Emphasis on Health and Change

I finally got my last two decks into the database yesterday, and just have the Ostara Tarot to put in there and I’m caught up.

I decided to draw two cards from the Dreaming Way Lenormand.



We all have our favourites that we check first before buying a card deck, whether it be tarot or oracle. For me it’s the Tree and Clouds, Garden and Birds in Lenormands.

Surprisingly, after a week of trying to calm down a gallbladder attack with attendant pancreatitis, these two cards fit the situation. I don’t know why I should be surprised but it was interesting. The Tree can mean good things like growth and nature, but it can also mean health health problems or problems with vitality or the life force. “This’ll learn me” I said to myself after suffering during a week of agony and worry. But it never does apparently. This was the second attack like this I’ve had but they are getting worse. Time to change. Really.

The Whips paired with this can mean chronic illness and recurring pain, my old cycle of pain. I liked the idea of stewardship with the Tree, because as well as stewards of the natural world we are stewards of our physical bodies. If you don’t look after your body that is poor stewardship. A whip can also mean abuse, in this case abuse of health and the body, and I also see self-flagellation with this in that I tend to moan and beat myself up by saying “Why have I done this to myself, why can’t I stop?”

Health and recurring, chronic pain, the cards always know!

I bought a Kindle book on healing the gallbladder and following the recommendations, I am healing but the next attack is not far behind with permanent damage IF I DON’T CHANGE.

Yeah, the cards always know.


Snakes We Know and Love



Some always think of snakes as bad things, and in this case I mistook the snake on the Dreaming Way Lenormand for a venomous Coral Snake when it is actually a Milk Snake, probably the New Mexico Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops which is similar to the Lampropeltis triangulum snake on my Milk Snake card but having whiter stripes.

A pithy rhyme to tell the good from the bad in these similar red snakes.

Red Touch Yellow – Kills a Fellow
Red Touch Black – Venom Lack
Yellow Touches Red – Soon You’ll Be Dead
Red Touches Black – Friend of Jack

The dorsal scales are so smooth that they feel like enamel and the Latin Lampropeltis means “shining skin shield” to reflect that, and celaenops comes from the Greek, kelainops, which means “dark-faced”. I saw one person online saying that all coral snakes have black faces which is not true. The identification of the snake highlights the ambiguity of this card in general.

Is the person the real threat or is it the snake? Is it a poisonous snake or a harmless snake: appearances can be deceiving.

I drew this card yesterday and it reminds me of the contractor who visited to advise us on our fireplace tile. He obviously did not want to do it or help us, after being so friendly on the phone, that I felt very disappointed and obsessed about it until 1 a.m. when I realized that my entire back had locked up in muscle spasms. I was trying and trying to figure out a way to do this or to paint and stencil the tiles or something to get what I want.

After tapping on the situation three times, I was able to let it go. (Thanks Chloe for the nudge on tapping.)

But my tension and obsession with getting what I wanted was all out of proportion, like the snake in the card wrapping the girl tightly, her own mind strangling her since it is a harmless milk snake.

Wise up girlie!



Weighed Down but Stable

This card deck has quite a strong chemical smell from the printing, so I’ve taken the book and cards out and I’m airing them in a tarot cupboard with some incense which will hopefully help the smell to dissipate.



This can mean several things but since I’m winging it without extra cards it seemed like a positive message.

In the book Rana explains that the rocks in the background are off Beirut, Lebanon but they remind me of the rock formations we see in Canada too.

The Anchor always brings to mind my favourite Uncle, who was in the merchant Navy. Since he died I tend to take this card as a positive from him. So today he is telling me about abilities, specifically stability and dependability, with a dash of security. I suppose the weight of an anchor can hold you down but you often need it to keep yourself from drifting. I tend to daydream so this is a card for focus. Sure, lie on the beach, but do something while resting there.



Woman of the Ashes



The illustrations in the Rana George Lenormand are done by Callie French and they are wonderful. Rana included two versions of the Woman card, this one is the more modern.

Since this is a significator card but I’m not using it with other cards, it will be me, swanning around, glad to be home after a 2.5-day trip to meet my family and put our parents’ ashes in the sea. My Mom has been dead for 25 years and I think she is thankful to get out of that box. We threw in snippets of cedar and arbutus bark as well as white roses as we scattered their ashes together into the sea in a spot they loved to anchor in and where they wanted their ashes to go.

While we were doing this a seal popped his head up three times watching us, and seals were special for my Mom so we took it as a sign that they were aware of us being there. You could see their ashes mingling under the water as we took turns pouring in a bit of each. Lovely, and we had a special tape of an album they owned with a song called Lowlands Away among others. Lowlands was playing while we poured their ashes into the sea. My Dad’s name was John, you see? Perfect.

Here is a nice version of the song by Kate McGarrigle and her son Rufus Wainright.

My dogs were glad to be sprung from being boarded and my cat was hungry, having eaten all the food I had left. My little family is back together and we are exhausted so enjoying being home.

I’m off to pre-order Steve’s deck; the force of The Spirit Within is strong young Skywalker.



I Had a Dream There Were Clouds in My Lenormand

I notice that Rana George has a new Lenormand deck (which I ordered) to go with the book she wrote on Lenormand decks (which I don’t have.)

I was tempted while browsing, but rather than buying another deck I decided to pull out all my Lenormand decks and pick a random card. Surprisingly, I already have nine Lenormand decks. How did that happen? My random pick was the Clouds card, number 6.


Ooooh, they just go on and on in this image. I always think of Clouds as good/bad or dark/light or even good luck/bad luck, but there are some subtleties to the card that haven’t entered my consciousness. Chloe McCracken in the book for the Celtic Lenormand refers to the ambiguity and polarity of this card; it’s so clear but if you think about clouds visually they do tend to blend together where there isn’t a clear delineation between light and dark. We are back to Pema Chodron’s “fundamental ambiguity of being human”.

The other aspect of this card that I never considered is the idea that you or another person might be showing two sides or that there are two sides to a situation and such. The way people hide things or misrepresent themselves or simply that you need to consider both sides could be part of this depending on the surrounding cards. One book I have mentions abuse, like an abuser presenting one face to the world and in private being dark and dangerous.

Speaking of surrounding cards, I find it astounding that people actually do the Grand Tableau with all the cards laid out. That would take me forever, and in some way I feel it is bypassing chance or randomness to have everything on the table, which is why I prefer a one-card or maybe a three-card maximum draw with these decks. Historically I am wrong, but personally I like it that way, yet there is something to be said for interaction with this card in particular, so when feeling expansive use as many cards as you like.

Oh, and most often the dark clouds are on the left, but in my own deck, The Illustrative Lenormand, I put them on the right, as does Lo Scarabeo in the Lenormand Oracle Cards, and in some of the cards it’s less clear where the light and dark are, it looks…ambiguous!

The other thing with these cards is the number itself, with 6 signifying the sixth month of June or six days or six weeks and whatever else you can throw at the meaning of numbers. I’ve never been too keen on that approach but others use it with success. My problem with numbers is how malleable they are, how you can bludgeon them to mean everything and anything. Ask yourself: “Who came up with this system of numerology?” Then think about how it could have been done differently, it could have been done 20 or 100 different ways. You could make up your own system, there are no archetypes with numbers, no root meanings, just what people have foisted on them.

Are words like that too? Maybe. There is some of that with words but “ambiguity” for instance has a Latin root of ambigere which means “to wander about”. It can be variously interpreted, as you meander through association and meaning, but you are always left wandering, uncertain, that is the base of what it means.

The number six is the smallest positive integer which is neither a square number nor a prime number. Six is the second smallest composite number; its proper divisors are 1, 2, and 3 and when you add those together you get 6. On it goes into mathematics, music and chemistry, biology, astronomy.

Numerology seems to have several associations tacked onto this number, like that it is feminine or nurturing and connected to service, responsibility, and thus connected to motherhood and caring. It has been connected to the Lovers card in Tarot which is also number six, and there are positive and negative energies, but generally this is a happy number. Who says? Where did this come from? Some human made it up and tacked it on. It’s a system, and it works because people make it work, but where did Big Mom come into the number 6? Humans. Read as you wish but don’t expect me to embrace a system that describes the number 6 as “nurturing”; it’s a fabrication.

Thus say the Clouds of ambiguity.


Count on Success with the Moon

32 – MOON



More great success in Pixelmator! I imported some of my Photoshop brushes into the program, including the copyright symbol I like to use on scans of cards. I added a border too and used a flower brush. What could be better?

The Mystical Lenormand Moon tells me I can count on success, acknowledgement and promotion. Whee!

Time to get that calligraphy done, apparently the time is right.

And I noodled around doing a jigsaw of one of my favourite decks, the Blue Dog Rose Tarot. Such lovely animals and colours in this one.


A few hours went by, I said to myself “Do another one” so I did and I have decided I don’t actually mind having to duplicate the layer to make a drop shadow because I have oodles more control.









Lenormand Five for Health

I am using the human body associations that Sylvie Steinbach uses in her Lenormand book, coupled with additional nuances of meaning from the excellent book from the Celtic Lenormand. I like Chloe’s insights from that book and often use them although I am not using that deck today. Today I am using the Lenormand Wahrsagekarten which has German notes for meanings on additional cards in the deck.

My question was: I’m worried about my health, what can I expect?

9 Bouquet; 10 Scythe; 25 Ring; 2 Clover; 19 Tower


9 BOUQUET – (face, smile, hair) Beauty, recovery, wellness, happy times, blooming, Spring, renewal. Maybe a literal nod to health improvements making hair and skin look much better?

10 SCYTHE – (teeth, mouth) Cutting without hesitation surgery, surgeon, harvest, shock, cutting down what was. Tough love will bear fruit, drastic change, cut out habits or things that don’t serve the highest good.

I was a bit worried about this because of the surgery aspect. Perhaps I can take it as a warning that if I don’t make changes I’ll be heading for surgery? Because of the nicer cards around this I thought I’d take it to mean simply cutting out. The mouth association reminds me of eating unhealthy foods and cutting those out. Since I fell last week I have been eating properly and feeling a lot better.

The German word for scythe is sense, as outlined in the explanatory cards, which is not the English meaning of sense but I like the dual aspect between German and English. Use your sense in change.

25 RING – (lymphatic system) I do have some problems in my legs with circulation and lymphatic problems. Here is my clue to wise up. The idea of completion, commitment, and a satisfying solution is good here. Chloe had a few extra ideas in her book about breaking out of a cycle or person that ties you to an unhealthy way of being. Bind or lock an intention in place, honour your commitments. The spouse often eats twice as much as me, so portion control is difficult but not impossible.

The lymphatic system is something we take for granted, but as we age it is worn out and sometimes damaged by our Western lifestyle of eating. Ring also makes me think of cinching in a belt or indeed leg irons or shackles, a negative meaning.

2 CLOVER – (ethereal body, aura) Whatever the ethereal body is (a Theosophical term) and I don’t believe in auras, so maybe I could say “energy spirit” instead? Luck, opportunity, hope happy endings, unexpected outcomes. Seize the opportunity, seize what life presents. Positive thinking toward life is a better energy to emit for sure.

19 TOWER – (spine and back) Guards, protects, officialdom, buildings, high ideals, big goals. Solidity, refuge (like the birds find refuge in the Tower as depicted on the card), authority, structure, security, isolation. Gain perspective.

I like Chloe’s idea of gaining perspective with this. Isolation is helpful and the high ideals of commitment to the cause are good. I think the sense (!!) of being too isolated or too inflexible echoes here. Inner security is like a tower that cannot be assailed by outside circumstance, and buildings do move slightly in the wind.

I have problems with my spine and back which would be greatly improved by eating properly to decrease edema and inflammation, and losing weight. The spine is the inner core and yet remains flexible, absorbs shock. I’m wondering if the ‘flu I had several days ago was actually my body saying “Enough!” and purging itself? Since then I’ve been eating properly, and doubly so after I fell, like the shock of the scythe, sometimes the body takes action.

This seems good with some caution connected to the scythe.