Following the example of Carla at Rowan Tarot, I decided to try out the monthly overview system suggested by Malkiel. Using the beautiful, new Enchanted Lenormand from Caitlín Matthews and Virginia Lee (Watkins, 2013), I wanted to see what the cards had to say about the month of October for me. So, I laid out a card for each day of the month, and then added in the remaining cards from the deck at places that felt right - not just for the 'negative' cards (as I don't really see them that way), but also for days that felt particularly important or where I just wanted clarification. I also, as so often, left in the extra cards, hence two ladies appearing (side-by-side, no less).
Some interesting synchronicities came up straight away, as any cartomante would expect :) The day I'm to give my workshop at the UK Tarot Conference (less than a week now *eek*), I drew the Garden (public events) and the Lady I most associate with - me up there in front of the crowd, get used to the idea, woman! Also, the Mountain and the other Lady the day before - likely to feel stressed and struggle with last-minute issues/stage-fright ;)
For the following day, when I'll be hanging at the Conference, soaking in all that tarot and lenormand goodness, I drew the Birds - yep, same as Carla ;) So, plenty of interesting conversations to be had!
As for the day we're supposed to complete on our new home, I drew the Clouds and the Letter - uncertainty around a document. Well, no real surprise, these things are always rather fraught and unclear in this country :(
Also, on a day when I'm getting some test results, I drew the Sun - yay, good news! And a day when we've booked a fancy meal with a chef visiting from Paris, the Bear - beware of overeating :D
Overall, looking at it from a more GT perspective, my significator, the Lady, is up in the second line from the top - I'm in control of most of what's going on in my life this month. Things above me and on my mind: Child, and Coffin, Big Boy's health (always); Clover, Crossing/House, a short trip away from home (not a traditional reading, but it fits with Caitlín's adaptation of the Cross card); Anchor, and Fish, new work projects.
This is an interesting spread, combining the idea of a daily card with that of laying a GT for the month. I'm sure I shall revisit it as the month progresses...