Tarot Challenges are a monthly thing on both tumblr and instagram and, as I was already planning on doing my own challenge for July, I didn’t think I’d be able to handle Shelby Melissa’s one as well. Then Lisa at Hanging With Dragons mentioned she was going to try it with Lenormand and I couldn’t resist – what a great way to practice!
Originally I planned on doing single-card draws, but after pulling The Sun on day 1, I decided to see what lay on either side. And here we are! (Using the one-and-only Day of the Dead Lenormand by Edmund Zebrowski of Delphi’s Chamber.)
figured, what’s another challenge, might as well do the #smjulychallenge too! i’d considered using #lenormand for my own, but @thehangingdragon inspired me emoji to complete this series of prompts /and/ work on #hellolenny at the same time • how can i defeat my fears? cross | sun | letter – sun was the first card and i feel like it speaks directly to the shadow work my other draw addressed : acknowledge success & accomplishments. • sun + cross : leave burdens in the past. • sun + letter : really really good news/awards. i know #lenormandisnotintuitive but it feels like a way to get over my fears would be to write about it? write myself a letter, detailing all the “sun” in my life? or the “cross”? or both?? #lenonon00b
day 2 of #smjulychallenge! • what decision must i consider? bouquet | clouds | child – clouds are a “bad” card signalling confusion & trouble due to lack of foresight. can’t think of anything this pertains to right now, but heads up to my future self! • clouds + bouquet : a gift that isn’t what it seems, or possibly a blessing in disguise (clouds have a bright side too! and the bright side faces the bouquet.) • clouds + child : a rough start to new beginnings; being too innocent to see the trouble brewing. 2 main possibilities here i think : either something that is too good to be true but i don’t clue in til it’s too late, or something that seems worse than it is and is actually good in the long run #lenormandisHARDyo
day 3 of #smjulychallenge! • how can i manifest my dreams today? coffin | mountain | sun – seems like a positive progression here, for all that the big rock candy mountain is haunted! the mountain would be the obstacle standing in the way of manifesting my dreams. being haunted = my fears #LENORMANDISNOTINTUITIVE • mountain + coffin : the death of obstacles! if you can’t leave them in the past, build a step ladder out of their bones >:] • mountain + sun : success! if you climb a mountain, there’s a much better view of the sun
day 4 of #smjulychallenge! • how can i channel the powers of the universe? child | whip | rider – ha ha ha! my first thought was “chile, you stand yo’self outside in a lightning storm and it gon be baaad news for you!” it’s a very arrogant question, in lenormand terms, i think. • whip + child : a difficult start; seems to indicate self-discipline if wanting to venture into new territory. • whip + rider : bad news; quarrels. ho don’t do it XD #lenonon00b #amidoingitright
day 5 of #smjulychallenge! • what can i give to others? garden | fox | paths – hmph. i resent that remark! }:/ while the fox in lenormand is a bit of a selfish dickbag, fox as a trickster has a natural sense of mischief and fun. this card is especially “softened” by its bracers. • fox + cross : free yourself from lies; put down your burdens and have some fun (possibly charity/religous-related work??) • fox + paths : smart/shrewd decisions. and again possibly related to work?? maybe this reading relates back to #doingthething… #idk #lenormandisHARDyooo
day 6 of #smjulychallenge! • how can i better connect with my intuition? cross | dog | clouds – the dog is a positive card, betokening friendship and loyalty. here it is brought down by two more difficult cards. • dog + cross : troubled friendship (possibly supportive friendship through hard times) • dog + clouds : troubled friendship part ii! seriously wtf am i supposed to make of these cards re: intuition? i’m already pretty gd empathetically overloaded when it comes to people i care for >:[ #ihateyoulenny
day 7 of #smjulychallenge! • how can i connect with my inner child? ship | snake | book – perhaps the snake is poisonous betrayal, perhaps it is me, perhaps it is both? (betrayal of self) • snake + ship : treacherous journey • snake + book : dangerous information veering dangerously close to an intuitive interpretation, i think these cards read as, “making a difficult journey of self discovery to face your own poison.” where else would you find your inner child, but buried within the stories we – and our families – tell ourselves?
day 8 of #smjulychallenge! • what illusions must i dispel? ship | tower | whip – the tower denotes both solitude and defensiveness, as well as authority, highest position of power and upper ground • tower + ship : seems like a journey to a higher power or, in terms of the question, a discovery of your own authority ? • tower + whip : gahhhd the lenormand is such a negative nellie – every second card is about arguments! #angryprerevolutionarytoolofthebourjoisie though this is also about discipline, so this combo seems to be about knuckling down and suffering in silence #hownoble soooo the illusion that power/mastery can only be attained with difficulty ? no pain no gain ?
day 9 of #smjulychallenge! • how can i better open myself to love (gross)? clouds | key | anchor – well, a key OPENS things so … it’s also a symbol of the soul • key + clouds : clarity needed and clarity gained • key + anchor : stability achieved; a safe place attained going to give @chloetarot’s technique a go – the key to being open in spirit is to have a stable base and environment free from uncertainty and confusion.
day 10 of #smjulychallenge, and this one pairs up /perfectly/ with today’s #julydeedee prompt! • how can i celebrate my friendships? key | sun | fish – by celebrating them, DUH #lenormandhasnopatienceforyourobviousquestions (and another repeat from the previous day in the key card) • sun + key : unlocking success/happiness • sun + fish : success multiplied celebrating the joys of friendship is the way to unlocking/finding even more reasons to celebrate!
day 11 of #smjulychallenge with the same focus card as day 7 (connecting with inner child) • how can i balance my emotions? ring | snake | garden – my emotions betray me, or is the snake again just pointing to my being a woman ?? • snake + ring : compromise or a committed woman (some days i feel like i should be committed emoji) • snake + garden : public relations GD everything is arguments and public relations, lenormand! /this is not 18th century france/. it is worth noting that the snake can point to health issues (specifically intestinal) and the garden recommends r&r (& immune system). i could read this combo then as making the commitment – to myself – to take it easy now and then. ok you know what – the snake in this deck is two-headed and so it is torn between commitments and time off. could it be as simple as that?
day 12 of #smjulychallenge and this one seems like a pretty straightforward interp (for a change) • which venture should i focus on? sun | cross | key – it seems that a focus on matters of spirituality (b r o a d l y defined) are the key to destined success! then again, the cards could just be trying to guarantee their own continued employment
day 13 of #smjulychallenge • what change should I make? rider | dog | fox – traditional meanings be damned i should BUY A FARM AND RESCUE ALL THE SAD ANIMALS SO THEY CAN BE HAPPY AGAIN!!! #EXCELLENTADVICELENNY #A+
day 14 of #smjulychallenge and i am so friggin’ PSYCHED to see some different cards! • what opportunity should i look for? moon | clover | stars – clover is a card of luck and chance, making it the perfect messenger of unexpected opportunities. • clover + moon : besides emotions, the moon also indicates creative endeavours and intuition. with clover, it points to recognition (“fame”) in one of these areas. • clover + stars : another lucky card, foretelling “dreams coming true”, boosted by a pairing with clover. additionally, stars + moon are a super successful combo – so need to keep my eyes and ears open for unlikely creative opportunities!
day 15 of #smjulychallenge! • where should i apply a new perspective? birds | cross | sun – oh good, my friends cross and sun #SIGH • cross + birds : difficult conversations • cross + sun : relief from difficulty additionally, birds + sun is successful communication/interview. although cross is the central card it seems like this reading is about communication. and yes, it is a chore, especially the mindless chit-chat that birds are known for. sooo, stop being such a grumpy bum about it? #idunno #ihaveamigraine #everythingispoop
day 16 of #smjulychallenge! • how am i blinding myself? fish | coffin | cross – lol bish you ain’t never not gonna have money troubles #goodluckwiththat
day 17 of #smjulychallenge : • how can i manifest my wishes? garden | woman | clover – take advantage of the unexpected opportunities presented to you by social connections or events. basically, plant them where people can see them and let luck do the rest/luck is on your side.
day 18 of #smjulychallenge : • what long term plans should i make? moon | lily | stork – #lenono! you dirty beast. this isn’t some soap opera, and you and i both know that bird has FLOWN. • lily + moon : a sexual encounter with a creative man. uh huh. tell me more. • lily + stork : change finally happens, probably instigated by a man. (pregnancy is not an option, for those playing along at home.) so what the actual fuck is this reading saying?? the lily is key, but it’s such a tricky card. maybe something like making the necessary preparations if i want the fruits my creative passions to be delivered?
day 19 of #smjulychallenge : • what messages should i be open to? birds | bouquet | clover – hooray bouquet! messages of simple joy. “let me tell you ’bout the birds the bees and the flowers and the trees” :D • bouquet + birds : fun conversations • bouquet + clover : fun invitations lenny reeeally wants me to go outside and socialise, doesn’t it? #dontyoujudgeme
day 20 of #smjulychallenge : • how can i best pursue my passions? sun | fish | letter – fishy fish = business, cash and good fortune relating to these. • fish + sun : success in business/financial success • fish + letter : financial documents; business license? monetise that shit, yo! #whatever