This week, I'll be drawing from and reviewing the Burning Serpent Oracle by Rachel Pollack and Robert M. Place (self-published, 2014). The deck is subtitled 'A Lenormand for the soul' and that's an accurate description. It can be used as a straight-up Lenormand, which is how I will read it today. However, it offers more, which I'll discuss in Friday's review.
Traditionally, of course, Houses are read when you throw a GT. However, more recently they have also been applied to shorter readings. The first way this was done was simply to read the position number as the card number, as in the GT. So, a three card line like this would be interpreted as being the Houses of the Rider, Clover, and Ship. Which might fit a daily draw quite well - the House of News or Information, Something Short-lived or Good Luck, and Travel or Commerce or Life's Journey.
Another technique which I rather like is to take the position number and add it to the number of the card that falls on it. Here, for instance, the Lily (30) is in position 1. Adding the two numbers gives 31 - the Sun. So, the Lily is in the House of the Sun. Similarly, Heart (24) in position 2 gives us House 26 - the Book. And Tower (19) in position 3 is House 22 - Paths.
Bringing this together, we get: esoteric understandings of emotions bring a sense of joy and harmony through choosing learning.
For myself, this points me straight to the end of the week, when I'll be attending the UK Tarot Conference. The esoteric learning is clear, and there are always meditations involved, and reading is, in itself, so often about emotion. So, I hope for a sense of harmony and joy through focusing on esoteric understandings of emotion, which I will do by choosing this learning environment. I like the added layer that the Houses bring, signalling that there is joy in peace, an esoteric aspect to the emotions concerned, and that learning is a choice. I take this as advice, too, to focus on finding a sense of joyful peace in the hubub of the conference. Also, if I have to choose (which I might, given I'll have a baby in tow), to pick the subjects that seem more emotionally focused, or which I am more passionate about :)