Sometimes Lenormand readings can become a bit long-winded and repetitive, especially if many cards are used and if all possible combinations are created and interpreted. Here is an example for a very short but nevertheless highly useful reading.

One of my yoga students asked me to do a reading to help them understand why compliments didn’t make them happy but sad and anxious. I decided to use a 3-card String and interpret it according to my own method for answering what/why/how questions. If you wish to read up on my method(s) for interpreting Strings, there are detailed instructions >> on my website.

Here are the cards my student drew:

The Core: Garden. The Garden suggests that the reason why my student feels sad and anxious when she receives compliments can be found in her relationship with her own public image, her reputation.

The Shell: Garden+Ring, Garden+Clouds. Garden+Ring says that the student is emotionally very attached to her public image, feels bound to/by it. And Garden+Clouds suggest that at the same time the issue of her image/reputation also makes her very insecure.

The Ripples: Ring+Clouds. The consequence of my student’s attachment to something that also makes her insecure is that the student is thus also inevitably tied to her insecurities!

Conclusion: Compliments make my student sad and anxious because her relationship with her public image, her reputation, is problematic: she is emotionally very attached to it, while at the same time it causes a lot of insecurities. So even though a compliment says something positive about her, it also makes her aware of how unstable the foundations are on which her self-worth is built. Every compliment reminds her that even though right now she is being perceived positively, this could change any minute. Positive feedback reminds her that next time the feedback might be negative. No wonder compliments don’t cause good feelings. Somewhat paradoxically: If my student wants to be able to fully enjoy compliments, she needs to stop attaching so much importance to other people’s opinion of her.

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