LENORMAND KARMA

Some like to use the Lenormand cards to talk about karma. Well, guess what? It exists. Everything exists in the cards. As I like to say, if you’re looking for monsters, you’re going to see monsters. If you’re looking for angels, you’re gonna see those too.

Here are two of my favorite examples from questions about work and relationship and how they are going.

Let’s take the relationship first.

Tree, Scythe, Cross

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‘Who did the cutting,’ I asked?

‘I did,’ the answer came.

‘Well, good luck to you,’ I said. ‘You cut a healthy relationship, get ready for some grief. Using the wood from the tree to carve yourself a cross to say ‘amen’ to and ‘good riddance’, is not going to make you feel any better about the so-called closure’.

‘Well, what can I do about it now?’, the desperate voice said.

‘Nothing,’ I said. ‘You can think of your own stupidity and try to forgive yourself.’

. . . . . .

Let’s look at the work relation.

Whip, Lily, Cross

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‘Who got cocky here?’, I asked.

‘I did,’ the answer came?’

‘Why?’, I wanted to know.

‘Well, because you know, I also wanted to have a say in it, and then this monolith thinks that he can stand in my way with his fancy diplomas and all that…’

‘Ah,’ I said. ‘The inferior man blames the superior man for being superior. Good luck to you too, you just went to your own funeral.’

. . . . . .

Vonnegut wrote an iconic phrase in his novel, Slaughter House 5. Whenever somebody died – and there are many deaths in that novel – he said: ‘So it goes’.

Getting a strong message like the above across may strike some as a sign of arrogance, or even worse, presumptuousness, but the truth of the matter is that there is little one can say in the face of what the cards themselves articulate. As far as I am concerned, the Tree+Cross always indicates an unconsolable situation (especially if the Moon is also nearby). There is a spiritual dimension there that calls for consideration. As for the Whip+Lily, well, that’s straightforward. There is always a tension there between the undisciplined and the disciplined. For the Whip to turn into a Lily next to the Cross is very bad news, as the Lily is very much a card of death. So it goes, indeed. The good news is here, however, that insofar as the broom can be said to bloom again, at least it becomes aesthetically more pleasing.

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Note on the deck: Dondorf Lenormand, Carreras, 1926

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  1. “Everything exists in the cards.” Even those things that were not and never can be – as can the hopes and fears of the client. Crack the whip and send them off.

  2. That’s so interesting how you say the Lily is very much a card of death! I’ve read that it symbolizes “sex” and “purity” … and I thought, that’s interesting, because in a lot of people’s minds (esp. thanks to a lot of religious teachings) those two things are diametrically opposed. Also, sex and death… so closely related in so many ways, for example I think of Pluto in astrology, and intense experiences. The Lily really confuses me in Lenormand. Also, when you said “Who got cocky?” I thought you got that from the Lily because of associating cock with sex. 😉

    • You got it. And let me put it this way: unless you have no sense for reading cards, which you obviously do, will you find the Lily confusing. The Lily is not a difficult card, trust me. It’s very easy to determine which meaning it acquires. All you need to do is look at the surrounding cards and use your flair – as one always should when reading cards. There is no such thing as a card and its meaning. There is a card and the other cards. You arrive at significance by looking at cards in conjunction, not by memorizing what random people say.

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