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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Week at a Glance: Owls & Lilies

The purpose of drawing a "Week at a Glance" card is to get a sense of the sort of energy, circumstances, or personal qualities I might need to be aware of during the upcoming week. I also use this opportunity to become more familiar with decks I don't work with a lot, so you will often see me quoting the creator of the deck or someone who has a closer relationship with the deck than I do at this time.

This week I am continuing my exploration of Lenormand style decks by using a pair of cards from the Mystical Lenormand by Regula Elizabeth Fiechter, with pictures by Urban Trösch (AGMüller).

OWLS (12) + LILIES (30)

Owls = nervousness, mad rush, sorrows, telephone calls, two elderly women
Lilies = family, family life, harmony, support, sexuality
The Secrets of the Lenormand Oracle by Sylvie Steinbach:
Birds (12) + Lily (30) = seniors, experienced consultant, serious discussions
Birds (12) -- winter, December or Sagittarius/Capricorn cycle, Mercury (communication)
Lily (30) -- winter, Capricorn, Saturn (wisdom), weeks or years in development
In view of the fact that the Mystical Lenormand uses the more specific "Owls" instead of the general "Birds," I looked into the symbolism of owls using the Dictionary of Symbols by Jack Tresidder (Chronicle Books). These days, we tend to think of owls as representing wisdom, but many ancient cultures viewed the owl as sinister, even ferocious, linking it with death and occult powers. It was the bird of death in numerous ancient cultures, but also seen as a guardian of the night or guide to the afterlife. The "wise owl" image comes from the Greeks, who made owls sacred to their goddess of wisdom and learning, Athene Pronoia.

As a side note, Tresidder refers to the Lily as "one of the most ambiguous of all flower symbols," simultaneously representing purity or innocence and erotic love. The white lily can sometimes symbolize death as well as purity. The Mystical Lenormand Lilies card depicts purple flowers. Purple is the traditional color of royalty and dignity. Because the person and the setting on this version of the card are clearly Japanese, I did an internet search for "Japanese purple lilies." I learned a little about Hanakotoba, the Japanese language of flowers, but nothing about purple lilies specifically.

This is all very interesting when you consider that I pulled the Lilies and Birds for my Nov. 3 Week at a Glance. I think it very likely that the Lily (Lilies) card refers to my elderly mother and her care, which at this stage is pretty much ongoing. She is independent to a degree, but often needs assistance, usually for health reasons, as she did this past week and into the weekend and beyond.

It seems clear to me that the Lenormand cards may or may not limit themselves to the week ahead. Although I think it is very possible that something relevant to the weekly cards is going to take place this week, I also get a sense of messages that relate to situations down the road. The emphasis seems to be on my mother and clear communication with her, my siblings, her doctors, and so forth.

Follow up on _Nov. 10 reading_

Based on last week's draw -- the Scythe and the Lady from Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Reverie Lenormand (U.S. Games) -- I was on alert for the possibility that I would need to "make a decision this week, a decision that could lead to 'cutting something away' or 'cutting through something'" or possibly (as suggested by Ellen) "decision making with a female soft touch to prevent hurt and soothe the disappointment." I don't recall any specific incidents or situations this past week that seem to relate to these cards.


  1. I cannot help it but i see owls as a symbol for wisdom. So an harmonious conversation with a wise undertone.
    It is not that much different but hey I am still learning
    And I have preordered The GIlded Reverie from BookDepository !!!!

    1. I lean toward the owls-as-wisdom interpretation too, Ellen. I think you will love the Gilded Reverie!

  2. It's interesting to see your interpretations Zanna and to see how they actually played out. I have to say that I have had personally more interpretations come true using the Teaf Leaf Fortune Cards than I ever have had using my Lenormand deck. Strange eh. and for me tarot seems to top them all for getting it right.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Helen. I guess we're all different! I feel the need to keep using and exploring the Lenormand, as I've barely given it a chance so far. For me, it has a somewhat different purpose than the Tarot, and I want to explore that feeling as well. I enjoy the Tea Leaf cards but don't feel quite the connection with them that I am feeling with the Lenormand at this point in time.

  3. I'd love to know what you think of the deck I just launched on Kickstarter, called "The Tarot of Creativity." It is a heady mix of numerology, Tarot keywords, and upside-down thinking.


    Aliyah Marr
    Artist and author of The Tarot of Creativity

    On Kickstarter till Dec. 1st, 2013, then on www.tarotofcreativity.com.


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