“Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Daily draws are a common practice recommended for and used by the apprentice Petit Lenormand cartomante. It does make sense: regular manipulation of the game keeps the cards hot and helps familiarity. Nevertheless, daily draws have their complexities which can be particularly challenging for a neophyte: phrasing, significator in or out, when to perform, retrofitting, &c.
It is for this reason one no longer recommends them for the absolute beginner. Instead, I encourage students to incorporate them after the line of three and 3×3.
One particular issue an apprentice is confronted with is the need to use “light” meanings. It is a term used liberally. But what does that mean? All too often, it is interpreted as dilution. However, that is incorrect. Cards are never diluted. You are not applying some magical thinner to the cards’ signification.
The so-called light meanings are the cards’ signification in everyday parlance. We call them light because of their familiar presence in day-to-day life. So ‘light’ is nothing more than essence read in terms of function vis-à-vis context. You are looking at where you experience them on a day-to-day basis. No different to when you interpret the Heart (Kn♥), the Fishes (K♦) and the Anchor (9♠) as deep and lasting feelings in a love reading.
So, in day-to-day terms, the Coffin (9♦) can be a bin. Whereas the undertaker puts a cadaver in the casket, you put refuse. The Coffin can also indicate a headache, cold or bug. The Book (10♦) can be your iPad or Kindle. The Cavalier (9♥) the post or your car or bike, and so on.
The exact mechanics of daily draws differ from reader to reader. Some prefer five cards; however, most favour two or three. I hold with the latter. Some readers remove the significator (the Child (Kn♠) , the Lady (A♠) or the Gentleman (A♥)) and deal two (or three) cards in front of it. Others leave the significator within the pack.
For myself, I never learned with daily draws. So how I perform them is based on other experience:
Perform the reading at the start of the day, not the night before. Doing the reading at the beginning of your day helps you focus your intention. The cards will better respond.
Phrase the question precisely, including yourself in the question, e.g. what is the most significant event in my life today? Just asking what will happen today can often result in a reading that has no bearing on you. You might get a spoiler for the chapter in that novel you read on your commute.
Deal out the three cards in a line as shown below.
Once laid out, I take the trigger card (that is the first card, coloured red below) as identifying the topic. So, if the House (K♥) card falls here, the event concerns our home or someone we live with. Your wider family would be the Lilies (K♠). The Park (8♠) is out of the house. The Clouds (K♣) is often the weather, especially rain or fog. Warning cards, such as the Scythe (Kn♦) or the Fox (9♣), do not become benign, but you might get a papercut (Scythe) or be short-changed by the cashier (9♣).
Cards two and three (coloured blue above) reveal the precise circumstance. So once you have pinpointed the main topic (trigger card), you then delineate the event (the pairing).
Quite often, people spread the cards but do not read them until the end of the day. That is both lazy and pointless. If you lay the cards, you read them. What is more, I encourage you to record the cards and write down your prediction. You can review your prognostication at the end of the day, and if you are wrong, try and see where you went wrong. That is how you learn.
So, for this article, I did a run of daily draws. Such readings are not part of my praxis. But I wanted some to share with you.
So for the first draw, the cards as they fell:
The cards are the Cavalier (9♥), the Scythe (Kn♦) and the Letter (7♠).
The Cavalier, as the trigger card, points to either the mail carrier or my car. Due to “shielding,” I was not going out, so the former made more sense. The pairing comprises the Scythe and the Letter cards, damaged or open (the Scythe cuts) mail.
On that day, Royal Mail delivered an item which was too big for the envelope. It had split, and Royal Mail had placed it in a cellophane “damaged post” bag.
The second draw had the cards as follows:
The House (K♥), the Flowers (Q♠) and the Birch Rod (Kn♣).
As I live alone, the House represents my home. Will I have a burst pipe? No, that would be the Scythe (Kn♦) and the Serpent (Q♣). Here I have the Flowers + Birch Rod: cleaning. As we know, the Flowers are ornamental and decorative, which on a day-to-day basis is keeping things clean. The Birch Rod is the corrective action (cleaning) taken to keep everything spick and span.
As you can see, at no point have I diluted the cards’ signification. All I have done is read them on a very mundane, everyday level. Doing so requires a good understanding of the cards’ essence and functional behaviour. For someone completely new, that can be a challenge. So if you are a total beginner, do not lose heart. Focus, instead, on short questions and build from there.
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Cards: Jeu Lenormand © Carta Mundi (Brepols). Featured Image: Tomruen, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons