As I’ve been sharing in the last couple of posts, I’ve started studying and working with the Petit Etteilla.
One of the easiest ways for me to develop a bond with a deck or deck system is to conduct a daily draw, seeing “what’s in the cards” for the day. In the case of the Petit Etteilla, I’ve been drawing 3-5 cards, answering the question, “What will happen today?”
Today is Valentine’s Day, and I sat with the Petit Etteilla to pull my daily draw. As I sat with the deck, shuffling the cards, I had a thought of the 7 of Hearts, particularly the word “desire.” I had the thought in connection to Tree from Lenormand, as the 7 of Hearts is attached to that card.
Then, a thought about the 8 of Hearts floated into my mind, and the thought was around one of the interpretations I have for the 8 of Cups in Tarot: a woman with blonde hair.
I finished shuffling the cards. I cut the deck, fan out the cards, and pull three. Keeping them facedown, and arranging them from right to left, I turn them over: 7 of Hearts↓, 8 of Hearts, and 8 of Clubs.
I marveled at the appearance of the two cards I was just thinking about. And the forename of the 7 of Hearts↓ is “desires,” while for the 8 of Hearts it’s “blonde girl.”
And while that was definitely cool to see, it was looking at the possibilities for reading the line that I realized the Petit Etteilla wanted in on Valentine’s Day: “Desires for flowers, either giving or getting, in the art of pleasing.”
So, I thought I’d get creative (8 of Clubs being “art”) and share that the Petit Etteilla is wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day—in the way that it can.