Mercury rx (9/4 - 3/5) feels like the author in my head keeps backspacing so it’s hard to figure out how to say what I was thinking before it vanished I think we physically resonate with Mercury and Mars and feel them when they retrograde because we use these for daily executive functioning. its such a great time for mental harvest… deep below…mercury retrograde gives the impression from earth that mercury is closer to the sun…its like the sun shining on another side of the mind
the human mind is an amazing thing, the way that we can construct truths and beliefs, like how we construct pain… going to the dentist hurts us a lot, but not other cultures… in some cultures it hurts getting your hair cut… so if we approach Mercury rx with this sort of trepidation, that’s probably what will happen
what if the mercury retrograde effected us so much we got confused about it being mercury retrogade do you miss your mind yet? don’t worry, it will find itself again
The five card spread is typical in Lenormand and works well in terms of the sentence-like reading style. The middle card acts as the significator card, so you can either draw cards randomly and the card that falls in that space is the central theme, or you can shuffle and then find the significator card within the deck and draw the two cards in front of and the two cards behind in order to get your spread. The significator does not need to be a card that represents you or the one asking the question–in fact I never read like this–I pick the significator based on the content of the question being asked. So, for Lenormand, love questions I seek the heart or the ring based on the context, but with Tarot you can use The Lovers, or Two of Cups, etc. as the significator.
For those already comfortable with Lenormand, the next steps should be easy. For those who have never read Lenormand, single card draws are rarely done, or if they are, they give you minimal information. Cards are usually drawn in pairs and the one card modifies or flavors the context of the other. I say sentence-like reading style because you can think of it as subject+modifier/noun+adjective, etc. When it comes to multiple card draws, it follows like a sentence/additional sentences–noun+verb+adjective, noun+verb+adverb, etc.
So in reading the first card plus the second card, the first card is the subject and it is being modified or flavored by the second card. In the example reading above, you have The Moon + The Priestess. The Moon is the subject, so you would pull out a noun from the keywords for that card, e.g. mystery, unknown, dream, madness, unconscious, symbol, illusion. The Priestess is the modifier so you would pull out adjectives from the keywords of the card, e.g. intuitive, mysterious, emotional, clairvoyant, perceptive, insightful, sensitive, innate. Then you combine the two. Examples of this could include:
In the five card spread, you pull out pairs and string together their meanings to construct a narrative. Here I break down the example card pull.
1+2: The Moon + The Priestess = Emotional madness. 1+3: The Moon + The Devil = Oppressive madness. 2+4: The Priestess + 6 of Cups Rx = Immediate emotions. 3+5: The Devil + The Empress Rx = Restrained oppression. 4+5: 6 of Cups Rx + The Empress Rx = Restrained (to) present.
Then you string together to create the narrative. So in this example, you have:
Emotionally overwhelming times (emotional madness, oppressive madness). In order to stabilize the situation (restrained oppression), dwelling in the past or on the future needs to be limited (Immediate emotions, restrained to present).
For people used to doing very in-depth readings using Tarot, this might seem really off-putting as you are boiling down the meanings to the bare-bones, but that is exactly why I love Lenormand. Most people doing a 5 card spread could probably write several paragraphs explaining the nuances, but for people who want quick, direct responses, I think this is an awesome way to achieve it. When reading for myself, this helps me to avoid over-analyzing to get the answer I want. It’s hard to fudge the results in a biased way when it’s this simple.
So for someone who prefers Lenormand but still loves Tarot, you can have your cake and eat it too :)
Yesterday was Pisces went into retrograde .. is that positive or negative
Yes you mean Neptune rx
nothing is positive or negative in astrology it just is what it is, you design the experience. the outer planets are retrograde most of the time, they move so slowly, retrograde planets just go back over the same spot again. for about 5 years ive watched neptune go rx 4 or 5 times probably and i cant tell the difference, any of the outer planets really because their activity occurs on already such deep, unconscious layers
it;s a good idea to review where neptune has been over the past year in your transit chart and reflect on the experiences that may have happened here and if you experienced the more sadistic side of neptune living deliriously in false ideals or the saviour side of neptune, spiritual wisdom, great vision in this area of life, and developing compassion and empathy. neptune is really vague and hard to hard to interpret in general, at least you have like 5 or 6 months of retrograde to figure it out lol
This is a better depiction of my post-Fran PR. The one on Instagram is from a few seconds later when I could at least get up to my knees.
Mother eff. So close to sub 4. I didn’t look at the clock throughout and it helped.
unbroken throughout 21 and 9 for thrusters and pull-ups. Died on the 15. Died. 10-5 thrusters and then 6-3-2-4 on pull-ups. Reverted to kipping (not butterfly) for my last 9 pull-ups. Had to go to a dark place to muster those out unbroken. I knew I needed to move.
Ah, she’s so mean but it feels so good to be done with her.