Friday, 1 May 2015

What Seeds Do 'Negative' Cards Hold?

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In Lenormand, just as in Tarot, there are cards people would often prefer not to see in their reading, or at least not close to their significator.  Which cards these are depends a little on which tradition they follow.  In some, the Snake is seen as a negative card, while in the German tradition it generally just indicates a woman, without that being a bad thing.

Still, whichever system you follow, there are some cards that are not often welcomed in a reading.  And yet, I believe every card holds the seed of an answer within it.  In the Celtic Lenormand companion book, I tried to draw these out, finding the light and dark within each card.

For instance, many readers see the Fox as being duplicitous, and someone to watch for.  Yet, it can also suggest trusting your intuition, in the sense of 'following your nose'.  And it can point to street smarts or a useful skill set.  These might be aspects that will help if there is someone treacherous about.

In a similar way, the Birch Rods can indicate arguments or even abuse.  When raised in anger, they make a fearsome weapon.  Equally, though, if they repeatedly strike a dirty carpet, or are wielded as a broom, they can clear away negativity.  So, the seed of a solution to disagreements might be found in clearing the air.  And if that doesn't work, perhaps a clean sweep is in order, removing that person from your life.

Another interesting aspect of the Lenormand system is that, since cards are read together, 'bad' cards can cancel one another out.  The Mice might, for example, nibble away at the obstacles represented by the Mountain.  Or the Scythe might cut restrictive bonds, ending an unwelcome contract, indicated by the Ring (not inherently a 'distasteful' card).

In these approaches, my intention isn't to deny that there are liars in the world, or obstacles or arguments.  It's simply to suggest what we can do when confronted with these situations.  And in my experience, the seed to the answer is so often in the issue itself...

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18 comments:

  1. I don't think of foxes as duplicitous, merely a massive nuisance. The make a foul-smelling mess on the lawn (right in the middle usually) and strew chicken feathers all over it :/

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    1. We have quite a few round here, too, but I've never experienced their messes. I love their sleekness :)

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  2. I like foxes - smart, beautiful, adaptable survivors :)

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    1. Same here. They are not "mean"; they just use their instinctive skills to make do with what life/nature offers them. If we want to talk about mean, we should get the Man card... I use the Fox as skill.

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  3. I'm a fan of the fox, but when I think of the trickster/Puck Goodfellow archetype, I'm not as fond. :D

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    1. Hmm, I'm not a huge fan of pranksters, either, IRL. Yet, they play an important archetypal role...

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  4. Ah... a homeopathic type remedy... I like that, that's an interesting point to ponder...

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  5. I like the idea of finding the seed to the answer in the issue itself...

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  6. I like your discussion of the Whip/Broom clearing away negativity. Sometimes we need a good debate to air the laundry and have the opportunity to fix what's not working. And I see Fox in my readings almost as much for street smarts as for "false appearances" so I appreciate that!

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    1. Yes, whether it's airing the arguments, or doing something else to cleanse the emotions from a fraught situation, it needs doing! :)

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  7. I love your comment about the mice nibbling away at an obstacle! So easy to miss that and see only "two negative cards" in a reading.

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    1. Yes, it's good that negatives can sometimes cancel one another out :)

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  8. I love your comment about the mice nibbling away at an obstacle! So easy to miss that and see only "two negative cards" in a reading.

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  9. Your blog always makes me want to run out and get a Lenormand deck and start learning this card system. Thanks for another great post!

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    1. Well, you know which deck I'd recommend :D Seriously, Lenormand is a lot of fun!

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