In my Lenormand class, as in any of my cartomancy classes, we place function over symbol.
All things have a designated function before they have a ‘meaning’: The Scythe cuts before it’s a symbolic representation of an ending. So we start with this premise in our reading, before we go, ‘this is the end’, or ‘this is a negative card, and therefore ‘no’.
But for the sake of context, we want to consider the original suggestions for the symbolic meanings of the Lenormand cards, published in Germany with the first deck in 1800.
Below is the English translation facsimile.
A glance at the text quickly discloses the concerns, desires and fears of the bourgeois society at the time. The good news is that human problems don’t change much over time, the classic being the problem of being.
‘Who am I’ is often answered in terms of emulating a desired identity: ‘I want to be just like her’, or, ‘I fear that I’m not good enough for him’. ‘And what if the neighbour doesn’t like me, or doesn’t think I’m respectable?’
Yes, such is life, full of illusions.
Here are the ‘meanings’ of the Lenormand cards.
We work with this context, but then also with a lot more.
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