I've been digging into the Brasilian-style decks recently, and find them absolutely fascinating. Some of the more old-fashioned ones show several differences to standard Lenormands, other than the Clover thing. For example, Whips becomes Magic, with ideas around mental coercion, rather than the purely physical or verbal abuse associated with the European variant.
These decks are called Gypsy Decks, and many in Brasil are now turning their backs on the traditional way of reading them, moving towards the 'European' Lenormand tradition, in part because of the realisation that they 'aren't really gypsy cards'. I think it's a shame, though. To me, it's like the fact that until recently many people believed that tarot cards in general had been brought to Europe by the gypsies. It simply shows that the cards were seen as esoteric and exotic.
|Christ over Rio de Janeiro|
Anyhow, today's deck is a more modern Baralho Cigano with only one renamed card, which doesn't appear in this draw. Instead, we have Stars, Mice, Mountain, Letter.
Riffing on these may be hard, as I get such a clear message straight off: undermined technology is a barrier to messages - sounds like internet trouble to me! Here's hoping you can read today's post :o
I guess it could also be a message about relationships: hope is undermined by blocked messages. Communication is so key to making things work!
Altogether, this makes me think about just how dependent on the internet I have become. I'm plugged in for hours each day. If it's not email, it's Facebook, and if it's not Twitter, then it's blogs. I love the ability to communicate with friends around the world with common interests. Still, I do sometimes wonder what my life would be like without it...
I am grateful for the internet, in all its guises.