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I Had a Dream There Were Clouds in My Lenormand -logy

September 1, 2017

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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Lenormand Five for Health

January 17, 2017

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

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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.

Mr. Harum Scarum Makes a Wish

March 19, 2016

Since we now have an address and phone number I decided to buy a book on birds of the west coast, and while there I bought the Celtic Lenormand which I’ve wanted for some time, but it was either out of stock or I was in temporary quarters. That’s coming next week.

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I have a fair collection of Lenormand decks and this one has been on my wish list for a year. It is Destiny is Brewing by Kerry Gummersall with illustrations by Heather Strahan. It seems a bit complicated to order and I think you have to buy the book separately and it’s print-on-demand but I’m not sure. I’ll try and sort it out and buy this toward the summer. It’s one of the nicest Lenormands I’ve seen, and as a tea drinker, this one really lights me up!

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KNIGHT SWORDS

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Louis Pasteur, who said this quote and is one of my heroes, would understand this Knight whom I call Mr. Harum Scarum. Enthusiasm is good but you can get carried away. I am yet again washing and cleaning and unpacking, trying to get ready for a visit and my cat coming back to me.

I’ve been at it since I got up three hours ago and I have to sit down as I’m dizzy and sore and my tendonitis is raging.

We keep having to go to the store to buy stuff, and eventually realized that we didn’t bring our old kettle and so had to buy a new one.

Tea’s on…

 

 

My Ship Sails In, Only to be Eaten by Cthulhu

September 23, 2014

Finally, the Daleks have eradicated the virus from my system, but I found when I woke up that Cthulhu had ingested my head!

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I’m telling you, these Old Ones are powerful.

35 – ANCHOR
3 – SHIP

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The Vikings tell me that wealth can mean more than money, but perhaps the extra security of money might be nice. I find it difficult to relate to travel due to the fact I rarely go out of the house, I am not mobile or worldly so this seems a stretch, but maybe it’s a day for travelling in the mind?

In my biography of William Morris, he has just completed his second trip to Iceland, and even translated some of the Poetic Edda which I have used with cards on this blog.

Perhaps Cthulhu is going to drag me across the ocean to Iceland where Dagon shall rise from the sea holding an anchor?

That must be it.

 

 

In the Garden with the Moon

September 20, 2014

Someone very kindly sent me an English book for the Lenormand deck weeks ago. Up to now I have only had French and German books which get a bit tedious to translate when I just want to do a daily draw and not a protracted study. I wanted to give that book a go periodically with 2-card draws. I am using The Illustrative Lenormand Oracle which I made in 2009 from heavily modified WMF clip art and linework brushes in Photoshop.

20 – GARDEN
32 – MOON

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This seemed like a strange draw until we got a call at 8 a.m. that a contractor was available to put in a new side door on our garage. The original door was simply a plywood slab door with a hasp. The wood had worn so that the screws for the hinges kept coming out. Wasps had nested in the door one summer, and it was warped from rain and snow.

Here is the new door and frame, needing paint but noticeably improved.

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Last week we got our old aspen tree in the front garden cut down, it was rotten enough to fall on our hydro wires so had to go, and then a day later they came back to grind two enormous tree stumps, two huge surface roots, and 10 other smaller stumps. The spouse has been digging out rotten roots with crown galls, caused by a type of bacteria that aspens are prone to. They are woody and knobbly and come to the surface attached to roots. So far he has dug up over 20 of them and some of them had about 3 other smaller galls attached to them.

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This particularly one measured about 30 cm or a foot and was dug out while the contractor was hanging our new door. You can imagine how easy it was to trip over these in the front lawn. Hopefully with reseeding we might have a lawn again. I loved that aspen tree, which came from the woods behind our house, but it was perhaps not the best tree for a specimen tree since it sends out suckers for new trees and is prone to disease. The previous owner of the house dug it up and planted it and 30 years later we are left with the problems.

So I think of all this with my Lenormand draw. The Garden card can be about gardens but it generally points to people and public places. It reminds me of contractors and trying to get work done to improve our environment and bring our property back to loveliness.

The Moon card reminds me of cycles, cycles and seasons in the garden and how you know you’ve let it go, how that niggles at you. Healthy trees require care and intuition. It brings a sadness to lose a beloved tree. I find trees very spiritual, they saved me when I had my last clinical depression and the initial disappointment of the loss of my physical health.

The other funny thing about this card, which can point to artistic people, is that a card deck I mentioned here over a year ago came back to mind. I had seen my blog come up in search terms for the deck, but at the time I mentioned it, I didn’t have the money. However, I would like to get it as it’s hand drawn/painted and has birds, animals, and insects, so I think I’ll save up and try to get it in November.

That’s me in the Garden with the Moon.

 

 

Card Database, Transformation Packs, and Lenormand Decks

May 3, 2014

I can hardly believe it, the spouse has allowed me to purchase a marked down copy of the Badgers Forest Tarot, provided I take $50 off from my birthday money in the summer. Naturally I placed the order. In celebration of this news, let’s take a happy look at cards.

CARD DATABASE

It’s been so long since I was in my card database that I had fun fiddling around and merging lists and entries. I was speaking to someone recently about my favourite transformation packs and realized I had forgotten to include a sub-category for transformation packs under my playing card category in the database. We can’t be having that sort of disorganized nonsense!

I just discovered that you can display the statistics with different colours. Here is the regular colour scheme. (Click to enlarge the following three database images.)

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And here it is in the glory of Victorian colours. Man, I didn’t realize this sort of excitement existed in this program.

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When you do an auto search online by ISBN, it finds entries and copies the graphics and notations and creates a file. All good, but it will occasionally create duplicate entries for one publisher. For instance, US Games, or U.S. Games or U.S. Games Inc. or even U.S. Games Inc without a period after “Inc” and so on. I merged all that and got rid of the publishers with zero entries.

Similarly, online cataloguing information often comes with classifications like card games; card games, general; card games, role-playing etc., so I cleaned that up to suit myself.

Is there anything like tweaking databases? Nah. I should go back and re-do some of my card samples in the database, a few of them are rather abbreviated for the larger cards. Oops, I just remembered that I forgot to put the measurements in for the Enchanted Map Oracle. The search and create function will put in what the publisher says, which is always the measurement of the box not the actual cards, and they are different so I like to plug the right measurement in. A database should be accurate.

I’ve never met anyone else who uses this software for their cards. I have blathered on about it interminably on both my blogs, but no one seems to get the ease and clarity of it. It has the ability to put an image of the back of a book in as well as the cover, so instead of doing that I put an image in of several cards including the backs of each deck. SO nice to have that function as I am a visual person. In the Pro version you can also export the database as an Excel spreadsheet and choose the headings you want.

When you get into the actual entry you can rate it and click on the images you entered to enlarge them. Here we are in the Miscellaneous Cards category, where on the left you can see the thumbnails of the entries in this category in alphabetical order, and the enlargement of my scans of the cards on the right. This is from the U.S. Games series Strategies for Leadership. I have three decks in that series: Ulysses S. Grant (pictured here), George S. Patton, and Robert E. Lee.

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Notice the Details tab directly to the right. To go to the statistical pie and play around with colours, you just click the Statistics tab on the right sidebar. Easy now, I know someone’s heart is thumping with excitement out there. Mine sure is.

I often have to re-scan the images from the Web for box covers as they are tiny, low resolution images and look crummy even as thumbnails. I want my images crisp and I generally keep the images for the covers at 350 pixels in length so they aren’t too large, but use a better resolution of 240 dpi. Monitors only display at 72 dpi but I want the images crisp when I size them down after scanning, hence the higher initial resolution.

What fun. A database is your friend boys and girls. I’ve been up since 4 a.m. toodling around tweaking in this exciting environment of play.

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I could split these posts up into three topics, but I like a big, wholloping shebang of a post. Many people zone out and click away after one paragraph feeling daunted by such vociferousness, leaving the rest of us to play and get to the fun stuff. The fun stuff now being transformation packs.

TRANSFORMATION PACKS

I have six of them. The fellow I was talking to fits the Playing Card Oracles into transformation pack territory but I don’t. Disparate categorization, which means livelier databases in the world, and thus more fun. Credit it people, it’s a big, old goofy world.

[Note: a short intermission was needed to clean off my coffee table so I could take photographs. Also in the interim I ate some fruit, needing some buttressing fuel before attempting yet another crummy photo session with 10 year-old Mr. Point and Shoot.]

I also have two books I like to refer to with playing cards, or make that three. The first one is strictly on transformation packs, and the other two have limited mention of them, but they are great nonetheless with regard to playing cards overall.

1) Transformation Playing Cards by Albert Field. Not too many colour pictures but lots of information. This is where I learned that the Goethe Playing Cards by Lo Scarabeo are actually a facsimile pack of the Jeanne d’Arc playing cards published around 1805. I was browsing that deck in this book and he tells you who the court cards are; some of them are not well known people. The Jack of Diamonds for instance was Joan of Arc’s page, a peasant who came from her home town.
2) Collectible Playing Cards by Frédérique Crestin-Billet. One of my favourite books of all time and loaded with close-up colour pictures of playing cards with a few examples of transformation decks.
3) Playing Cards by Roger Tilley. Most of these are antique but he has a few newer ones and a small section on transformation packs.

And a visual of all the lads together, cavorting and disporting with Gumby and Pokey. Yes, G & P are card deck lovers if you didn’t know. Greatly interested in transformed pips, they grew terribly excited to see all the chaps out for a group picture. Murphy the chocolate Labrador is supervising in the background, knowing what havoc G & P can cause.

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What would be complete without my favourite comparison of cards? This time I’m going for the Ace of Clubs, just because the Goethe deck turns that ace into a beetle.

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LENORMAND DECKS

Wow, can you believe the proliferation of Lenormand decks lately? When I started using Lenormand cards eight or so years ago there were no books in English so I bought two French ones. Rana George has a recent English book called The Essential Lenormand which has been getting rave reviews. Ever wary of tarot experts, I hesitate to buy this, but I get weary of having to translate the French books so it’s on my wish list. Rana comes from a different culture and circumstances and seems to have meaningful things to impart. I like meaningful people.

I am waiting for The Celtic Lenormand which I previously stated in a post. I like illustrations in Lenormand decks, I’m not keen on over-painted things or photo-collage. My own The Illustrative Lenormand Oracle was culled together from my extensive collection of WMF public domain clip art and other things, some drastically re-jigged in Photoshop and some just tweaked. I recommend that people make their own Lenormand in some way to get a feel for it.

I am going to compare the Letter card across decks including one in the Tarot Lenormand. (Click to enlarge.)

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Ye old sealing wax keeps those envelopes closed while being battered about by birds and cherubs, eventually allowing Mavis to receive the proposal from her sweetheart Augustus Lawrence in her nightgown in the morning room with the fancy wallpaper. She has shrugged off her embroidered robe, becoming warm from morning tea, or is it her repressed lust for dear Auggie?

Perhaps a cooling period of entering things in the database would help Mavis?

Just don’t change the colour theme on the statistics pie or you’ll never settle down honey. [Note: She hasn’t tried the Opera colour version yet, don’t let on there is one or she’ll waltz about singing Nessun Dorma from Turandot.]

No, we don’t want that.

THE END

 

 

The Young Chevalier

August 27, 2012

Daily Draw August 27th, 2012

I managed to sleep for 10 hours last night. In retrospect, I think a homeopathic remedy I was taking might have been keeping me wide awake for two nights.

1 – CAVALIER

This reminds me of the Robert Burns poem which I have as a song by a wonderful singer, Jean Redpath, who sings Burns’ songs as they were sung in the 18th century. “Charlie he’s my darling, my darling, my darling, Charlie he’s my darling, the young chevalier.”

Today he is bringing a message, dashing in on his horse, doffing his hat, saying “Chip, chip cheerio.” Be cheery, get busy.

I started to learn the spiral rope stitch yesterday and did a passable job. I have been wanting to learn this for ages so I can finish off the Rumi Tarot necklace, and I found a nice group with helpful people and tutorials.

All it takes is a start and then you’re galloping off on a new adventure, learning techniques so you can finally finish an old project.