As anyone who has followed this blog, or who has the Celtic Lenormand, knows, I don't favour seeing any cards as either positive or negative. However, even without ascribing positive or negative to the Lenormand cards, it is possible to use the playing card associations to answer yes-no questions. For this, basically red suits are seen as positive and black suits are seen as negative. If you want to add a little more subtlety to this, you can take diamonds as a strong yes, hearts as a weak yes, spades as a weak no, and clubs as a strong no.
One thing I like about this system is that it gives you more information than just a straight yes or no. After you have read the playing cards, you can still interpret the Lenormand images for a deeper answer.
Being a bit of a skeptic, to demonstrate this system I decided to do two draws. The first asked should I give up on X, while the second was should I carry on with X. As you can see the cards played along.
|Should I give up on X?|
|Should I carry on with X?|
Overall, the draw answered yes to 'should I give up' and no to 'should I carry on': nicely consistent.
Looking deeper, the first draw for giving up (Chickens, Paths, Lily) suggests I have a choice to make here between what people will say, and a sense of peace. This fits. The question is whether to carry on with something that I have told others I will do, but which has been going extremely slowly and weighing me down with the burden of something unfinished. Add to that the fact that some new things are really taking off, and also have a deadline, and I have been questioning whether it's worth continuing.
The second draw has the Tower, Scythe and Ring. The Scythe is a card that is often read with an element of directionality: what is the blade pointing to? Here, the Scythe's blade cuts at the commitment of the Ring. And the Tower speaks of institutions: an institutional requirement (that deadline imposed from without) recommends I break the promise I made to myself and told others of.
However, whether because I have authority issues and don't like being told what to do, or whether I'm just not ready to be a quitter, for the moment I'm going to ignore the card's advice. I shall carry on and try to keep the promise I made, despite other commitments. My next question, I guess, would have to be: what can I best do to fulfil all my commitments... :)