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Lenormand Cards Answers Question about Honesty

This morning, randomly, I started thinking about the recent rash of TV commercials that start with the word “honestly” and how much they annoy me.

“Honestly? Who can say they don’t want to be tan?” (Kardashians tanning commercial)

“Honestly? I’m a little old fashioned. I love chalk and erasers…” (Microsoft Surface commercial)

Honestly?! Ask me how fast I can press the mute button…

Then I got to thinking. Why does the word “honestly” annoy me so much? Could it be because sometimes I’m not completely honest with myself, embarrassing as that might be to admit? It then occurred to me that maybe the Lenormand cards could give good insight into what we might have to gain if we were willing to be brutally honest with ourselves.

Here’s a phrasing you might use if you want to give this approach a try:

If I were being honest with myself about [situation/ circumstance/ issue], I would realize .

For example, say you were having a relationship issue. You could ask:

If I were being honest with myself about my relationship with X, I would realize …

Or a job situation:

If I were being honest with myself about the current dynamics at my workplace, I would realize…

If you’re willing to drop your defenses and really look at yourself, you could use this basic wording for insight on how you might be shooting yourself in the foot or hiding your head in the sand in just about any situation/ circumstance or issue that’s causing you concern. Of course, it goes without saying, if you really don’t want to know the answer, don’t ask the question…

On that note, here’s a personal example:

I decided to use the honesty phrasing in a Line of 5 Lenormand layout where the situation/ circumstance/ issue would be my own card reading abilities.

If I were being honest with myself about my own card reading abilities, I would realize…

 

25 Ring - 32 Moon - 06 Clouds - 21 Mountain - 19 Tower - 22 Paths
25 Ring – 32 Moon – 06 Clouds – 21 Mountain – 19 Tower – 22 Paths

Blaue Eule (Blue Owl) (c) 2008 Konigsfurt – Urania

 

I immediately see my commitment (Ring + Moon) to Lenormand. I also see confusion (Clouds) that’s blocking (Mountain) my progress (Tower) or clouding (Clouds) my judgement (Tower).

If I look at the clarification card* in relation to the central card of the spread, it’s easy to see I’m confused (Clouds) over which path (Paths) to take/ school to go with, and that my tendency to mix meanings from the different schools is holding me up (Mountain) and clouding (Clouds) my judgement (Tower).

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*Clarification cards are a tarot reading technique, not a Lenormand reading technique. Some Lenormand experts teach that using a base card (bottom card of the deck) or another clarification card in a Lenormand reading is simply not necessary. Others take a harsher viewpoint, stating it pollutes the integrity of the reading.

I disagree. I often use the base card as a clarification card in a Lenormand Line of 5, and it usually provides useful insights regarding the reading.

You might want to try the technique for yourself and determine whether it works for you.

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I’ve been working with Lenormand cards for almost six years now, and my “hit rate” is not as high as I’d like it to be. If I’m going to be honest with myself, I’ll admit I tend to cherry pick meanings from the various Lenormand schools, using meanings that suit my purposes at the time of the reading.

The cards in this “Honesty Spread” made it clear: if I were being honest with myself, I’d realize that choosing one particular Lenormand approach and sticking with it would improve my accuracy — at least for now. I could always make a different decision later on, should circumstances warrant.

Blessings,

Mary Hawkins

 

 

 

Lenormand Cards Daily Draw: Heart, Woman, Child, Letter, Birds

On a Friday morning in early January, I drew the following cards for my daily draw:

 

24 Heart - 29 Woman - 13 Child - 27 Letter - 12 Birds
24 Heart – 29 Woman – 13 Child – 27 Letter – 12 Birds

The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle – Caitlin Matthews & Virginia Lee

 

Here is my interpretation, straight from my journal:

I think I will hear from my younger daughter today. Heart + Woman speaks of an affectionate woman or a woman I am fond of, and Child suggests she is younger rather than older. Child could also be literal, referring to her son / my grandson.

I think she will text me (Letter) and maybe call me on the phone (Birds).

Here’s what happened:

School was cancelled. My younger daughter (Heart + Woman + Child) texted (Letter) to see if I would babysit my grandson (Child) while she conducted a tutoring session (she’s a teacher). A few minutes later, she texted again, telling me the tutoring session was cancelled and wanting to know if she could come over for coffee. A few minutes after that, she sent a  third text, telling me she wanted to run a few errands and maybe she’d see me later.

So a flurry (Birds) of texts (Letter) from my affectionate younger daughter (Heart + Woman + Child), with mention of her son (Child).

She never did come over, but then again, 1 Rider didn’t show up in the spread.

The morning cards proved to be quite literal.

Blessings,

Mary Hawkins

Lenormand Cards Give a Literal Reading

When you draw cards every day like I do, it’s probable you are going to get ordinary information more often than not. I think this is because card readers, at least the ones I know, tend to be introspective and do not live a roller-coaster life where weird and wild things happen to them on a regular basis.

Many of my daily draws simply confirm something I already know.

A case in point:

My sister visited over the winter holidays. On the morning of her departure (while she was still snoozing on the sofa), I drew my cards for the day and got:

 

Lenormand 29 Woman - 20 Garden - 8 Coffin
29 Woman – 20 Garden – 8 Coffin

The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle – Caitlin Matthews & Virginia Lee

 

Here’s how I interpreted the spread, straight from my personal journal:

“The social activities/ festivities (Garden) with my sister (Woman) come to an end (Coffin).”

And that was exactly what happened. Later that afternoon, I drove my sister to the train station and watched her board for her trip back home. I felt a little depressed (Coffin). I love my sister (Woman) and I had enjoyed hanging out with her (Garden).

Blessings,

Mary Hawkins

 

 

Lenormand Cards Daily Draw: Garden, Ship, Cross

One bitterly cold, dreary day last month, I awoke with one of my usual morning headaches (3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5). After chugging down two ibuprofens with a cup of black coffee, I proceeded to do my daily draw using the (rather enchanting) Enchanted Lenormand oracle cards by Caitlin Matthews & Virginia Lee.

Too unmotivated to ask a focused question, I simply asked the cards to tell me how my day would go.

I drew:

20 Garden - 3 Ship - 36 Cross
20 Garden – 3 Ship – 36 Cross

The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle – Caitlin Matthews & Virginia Lee

 

Here is the meaning I scribbled down in my journal that made the most sense:

Socializing/ frivolity (Garden), taking a break / moving away from (Ship) responsibilities / hardships/ duties / deadlines (Cross).

In other words, just goofing off….

Ha! I smirked. We’ll see about that! There were plenty of items on my to-do list I could tackle — if I set my mind to it.

 

Feedback: Wouldn’t you know, this is exactly what happened. I didn’t do anything I was “supposed” to do. I frittered the day away and completely avoided my duties/ responsibilities, despite knowing in advance the day was likely to play out this way and I could have changed the outcome through awareness.

This is part of the beauty of being able to read cards. You can increase your awareness of the prevailing energies and with this knowledge, if you make conscious choices and decisions, you have the opportunity to alter the outcome.

Obviously, I did not practice what I preach on that particular gloomy day.

Blessings,

Mary Hawkins