Things have been a bit hectic around here these days, especially with the baby. I haven’t had time to really sit down and order my thoughts and share my daily draws and spreads. I have been intermittently playing around with the Lenormand. As a literature scholar, or so I consider myself, and theory enthusiast, I find the Lenormand to be deeply rooted in Semiotics. As opposed to the Tarot which is also somewhat semiotic in nature but loaded with esoteric references, astrology and a depth of background. The Lenormand is purely symbolic in nature, it rests entirely in the signs and their meanings. No extensive background base in esoteric knowledge and astrology is needed. Of course, this is purely my opinion, I am open to being incorrect and being corrected. In this respect, I am really loving Lenormand, the use of the signifier and signified and how that plays out in the cartomancer’s head, the one reading the cards. This is further amplified when reading for someone else.
So far I have done simple card layouts, I am still trying to get a feel on the logistics of reading Lenormand spreads. I have found a couple resources on the Lenormand: here (for symbol meanings), here, and this youtube channel is great.
These are some of my results for dailly draws and simple questions. the long 5-card spread is asking about this week.
I love how one has to construct the answer, sentence, putting cards together.
In regards to Tarot, my first love, I found a good spread by The New Age Hipster. I tried it out and the result was fantastic.
Lastly, I have just received the Golden Universal by Lo Scarabeo in the mail, I haven’t opened it yet but I am very excited to find some time during my day today to do so. Maybe this deck will be the bridge that helps me connect with the traditional RWS…