Intuition and Synchronicity with the Lenormand

From time to time, I write about some of the interesting intuitive and synchronistic experiences I have involving the cards. Yesterday’s experience was the most recent. It involved the Lenormand, which makes it even more interesting.

Since taking up the Lenormand, I heard some discussion on the use of intuition when working with the cards.

Since taking up the Lenormand, I’ve heard some discussion on the use of intuition when working with the cards.

I say that because I’ve heard, since taking up the Lenormand, some debate as to the use of intuition while working with the cards. I’ve heard some thought that suggests intuition is best used with Tarot, and that Lenormand is practical and straight-forward, so intuition need not apply.

And, despite how I got directed to the Lenormand (it was through a dream, which I shared in a previous post), which was purely intuitive in my mind, I rolled with the idea.

My left brain really, really loves pairing all the cards and making meaning from the keywords associated with the cards (as you can clearly see from my weekly outlook postings) because I thoroughly pair all the cards, not to overlook any potential meanings.

I mention all of this in order to set up what happened yesterday.

Lenormand Plays the Role of Teller for the Mayoral Election

Yesterday, here in the Charleston, South Carolina area, we had a run-off election for mayor.

On an intuitive impulse, I turned to the Lenormand to see who would win the mayoral election between John Tecklenburg (left) and Leon Stavrinakis.  Photo credit: Post & Courier.

On an intuitive impulse, I turned to the Lenormand to see who would win the mayoral election between John Tecklenburg (left) and Leon Stavrinakis.
Photo credit: Post & Courier.

On Election Day, a couple of weeks ago, we had a number of candidates running for mayor, as the current mayor is retiring after 40 years in office.

The number was whittled down to two candidates, John Tecklenburg and Leon Stavrinakis, to be determined on November 17 (yesterday).

Always looking for a reason to throw the cards, on my way out to meet with a friend (who wanted to meet for tea at 11:11 in the morning—who could say no when a time like that is suggested?), I felt the impulse to draw some cards about the run-off election to see if the Lenormand could show me the winner.

Normally, I’d have my journal out to take notes of the draw, but I was pressed for time, so I told myself the notes would have to wait until I got back later.

Using the Old Arabian Lenormand, by Neil Lovell of Malpertuis Designs, I sat on the floor of my bedroom (the place I do all my personal readings) and shuffled the cards, thinking about the election.

The Alternate Man (left) and the traditional Man (right) cards of the Old Arabian Lenormand by Neil Lovell of Malpertuis Designs.

The Alternate Man (left) and the traditional Man (right) cards of the Old Arabian Lenormand by Neil Lovell of Malpertuis Designs.

I cut the cards and fanned them out on the carpet, facedown, so I could draw three cards for each candidate. I noticed one card in the fan was face-up, which, of course, immediately got my attention. It was the alternate Man card in the deck.

What I like about this deck is that it has two Man cards, the traditional and the alternate, so a reader can use both to conduct readings for same-sex couples, which I do (as you might have seen from my readings on Sonny & Will from “Days of Our Lives,” and Lari & Elias from “Salatut Elämät”).

Seeing the alternate Man card made me realize that my Man card was still in the deck. And since the question didn’t involve me directly, I thought it best to remove it from the deck.

Cards for the Candidates

Once that was done, I started the shuffling, cutting, and fanning of the cards over, and selected three for John Tecklenburg, leaving them facedown. After that, I picked up the deck and fanned them out again, picking three for Leon Stavrinakis.

I turned over the three for Tecklenburg: Book, Moon, and Paths.

The cards for candidate John Tecklenberg: Book, Moon, and Paths, from the Old Arabian Lenormand.

The cards for candidate John Tecklenburg: Book, Moon, and Paths, from the Old Arabian Lenormand.

Since I didn’t have the time to take notes, and do all my pairings, I let my intuition take over.

Here’s what ran through my mind with these cards:

  • Book: the reading itself…Tecklenburg must be knowledgeable…going by the book
  • Moon: career…must have some kind of reputation…recognition…tonight, since Moon is a card of the night
  • Paths: decision will be in his favor (what came immediately)…deciding tonight (Moon + Paths)

I turned over the cards for Stavrinakis: Dog, Mountain, and Bear.

The cards for candidate Leon Stavrinakis: Dog, Mountain, and Bear, from the Old Arabian Lenormand.

The cards for candidate Leon Stavrinakis: Dog, Mountain, and Bear, from the Old Arabian Lenormand.

Again, here’s what went through my mind:

  • Dog: friendly…dog is looking where there is no card…looking at something not there?
  • Mountain: block…not going to win…
  • Bear: boss, authority figure…on a hill…seems so far removed…friends in high places (with Dog)…forced out, because Bear is force

I knew it was my intuitive mind because the stream of thought was non-linear. So, I felt, from the appearance of Paths in one line and Mountain in the other, that Tecklenburg would be the winner.

Pips and Essence Cards

Lilies (left) and the alternate Man.

Lilies (left) and the alternate Man.

Grabbing my phone nearby, I quickly calculated the pips and the essence cards for each candidate, to satisfy my left brain.

For Tecklenburg, the pips were 10 + 8 + 12, totaling 30, which is Lilies.

Lilies: an older man…experience…

For Stavrinakis, the pips were 10 + 8 + 10, totaling 28—the card of the alternate Man!

I thought, this is why that card was face-up! Leon is the man…he’s the alternate Man…he’s the alternate

Grave (left) and Bouquet.

Grave (left) and Bouquet.

For the Essence card, the numbers on the cards for Tecklenburg were 26 + 32 + 22, totaling 80; 8 + 0 = 8, making the Essence card Grave.

Grave: final…term, taken from the word termination…

The numbers on the cards for Stavrinakis were 18 + 21 + 15, totaling 54; 5 + 4 = 9, making the Essence card Bouquet.

Bouquet: surprise…appreciation…thank you for your service…. I then pictured one of those beauty pageants where they give the runner-up flowers, and I thought, they do give flowers to the runner-up in those things, don’t they?

There was a moment to consider the alternate Man and Bouquet, as I considered the possibility that the man gets the prize, meaning that there might be a surprise and Leon would win the election.

But as soon as that entered my mind, it was followed by, No! Look at Moon—it’s also a card of getting an award or being honored (recognition)—and it’s followed by Paths!

It was strong—and adamant.

So, realizing I needed to leave the house at that moment to be on time for my 11:11 appointment (and, as an aside, I got to our meeting place, and once inside, pulled out my phone and saw the time was 11:11—I kid you not), I left the cards right there and was out the door.

And the Winner Is…

Later that night, I was watching TV. I finished watching “The Flash,” and was turning the channel to watch “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (okay, so besides my love for soaps, I also love superheroes) The show was pre-empted, and I was seeing John Tecklenburg on the screen—giving his victory speech, as he’d won the election.

I raced back upstairs, to look at the cards, which were still out right where I’d left them. And, in that moment, I realized that intuition can—and does—play a part in reading the Lenormand.

Over to You

If you read Lenormand, what do you think? Do you think—or feel—that intuition has its place in your work with the cards?

Have you had an experience with the cards that the meaning of the reading came out of a strong intuitive impulse—or some type of synchronicity with the cards while the reading was being conducted?

If so, let me know in the comments section below—I’d love to hear all about it!

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About James Himm

James Himm Mitchell, the Dreamer and Visionary of LifePlan Coaching & Consulting, LLC, works as an intuitive life coach, with a focus on personal growth and development. His specialties are Dream Decoding, Oracles (Tarot, playing cards, and Lenormand), and Energy Medicine (Reiki), and he uses those modalities coaching individuals to create the tools and develop the strategies that transform their lives.
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