Lenormand has never been an easy divination system for me. But I've decided to give it another shot and use some of my old notes and kindle books to relearn. Of course, I had to make another deck and I tried to keep it as traditional as I could.
The card images are photos found on unsplash.com and pixabay.com. The most difficult photos to find were Man and Woman. Lenormand is directional and I wanted these characters to look as if they were searching for their other half.
One of the problems I have with Lenormand is that I don't understand the connections to some of the meanings I see floating around. One of the main problem cards for me is Fish. How the heck does a fish represent money? I found a photo that better represents commerce and trade to me than fish swimming in an ocean.
I'm still working on the Halloween deck but now I have a name and prototype.
The title image above was made using the WordSwag app. Here are some cards from the prototype deck. I'm using them for an October card reading challenge.
The prototype deck has 30 cards but I've decided to make it a 40-card deck. Here are some of the possible new additions using more images from pixabay.com and unsplash.com.
One day I was having fun with these collages. My thought was creating a deck of ghosts featuring vintage portraits combined with modern scenes.
I don't know if this will ever turn into an actual deck but hopefully it will inspire someone else with an idea.
Although I'm not really into Halloween (gasp!), I'm always envious of readers who use their seasonal decks during October. So, for the last couple of years, I've been thinking about making my own, but I usually think of it too late in the season. This year, I came up with a concept but have no real idea how I will use it. It will definitely require a LWB (little white book or brief guide).
But I'm loving the darkness of the deck. I found photos on pixabay and unsplash.com. Then I used the PhotoToaster app to add a unique black and white filter.
Card names include: Spider, Mask, Doll, Ghost, Black Cat. I realized when I was putting the images into Printerstudio that this might make a brilliant hoodoo divination deck, a deck that can be used before rootwork to figure out the root of the problem and which type of rootwork is necessary.
I've been working on an archetypes deck for several years. This is probably my sixth attempt.
There's nothing fancy about this one. Just words and colors. This concept is based on numerology. There are 9 archetype categories and each category contains 6 archetypes for a total of 54 cards. Above you can see one card in each category. My thought is that if you pull 5 cards to describe someone archetypally, and several of the same color shows up, you'll know which archetypal category they are strong in. For instance, the pink category relates to the Lifepath number 2 which is all about harmony and cooperation. If someone gets several cards in that category, they may be strong in mediation skills or need to develop those skills.
I've been working on an inspiration deck combining my unique flower abstracts with Rumi quotes.
I begin with a flower photograph. I'm using ones from pixabay.com.
Then edit it in the RollWorld app to make unique abstract. I like the photo version but I prefer to add a painterly style to it to soften the effect.
See how it changes by adding a painterly effect in the iColorama app.
What do you do when you have an obsession with doors?
You create a divination system featuring them, of course. This is one of my latest oracle cards ideas. The doors represent opportunities to good stuff like the Door to Romance, Door to Wealth, Door to Joy, etc.
But sometimes there are locks on the door preventing entry. LOCKS represent barriers or blocks such as Lock of Fear, Lock of Expectation, Lock of Poverty.
But where there are locks, there must be keys. KEYS represent solutions or ways to remove blocks, such as Key of Acceptance, Key of Connection, Key of Self-Care.
Photos from pixabay.com
I've had a dream to do an emotions deck for many years. And I've started several versions so far but none that I liked enough to keep going with. Here's my latest attempt...
I found a human outline on pixabay.com. My goal was to use color around the outline to depict various emotions. This was much more difficult than I thought it would be to figure out the right colors and intensities.
The next step was pulling the outline into the app Tayasui Sketches. I used the airbrush and paintbrush to add bits and splotches of color. At first, I liked the look of this but it felt like I needed more softness or a better blend of the colors.
That's when I remembered I had the tie-dye effect app Photo Artista Haiku. After pulling in the Tayasui edit and making a few setting adjustments, I had a softer, blotchier image that I like a lot. However, the printing process darkened the images so there are a few I feel a need to redo.
Here's my first reading with the cards. I pulled the first one REJECTION in answer to the question. Then I asked what's underneath or behind the REJECTION and got CONFUSION. I asked the same question again and discovered that beneath the CONFUSION is EXHAUSTION. So exhaustion is really at the root of my unproductiveness. It's being masked by feelings of rejection and confusion. So I guess I'll just go take a nap now.
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