Today's card, the Seven of Trees (Wands), shows an owl swooping down on a couple of little, black birds. Based on the RWS idea of fighting off what seems like overwhelming odds, the most obvious interpretation is that the predatory owl is hunting the smaller birds. Still, there are two of them against the single owl, so perhaps the owl feels its territory is under attack.
This confusion leads me to another idea often seen in traditional images: that the threat may be more perceived than actual. Perhaps the owl is really swooping down towards a mouse on the floor beneath the black birds. Perhaps the birds eat such different things that they are no challenge to the owl.
I've been feeling rather defensive about the Celtic Lenormand again. In part due to a blog post by another reader on the importance of tradition, in part because I have been working on some of the more spiritual aspects of the deck. This card reminds me that it is best to just get on with my own thing, and stop worrying about what others say or think!
I am grateful for creativity and inspiration.