One of the main threads in Lenormand’s Grand Jeu is the Trojan War. The Two of Spades (along with the 5 of Clubs, Jack of Diamonds, 10 of Clubs, 9 of Spades, 6 of Clubs, 6 of Spades, 8 of Spades, Queen of Diamonds) helps tell the story of the Trojan myth. Taken together, all these cards are a celebration of strength over weakness, but the two of spades in particular is more of a warning of impending strife. I pulled it for a man who was wondering about the trajectory of his career.
- Sorry dude—it’s going to be long haul to success.
The main scene on this card is that of Greek princes meeting with Calchas, a man who, thanks to Apollo, could consult birds—their behaviors and migrations—to tell the future. Lest you think of him as a kind of gentle, Greek version of St. Francis, he also consulted the entrails of enemy soldiers who were left on the battlefield. According to Greek mythology, his prophesy was that Troy would eventually be taken.
- Seek counsel when making your plan of attack. Don’t go it alone.
The image on the lower right hand corner is that of a pile of weapons.
- You’ll need to defend yourself.
In the lower left corner, everything I’ve read calls this the ashes of Laomedon, the King of Troy. I’d say it looks more like Laomedon burning into ashes, but I guess that’s grisly semantics. The urn rests on the talisman of Saturn.
- With time, things will return to normal, but only if you remain careful about how you treat those around you.
- The talisman is an essay all on its own. Suffice it to say that it’s a pretty nifty thing to keep in your pocket.
The flowers illustrated are sempervivium (hen and chicks), red currant and melastoma.
- Watch carefully who you add to your growing circle of friends.
The constellation depicted is of Castor, one of the Gemini twins. The letter U is up to you to decode. Good luck!