November 11, 2011 by Art of Cartomancy
My mother’s birthday is coming up this weekend, and I’ve put off buying her gift because she is impossible to buy for. When I ask her what she wants, she tells me that all she wants is for me to be happy. When I ask what she needs, she tells me that she already has everything she needs as long as my brother, my sister and I are happy and healthy. Jeesh!
The crazy thing is that my mother feels no compunction whatsoever about voicing her disapproval of an unsuitable gift. My mother is a kind and charitable woman, but it’s not her habit to accept an unwanted gift graciously to later return or exchange quietly for something else. Instead she’ll immediately hand the gift back, and persuade the giver that the gift was really meant for him or her.
I refuse to participate in that absurd ritual again this year, so I figured it would be wise to ask the Lenormand cards to describe the perfect birthday gift for my mother. I shuffled the deck, and drew three cards for a simple answer to my question, “What is the perfect birthday gift to give my mother this year?”
The Gentleman card brings in masculine energy. Perhaps something that is generally considered masculine, or usually associated with men. Maybe mom would like a new man for her birthday? Nah, I don’t think her boyfriend George would appreciate that. Maybe the cards are suggesting that I talk to George for some helpful ideas about what to buy mom; although the Fox warns that he could misguide me.
The Fox also relates to a job or employment. My mother is self-employed, so she doesn’t really have a job. I suppose I could interpret the Fox loosely as “work” and the cards could suggest a gift connected with her work, or something she could utilize with her work. Sadly, I’ve learned from past experience that when it comes to my mother “tools of the trade,” much like household appliances, do not make for welcome gifts.
Then it hit me. These cards are so brilliantly in tune with my mother’s needs that I almost find it scary! I remembered that the Fox can also represent “scent,” and that made me think of perfume. But mom doesn’t wear perfume. For as long as I can remember she has worn a men’s cologne from Christian Dior called Eau Sauvage. Of course! The perfect gift for mom is a male scent!
Mom must be running low on her stock of Eau Sauvage. I figure the Birds are referring to “a set.” I know perfume and cologne are sold in gift sets, especially this time of the year as we’re edging toward the holidays. Tomorrow I’ll hit the mall to see if I can find a nice gift set of mom’s favorite fragrance.
I want to surprise mom with the gift (the Fox refers to “sneakiness,” after all), so I won’t know until Sunday if she is indeed running low on her cologne, or even if the gift will be appreciated. Either way, I will update this post with her reaction to the gift.
Update Nov 14, 2011:
On Saturday I went shopping and found a handsome Eau Sauvage gift set, and last night we celebrated mom’s birthday. Mom adored the gift; I know because she didn’t try to push it back on me, and she didn’t try to hide her surprise and delight. George bought mom a pair of dazzling garnet earrings. I thought it interesting that the cards I drew could also show George’s gift. The Birds indicating the pair (of earrings) the Gentleman representing George, and the Fox detailing the coppery color of the gemstones.