Here is a very realistic, honest, common sense, down to earth viewpoint about learning the cards. If you like and use the Doreen Virtue style, New Age cards, stick with those- do not take up Lenormand unless you have a knack for languages and a thirst to learn, because that is what it takes. It DOES NOT take psychic ability or a heightened intuition to read them! In fact, this is the deck of EVERY MAN- anyone who wants to learn a visual language can learn these cards. The Coffin is not death; the Lady is not the Goddess; the Snake is not Asclepius! Just read the damn cards. It might not stroke your need to feel spiritually superior, but do we really need anymore freakin’ gurus??!!! I think not.
So you’ve decided to try learning Lenormand. Welcome, and I hope you succeed. Some don’t, it’s not for everyone, but you really won’t know for sure if you don’t make an effort. Just keep in mind that the effort involves drudge work, rote memorization and repetitive practice.
I’ve posted bits about this before, all over this blog and elsewhere, about choosing a traditional deck, finding good mentors, and avoiding the pitfalls of study material created by people who have no clue what they’re talking about, who make ridiculous claims that the folk tradition doesn’t exist (a folk tradition is what Lenormand is BY DEFINITION), or who let insanely ridiculous misconceptions (like interpreting the Lady as “the goddess”) go unremarked. Paradoxically, most of the stuff out there is from people like that.
There’s a tendency these days online to say we should “respect all viewpoints and opinions”. This sounds good in…
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