Decks shown are the Sola Busca published by Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd and the Rider Waite Smith published by US Games. Photos by Magenta
Tarot cards don’t have to be ‘woo’. What we offer at Magenta is Tarot and Lenormand card guidance. We use Tarot and Lenormand cards for personal development, spiritual growth and to help guide people through difficulties.
So whilst images of ‘end of the pier show’ fortune tellers dressed in robes with crystal balls might leap to the front of our imaginations when we mention tarot card readings, we think that might be a bit dated now.
How do Tarot and Lenormand cards benefit us and help with personal development?
Tarot (and Lenormand) are two different cartomancy systems but they are both used in similar and beautiful ways. Whilst card reading isn’t intended to replace traditional therapy, it could be used to complement it as another support service. We invite you to consider using Tarot or Lenormand cards for your own guidance. Or if you prefer, we can use the cards with you.
Firstly, intuition in partnership with intellect
We all have blind spots when it comes to our ‘shadow’ side, those parts of our conscious minds that, for whatever reason, are hidden to us. Spending time on a problem or an issue can wind up being a stressful task to ‘figure it out’. Tarot and Lenormand cards function through a random selection system, this means they can be useful tools to reflect intuition back. Because the brain has evolved in such a way that it really likes physical objects, using tools such as Tarot or Lenormand cards is a useful way to ask the intuition really hard questions then look at what is produced from these tools.
Secondly, the power of art and imagery
From the days of the ‘Inkblot’ test, art and imagery as metaphors have been widely used by counsellors and psychologists as tools in their therapy sessions. This is because of art’s ability to make the whole human experience rich and representative. Most cartomancy systems contain vast arrays of imagery and are full of metaphorical content that can help people better understand their issues and their experiences. By working with the artistic representations of the artwork, we can reflect situations back and see how these resonate.
Thirdly, getting to the root of the issue without the stress
Talking about our deepest, inner thoughts is not easy for lots of people. Oftentimes issues and situations mean there is more to carry beyond simply ‘what has happened’. There’s all the emotions connected to our experiences, these themselves can be difficult to express. Sometimes people simply don’t know what they’re feeling, which is difficult to verbalise. The cards act as a place to start. Starting with a question and turning over the cards can be a way to reflect back without the pressure of having to know exactly what is wrong right up front.
Finally, a state of non-judgement and a safe space
The cards are not judgmental and neither are we. Tarot has a lot of spiritual symbology in its imagery and its meanings and it is the reader that brings coherence to those meanings based on the questions being asked at the time. This means the cards themselves can be thought of as open to interpretation, depending on what is going on during the reading at that moment. The reader will reflect this back without judgement.
Features of the different card systems for Tarot and Lenormand card guidance
Tarot cards are decks of 78 playing cards divided up into 22 ‘major arcana’ or ‘trump’ cards and 56 suit cards, each of which have 14 cards associated with them. Lenormand cards are decks made up of unique 36 cards.
Both kinds of cards have pictures on them which have specific meanings. Both kinds of cards are used by looking at the pictures and interpreting those meanings and both of these cards are used for personal development and guidance as the pictures on the cards can be representative of issues, problems or point towards advice or just throw some light on a situation.
Lenormand cards have very simple “one word” meanings and when combined with other cards, they are read a little bit like a sentence. This means Lenormand is interpreted literally unlike Tarot. Tarot cards are oftentimes interpreted intuitively and their meanings can vary slightly depending on the context, the art, the questions being asked, and the placement in the spread.
Lenormand cards have distinct negative cards, positive cards and neutral cards which mean pretty much the same thing every time. But with the Tarot whether a card is meant to be interpreted positively or negatively might come from where it appears in the spread or which way round it’s facing.
Timing in a Tarot reading is not well defined but with Lenormand, each card has a time indicator attached to the meaning. So if the question asked was about timing, Lenormand could be used to answer that, whereas Tarot might have a bit of trouble.
Although both cartomancy systems are different, Tarot and Lenormand can team up if clarity is required. For example, because Tarot is read intuitively, the reader may wish to pin down a situation so that more certainty is provided, like timing. That’s when reaching for a Lenormand deck might be useful.
Our readers can use either system. We invite you now to seek guidance and see what the cards might reveal!