Then, last summer, I bought a Mystical Lenormand. Although I love the images, I never got around to using it much. I think I was put off because so many people were starting to write about the Lenormand, saying you had to read it using traditional interpretations and spreads. A lot of those, though, just didn't chime with me, nor with the images I could actually see. Not that I disagree with having a set meaning for the cards and working from that symbolically. But when people start saying a particular card is a dark-haired woman or an older man, well, I don't like that kind of superficial narrowness - it doesn't fit with the multi-cultural city (and world) in which I live.
Recently, Tarot Bonkers blogged with Pixie's Astounding Lenormand. I loved the idea of cards done in Pixie Coleman's style, or taken from her tarot images, and made into a deck. The familiarity of Pixie's artwork, coupled with the novelty of a Lenormand deck :) I've also been loving how Bonkers doesn't let herself get shoe-horned into rigid systems, but has been playing around with ways of using the deck.
I finally decided to let myself make some space for Lenormand's, but on my own terms. After all, few people these days read tarot cards using the fixed meanings given by writers of old. For instance, in the Golden Dawn system, the Fool in an "everyday" reading indicated stupidity or eccentricity! So, although I have memorised meanings for the Fool, and let my intuition choose between them, I don't get "stuck" on having to read it the way it would originally have been read.
So, a three card draw, pulled at random with no topic or question:
|Scythe, Birch, Anchor|