Lenormand Practice: Blending Pairs – Fish + Stork

Its official, I am obsessed with Lenormand.

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Every morning I’ve been drawing one or two pairs to mull over and practice with that day, exploring individual and blended meanings. I do hope you can read my writing, I get in the zone and my handwriting goes a bit haywire, but I am trying not to scribble too much so my Lenormand journal is still legible as I want to share all of the musings but don’t have the time to transcribe everything!

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Some of the standout blends for me at the moment are changing job/career, moving money, renewing resources – money/education/skills/capabilitieschanging finances and feeling drawn to a new career path. With the planned move, my thoughts have been dominated by how the move will affect our finances and what jobs/career I am going to go for once we go to the US. I have had my fill of NGO work and copy editing and I have always been interested in medical, but am completely new to the field, so I have been researching education and work opportunities and exploring which roles in the medical field I am most interested in, which, for the moment I have narrowed down to phlebotomy and respiratory therapy.

It’s still a ways off though, and I need to remain pragmatic about the financial reality of our move. Completely changing my career path may not be the most pressing thing to think about the minute we land, and I need to focus on pooling as many of our resources together for the transition by pretty much any means necessary, be that unappealing jobs or less than ideal accommodation. As limited as the use of directionality is in Lenormand compared to Tarot, I can’t help but notice that all of those little money and abundance Fish are swimming in the opposite direction to our Stork of change and transition…

Anyway, yet again, Lenormand pleasantly surprised me with its succinct cut right to heart of the issues and circumstances I am dealing with at the moment!

[There are a lot of difference amongst Lenormand schools and individual card readers about ‘work’ and ‘job’ cards. As Fish are intrinsically tied to wealth, accumulation and cash flow, they are what make sense to me, but it is not the same for everyone, and it isn’t the most traditional approach. This may change as I continue learning!]

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Exploring the Divine Masculine – Part 2

*Warning – this post contains card images that portray full-frontal male nudity*

Here are the results of my own Divine Masculine Mjolnir spread (which can be found here).

[For anyone unfamiliar with the Mary-El Tarot, the creator Marie White’s card interpretations vary significantly from the established traditions of the Rider-Waite-Smith, Thoth and Marseille, and it is a deck that inspires intuition over wrote-learning, so if the meanings seem a little out there, that’s why!] Continue reading “Exploring the Divine Masculine – Part 2”

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The World

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The World: What goal am I ready to achieve?

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I see the Prince of Swords’ appearance here as linked to one of the main messages of the ancestor reading I did for Halloween – I am ready to start chasing some ambition, to begin fighting and striving for my place in this world and proving I have something worthwhile to contribute.

If we do move to America, I am going to have to start earning an income, and I feel ready to cut through the old bonds of restriction I’ve sometimes felt after four years as a stay-at-home-mum. I don’t yet have a specific goal in mind that I wish – or am ready – to achieve, it is something broader than that, I am ready to step out of the same-ol’, same-ol’ and start setting goals I can pursue with the full force of my mind.

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Moon

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Moon: How do I honour mystery in my life?

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The Page of Cups is the dreamer of the deck, seeking love and fascination in all its forms; with people, emotions, ideas, philosophies and spirituality. Like all Pages, these young initiates are inexperienced yet deeply passionate about learning all there is to know about the realms of their suit.

Similarly, I honour mystery by being open-minded and curious, the perpetual student. I follow my intuition and my heart and enjoy picking apart a puzzle. The youth of the Page is also reflected in my willingness to play with mysteries, following few to no rules and walking down any path that intrigues me. And I am always, always open to experiences of awe and wonder.

 

When a Pantheon Finds You

It’s been a while since I wrote anything that isn’t a bit cagey about where I am on my spiritual journey, but the time feels right now as I’m starting to build the confidence to be a bit more open about it.

Although I can’t say I ever felt the inclination to call myself a Buddhist, I was very happy being label-free, studying the Buddha Dharma, reading about Buddhist philosophy and practicing meditation, while leaving the cosmology alone. As a long-time atheist it felt incredibly safe and comfortable because there is no requisite belief in deity, and I had grown up with Buddhist art around me, so there was also a feeling of familiarity. Not to mention, I find mindfulness practices and chanting very soothing. And while I have begun to move in a new direction, I still carry many elements of Buddhist philosophy with me because there is always room for more calm, love, respect and compassion.

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Thor by PantheonSkulptur on Etsy

I honestly hadn’t really thought about seeking out any gods for my spiritual practice until they just sort of appeared and could not be ignored. I have never before felt the inclination to pray to, honour or worship higher powers, but the pull became almost overwhelming and my comfort zone was swiftly smashed to pieces.

For a number of reasons I’ve been tip-toeing around ‘coming out’ as a follower of the Norse pantheon, firstly because I am still so new to it. Another issue of resistance for me was the stink of white supremacy that follows around Norse revivalism and reconstructionism. Although I must say I have been pleasantly surprised to find a number of friendly and inclusive online groups with a zero-tolerance stance on homophobia, racism and sexism. And while there are still plenty of the hyper-masculine ‘Brosatru’ elements around, they are much easier to avoid than I had first anticipated.

Anyway, it all started during a guided meditation when a couple of items and symbols appeared in significant points of the visualisation. Although I had studied runes and knew a number of myths, these symbols were unfamiliar to me, and after a bit of research I discovered they were all connected to the Norse tradition. After that, I felt a presence with me that I just couldn’t shake, and as I read and researched more it became clearer and clearer that the energy I was registering was undoubtedly Freyja. I’d always had an interest in the Norse myths from an intellectual perspective and I love reading runes, but I’d never felt any sort of calling towards it as a spiritual path. Much of this I have realised is the result of the general misinformation about pre-Christian pan-Germanic religions, not helped by the immense popularity of the Marvel comics and the pervasive focus on the Viking era by dudes who like to go on and on about Odinn and being destined for Valholl.

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The Norns by SJChilton on Etsy

Once I got to grips with the idea of a deity in some way making itself known to me, I kind of thought that was it. Like, okay, cool, I have a Norse goddess now. But that little opening it seems was all that was needed for more to come pouring in, with Freyja swiftly followed by Freyr, then Thor, now Frigg and Tyr too.

It’s been about six months now since all of this began, and while they aren’t kidding when they call it “the religion with homework” – and everybody seems to think everyone else is doing it wrong – I don’t think I have ever encountered such a personal feeling of rightness, or this unquenchable thirst to be always learning more than I have since the Norse pantheon smacked me in the face with a mystical two-by-four.

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Tower

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Tower: What illusions in my life are ready to be shattered?

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The Nine of Wands is a card of stamina and endurance and speaks to my perception of struggle. At my core, underneath all of that cynical armour, I think I have a somewhat naive view of life. I’m one of those people that sobs at nature programmes because the runt of a litter is left to die, or because old or infirm animals are cherry-picked by predators. I don’t understand why the members of any species have to struggle to survive and, as childish as it sounds, I hate anything that doesn’t seem fair. My folly is that I have placed a moral value-judgment on a universe which has no concept of morality.

I suppose the crux of my illusion is the notion that our world is somehow entitled to survival in perpetuity just by virtue of life being on it, spurred on by my view that life is a precious and rare thing. Survival takes vigilance and struggle, and that is neither good nor bad, it is a reality beyond ethics, empathy and love.

 

*When I speak of the inevitable struggles of life, I would however like to make it clear that I am not talking about species being wiped out or people living in desperate situations because they have been dispossessed of land and resources at the hands of greedy and corrupt human powers.

 

 

Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Devil

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Devil: Where do I experience a lack of control, addiction or compulsion?

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After discussing my issues with alcohol abuse earlier in this challenge, I suppose it was inevitable that Cups would show up with The Devil.

This is my first Marseille style deck (and my first reading with it!) and I am playing around with different ways of reading the pips. One of the more common ways is to make a connection between the suit number and its corresponding Major Arcana card, plus any of the nuances provided by the suit’s element.

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Walking the Path of the Major Arcana – The Lovers

This post is a continuation of a month-long challenge hosted on Tarot Rebels. As I can’t commit to daily draws at the moment, I am following along at my own snail’s pace here. The concept of the challenge is to see the ways in which the energies of the Major Arcana are affecting and manifesting in my life at the moment. *

The Lovers: If the love in my life is a mirror, what is being reflected back to me?

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Just as I was excited to see my draw for The Hierophant, I was equally dreading The Lovers, worried I was going to have to dig up some dark shit from my past and all of the dysfunctional relationships that populate it.

The Three of Wands is quite a relief and feels like an apt representation of the last 4 years with the birth of my two children. There is both the sense of a beginning and an end, of happiness and a work in progress, of constant growth and the need to consciously direct it.

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Rumi Oracle – First Impressions

Yeah, yeah, for someone who isn’t a big fan of Alana Fairchild I do seem to be starting a collection (full disclosure: I’m increasingly tempted by her Sacred Rebels and Crystal Mandala oracles too), but dammit, she works with such fantastic artists!

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The Rumi Oracle is compiled of artwork by the immense talent that is Freydoon Rassouli. I can’t even describe how beautiful his work is and it is wonderfully rendered onto these cards, which are even more vibrant in real life. His images are thought provoking, soul stirring feasts for the eyes, with spiraling movement and rich colours.

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Exploring Tarot and Runes: 10 – Nauthiz

Nauthiz [pronounced Now-theez] translates directly to ‘need’ in Old English with the same meaning in Old Norse, with the added nuance of ‘constriction’. This rune along with the preceding rune, Hagalaz, and the following rune, Isa, form a trinity of the most challenging runes.

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Although not attested to in any ancient sources, many scholars believe that these three runes relate to the Norns – Urd (became), Verdandi (becoming) and Skuld (become), similar to the Greek Morai – who carve the fate of each infant in runes at the time of their birth. In many ways they represent the inevitability of difficult times in human experience and the events that hold within them the potential to either destroy us or set us on a more enlightened and emboldened path. It is in this sense, the ups and downs of life and luck, that all three runes can be seen inextricably tied to the Wheel of Fortune.

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