“Home in three days. Don’t wash.”
–An urgent missive sent to Josephine from Napoleon
More than any month of the year, February inspires lovers everywhere to put pen to paper and express their innermost desires. In the Lenormand Revolution, the Letter card features one of many passionate missives written by Napoleon.
One in particular was written by a sleepless, 26 year old Napoleon to his dolce amor, his sweet love, Josephine. When reading Napoleon’s missive we get the impression it was meant for Josephine to read upon waking after a night spent in intoxicating pleasure, which upon further inspection might have been make-up sex. In the letter, Napoleon, who is trying to comprehend Josephine’s affecting mood, anticipates the longing he will feel after being separated from her for just three hours. He confesses the bewilderment of his heart whenever he is away from his sweet and matchless Josephine and in the end offers her a thousand kisses:
“I awake all filled with you. Your image and the intoxicating pleasures of last night, allow my senses no rest. Sweet and matchless Josephine, how strangely you work upon my heart. Are you angry with me? Are you unhappy? Are you upset? My soul is broken with grief and my love for you forbids repose. But how can I rest any more, when I yield to the feeling that masters my inmost self, when I quaff from your lips and from your heart a scorching flame? Yes! One night has taught me how far your portrait falls short of yourself! You start at midday: in three hours I shall see you again. Till then, a thousand kisses, mio dolce amor! But give me none back for they set my blood on fire. “
Keywords for the Letter in the Lenormand Revolution are: Written messages, correspondence, printed information such as emails, faxes, memos, notes, missives, receipts, tickets—anything printed out, or on paper.
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Following is a three-card spread that borrows inspiration from the composition of a love letter as a symbol for igniting the heart’s desire. What makes the anatomy of a potent love letter? According to Dr, Mia Rose, the most important ingredient is to express the love in your heart. From there organize your feelings in three parts:
A personal salutation that consists of a romantic, sometimes secret name shared between lovers. This is the type of name that author Jess C. Scott refers to as a name that just by saying it, gives lovers a sense of security:
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Napoleon calls Josephine his sweet and matchless, Josephine and his, mio dolce amor. Names that no doubt caused Josephine to switch gears and respond with private delight in the knowledge from whence they came.
This is the core of the love letter and communicates with intimate detail the hunger of the heart. Poet Pablo Neruda beautifully describes the appetite of such desires when he writes,
“I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets. Bread does not nourish me… I want to eat the sunbeams flaring in your beauty.”
This conveys an imparting message as if you are leaving a passionate kiss your lover can actually taste off the pages of your letter. Napoleon ends his letter with a thousand kisses and begs Josephine to give none in return for fear they will set his soul on fire. We recommend this spread not just for writing love letters but also for opening your heart to passion and realigning with what has meaning. We invite you to have a heart and draw three cards.
- The Salutation: What is the salutation my heart is ready to respond to?
- The Interior: What is at the core of my desire?
- The Conclusion: What imparting message can I offer that will cause a passionate stir?