December 20, 2008 by Art of Cartomancy
When we’re first seduced by the Lenormand Oracle Cards, many of us are dazzled by the cookbook lists of card combinations. For most of us, it’s this ready catalogue of meanings that first draws us to this magical oracle.
We think we’ve struck gold, and that all of life’s mysteries are contained in those enticing lists. We believe we’ve finally found a card reading method that practically reads itself! We convince ourselves that if we can only memorize these long lists of card combinations, all of the secrets of the Lenormand oracle will be revealed to us.
We soon realize that the cookbook combinations can take us only so far. We’re left with flat, uninspired readings that make little sense to us based on the canned meanings. At first, we fault the method and the combinations we’re using, and we begin to search out other books and websites for the perfect list of Lenormand card combinations.
Before long many of us find ourselves consulting two or three books or websites before deciding what a card combination means. We start mixing and matching cookbook meanings from several different sources, and we become confused and frustrated by the vast number of possible interpretations for each two card combination. In the end, many of us feel trapped by the canned meanings, and we become disillusioned.
If we stick with the cards long enough to get past these disappointments, we eventually realize that reading Lenormand is no different from reading Tarot or any other oracle. The magic is in us, and not in somebody else’s preconceived list of card combinations.
We learn that the canned combinations are guidelines only, and are rarely applicable to a real life reading. Their main value is to teach us how the cards interact with each other. They can provide remarkable insights into the meanings of the individual cards, but they can’t interpret the cards for us.
Once we can get past all the glitz and glamour of the Lenormand card combinations, the real magic starts to happen. We put aside the books and lists, and the cards begin to combine and interact for us in very personal and individualized ways. The accuracy of our readings begin to soar.
That is the true secret of the Lenormand oracle!