“Beautiful images in this deck, but does anyone know what the little black doll in a chalice (Bottom right) in the Stork card can mean?
Obvious meaning would be a baby, stork/baby, but why a black doll … in a chalice?”
First of all thank you Bernice for all your comments on the various posts. You have posed an excellent question which could stir different responses hopefully from the readers of this blog.
The Mystical Lenormand stork card is associated with Aries the sign of House 1 in the Astrological wheel. It represents the beginning. In the Tarot system (& some Astrologers may disagree) the Ace of Cups (chalice) has been linked to the spring. Other schools of Astrological thought put the Ace of Wands as the season beginning spring-Aries. I tend to use both systems depending on which Tarot cards I use or which regular playing cards system.
This is a partial explanation. As you said the association of the baby with the Stork card is obvious. Within the cards meanings changes or movements of situations are strongly suggested as well.
It certainly would be interesting to ask Regula or Urban whether or not they had a reason for this baby to be rich in deep color. The Lady #29 card is of similar color.
First of all, my perception (without prejudice) on the shade of the doll-baby’s skin being deeper in the image is a reminder to accept “change” when it occurs- it is not always what we are accustom to experiencing. To explain the color (hue) black would necessitate the removal of all barriers of previous associations linked to black.
The reason for this is because for the most part the unknown, mysterious and negative has been linked to black. In the black, black magic, blackout etc.. However, in some cases it means prestige, class and status symbol. As a narrow view example a black tie affair, tanning, black belt..and so on.
Is there a simplistic answer? As an seasoned practitioner of various card systems, I would interpret the symbolism of the Stork as unexpected & unplanned perhaps unwanted changes. In relation to the connection to the Aries sign, I see active creative/destructive energy being triggered in the spot of the layout it falls. The card hints at a gestation period. During this process the outcome could be unpredictable.
The black doll in the chalice links the traditional meaning (baby) to the traditional symbolism of spring (aries) & love (chalice).
To determine whether certain suggested meanings resonate with you- test the cards through experimentation. We all have a myriad of insights. The relationship with each and every card becomes unique & personal for everyone.