Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Intuition and Lenormand

A few years back, Melissa Hill, the creator of several lovely self-published Lenormand's (the Melissa Lenormand and the Postmark Lenormand), posted a hilarious YouTube video.  Titled "Shit Lenormand Readers Say", it's a great spoof of some of the rigid thinking that sometimes comes into the Lenormand community.  The one she says most often is "But Lenormand cards aren't read intuitively!"

I was reminded of this video by a few posts on Instagram recently.  Seems like this dead duck refuses to stop quacking.  So, I wanted to post a bit about it.

It is totally true that Lenormand cards aren't traditionally read in the same intuitive style as many people use for tarot.  The intention is not that you see a cute-looking Mouse card and think the Mice are telling you something small and cute is coming your way.  Rather, the cards act like pictographs: they spark keywords.  Mice, for instance, is associated with theft, pollution, tainting, undermining, eroding.  However, once you have those keywords, then you should absolutely let your intuition come into play!

Below is a little brainstorm linking three cards I drew at random from the Celtic Lenormand, asking what I should be aware of at this time: the Chickens (Birds), the Cat (Dog), and the Hill Fort (Tower).

Above each image I have put some of the traditional keywords.  Between the cards, I have put some suggestions of how each pair might combine.  Then, along the bottom, there are a couple of suggestions of how all three might meld together.

Which combinations of keywords you use, and how you put them together, is where the intuition comes in.  Should they all be melded together, or is there a sentence in there?  Is mirroring important?  Is the first card the key, and the other two follow together, or do you work from the centre out, or do the first two lead to the last?  Or a combination of these?

If I worked in a business environment, perhaps the first interpretation might have been useful.  That's not the case, and so, still staying with the keywords, I came to the second: Independence from social talk and from corporate speak.  In this, I was also mirroring the Chickens with the Hill Fort, to give me corporate speak.  Having just given my first session as a magical life coach, this made a lot of sense to me.  There is a fine line to tread between being just plain chatty and going off into institutional jargon.

I hope this example helps to clarify where the intuition is in a traditional Lenormand reading :)

12 comments:

  1. I would never read any deck of cards anymore without my intuition. That is what makes reading interesting. Tarot used to be read very differently about 40 years ago. Than readings were mainly about fortunetelling. I think the way we can read Lenormand is evolving very rapidly too. :)

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    1. So true, Ellen! If we don't let our intuition out, then the reading could just as easily be done by a computer. It's the melding of question and cards through our intuition that makes the reading valuable :)

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  2. Agree with the above said! Our input is what separates us from a computer generated reading. :)

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    1. Maybe this could be a new test for AI's: can they give a subtle, nuanced card reading :D

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  3. Some people don't know the difference between using their intuition and 'looking at pictures and making shit up.'

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  4. I just like the purty pictures...for me it's as simple as liking the art and leaping off from there. I am not mademoiselle Lenormand, I'm not interested in a system bastardized and "perfected" over 200 years and taken over by the politically correct.

    Nope, I just like Lenormand cards and art.

    I must get this deck. It finally came to Amazon.ca but it's $27...Christmas.

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    1. Ha ha, sounds good to me, JJ! As I put, this is how to bring intuition into a "traditional" Lenormand reading. If you want to read them some other way, I have no objection. The point is for you to get something from the reading, and to me that is far more important than being (politically) correct :)

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    2. Actually, when I look at the art I am getting an intuitive response, the leaping off is intuitive, so it is much the same thing. I agree with you. While it's great to know the system as background, it's the response you get on the day that counts.

      I've never reallyunderstood the fuss about correctness and using the correct system with these cards. I like the system as background, just like I need to know tarot meanings and archetypes, but if you lock into that you can't...hear what's actually being said.

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    3. Yeah, I don't get it either, JJ! Perhaps it was an issue with some people not looking at the system at all, which annoyed purists... As you say, though, rigidity does not always meld with letting the cards speak :)

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  5. This is sooooooooooo helpful, thank you!

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