|Kindergarten Lenormand & mini Rider Waite|
As for the centre of the reading, seeking a new path requires letting go of old ideas and ways of doing things (8 of Cups/Coffin). Running an advanced workshop may help to change feelings of defensiveness (7 of Wands/Storks) and uncertainty about whether people can work this way (Moon/Anchor). Still, those skills can take a while to acquire and bring to fruition (7 of Pents/Fox). The biggest obstacle seems to be whether people will be willing to suspend their way of seeing things (Hanged Man/Mountain), so I will have to wait til the time is right.
Knighting adds to the picture. It suggests that some of the uncertainty about how this all works (Moon/Anchor) comes because people may feel like they are betraying their beloved (10 of Cups/Snake) be that tarot or Lenormand, or just following the traditional system of either/both. In comparison, this new understanding may seem very far off and hard work (Knight of Pents/Key). They may also wonder whether it's worth learning a new way of working with these combined systems (3 of Pents/Rider) for what may turn out to be something that's just too much work (7 of Pents/Fox), and which will only bring a little happiness, while seeming to lose something from the past (5 of Cups/Clover).
While having to change perspective is definitely an obstacle (Hanged Man/Mountain), an opportunity to move forward (5 of Cups/Clover), though slow and winding, holds great potential for a sense of fulfillment (10 of Cups/Snake). So I do see the defensiveness changing (7 of Wands/Storks), once people actually get the information and start trying these systems out (3 of Pents/Rider), and see what new doors may slowly open before them (Knight of Pents/Key).
Overall, the sense I get from this reading is a positive one. There may be a need to wait a while - perhaps in part because there are still many people who don't feel confident with the basics of the Lenormand system, so they won't be ready to move onto these more complicated ideas. This way of experimenting also asks people to let go of certainty and allow in change, which isn't always easy to do. Still, slow and steady wins the race and there is a lot of potential in this.
I don't think I'll be scheduling an advanced workshop for a few months, then, perhaps not til after the UK Tarot Conference, and after I've run a couple more of the basic workshops. I look forward to when the opportunity present itself...