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Masculine and Feminine in Wildera Lenormand

Masculine and Feminine in Wildera Lenormand

Traditionally in the Lenormand system, there are at least two cards that stand a little bit apart from the others, and are not really used or read in the same way. I’m talking about cards 28 and 29, also called the Significators, the Man and the Woman.

The thing is, I’ve chosen to rename this couple of cards in my own Wildera Lenormand and went for a different imagery. Let’s talk about that.

The first reason that brought me to make this choice, is that I wanted to be as inclusive as I could be regarding to the gender issues you may find in a classic Lenormand Oracle. Having a binary system of Man and Woman only, just like in the traditional imagery, seems restrictive and somewhat outdated to me.

That’s why I decided to go with the concepts of Masculine and Feminine instead, highlighting different qualities that can be found in everyone, regardless of their biological sex. My hope is that this gives an opportunity to anyone to be able to recognize themselves in one or the other at any time in their life journey.

It can be a challenge to include all sorts of people in only two cards, but it is expected in our modern society, with good reasons. There are solutions available though, and it may just take a little bit of creative thinking to do so. The first step in this direction is to have an open mind and be willing to move away from the old paths carved by tradition.

As I was working on my own Lenormand deck, I was reminded of a very short but powerful affirmation. It came to my mind at several occasions, repeating itself like a mantra, refusing to leave my mind and thoughts: “All is one”.

Regarding this deck, this statement is true at a macrocosmic level, where the different personalities of the cards are all bound together, revealing harmony and unity to create one whole piece. And it is also true at a microcosmic level with these two particular cards: one couple encompassing as many possibilities as you’d allow.

“All is One”. Three simple words, forming the precious Silver Thread that weaved itself throughout the entire creation of this Oracle deck, linking it to myself and – hopefully – to the rest of this beautiful and sacred Living World.

This thread actually leads me to the second reason for my choice of word and imagery: since the beginning of this project, I knew I was going to create a Lenormand deck without any human pictured in it. I wanted to be reminded of this mantra every time I had to search for my Significator Card – or any card at all for that matter.

To be able to find my own soul in the eyes of other creatures, to recognize and blend myself into the shape of their silhouette, that was the goal here. I wanted to have the possibility of Shape Shifting while working with my Lenormand deck, and I realized pretty quickly that I wanted you to be able to do the same.

To do so, I ended up choosing a couple of animals and pictured the two Significator Cards as a Deer and a Doe. There’s some personal symbolism behind this choice. I tend to associate the idea of Sovereignty with the Stag Archetype, so obviously, I wanted him to be one that stands proudly apart from the rest of the deck, like the Forest Emperor that he is.

Following up with this idea, I made a pretty similar modification to the Child Card of my Lenormand Oracle. As you can see, there’s no human pictured here either. Instead it is an adorable little fawn lying on the grass, sheltered under the shade of trees, enjoying the sweet and fresh breeze of the wind rustling the leaves.

First copy of my Wildera Lenormand

First copy of my Wildera Lenormand

As an Oracle and Tarot collector, I’m always excited when a package finds its way to my mailbox. There’s this thrill when I’m about to open the box and discover for the first time the new companion that I chose to integrate into my spiritual journey. Not to mention the fact that, as far as indie decks are concerned, the packaging itself is always made with a lot of thoughts and care, often including all sorts of little gifts and tokens of gratitude.

I mean, the excitation is always real, but this time, you could multiply it by a hundred that it wouldn’t be even close to what I felt when I found… the box.

My day was already great before. I managed to be as productive as I could be, and did all the things I wanted to do before going on an evening walk with my husband. As the Sun slowly descended over the mountains, we picked blackberries together in our “Backyard”, a piece of land and forest close to our home.

We even got to spent some time in silence and stillness, in the middle of tall grass and flowers, watching a doe eating berries on her own from a bush just a few meters away from us. Alert, but not scared. A gentle, serene, and Sacred Moment on Earth.

And then we got home, and I picked up the mail on the way, knowing that I would find inside what I call my Harvest of the Year. Waiting for me there was the first copy ever produced of my Wildera Lenormand. I created this little guy, drawing each card, and here it is, I’m holding it in my hands! What a treat!

As for today, I won’t talk that much about the technicalities of the deck itself. I just want to enjoy it right now, spend some time to play with it, and share a few photos with you. But I have several blog posts in preparation, in which I’ll give more details on the creation of the cards, the different choices that I made to follow or separate myself from the traditional Lenormand system, the meaning behind certain illustrations, plus a few anecdotes that I thought might interest you.

It just arrived and it’s only the beginning of it. Trust me, Earth Walkers, I’m not done yet talking about my Wildera Lenormand!

I created a Lenormand Oracle

I created a Lenormand Oracle

Last year or so, I started a Big Project: I wanted to create a Lenormand Oracle for myself. First it started as a wooden set, since it is my favorite tool and support to use in my Craft (whether Artistic or Spiritual), with small pictures and symbols representing the 36 elements of this divination system. But then, as I was coming back to illustration and experimenting with walnut ink on paper, it became actual paintings.

Wildera Lenormand Fox

It’s been a slow process, drawing each card one by one, until I completed all of them. But let me tell you, the day I finished, I sat down on the floor, aligned all the pieces of paper I’ve created side by side, and had a great deep look at the Big Picture. It’s been a long time since I completed a task this extensive, and actually made it through the end. Seeing the whole of it right in front of my eyes was a reward in itself.

There was several personal benefits to gain with creating this Lenormand Oracle. First it brought me back to paper, allowing me to improve my long-gone painting techniques – just like watercolor, walnut ink really doesn’t behave in the same way on paper as it does on wood, it’s like working with a completely different creature. The creation process also taught me that perseverance was a key to get through it and, most importantly, that I had it in me. Last but not least, once I get it printed, I’ll have a new deck to add to my collection and play with. One that is 300% the product of my mind, my thoughts and imagination.

Wildera Lenormand Paintings

I started learning about Lenormand about two years ago and I’ve since used this Oracle System with different kinds of decks, from the Celtic Lenormand to the adorable and colorful Tanis, not to mention the spectral and otherworldly Clair de Lune Lenormand. I never thought I’d make one myself, but apparently, you never know until you start on a whim one day and make it an actual goal in your life!

Anyway, as I was saying, I possess all kinds and sorts of Lenormand decks, with different themes, colors, and vibes. But I think I was missing one, because whether in wood slice form or actual paper cards, I wanted my own deck to be colored in Shades of Earth, and as Nature-based as it could be. As a result, there’s a lot of animals and trees and leaves in it. Which is great, because I also wanted it to reflect my beliefs on Animism and love for Nature Spirituality.

Wildera Lenormand Tree Card

There’s no human pictured in it, it’s all about Flora and Fauna – not that I don’t consider our species part of Nature, on the contrary, I believe that it is our feeling of disconnection to the Natural World that led us to the Ecological Crisis in which we are now. Anyway, as a matter of fact, humans still left traces in some cards of my deck, taking the form of Artifacts (more on that later).

Next step for this project is getting a copy printed by a professional printing company, so that I can play a little more with. I now need a sturdy version of my own deck of cards, one that can pass the test of time and accompany me on my journey as I keep learning about Lenormand. Oh, and I still need to complete the wooden version of it. Unfortunately, I had to start it over and recreate a new set because I had to let the first pieces I made in France when I moved here.

Wooden Lenormand Bear

I’m gonna go do that. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures!