Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for August 14 – 20, 2017

I wanted to work with Lenormand this week, and as I considered the possible decks to assist me, it dawned on me that I hadn’t worked with the Piatnik Lenormand in a very long time, so I thought it would be good to bring it out again into the light of day.

If you’ve been following the blog for a long while now (and if you have been, thank you!), you’ll know that the Piatnik Lenormand was the deck I used often when I began posting Lenormand readings in this space (back then I called it the Weekly Lenormand Outlook).

I lovingly refer to this deck as an “oldie, but a goodie,” as it’s one of the more traditional decks on the market, and one I would recommend as a deck for beginners studying Lenormand (it’s very affordable).

Taking the Piatnik Lenormand in hand and shuffling the cards, I’m asking what we might expect for the week ahead.

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

The cards for the week are: House, Tree, Cross, Garden, and Stork.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Cross.

Cross is a card that indicates burdens and difficulties, so that may be areas that we need to focus (focus card) on this week. Cross is also a card that speaks of responsibilities, and suggest that the “burden of responsibility” may fall to us to move through those difficulties.

For me, Cross also talks about things being critical and necessary, so it might be both critical and necessary to assume—or resume—some level of responsibility with regard to the situation the cards are presenting this week.

Cross can be a card associated with religion and spirituality, so this could be what’s at the center for some this week. This could suggest that, despite the difficulty you’re moving through, stay spiritually centered. Keep the faith—don’t lose it.

Rather—consider this: How might the difficult situation that’s showing up actually be playing a part of your spirituality overall?

Looking at the Line

The cards immediately flanking Cross, Tree and Garden, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (Cross).

Tree is a card that talks about health and healing, and next to Cross, can suggest that giving attention to our physical well-being (health) may be necessary this week.

Tree + Cross can be read as spiritual and/or faith healing, implying the possibility that a practitioner in these types of healing modalities may be wanting to “branch out” (Tree) with his or her work and/or practice.

If that’s the case, Tree is encouraging developing connections (7 of Hearts) as a way to branch out.

Tree is also a card of growth and development that happens over time, so it’s important to remain patient as the practice continues to grow.

And that’s a nice segue to Garden, as this is a card about the public. Garden represents other people, typically in the form of a group or community.

Tree + Garden could then be read as group healing or community health; given the nature (another aspect of Garden is the natural outdoors) of what’s going on in the world these days, the pairing could even be read as healing (Tree) a society or nation (Garden).

So, on one hand, the spiritual healing practitioner is being encouraged to grow and develop his or her practice by going out into the community and finding the people who would be best served by what the healer has to offer (Garden, in the business sense, would be the target demographic or audience).

On the other hand, seeing this combination (Tree + Garden) is big; Cross + Garden could be read as a public/national/societal crisis, suggesting to me the importance for spiritual healers to get about the business of serving the world in this regard—their presence is necessary during this critical time.

Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have House and Stork.

House is interesting to see in the line, and especially next to Tree, as they have something in common: family. House is a card that talks about the nuclear family, while Tree talks about extended family (if you consider Tree as the family tree with its “branches” of family extensions).

House + Tree could be read as a family (House) heals (Tree) and becomes healthy (Tree). With Cross being a card talking about something being critical or necessary, there may be a situation unfolding that’s prompting a family to undergo a much-needed healing process.

For the spiritual healing practitioner, House can suggest that the healer consider taking a look within his or her own “house,” reminding of the adage, “Physician, heal thyself.” So, it might be a message that before going public (Garden), consider what self-healing might need to be done, making the person more effective when working with others.

Another possibility is that this practitioner might need to become more comfortable (House) working with the public (Garden) if he or she is to grow and develop (Tree) as a spiritual healer (Tree + Cross).

Stork, on the other end of the line, is a great card to see, as it talks about positive change and improvement. With Cross being the most difficult (that was deliberate) card in the line this week, Cross + Stork could be read as a difficulty (Cross) changes (Stork) and improves (Stork).

Along with that, Tree + Stork could be read as health (Tree) changes (Stork) and improves (Stork). How? One possibility is suggested by Cross + Garden: the necessity (Cross) of getting outdoors (Garden), or some other way of going “natural” (Garden = nature = natural).

It could even be as simple as getting out of the house (House) and being around people (Garden).

Stork also reinforces about the need for change on a larger scale; Cross + Garden + Stork could be read as a public/national/societal crisis and/or ordeal leads to change.

My take on the line this week is that if we want to see healing and positive change and improvement in our communities, it first begins within our own homes.

A very timely message this week, I’d say.

Let’s hold the space—and keep the faith—that healing is taking place…

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for August 7-13, 2017

A reader of the blog sent me a lovely comment recently, expressing how much she likes my Lenormand and Kipper readings.

With that comment, she helped to remind me that it’s been a while since I last read Kipper in this space, so I thought I’d work with it this week.

And I was prompted to work with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti (while there’s now a mass-market edition of the deck by U. S. Games, I’m using my personally monogrammed copy of the first, self-published edition).

Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, asking what we might expect for the week ahead.

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

Just like I do with Lenormand, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.

The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: House, Thoughts, Wealthy Man, Marriage, and Gift.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Wealthy Man.

Wealthy Man is a person card, and can represent a young man; he can be a son, a brother, nephew, or cousin; this could suggest a situation where this type of person plays a central (center of the line) role.

I also read Wealthy Man as a man involved in business and finance. This can again suggest a man connected to either business or finance (or both) will play a central role (a “middle man,” perhaps?), or that we’ll be focusing on business or money matters this week.

It’s interesting to note that Wealthy Man is leaning to the left, suggesting leaning more toward one possibility (left side of line) than the other (right side of line).

Looking at the Line

Looking at the cards immediately flanking Wealthy Man, we have Thoughts and Marriage, as they can offer more about the focus (Wealthy Man).

Thoughts is a card known traditionally as “His Thoughts,” and can refer to the thinking of Wealthy Man (as the sole person card in the line).

Thoughts can also point toward our thoughts about a young man playing a central role (Wealthy Man in center of line) in a situation we experience this week.

Thoughts, in its challenging sense, can represent over-thinking and over-analyzing a situation, and this could be for either the man in question, or our thinking about him.

If Wealthy Man is about business or finances, then it could be that we’re giving one, the other, or both a lot of thought, to the point of preoccupation.

On the card is an artist, and this has become one of my personal meanings for this card (I did a reading about a situation that involved my brother, and both Wealthy Man and Thoughts appeared; my brother is younger than me—and an artist); so there’s the possibility of needing to think (Thoughts) creatively (art/artist) with regard to a project (canvas on easel).

And that brings us to Marriage.

Marriage is a card of commitment, so we’re being asked to consider the people and things we commit to throughout the week.

Marriage, as a ceremony, consists of the parties involved making pledges, promises, and vows to each other as a way of setting intentions for the relationship going forward.

So, while Marriage could imply an actual wedding ceremony or the married life of a couple, in the more general sense, Marriage sends the message that this is a week to keep our promises and honor commitments—both the ones we make to and for ourselves, as well as those we make to and for others (to the level best of our ability).

With this card being next to Wealthy Man, this could be a commitment he’s directly involved in—or one that’s he’s shying away from (remember that body language).

Thoughts + Marriage could be read simply as thinking (Thoughts) about a commitment or engagement (Marriage) that involves a young man (Wealthy Man in the center).

Moving to the outer cards, we have House and Gift.

House can specifically refer to a house or home, and is most often associated with a family home. House is about the people we share living space with, those who live under the same roof.

That would fit with the possibility of Wealthy Man being a family member.

With Thoughts next to House, it’s possible that a family situation will be occupying headspace, or there’s a great deal of energy spent on something related to housing.

With that possibility, House can represent real estate and property, and Wealthy Man might then take on the role of a businessman with a lucrative deal on his mind; Marriage would then be a contract or agreement with partners.

Gift, at the end of the line, is a card that is traditionally titled, “Receiving a Gift,” so it can imply being on the receiving end of someone’s giving this week.

Gift can also indicate a celebration of some kind; since this card mirrors House, this could be a family celebration.

With Marriage being next to Gift, the possibility of celebrating a marriage (like an anniversary), or even being in a wedding party or attending a bridal shower or wedding reception (Gift can symbolize a party).

If Marriage is more about a commitment or an agreement being made, Gift might be a reminder about each party being willing to both give and receive within that relationship.

Regardless of the specific scenario, Gift implies a welcome surprise at the end of the week.

And with that, I’m wrapping up this week’s reading with a bow.

Hope you have a wonderful week,

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for July 31-August 6, 2017

To my (pleasant) surprise, last week’s playing card reading was very well-received, so I was inspired to do another one this week—with a twist.

I wanted to work with my mad deck crush again (which is still going strong), and if you’re no stranger to the blog, you’ll know I’m referring to The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan (and published by Clarkson Potter).

And you’ll also realize the twist: Even though this deck is considered a Tarot deck, it actually has a playing card deck structure to it; for me, it’s like getting the best of both my favorite divination systems rolled into one deck.

I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

After shuffling the deck, I pulled three cards for this week’s reading.

The first card, opening the reading up for the week, is the Queen of Spades.

The suit of Spades represents problems, challenges, blocks and obstacles, but when I see a card from this suit in the first position of a reading, it can suggest a problem on its way out, that it’s going away.

Numerically, the Queen is valued at 12, and reduces to 3 (12 = 1 + 2 = 3). Typically, the 3 is associated with increase and expansion, but when connected to Spades, I read it as the opposite, which in this case, would be decrease.

The idea of decrease would reinforce the possibility of a problem going away.

Decrease would fit another aspect of the Queen of Spades, as she represents the process of elimination; the Queen is a person who actively cuts out (she holds a sword) what she no longer needs or wants from her life, what’s no longer serving or supporting her.

This can be material things (she’s known for Feng Shui), but also people, as she can represent a person who’s divorced, separated, or estranged from others—which are all forms of being “cut off” from people.

As an approach card, she begs the question: What do you need to eliminate from your life—and would you be willing to take an action step toward that goal?

The Queen of Spades is said to have had it pretty difficult in life, and, as a result, can make things problematic for those around her. Going with this aspect of the card, it may be that we need to consider putting some distance between ourselves and difficult people this week.

The final thing that comes to mind with this card is that of decision-making. When it comes to needing to make a decision, this Queen approaches the process intellectually (Spades represent mental activity); she looks at the situation from all possible sides, angles, and perspectives, weighing the pros and cons, and seeking all the information necessary to make the best and right choice.

If you need to make a decision this week, consider adopting that particular approach.

Moving to the next card, we have the 4 of Hearts.

This is an interesting card to follow the Queen of Spades, as the suit of Hearts represents feelings, emotions, and relationships.

The 4 of Hearts is known as the “marriage bed” card, implying a certain level of intimacy in a relationship; if not a marriage specifically, then a serious and very close relationship.

And then the divorced, separated, or estranged aspect of the Queen of Spades would make sense; reading just the suit emblems, the pairing of Spades + Hearts could indicate a problem (Spades) in a relationship (Hearts), and that it’s creating emotional pain.

Going further, the emotions associated with the 4 of Hearts are discontent and dissatisfaction, leading to the need for evaluating—or re-evaluating—a situation.

If we consider the decision-making aspect of the Queen of Spades, the 4 of Hearts could indicate that help is on the way (the hand with the bouquet), and that we have to be on the lookout, so we can see it when it comes our way.

The three cups at the bottom of the card symbolize the things in life that can distract us and keep us preoccupied, like the problems associated with Spades; when we keep focusing on the problems, we can sometimes let the solution slip right by, unnoticed.

Making the shift from being problem-focused to solution-focused, and shifting the associated feelings, may be the thing that enhances our perception of the situation.

Moving on to our final card for this week, we have the Ace of Spades.

Here we have another card from the suit of Spades, bookending the reading this week.

Seeing this card here validates an earlier “point” that was made: When the Ace of Spades appears, it can mean a decision is being made.

It can also represent clarity (clear thinking and being clear-headed), and that an answer or solution to a problem is received.

The Ace of Spades can indicate a triumph, victory, or success is at hand.

Aces can represent the potential for a new chapter of life to begin; with the Ace of Spades in particular, this new chapter could get off to a bumpy start. If you’re starting something new this week, don’t let the proverbial speed bumps in the road along the way deter you, having you think you’ve made a wrong turn.

Keep moving forward—the bumps will work themselves out.

The Ace of Spades could be offering the advice to keep an open mind, as you might get a big idea, have an a-ha moment, or receive an epiphany that clears up all those hurdles and obstacles.

And that will wrap things up this week—wishing you a Tarot-tastic one!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Reading for July 24-30, 2017

After a couple of weeks working with the Lenormand for the weekly readings, I wanted to try my hand at dealing some playing cards this week.

And I really wanted to work with my copy of Jennifer Kast’s Caravan of SEE’ers Fortune Telling Playing Cards in this space again, so that’s the deck I chose to assist me.

So, I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the (standard) general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

After shuffling the deck, I pulled three cards for this week’s reading.

The first card, opening the reading up for the week, is the 5 of Clubs.

For me, the suit of Clubs is associated with work and business, so there may be situations we’re “working” through on the job or employment front this week.

The 5 is a number associated with change, so the 5 of Clubs can simply suggest changes with work or business. One possibility, when this card turns up, is a literal changing of jobs, going from one job to the next (the 5 is also associated with travel).

If the work or business doesn’t relate, then another possibility could have to do with physical activity, as the 5 is a number I associate with the body, and therefore the physical and material. In this case, the work aspect of Clubs could lean toward working out and physical exercise.

Then the 5 of Clubs might be a change in one’s exercise routine.

Clubs can also be about social activity and interaction, so there could be a change on the social scene. The 5 is also associated with freedom, so there’s the possibility of seeking freedom for social activities—or needing to be freed up from too many social activities.

The next card can offer more insight, so moving on, we have the 9 of Hearts.

This card is known as the “wish” card, and when it turns up, it can suggest a wish being fulfilled, granted, and coming true.

The 9 is a number of gain and attainment, and with Hearts, the gain can be one of an emotional nature.

Coming after the 5 of Clubs (which is a card of good luck as well), it can suggest a change (5) that’s being worked on (Clubs) can lead to a sense of emotional satisfaction and fulfillment (9 of Hearts).

If someone is in the process of changing jobs, for instance, this combination could suggest landing a dream job, the type of work the person has wanted to do.

And, as another example, if someone is undergoing a change with exercise and physical activity, after some time working out, the person begins to noticeably feel better.

Whatever the particular situation, having the 9 of Hearts turn up is an encouraging sign, suggesting events are moving in a direction that’s wanted.

Rounding out our reading, the last card for this week is Vardo.

The Vardo card is actually the Joker of the deck; the Joker can suggest a new phase or chapter in life, which makes sense given that the 5 of Clubs is about change. A change in any situation can carry with it some type of newness, setting the stage for something to begin.

The Joker is also a “wild” card, and I tend to read this aspect of the card as suggesting something unexpectedly taking place within the situation. So, the motivation for changing something in the business of life might come as the result of an unexpected event.

The Vardo on the card is on wheels, symbolizing movement and progression. The 5 is a number associated with travel, so this can imply both literal and figurative movement.

There’s a ladder on the card as well, and that could signify “moving up the ladder,” which is advancing in one’s career; this would reinforce the possibility of a change in jobs or work that the 5 of Clubs offered.

With the Vardo card facing the 9 of Hearts, the message here is that there’s movement and progression (Vardo) toward a wish being fulfilled, and happiness being attained (9 of Hearts).

No matter the specific scenario and how it plays out, this week has the potential to be one of action and activity (Clubs), developing emotionally through working on our relationships (Clubs + Hearts), and possibly seeing our efforts (Clubs) result in happy outcomes (Hearts).

And that will wrap up this week’s Outlook.

Have a wonderful week!

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for July 17-23, 2017

As I write this, I just wrapped up another viewer-requested video series on my YouTube channel, working with the Lenormand.

And I thought, since I have Lenormand on the brain, why not just go ahead and work with it again this week.

The deck that will be assisting me this week is one I haven’t used in some time: the Malpertuis Lenormand by Neil Lovell of Maplertuis Designs Ltd.

If you’ve been following the blog for a long time now, you might remember that I used this deck when I shared my first Storyline Style reading, inquiring about the marriage of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis on “Days of Our Lives,” and then again about the relationship between Elias Vikstedt and Lari Väänänen on “Salatut Elämät.”

So, I’m excited to be working with this deck here again.

Taking the Malpertuis Lenormand in hand and shuffling the cards, I’m asking what we might expect for the week ahead.

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

The cards for the week are: Mice, Fox, Anchor, Crossroads, and Child.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Anchor.

You might recall that Anchor appeared as the first card in last week’s Lenormand reading; this week, it reappears, having claimed the central spot in the line.

For me, Anchor is a work card, one that can suggest hard work. Since it’s a carryover from last week, it may want us to focus on the message it delivered last week about our hard work (efforts) paying off by remaining persistent and hopeful.

In its more literal sense, there may be issues surrounding work we being encouraged to focus on, or doing some work around the activities we consider routine (as “routine” is one of my keywords for Anchor).

Being a card of stability and security, those concerns may also be tied to what we focus on and work toward this week.

 Looking at the Line

The cards immediately flanking Anchor, Fox and Crossroads, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (Anchor).

Fox is interesting to see in the line next to Anchor, as I read Fox as job and employment; so there are two cards in the line referencing possible issues on the job this week.

Fox can represent an employee, so Fox + Anchor can refer to a serious and hardworking employee. If someone is on the job hunt, Fox + Anchor might suggest a job (Fox) becomes secured (Anchor).

Another possibility would be a stable (Anchor) job (Fox), going with the routine aspect of Anchor.

Things take a turn (that was intentional) with Crossroads, which is a card of choices, options, and alternatives.

When Crossroads appears in a reading, I tend to look at it as prompting the question, “Where do we go from here?” For me, Crossroads implies choosing the best course.

So there may be decisions coming up regarding work that will need to be made this week.

Crossroads can also suggest multiples, so Fox + Crossroads could be read as multiple jobs. If we consider Anchor to mean security and stability this would make sense; Fox can also be a card of survival, adding to the possibility of securing additional means of employment to get by.

And that might not be just for an employee, someone who has to punch someone else’s clock; Fox can also represent someone self-employed, so it could be that a job is being considered in addition to someone’s self-employment venture. Or that someone is doing a “side hustle” with a self-employment venture as he or she works a steady gig for the stability and security it offers.

Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have Mice and Child.

Mice, opening the line up, can shed some light as to the possible choices and decisions being made concerning additional work.

Mice is a card I first tend to read as stress and worry, so Mice + Fox can suggest job stress and worries about employment.

Mice can also be a card of gradual loss and decline, so the stress and worry may be the result of a gradual decline with work or a job loss (Mice + Fox), which will then impact one’s sense of security and stability (Anchor as the focus card).

The stress could also be due to bothersome things on the job, as Mice can also be a card representing pests and nuisances.

If that’s the case, Fox, being a card of cunning and strategy, suggests being clever and strategic in how to best handle those nuisances.

Child is a card that I first read as meaning something new. With Crossroads, Child can suggest a new path being considered.

Crossroads + Child could also be read as the decision (Crossroads) to start (Child) anew (Child). If Anchor gets thrown into the mix, we can see the choice between (Crossroads in-between Anchor and Child) work that’s secure and stable (Anchor) and work that’s new (Anchor + Child).

That new work might even be some kind of start-up (Fox + Child; Fox being self-employment).

If we consider another motivating factor to take on additional employment, Child could literally represent a child, which would mean there’s a dependent (Child) to consider.

Any of these possibilities would make sense as to why Anchor wanted to show up again this week, reiterating its message about perseverance, as that will help us work through any new stresses and worries (Mice + Child) that might appear on our paths (Crossroads).

As I close this week’s reading, I’ll offer this adage, with the help of Mice + Child: “Don’t sweat the small stuff (if you can).”

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for July 10-16, 2017

I’ve been filming a new Lenormand video series as a response to the requests of some of the viewers of my YouTube channel, and when that happens, working with the Lenormand for the weekly reading becomes a natural thing to do.

So, this week I’m going to work with a deck I believe I’ve only used once before in this space, and that’s the Maybe Lenormand by Ryan Edward (and published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.).

The deck is interesting because it consists of 52 cards (a standard deck of playing cards); 36 of the cards make up the standard Lenormand deck, and the remaining 16 cards come from a couple of cartomancy systems: The Gypsy Witch Cards and the Whitman Fortune Telling Cards.

But for the purposes of this week’s reading, I’m sticking with the traditional 36 cards of the Lenormand.

Now that I’ve shared the deck I’m working with, I’m taking it in hand and shuffling the cards, asking what we might expect for the week ahead.

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

The cards for the week are: Anchor, Sun, Clover, Fish, and Book.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Clover.

Clover is a card that speaks of luck and fortune. I read Clover as opportunity, so having it in the center of line is a message to focus on opportunities that present themselves to us this week.

Clover can have a dual aspect to it; on the one side, these opportunities might seem like a chance that’s fortuitous (Clover can also suggest synchronicity at work), and on the other side, opportunities can come our way that seem more like taking a risk or a gamble.

And that would suggest taking the time to weigh the pros and cons of any opportunity that shows up.

However, Clover could also suggest that the time for consideration may be somewhat brief or short-term, because those are aspects of Clover in relation to time.

Clover can also refer to an attitude, and that would be happy go-lucky. Clover asks us to be a bit (Clover represents small, when it refers to size) more carefree and spontaneous (perhaps if you consider yourself not to be a risk-taker or gambler).

Maybe one of those possible opportunities will be the means for that change in attitude?

Looking at the Line

The cards immediately flanking Clover, Sun and Fish, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (Clover).

Sun is a card of success, so Sun + Clover could be read as “success (Sun) with an opportunity (Clover).”

And that would be because Sun is a card that, for me, can represent “big luck,” where Clover can represent “little luck.” So it’s nice to see these cards, not only in the line together, but right next to each other.

Keeping with the luck aspect of both cards, Sun + Clover can also be read as “a lucky (Clover) day (Sun).”

Another way Sun validates Clover is with the message of an attitude change. Sun is a card of confidence, positive energy, and radiating a “sunny disposition,” all of which could contribute to becoming more “happy go-lucky.”

Fish, on the other side of Clover, can point to a more tangible opportunity, as it’s a card that talks about money and finances. So, Clover + Fish could suggest a financial opportunity or a chance for money.

Clover being a card of chance, with Fish, the possibility can be cash that comes from something like the lottery or sweepstakes. However, Clover, being a card that also refers to something small, the winnings might be more like that from a scratch-off ticket rather than a million-dollar jackpot.

And if you’re like me, and not the gambling type, then this bit of financial luck could be in the form of a bonus of some kind. And that would make sense if we consider Sun + Fish to mean a “payday,” suggesting a bonus in addition to income generated through work.

And that’s a nice way to segue to the outer cards in the line, Anchor and Book.

One of the meanings I use for Anchor is work, playing off on that “payday” meaning I mentioned above.

As a card of work, Anchor, for me, can suggest long-term work, work that may be somewhat hard (like physical and manual labor) or routine, but also affords (Fish) a sense of stability and security.

That sense of “payday” can be reflected in Anchor + Sun, which can be read as successful work.

Anchor is also a card of hope and perseverance, and as the first card in the line, can suggest sticking with something, as anchors keep things in place, keep them from moving on.

Anchor + Sun, in that light, could be read as hope and perseverance (Anchor) lead to success (Sun). And Anchor + Sun + Clover could be hope (Anchor) for a lucky day (Sun + Clover), as well as perseverance (Anchor) and confidence (Sun) lead to a lucky opportunity (Clover).

If we throw Fish into that, the cards are suggesting that sticking with something could pay off in a big way; it’s just a matter of being both hopeful and confident (staying positive).

And that brings us to Book, the final card in the line this week.

Book is a card of knowledge, education, and learning. When I see Book at the end of a line, it immediately says to me that at the end of a situation (positioned at the end of the line), there will be some knowledge gained, some lesson learned (education is a learning process).

Book is also a card that indicates a project, so with Anchor there may be work connected to a project, which could also be the opportunity mentioned by Clover.

Anchor and Book could also suggest sticking with a particular project, and with Clover, it could be because the luck around it is about to change.

Fish has the insert of the King of Diamonds, and this can make Fish represent an entrepreneur. Fish + Book can then suggest a knowledgeable entrepreneur, or that entrepreneurship is being studied in some way.

Clover + Fish + Book could then be read as an opportunity (Clover) with an entrepreneur (Fish) to learn (Book) and gain knowledge (Book).

With 4 out of the 5 cards this week from the suit of Diamonds, there’s an emphasis on value being gained through our everyday life experiences.

And on that note, I’ll go ahead and “close the book” on this week’s reading.

Hope your week is full of lucky opportunities!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for July 3-9, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I confessed that it’s been difficult putting aside my mad deck crush, The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan (and published by Clarkson Potter), to work with other systems for the weekly readings.

Well, after being a good boy and working with both Lenormand and Kipper, respectively, in this space, I’m rewarding myself for my good behavior and picking up The Illuminated Tarot once again for this week’s reading (hopefully you’ll find this rewarding too).

As it’s still so dang spot-on in my daily draws, I’m really excited about what it could share with us this week.

Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:

If you prefer to read the post, here it is:

After shuffling the deck, I pulled three cards for this week’s reading.

The first card, opening the reading up for the week, is the 8 of Hearts/The Moon.

The 8 of Hearts can suggest going on a spiritual quest, a search for meaning in one’s life. This can mean literal travel, but most often, spiritual quests are taken by going within.

Either way, this means that you’ll be “going it alone,” that it’s a trek for you and you alone. You may be moving into unfamiliar territory, into spaces and places you have never gone before.

This journey will require you to leave the past behind–and with that, some people, places, circumstances, and conditions that no longer serve and support you–in fact, those very things may now be draining you (the 8 of Hearts warns of “toxic” people, environments, and circumstances that may be having an effect on your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being).

The 8 of Hearts is also known as an emotional choice card, sometimes called “a change of heart” card. We sometimes have to get to a point where we think, feel, and say that we’ve had enough and that it’s time to move on—even if we don’t know where we’re going or what lies ahead. Because what is familiar is no longer working for us.

When we can do this for ourselves, we’re taking the steps to reclaim our personal power (the number 8 is a number of power). When we stand in the power of who we are, we’re standing in, what spiritual teacher Gary Zukav calls, our “authentic power.”

In some circles, this card is also known as “the Amethyst Rose.” When the 8 of Hearts crosses your path in this regard, you’re going through a time of “spiritual purification.”

To aid in this process, you’re encouraged to either wear or carry on your person a piece of amethyst. Doing this will cleanse your energy, and allow a spiritual awakening or enhancement to possibly occur.

This is a time of release that will help to improve your overall well-being, which is a nice lead-in to the other aspect of this card, The Moon.

The Moon is a card of heightened sensitivity, so be aware of how people around you may “trigger” emotional reactions and responses from you.

Should you have these types of experiences this week, you’re being encouraged to react and respond to these triggers differently than you have in the past. If the way you’ve been reacting and responding hasn’t produced the result you want yet, it might be time to try something different.

The Moon can also suggest that emotional issues may come to the surface, and if that should be the case, they’re coming up to be healed.

Things come up to be acknowledged, and awareness is the first step toward healing and clearing issues that create all sorts of blocks in our lives.

The 8 of Hearts and The Moon share something in common: Both can indicate phases of the moon, and we’re going to be experiencing a full moon this week (July 9th), and full moon phases are said to be excellent for releasing.

Moving to the next card, we have the 4 of Clubs.

The 4 of Clubs is a card of celebration; it can mean that you’ve reached a stage of completion in your endeavors, and you’re being encouraged to take things to the next stage or level, now that a firm foundation has been set (the number 4).

An enterprise or endeavor has reached a successful stage of development, and it’s time to celebrate that achievement! You can enjoy the initial fruits of your labors (Clubs being the suit of work, enterprise, and business) before beginning the next round of work.

The 4 of Clubs, being a card of celebration, can suggest a special ceremony or ritual that marks a rite of passage (this card can be seen as a “stage of life” card), acknowledging the achievement of one stage of development as we embark on a new one.

So, for this week, look at the progress you’re making in your life and find a way to acknowledge or celebrate that progress. What ritual or ceremony could you come up with?

The 8 of Hearts and the 4 of Clubs have a connection: The 4 of Clubs can represent the home (the 4 alluding to the 4 walls of a structure), but can also represent real estate and property—and moving, keeping with the moving on aspect of the 8 of Hearts; a nice and subtle way to reinforce that particular message.

And did you notice the path on the image of the 4 of Clubs?

Moving on to our final card for this week, we have the 10 of Clubs.

The first thing I notice is that two of the three cards this week are from the suit of Clubs, reinforcing the possibility of focus and concentration on our working lives, or on issues needed to be worked on or worked out.

The 10 is a number of transition, but also of success; the implication here could be working on bringing something to a successful completion this week.

In the image on the card, a person “eyes” a load in his or her hands. This visual warns you of having too many responsibilities—and being burdened by the load you’re carrying.

The 10 of Clubs asks: Do all those responsibilities belong to you, though? If not, this card is asking you to consider allowing other people to be responsible for themselves. You’re not supposed to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders!

You may be thinking you’re being helpful, but are you really? The 10 of Clubs warns that you may be enabling other people not to take care of their own situations in life—especially when they are able and capable. If that’s true for you, why is that?

In working environments (Clubs being the suit of work and business, remember), the 10 of Clubs can suggest having new job duties and responsibilities (also remember that bit about career advancement and moving up the ladder?). It can suggest you’re in a position where a lot of work is put upon you.

The 10 of Clubs says that people around you could even be considering you a workaholic. You may also believe you have to do it all yourself. If this is true for you, the 10 of Clubs is cautioning you: If you’re not careful, you’ll experience exhaustion and fatigue, and put yourself on the road to burnout.

It’s not too late to learn the art of delegation—which is really learning to let go of control. Not everything has to get done by you—whether you believe it or not. It’s a matter of acknowledging that things may not get done the way you would do it—and that’s because not everyone works the same way you do, or has the same motivations about the work as you (Clubs being about motivation).

Sometimes we think holding on to everything gives us control. But does it? It may very well be that those things we are holding on to are really controlling us.

The 10 of Clubs, like the 8 of Hearts, can suggest a journey, so that message about moving on is being carried throughout the cards this week. And that reminds me of this saying by Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

What will your “one step” be this week? And will you take it?

 

 

 

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