Dark Moon | Haindl Tarot | Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand

Published by Alison Cross on

So I thought that since it was the dark moon before Christmas it would be a good idea to see who is going to be helping me get through this stressful – but fun – time.

I selected the court cards from the Haindl deck – the first proper deck that I bought myself, before I started learning the cards properly – and using a card from Pixie’s Astounding Mlle Lenormand as an amplifier.

So what have we got?  White Buffalo Woman representing the Daughter of Stones in the West .  She does not look like a woman looking forward to the Festive Season, does she?!

OK – let’s start at the beginning.  The Courts in the Haindl don’t follow the traditional Page, Knight, Queen, King format.  Instead they are Son, Daughter, Father, Mother.  The suit names differ from traditional associations in one suit only – Pentacles equates to Stones.

Each suit is accorded a culture and here with Stones we have the Native Americans.

Depicted as a shadowy portrait above buffalo, White Buffalo Woman.  The legend of White Buffalo Woman can be found here.  She is a goddess who gives a sacred pipe and its rituals to the Lakota tribe.  As she leaves the Lakota, she turns into various buffalo – the lower image in the card.

The book that accompanies the Haindl (by Rachel Pollack) gives us options of regarding the Courts as Teachers and Helpers.

White Buffalo Woman teaches me not to look at the world literally, but symbolically – and if that isn’t suitable for the coming season, I don’t know what is!  She’s all about working intuitively, not from books and to respect the visions of others.  She urges us to see sacredness in everyday life.

Hmmm – wonder if that means that I should be more understanding of my mother’s idealistic ‘visions’ of happy family Christmas times?


And what of Birds?  What do they add to my understanding?

Birds can indicate a meeting or an interview.  Well, that’s interesting because I’m in the process of setting up a meeting with some local people with regard to my Tarot work.  They’re to do with communication, chatter, siblings,….and that’s entirely congruent with my family coming to visit before Christmas.

I haven’t seen my brother in over a year!  I’m very excited about him coming to visit – even if it’s only for the day.

What might these cards mean if they came up for you? How would you interpret them?

Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.Β  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


Bonkers · 17th December 2012 at 5:27 pm

yay some Court and Lenormand mixing!

I was considering getting the Haindl but ultimately decided against it because..I don't really feel that I can connect with/read that native american symbolism mixed in with other stuff. And yeah birds definitely seems like a sign of some meeting talking, family or professional or both. Hope you have a nice time with your brother :]

Inner Whispers · 17th December 2012 at 2:10 pm

If part of White Buffalo Woman's deal is a pipe of peace, I can definitely see how it would be useful over the Christmas period will rellies over! πŸ˜‰

Tarot By Arwen · 14th December 2012 at 5:43 pm

I love this. White Buffalo Woman is a very sacred figure. With the birds, I would say that you are going to be carried up and into sacred communications. πŸ˜€ So that fits the "fun with family" times!

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