In casting around for a question to test my “simple choice” spread with, I decided to ask which of two Lenormand decks I’ve had my eye on should be my next purchase: the Wanderwust or the Ur-Lenormand. To keep the playing field level, both decks are around the same price and both are based on traditional motifs. In the choice scenario, the Wanderwust is Choice #1 and the Ur-Lenormand is Choice #2. I used the Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand deck for this layout.
Those of you who use the Lenormand regularly know just how breathtakingly literal it can be. I was tempted to read the Scythe in the Significator position as a resounding “No, you’re cut off, you should not buy any deck any time soon.” But I realized that what is really holding me back is that the monthly billing “cut-off date” on the credit card hasn’t been reached yet, so all purchases are on hold. The point of the Scythe is aimed toward the future, which is where the decision lies.
The Ring in the Situation position is a “green light” for eventually placing an order. A purchase order is a kind of contract, so the symbolism fits.
The left branch of the spread belongs to Choice #1, the Wanderwust Lenormand. The Clouds in the Choice position cast doubt on the wisdom of pursuing this option. The sellers are independent deck creators offering their work directly to the public, which is arguably riskier than going with a major on-line retailer.
The Outcome card is the Anchor, which implies that, if and when the Wanderwust gets here, it would become firmly entrenched in my stable of workhorse decks. It is based directly on an historical deck, so the Anchor could be referring to its solid pedigree.
The right branch belongs to Choice #2, the Ur-Lenormand. The Sun in the Choice position couldn’t be more favorable when compared to the Clouds across the way. This deck is readily available from Amazon, so getting it wouldn’t be a problem.
The Stars in the outcome position is another very positive indicator of satisfaction. The Stars can sometimes refer to “fortune-telling,” which is perfectly appropriate for my purpose.
Since the reading was performed with a non-tarot deck, no quintessence card was derived, so no “advice” cards were produced. But the advice is clear from the cards pulled: I can buy the Ur-Lenormand with confidence that not only will it get here, it will successfully meet my expectations.
This exercise was productive and fun! The spread is much easier to use than my weightier “pros-and-cons” options.