is a great take. And it can apply to all kinds of decks! The Happy Squirrel comes to mind. And there is a pretty card in, I think, the Universal Waite deck with publisher info on it, but I know a lot of people who like it and leave it in. Great interpretation of the theme!

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    1. Tee hee, I scanned in a Happy Squirrel for the TABI blog :D

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