You can read an introduction to the light & shadow series and find links to its other installments >> here! If you aren’t yet familiar with my interpretation of the card in discussion you might want to read up on its meanings before you continue with this article.
The Letter – another comparatively simple card. But before we proceed, it’s important to mention that in its case I divert from Lenormand tradition a bit. Lenormand tradition tends to interpret the Letter as written or at least non-face-to-face communication only. I regard it as the card of communication in all its forms, as conversations by whatever means, as all the ways in which we impart information to others, or express internal goings-on (e.g. our thoughts, feelings), both verbally and non-verbally.
The Letter very likely represents productive, positive, issues and goings-on whenever communicating, conversing, informing, is appropriate for the situation and done in an honest and fair-minded manner. Often, problems have arisen precisely because things were not talked about, because important information was held back. The Letter in such cases is a definite call for action: talk about it! As long as the participants are all willing to be honest, willing to listen to each other, are refraining from insults, and able to express themselves clearly enough to be understood correctly, there will be very few cases in which communicating is an unproductive thing to do.
Sharing information is usually a good idea if the information is true, and relevant for the other person, and if sharing the information does not breach confidentiality. And even if the latter is the case: Sometimes we still have a moral obligation to impart information about another person’s actions, even if they have asked us not to (e.g. if we have discovered corruption, or abuse). Finally, expressing oneself is important – it’s unhealthy in the long run to not express it when we have an issue with something, it can be very damaging to not express one’s feelings. Especially if the querent normally tends to be a guarded, withdrawn person, or someone who is wont to put other people’s needs first, the Letter is probably saying that expressing their feelings, thoughts, needs and wants more often, more spontaneously and more strongly, would be good for them.
I wrote above that communicating about something, sharing information, and expressing oneself, is usually a good thing. However, in some cases, it is not. The Letter can represent quite a few destructive, negative, issues and goings-on, too. In some readings, the Letter will stand for very one-sided, unfair communication processes in which participants don’t have equal opportunities to partake, or in which some or all participants are dishonest or verbally abusive. And even if they are willing to be honest but unable to express themselves clearly, so misunderstandings are inevitable: Little good can come of such communication!
Yes, sharing information is often a good idea if the information is true, and relevant for the other person, and if sharing the information does not breach confidentiality. But these are not always the case. Especially via social media, information coming our way is often exaggerated, partly untrue, or even completely false. Spreading such information further is highly unproductive and possibly dangerous. Being bombarded with information which isn’t relevant to us can be very irritating, distracting. Having disturbing information forced on us against our will – even if it is true – can be a very invasive, possibly even traumatising experience. And some information is simply immoral to share – especially if sharing it puts someone in danger, or if there was a (morally unproblematic) confidentiality agreement. If that’s the kind of information the Letter stands for, the card stands for something very destructive.
Finally, while the general ability to express oneself is a good thing, in some situations it is unproductive or even inappropriate and harmful to express one’s thoughts and feelings too openly. A simple example for that would be that in negotiations it can be highly disadvantageous if every one of our thoughts and feelings can be plainly read on our face by our negotiating partner. And especially if the person the Letter relates to tends to focus on themselves too much and has a dominant personality, the Letter is probably saying that maybe they should hold back a bit; that they should wait with expressing their feelings, thoughts, needs and wants, until some time has passed and they are sure others are able and ready to listen.