This first blog post on the directionalty of the Key discusses the image’s directionality and the corresponding meanings of the card. The second post discusss different ways the Key’s directionality can be incorporated into readings.
- the image’s directionality
- the corresponding meanings
I use directionality for my interpretation of the Anna.K Lenormand Key by linking two things: the Key’s strong visual directionality, and a very specific dimension of the card’s meanings.
the image’s directionality
The Key of the Anna.K Lenormand shows a person opening a wooden door. One of their hands is still holding the key to the key hole. The other hand is pushing the door open.
The person with the key is standing inside a room. Inside this room it is quite dark (translate “possibly unpleasant, definitely not as perfect as it could be) – at least compared to the outside. Outside, there is bright, almost blinding, sunlight and a slightly misty (translate “mysterious, yet undiscovered”) landscape with trees.
Regarding directionality, three sections of the image can be distinguished.
- Firstly, the person who is opening the door is standing in the left section of the image. If you imagine an expanded image section, the room they are standing in is “behind” them – further to the person’s and thus to the card’s left.
- Secondly, the person is facing the door opening in the middle section of the image. They are looking at that which is right in front of the door. If you imagine an expanded image section, whatever is at their doorstep can be thought of as continuing on above and below the card.
- And thirdly, if the person were to push open the door completely, they could then step outside of the door – towards the right section of the card.
the corresponding meanings
The Key of the Anna.K Lenormand carries many potential meanings. One dimension of meanings is relevant here. It concerns the three motives a person could have for opening a barred door: liberation, welcome, and access. These three motives correspond strongly with the three image sections we covered above.
- Liberation: A person might be unlocking a barred door to get away from what’s on this side of the door. This first motive corresponds with the left section of the image. Cards which lie to the left of the Key stand for unpleasant or unhealthy things we do/could/should get away from, liberate ourselves from.
- Welcome: The door is opened to let someone or something come in. This second motive corresponds with the middle section of the image. Cards which lie above and/or beneath the Key represent things we do/could/should let in, allow, welcome.
- Access: A person might be opening a door to reach that which is on the other side. This third motive for unlocking the door corresponds with the right section of the image. Cards which lie to the Key’s right represent things we do/could/should gain access to or enter into.
This first blog post on the directionalty of the Key discussed the image’s directionality and the corresponding meanings. The second post discusses different ways the Key’s directionality can be incorporated into readings.