These two cards are all about preparing myself for the coming winter. That is kind of crazy considering that Winter is still visible in the rear-a-view mirror. The big ole bear has definitely been out of the den for a while and is preparing to have salmon for a late afternoon snack. The other card also features a time in late summer or early fall and a communal celebration of the bountiful harvest is underway.
Spring is in her full glory and I will enjoy the lengthening days and the shedding of Winter's chill but I also need to think and plan about what "crops" need to be planted to nurture myself as the WHEEL turns. Sales always requires advanced planning.
As I read over the accompanying booklet it advises that these cards be read in groups of twos or threes. I usually pull a card for the day but when shuffling the bear 'jumped' out and then I drew my card, so the matter was settled by the cards themselves, two cards it will be for the week and with this deck. Such rich imagery; if a picture is worth a thousand words, these two pictures can be a short novelette. I want to set on the bank of the river and watch the bear as she fishes and I could be persuaded to put my work aside and join the others for a late afternoon snack.
The booklet also advises to keep the numbers on the cards in mind. 20 + 15 = 35 reduced to 8. Then there is the 8 + 10 in bottom right corners that equal 18, a higher octave of 8. The lemniscate is the symbol of the Spiral, repeating patterns, back and forth, cycles, just what we see in the repeating patterns of nature, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
CELTIC LENORMAND - Written by Chloe McCracken & Artwork by Will Worthington