Some of my most popular posts here on Taroflexions are the ones about the Lenormand cards. My own favorite is the grand tableau. So far I have been writing with the aim of demonstrating how exacting and exhaustive we can be in our interpretations, but today I want to offer something else.
As I still have the notion of cards and magic on my mind, explored in my latest book on principles of magic with cards, I thought of doing something similar here with reference to the grand tableau and how we can devise some rituals around the grand picture. I’ll do this with a list of steps, as an alternative to the method I have offered elsewhere, which many have enjoyed already. Thanks all for following since then.
- Locate the card of the Heart. Where are your DESIRES planted? Are they fulfilled? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Heart and the Rider. What news befalls your heart? Of necessity or abundance? What do you hunger after? Plan a ritual around these cards that will turn despair into joy.
- Locate the card of the Sun. Are your SPIRITS high? Is your wealth glorious? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Sun and the Fish (for abundance) and the Sun and the House (for safety). Plan a ritual around these cards for protection and prosperity, and to preserve what you already have.
- Locate the card of the Moon. Is your EMOTION strong and rewarding? Is your work recognized, or are you self-deluding? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Moon and the Stars (for deep desires and aspiration) and between the cards of the Moon and the Flowers (for receiving radiance that reflects back and mirrors others’ desires). Plan a ritual around these cards that will give you clarity on what to do after your goals have been met.
- Locate the card of the Ring. Is your PARTNERSHIP fulfilling, or do you want more? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Ring and the Anchor (for commitment and determination) and between the cards of the Ring and the Garden (for receiving feedback that flows with ease and grace). Plan a ritual around these cards that consolidates union and fortifies relationships.
- Locate the card of the Tower. What IMPRISONS you? If you’re elevated above the ground, do you enjoy what you see? Are your high perspectives ‘reality’? Is your distancing still grounded in experience? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Tower and the Coffin (for fear of flying) and between the cards of the Tower and Clouds (for depression and anxiety). Plan a ritual around these cards for release from incarceration and captivity.
- Locate the card of the Clover. Is your FORTUNE up or down? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Clover and the Key (for instant solutions that will turn your luck around) and the Clover and Dog (for unexpected relief and loyalty from friends). Plan a ritual around these cards that will weave a new course of action and fate for you.
- Locate the card of Bear. How is your COURAGE today? Are your convictions strong, or are they faltering? Look at the intersecting point between the cards of the Bear and the Book (for knowledge and stamina) and between the cards of the Bear and the Lily (for victory and acting from clear conscience). Plan a ritual around these cards for strength and grace, and to remain steadfast in your agreements.
The rituals that I myself create around cards are inspired by different magical traditions: folk magic, ceremonial magic, chaos magick, Quimbanda, Santeria, and Palo Mayombe magic, Vodou and Hoodoo magic, Balkan magic, and stellar magic.
While this may sound like a lot and all over the place, the truth is that if you can keep the focus, then you’re set. When my mind wanders, I laugh at my slowness and get back on track. As with all the readings of the grand tableau, what keeps you close to what you need to achieve, when we talk about cards performing a function besides the divinatory, is your declared intention. As with the question, so with the intention: The more concrete and specific the intent, the more concrete and specific the magical results.
One way of challenging and awakening our creative genius is by going beyond describing magical or cartomantic traditions. The best is found in the ways in which we can combine them across and make them relevant for our collective, lived experience.
CARDS AND MAGIC
I’m planning an online course in cards and magic to share in a more formal setting my strength. I’m good at combining and permuting with the cards. I’m good at making fire with the cards. I’m good at building bridges and demolishing systems of thought. Perhaps you’d like to see what it’s like to use your own god-given power.
- I will go through principles of how to read a snappy three-card sequence or a solid tableau.
- I will introduce students to various magical traditions.
- I will teach the principles behind letting the cards dictate which magical tradition we can apply so that we end up with exercising magical power to the fullest.
My plan is to run the class over 14 weeks (7 sessions). As the class will meet every other week, there’s space for assignments.
- I’ll be sending you out in the woods armed with a pack of cards.
- Or to the cemetery, armed with your own home-made holy water.
- I’ll ask you to tear off your best T-shirt and stuff it.
- I’ll ask you to read the cards like the Devil.
The class will focus on power, prosperity, and prowess.
You’ll be ready to demolish a whole building just by looking at it.
Or love something. You’ll be ready to love it infinitely and powerfully and beyond regrets.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
100 $. I want to keep this affordable, and make sure that you get lots in return.
I will send out info on registration as we approach the end of the year. Check my newsletter for that.
Meanwhile, you’re welcome to post in the comment box what magical tradition you might like to see represented, or simply let me know if you want to be part of this ‘cards and magic’ community.
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