Okay, I admit it, this is a completely gratuitous posting.
The Shades Lenormand
Heart + Snake + Coffin + Rider + Moon
I just wanted to see what my cards would look like if spread as for a reading. This makes me wish I had the deck finished now, so I could print it for my own use! In an effort to keep this post from being completely gratuitous, I will interpret these cards as if they were for a real client, so you can see an example of one way to read them.
This spread would talk about something ending, since the Coffin is the central card.
The Snake is my problem card, and talks about something that has already happened which is causing things to come to an end; it must be dealt with.
The Rider is something happening, coming in quickly. The ending of the Coffin brings the Rider; and in turn, the Rider brings the card that follows him.
The Heart with the Snake is about problems with love. It looks like there was trouble in a relationship, and now that relationship is at a point where it must change, likely coming to an end.
The Rider is bringing the Moon, which tells me that new romance is on the way.
Overall, I believe this reading would show that an existing relationship and all of its problems have to be dealt with. Confront the issues! This isn’t going to be swept under the rug. Only then will the way be cleared for new romance.
A Lenormand reading really can be that straightforward and direct. It’s possible to start using all of the different pairs and mirroring, if more detail is needed, but I think the message is quite clear.
How would you read this line of five cards? Would you see a different message? Or add to what I read? Let me know in the comments!