JOURNALING WITH LENORMAND
We often think that a reading is the end of a question-answer session, but actually it could be the beginning!
A Lenormand reading can be the starting point for getting an answer - not the end.
Doing a Lenormand reading doesn’t have to have a rigid beginning and ending. Instead, it can be a fluid process that you make part of your life and build on in various ways.
I love doing a Lenormand reading to inspire me to think through things without necessarily taking away an outcome.
I enjoy that it can give me ideas to chew on, and through pondering these ideas, I myself come up with an answer or insight.
This is the essence of journaling with Lenormand and I invite you try it.
So here are some steps you can follow to make the most of this amazing process.
1. CLARIFY YOUR CONCERN
As with any Lenormand reading, you first want to get clear about what you have in mind.
This is basically asking a question, and you could certainly formulate it as such.
Write it down in your journal, and also add a bit of context:
What’s been going in your life that could be behind this concern or that brings you to ask this question?
- How are you feeling about it?
- How are you feeling right now?
- Do you have any ideas about how you might deal with it?
- What do you really want from this?
- What would be the most ideal resolution?
Answering these questions will get your own creativity flowing and will focus you on the solution or way forward that makes the most sense to you.
It doesn’t have to be a physical action in the world. You might just adjust your perspective on the issue, or reframe how you feel about it.
2. DRAW SOME CARDS
I would choose a medium-sized spread like the Hourglass or the Portrait, but depending on your mood, you might choose something longer or shorter.
I suggest a medium-sized spread because it will offer you a few ideas to work with without keeping you at the reading table for too long - you want to turn to journaling soon enough.
Ponder your cards.
You don’t have to feel like you need a straight answer, though of course you’ll most probably get one, which is fine.
Consider how the cards make you feel and what ideas they bring up. Are they making you think about your issue in a certain way?
When you keep your interpretation a little more open-ended in this way, it can feel a bit like a meditation where you’re just pondering matters peacefully.
It’s helpful if you can get into that quiet space. The reading is then a pathway into your thought process.
And when you’re ready, turn to your journal.
3. JOURNAL AWAY
Take note of your cards and how you’ve interpreted them at that moment, but then, instead of closing the chapter, start journaling and writing down your thoughts about this issue.
You’ll quickly move past the ideas offered by the cards into your own, which is a sign that you’ve been inspired to go within. Awesome!
And if you have some wild interpretation of the cards, embrace them fully! Don’t edit the ideas that the cards are igniting in you.
This process has nothing to do with being ‘accurate’ or anything like that, and everything to do with connecting you with your own inner wisdom.
4. GO BACK TO IT
After you’ve journaled away, put it aside for a while. This allows your ideas to settle in your subconscious, which has quite a bit of magic to it.
You could catch yourself making inner and outer changes, taking certain actions, or adjusting your attitude. Even if small, these adjustments can be quite constructive and satisfying.
Oftentimes, journaling in these ways helps us make our peace with something and it can lighten up the load of the issue.
The cards would have helped us start the thought process and journaling then helped us develop and deepen it.
When you’ve come full circle - and this doesn’t have to take a long time - go back to your journal and examine your cards and what you wrote. Was there anything special about your interpretation? Did you interpret your cards in a unique way that moment?
This is just a simple exercise to analyze how you’re evolving with your cards.
5. TRY MAKING IT A HABIT
When your cards become the launchpad for your journaling and/or inner dialogue, that’s when you start developing a deeper and more refined relationship with them.
Instead of being a physical tool, your deck becomes a friend. Instead of being a source of answers, it becomes a guide.
You connect more with your sense free will and can then have a more constructive dialogue with your cards. You’ll know longer approach them with a tell-me-what-to-do approach, and instead will want them to give you some helpful pointers.
This is how divination becomes a source of wisdom.
P.S. Use Lenormand to guide your soul-searching
If you want to learn a wide range of amazing layouts to help you draw plenty of insight out of your reading, try Lenormand Reader’s Handbook Of Layouts. It offers detailed guides to laying out and interpreting the cards.