20. Garden (or Park) / Eight of Spades (Lenormand card meanings)

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20. Garden (or Park) / Eight of Spades (Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards, Carta Mundi)

Public gardens, as they were called in the late 18th century when Lenormand first came into being, were a place of gathering where one went to see and be seen. In the same vein, our Garden card (sometimes also referred to as Park) stands for any sort of social gathering, be it a picnic in the park, a meeting with friends in the coffee shop around the corner, or a wild night out at the club. The card’s timing falls within the limits of afternoon but its general meaning covers any type of group activity, at any time of day or night. It presents us with an inclusive community and, due to its leafy nature can, much like the Long road in Kipper, stand for nature itself.

If the reading is slant more towards work-related matters, the Garden can then be interpreted as an assembly room, a conference call, or any sort of location where business meetings take place. In addition to that, it may relate to the performing arts, especially when paired with the Moon which stands for showing our face to the world. The Garden can draw a big crowd indeed which can be a group of adoring fans or an angry mob, depending on your luck and the nature of surrounding cards. Much like most of the other images in the deck, its meaning can shift between positive and negative, largely depending on the context you set for it at the beginning of the session.