I cheated day before yesterday and included Day 7 because I knew I was going to be blogging about meeting Ernie Banks for yesterday’s blog, so now I’m back with Day 8. You can visit Pepi’s Blog for the entire 30-Day challenge.
- Day 8. Which is your favorite card? (Artwork + Meaning)
Well, that would depend on the deck. I now have 23 Lenormand decks. Yep! Just counted them all yesterday & shocked myself! Currently, my favorite Lenormand deck is The Gilded Reverie Lenormand, by Ciro Marchetti (self-published, 2012) so let’s stick with that one in order to discover what my favorite card is from that particular Lenormand deck.
Hmm … I’m thinking …. still thinking …. looking through the cards …. gosh, this is difficult!! Still looking …. uh …. well ….
After a great deal of deliberation, I have now narrowed it down to just ONE card, which I didn’t think was possible. This only took me about 10 minutes. My favorite card from The Gilded Reverie Lenormand is The Moon. What I like about is, firstly the color scheme. I love the interplay of the blue and pewter. I love the imagery with the phases of the moon and the tattoo effect on themoon’s face. I also love the deeply reflective expression on the moon’s face.
I also like the meaning of The Moon. Like Tarot, the Lenormand Moon can indicate emotions, however, for the Lenormand The Moon has a whole other meaning. The Moon can indicate recognition or fame for work or something you have done. The Moon indicates having your work or productivity appreciated by others. It also represents creativity, and so since I am an artist I tend to gravitate toward The Moon card in all of my Lenormand decks.
Now I’ll move on ahead and also answer Day 9’s challenge, which is:
- Which card do you dread pulling the most? Why?
Oh, that’s an easy one! The Cross, of course! The Cross represents burdens, things being very difficult, it can even represent grief. I never like to see it come up in readings for myself or for clients. Luckily, it’s only come up twice for clients so far and
about ten times for myself. When it does appear in a reading for me it usually means whatever card precedes it is going to come to a full stop, which normally isn’t good for me since the preceding card is always a good card. For example, the last time I received The Cross in a reading was on January 10th. I was asking how my business was going to be for the month of January in terms of income. The card that preceded The Cross in that reading was The Fish. The Fish represents prosperity and it is THE money card of the Lenormand. Suffice it to say, I was NOT happy about this particular card combination. To make matters worse, things came to pass exactly as the Lenormand had predicted. January was slow in terms of orders for Enchantments (candle work), however, I received a few orders for my most involved readings, the Tarot Annual Forecast (which can be done any time of year, not just with the new year) and the Past Life Karmic Tarot Reading., plus an order for a Soul Portrait, and those take me several weeks to do. I also received an order for a Manifestation Mandala.
So, although the quantity of orders had dropped off significantly, in terms of my overall income level I was okay, but not great. It could have been better, plus I had many people email me saying they really wanted to order, but due to the holidays they had no extra income, but would order in February. So I’m looking forward to February being a good month for me regarding my income. We shall see.
Since the question for Day 10 is an easy one for me, I’ll go ahead & answer that one as well.
- Day 10. Which card do you pull more often when you read the cards for yourself? Do you think it matches your personality? Why?
I tend to pull the Moon a lot, now that I think about it, and that is also my favorite card in most Lenormand decks. So it’s a good thing I like it so much since I see it often in my readings. When I ask about my artwork or creativity in general or my business it often appears.
On Monday I’ll be blogging Day 11 of Pepi’s Lenormand Challenge and will be posting my review of The Gilded Reverie Lenormand on Tuesday. I meant to do that this week, but I’ve been busy filling orders, all of which I greatly appreciate.
I had a busy weekend (I met my hero Ernie Banks yesterday, former short-stop for the Chicago Cubs, more to come about that!!!) & focused on my art so I didn’t have time to blog. Today I am making up for a bit of lost time with Pepi’s Lenormand Challenge. You can find her blog here.
Day 4: Which is your favorite deck & why?
Well, I have a few, but if I had to narrow it down to just ONE, well, it would have to be The Gilded Reverie Lenormand by Ciro Marchetti. I won’t say too much about it, other than it’s stunningly beautiful and a fine testament to the talent of the artist. I will be reviewing the deck in an upcoming blog post later in the week, so do keep an eye out for it. This image comes from the blog of my good friend, Den Elder. Do check it out. The deck can be ordered directly from the artist at http://www.ciromarchetti.com
Day 5: How long have you been reading the Lenormand?
I began over 20 years ago, but had nothing but the 4-page pamphlet that came with my first deck, so I gave up after much struggle & frustration. I went back to it when I joined the Lenormand Cards Study Group on Facebook. It’s funny how sometimes your brain just isn’t ready to digest information. When I picked it back up it all came to me so easily. I guess for me, the time to delve into Lenormand and to really learn a system (there are different schools of Lenormand & it’s best to choose one and stick to it rather than try to learn them all as it’s just way too confusing and some of it is somewhat contradictory). I then began reading for myself and some friends and now I offer readings to clients as well.
Day 6: What do you like the most reading (or with which do you feel better reading): the Tarot, or the Lenormand?
Oh that’s a GOOD question! First of all, I have been reading Tarot since 1976. I have been reading tarot professionally since 1993 and professionally at my site since 1998. I don’t do well with oracle decks (most of the time) so I have stuck with Tarot all those years until I thought to try my hand at Lenormand once again.
I found the simplicity and straight-forwardness of the card meanings to be a welcome change from the deeply spiritual aspects of the Tarot. The Lenormand opened up my intuition even further, which has helped me to expand upon my reading abilities. Thus proving, no matter how old or stuck in their ways a person becomes, there’s always room to learn new techniques that add to the already existing skill set.
As for which I prefer, both have their strong points. I use both for myself still. I love the deep symbolism of the Tarot and how that sparks my intuitive abilities. However, I also love the simplicity of the Lenormand. Conversely, the uncluttered Lenormand cards also spark my intuition as sometimes I need to fill in the gaps of a reading so all of my intuitive training with the Tarot really comes in handy for my Lenormand readings. Although many frown upon mixing intuition with the Lenormand as many rely only upon the card meanings, what the card combinations mean, and nothing else. That’s fine for them, but that’s not me.
At this time I find both methods of divination very useful and insightful. I really cannot choose a favorite, but if someone were to put a gun to my head and scream, “CHOOSE!” I would have to stick with the old standard and choose Tarot. But two seconds later I would probably change my mind, being a typical Gemini.
Let me cheat and do Day 7’s Challenge as well, which is:
Day 7: What was the first (Lenormand) spread you learned?
I jumped in with both feet and tackled the 36-card Grand Tableau in a reading I did for myself (the image here is an example & not the reading I did for myself) . The reading spoke of a trip coming up and my family was planning at the time to go on a cruise. The cards told me a few things to expect while on the cruise, all of it lovely. I was amazed, actually. When we went on the cruise the trip unfolded just as the Lenormand had predicted and we all had the time of our lives. Now, I did not strictly learn how to read the Grand Tableau for that first reading. There are MANY patterns to look at in a Grand Tableau spread. What I did for that every first one was to only read the cards from right to left, all 4 rows, and the final 4 cards, known as the Destiny Cards. A great deal more goes into reading the Grand Tableau than that, which merely scratches at the surface, but it was enough to show me that the Lenormand really knew what they were talking about. My favorite spread is the Line of 5, though, because it’s short, to the point ,and provides you (most times) with an immediate answer to your question. Plus, the Line of 5 is a LOT easier on the brain :)
So, that’s today’s four day’s worth of Pepi’s Lenormand Challenge. Day 8 will be coming up in a couple of days. Meanwhile, I do have some other things I will be blogging about, so stay tuned.
I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties today, hence the lateness of my response to Day 3 of Pepi’s Lenormand Challenge. Her blog is Mystic DePepi and is located here.
DAY 3: Do you have more than one deck? (I know… tricky question) If so, how many?
Oh yeah, I have more than one deck. At last count I had 13, but received one last week, another early this week & yesterday 3 arrived from Russia so that brings my grand total up to 18 with one more on the way. Or it may be 20 including the one that is winging its way to me as I type. Who’s counting?
Some may say that it’s excessive to have 18 – 20 Lenormand decks, or even Tarot decks (shocking, I know). I am an artist & am creating my own Lenormand deck (The Egyptian Lenormand). So it is of benefit to me to examine as many Lenormand decks as I can to see how other artists have dealt with the imagery. Of course mine looks like none of them, but it’s still good to know what other artists are up to when you’re attempting to create a deck yourself. If nothing else, you certainly would not want to duplicate someone else’s style. Also, having numerous decks to fit my moods is ideal as I am a Gemini and many of you know how us Geminis are – flighty, moody, easily bored, witty, charming, sexy … so yes, I am easily bored and easily distracted by other things. So having multiple Lenormand decks suits me just fine because the imagery affects me differently depending on my mood, which can then influence how I interpret the cards. So I am sure to choose a deck that fits my mood. Having 20 or so decks makes that really easy.
Tomorrow (hopefully) I will have finally completed my review of Ciro Marchetti’s Gilded Reverie Lenormand and will post it (God’s willing as WordPress has been a real pain for me today). Also, I have finished revising my Lenormand Readings ordering page so that is up and from there you can also check out a sample reading I just completed for a client along with her feedback on her reading.
Following the practice that my good friend, Den Elder, began on her blog, I am going to also start posting what I am grateful for. These posts come from my Facebook group, Living in the NOW, which is all about expressing gratitude for the big and small things in life. Den is also a member and posts there nearly every day. I welcome you to join us.
My gratefuls for today ~
I’m grateful for this early sign of spring: both of my red maples have begun to bud out and there are bees all over them doing their job. Meanwhile, at the base of one of the trees an extra branch that grew there still is fully leafed and the leaves have now turned a very pretty red. I”m also grateful it’s so hot today I’m going to have to wear shorts when I go out, which means I must shave my legs. LOL!
Here is Day 2 of Pepi’s Lenormand Challenge followed by a Line of 5 reading for Lady X to serve as an example of how Lenormand cards work and how I carry out a Lenormand reading. Her blog is now on my blog roll as Mystic Pepi. Do check it out.
Day 2. Which was your first deck? How did you get it?
My first Lenormand I purchased already opened from a lady my aunt knew and from whom she had purchased her own Lenormand deck, which was identical to mine.
Unfortunately, I’m not able to provide any further information because I never bothered to scan any of the images from it into my computer so I have none to show; and, I cannot locate the deck at the moment. I know it’s here somewhere, but I can’t find it. I suspect my 14 year old daughter took it. She has this way of “acquiring” certain decks of mine that she then stashes in that black hole she calls a bedroom.
However, I can discuss my initial experiences with the deck, which I well remember. It came with a little bi-fold pamphlet with a single string of key words for each card. For example, regarding Clover the pamphlet would just say, “Short-lived luck, luck.” It kept it VERY simple. There was also a brief discussion of the concept of “near and far” cards. If certain cards are nearer your significator in a spread then their meanings are more important while cards further away have less of an impact. It then showed a picture of the Grand Tableau that uses all 36 cards. I never did attempt that spread until I joined the Lenormand Cards Study Group on Facebook. There was plenty of guidance available from the wonderful members of that group and I quickly learned.
There were two main reasons that first Lenormand deck never caught on with me. Firstly, I was trained in Tarot so I was accustomed to looking at images laden with symbols. Lenormand is the opposite – there is usually only one main symbol on a card so your intuition has very little to go on. I did not realize at the time that a traditional Lenormand reading does not involve intuition. Instead, the reader adheres to the traditional meanings of the cards and uses reading conventions like “near and far.” My intuition was getting nothing from the cards, the bi-fold pamphlet wasn’t very helpful, and there weren’t any books on the subject. Plus, I was attending grad school at the time for my Masters degree and that was consuming about 90% of my time.
As a result, I set that little deck aside and treated it as an interesting curiosity over the years, but I never thought I would ever be able to actually learn the proper way to use it. Now have I not only learned the methods of reading the Lenormand, I have adapted them to how my intuition works. So when I do a Lenormand reading for a client I am giving them much more than the traditional meanings of the cards. I receive impressions or feelings that I also share with my client so my readings are well-rounded, thorough, and the client receives a lot of information.
Many of you are probably wondering, “what the heck is this Lenormand that Nefer keeps going on about?” So I figured I’d give you a sample so you can see how it works.
Here is an actual reading I did for a client today. For this reading I stuck to using a spread known as the Line of 5. It consists of 5 cards. Based on the question, I pre-select a significator to represent the question. It is then shuffled with the rest of the deck. Then once thoroughly shuffled, I began to turn the cards over one by one until I reach the pre-selected significator card. I then pull out the 2 cards prior to it and the 2 cards that follow. This then makes up the Line of 5. This is a method I learned from the blog of Andy Boroveshengra, My Fortunae: The Journal of a Fortuneteller. Unfortunately, Andy has since removed this information from his blog due to someone else swooping in, stealing it all, and claiming it as their own when Andy was so kind to provide it to the public for free. He is now working on his own Lenormand book that should be completed in April, 2013. Keep your eyes peeled for it because the information contained within will make that book worth its weight in gold. I believe it will be an e-book & probably available through his blog.
The Line of 5, once all the cards are laid, are then read from left to right. You basically construct a sentence with it, or a paragraph. There are other methods used with the Line of 5 to mix things up a bit, but I prefer to keep it simple, plus reading from left to right you receive the answer to your question and the main information that you need.
So, in a reading for Lady X, she wishes to know what her outlook for romance looks like in 2013. I am using the Melissa Lenormand for her reading, self-published by Melissa Hill.
For her question’s significator I chose The Heart. The Heart represents romance, love, contentment, and regarding health it focuses on the cardio-vascular system.
Shuffling the cards for Lady X, she received the following cards:
First, I always look at the cards on the bottom of the cut. I always cut the deck into thirds so there are always 3 cards to examine. These cards can present important information, usually of the nature of something the client needs to know of which they are completely unaware. The information here is usually something that can catch a person off-guard when it unfolds.
For her cut of the deck, Lady X received:
Fish + Coffin + Dog
Fish is prosperity and money. Coffin is endings, sometimes severe illness, and yes, it can represent death. Dog represents a great friend, loyalty, faithfulness.
What I see here is some sort of business transaction with The Fish in which Lady X will be involved. Coffin is telling us that for some reason this business transaction will not work out or Lady X may find it unsatisfactory in some way and bring it to an end herself. The Dog is a good friend. This may involve a loan to a friend Lady X seriously considers, then decides to follow The Bard’s advice and “never a lender or borrower be” and decide against making the loan.
Now on to her actual reading. I have placed the thirds of the deck back together in my customary manner and now have turned all the cards over looking for The Heart and have pulled the 2 cards prior and the 2 cards after for her reading. Lady X has received:
Coffin + Bouquet + Heart + Sickle + Garden
Firstly, when you do place emphasis on the cards within the cut of the deck (some readers do, some don’t & there is no set rule for or against this practice), when I do this and then one of the cards of the cut ends up in the reading I look upon that as the importance of this card being emphasized. So for Lady X the Coffin card is very important regarding her question of romance in 2013.
The Coffin leads off her reading, which immediately tells me that in the past she had to end an important romantic relationship. So she is coming from an unsatisfactory romantic past. I intuitively feel that this relationship ended badly and that the relationship itself was probably not a very happy one. The Coffin card isn’t telling me about the unhappy relationship, it’s my intuition, which I do mix in with my Lenormand readings, probably much to the chagrin of readers who strictly adhere to the traditional Lenormand reading method. However, I find it provides a more well-rounded reading, plus I can’t turn my intuition off having been first trained in Tarot.
The second card is Bouquet. This is a very positive card. Bouquet can indicate a gift, happiness, or news of an engagement. Here, following Coffin what I see is that although a past relationship has ended and was probably very disappointing for Lady X, she is willing to share her heart again with another despite the risks of being hurt. This card tells me that she’s also optimistic about her romantic future and is hoping for the best.
The third card is the significator for her question, the Heart. Again, this represents love, romance, and contentment. Here following Bouquet the Heart card is saying that Lady X would view a new romance as being a major gift to her, a blessing to which she looks forward.
The fourth card is the Sickle. The Sickle represents cutting away at old things that no longer serve us. It can even mean receiving a physical cut, even surgery if this were a health question. In the case of Lady X’s question about the chances of romance in 2013, the blade of the Sickle points to The Heart card. This is significant. Sickle is one of the very few Lenormand cards for which directional positioning is important. The direction in which the Sickle points or will follow through with its swing indicates what is going to be “cut.”
Here, the Sickle points to The Heart. This can mean a couple of things. First, as Sickle CAN indicate surgery (but definitely not in every reading) I would be remiss if I did not point this out to Lady X and suggest to her she get her blood pressure checked as The Heart does represent cardio-vascular health. Also, I have no idea of Lady X’s health history. She may have some sort of an issue with her physical heart and the Sickle here may be an indication that she needs a doctor to examine her to ascertain the health of her heart. Although I do not do health readings for legal and ethical reasons (many will try to use readings as a substitute for not seeing a doctor & only rely upon the information given in a reading – the main reason I do not do health readings), I would point this out to Lady X as one possibility.
The other interpretation that immediately comes to my mind is that Sickle following Heart indicates that Lady X’s heart was hurt so badly while a part of this former relationship that she may not yet be completely healed from it. Hence, she may be carrying forward energy from that relationship that is having a negative impact upon her future romantic prospects. I would then point this out to her and suggest to her that she work on healing further from that relationship. Something may need closure that has not been addressed or she may think she has properly addressed the entire situation, but has perhaps overlooked something and once she begins to think it over she will probably be able to quickly figure out what it is since this obviously still causes her emotional pain.
The final card is Garden. Garden represents socializing, social activities, and a person’s circle of friends. Regarding Lady X’s question, the Lenormand cards are saying that the Garden provides her best chances of meeting someone new. This card is advising her to get out and socialize. It may even indicate that the next man in her life she will meet through mutual friends or in a social context like a party or at a club, some type of gathering place.
Taking all the cards in account in order to sum up the reading for Lady X, I would tell her that it’s important to realize when to get out of a situation that no longer serves us, which is what she did (Coffin), and that despite bad times in the past she is open to receiving new blessings in her life (Bouquet) that includes a new romance (Heart). However, she is still hurting from this past relationship and there may be some unresolved issues she will need to face in order to properly release them and move on (Sickle following Heart), and that once she does she will be free of the past and is most likely to meet this new man in a social context (Garden). However, Garden may just mean a year spent having good time with friends and that the man has yet to manifest for her, so it may be after 2013 when the actual man does come along.
And that is your basic Lenormand Line of 5. If you’d like to order a reading, please click here. The link for the Sample reading at my site doesn’t function yet as I still need to revise that page, but I’ll have it up in a day or two.
One of my lovely Facebook friends, Pepi, has begun a daily Lenormand Challenge at her blog: Mystic DePepi. I am going to try to participate daily and post my answers to Pepi’s challenge questions to my blog. The card to get me started will be the Rider, in some decks is known as the Cavalier.
The Rider represents someone bringing a message, usually of the written variety on paper, but not always. The Rider can also represent a young man who is athletic. The Rider begins my journey with the 30-Day Lenormand Challenge.
Pepi’s first question for anyone participating in her 30-Day Lenormand Challenge is:
1. How did you end up into the world of the Lenormand?
Well, for me the journey was a bit convoluted. One of my aunts was very spiritual, but she always attempted to keep it well hidden from other family members. While staying with her one summer visiting the branch of my family that lives in central California I woke up one morning to find her seated at her dining room table. She had all these cards out on the table in front of her. She was bent over the cards concentrating and muttering to herself. I got her attention and asked her what the cards were. At the time I was already reading tarot and she was well aware of this.
I could see pictures and names on the cards; such as, Bouquet, Clover, and Sun. However, these cards were much smaller than tarot cards, and the deck only consisted of 36 cards. My aunt explained to me it was a French method of divination named after a famous reader (Madame Lenormand) who had once read for Napoleon and his wife, Josephine. That immediately caught my full attention.
At the time I was in graduate school studying for my master’s degree. As a result, I had very little time for non-academic interests. However, I did purchase a deck and began playing with the cards as my sparse spare time permitted. However, the guide book was very brief and only contained one spread (The Grand Tableau) that uses all 36 cards. That was too daunting a task for me since the largest tarot spread I was doing at the time was the astrological spread with 13 cards. So I set that Lenormand deck aside for 23 years.
Over a year ago I joined a Facebook group, the Lenormand Cards Study Group, and it is there I began to learn reading methods for my little Lenormand deck that had been languishing in my huge card collection for over two decades. I caught on to the reading method relatively quickly for two reasons: 1) I am a Gemini and LOVE to learn new things; and 2) I was becoming a bit burnt out on the tarot. I needed a new tool to re-spark my intuition and that is just what the Lenormand has accomplished for me.
Now my tarot readings are going in new directions and I find the information for readings comes even easier to me than before while I have also been doing Lenormand readings and now offer them for sale at my site. The Lenormand has opened up a whole new world of divination to me and it is now allowing me to offer my clients a whole new method of reading that is very different from the world of tarot. I love reading the Lenormand. The readings are always very clear, concise, and incredibly accurate. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Lenormand Cards Study Group for putting my feet on the correct path, providing a great deal of guidance, and for also introducing me to a world of self-published Lenormand decks. I now am the proud owner of 15 Lenormand decks, and don’t even ask me how many tarot decks I own (last count it was over 100!).
Looking forward to tomorrow’s Lenormand Challenge :)