Oracle Outlook: Gypsy Witch Playing Card Reading for December 4-10, 2017

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been working with playing card decks for the weekly readings here.

Well, that caught the attention of one of my viewers over on YouTube, who asked if I would be willing to work the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards (published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.) for this week’s reading.

Only thing was, I didn’t have the deck.

The request struck (and intrigued) me, though: Why that particular deck?

So, I decided to do some research on the deck by checking our some deck reviews and walkthroughs of Gypsy Witch by fellow YouTubers. Finding out that the deck was a minimal investment (it ranges between $7 and $8), I went ahead and ordered it; I figured if I didn’t get on with it, I wouldn’t be out that much, in terms of money.

When it arrived, I put all my other decks aside, allowing myself time to concentrate on it. Any and all questions I posed to the cards would be read using Gypsy Witch until I was ready for film this week’s video.

I have to say I’m somewhat excited—and I will admit a bit nervous too—to be experimenting with a relatively new (to me) 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:

The cards for the week are: 2 of Clubs, King of Spades, 9 of Hearts, 9 of Diamonds, and 7 of Diamonds.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 9 of Hearts.

The 9 of Hearts is known as “the wish card,” so at the center of the reading, it can suggest the focus of our attention this week might be on a particular wish being fulfilled.

The suit of Hearts is about our feelings and emotions, and the 9 is a number of gain and attainment; the combination of these elements can suggest an emotional gain, something being attained that leaves us feeling happy, satisfied, and fulfilled.

The card also has the symbol of Ship, which can indicate travel, so there may be a wish involving travel.

I tend to look at Ship as symbolizing progress, so there may be a sense of emotional gain (in the form of happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment) centering on some type of progress being made.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 2 of Clubs.

Clubs is the suit of work and business, but also of social activity and progress being made (which reinforces Ship in the line). The 2, being a number associated with relationships and partnerships, can make the 2 of Clubs a card of working and/or business relationships.

This would fit with another meaning of Ship, and that is commerce or a commercial venture.

The 2 of Clubs can also suggest help either being given or received, and that exchange of help may aid in progress being made.

The 2 of Clubs has Railroad on it, and the symbol points to a long journey, which reinforces the travel aspect of Ship.

I tend to look at Railroad as suggesting either being on track or staying on track. If Clubs is about progress, then the 2 of Clubs/Railroad may be talking about help being offered to stay on track.

The combination of Railroad + Ship could be read as tracking (Railroad) for a shipment (Ship), which could be the help or assistance with a business-related situation.

Next to 2 of Clubs, we have the King of Spades.

The first thing that gets my attention is that we have a Spades card, the suit of problems, challenges, hurdles, and decisions. A combo of Clubs + Spades could suggest a problem that needs working out.

The King of Spades, in that regard, can represent a judge, suggesting decisions being made. The King of Spades might suggest a mind full of ideas and critically examining those ideas to make the best decision possible; the King of Spades represents the wise use of discernment.

The King faces the 9 of Hearts, and the suit (Hearts) can point to an outlook being offered to adopt; Hearts can suggest remaining happy and optimistic in the midst of a problem (Spades).

The King of Spades has Bride on it, and she’s a symbol of the fulfillment of an aim or a goal. So, the trio of Railroad + Bride + Ship could be read as, “Staying on track (Railroad) and being committed to fulfilling a goal (Bride) leads to progress being made (Ship).”

Moving to the other side of the 9 of Hearts, we have the 9 of Diamonds.

The first thing that I notice is the repetition of the number 9, the number of gain and attainment. So there’s an emphasis of attaining something this week.

Diamonds is the suit of the physical and material, so while the 9 of Hearts talked about an emotional gain, the 9 of Diamonds talks about a material gain. This gain could be in the form of money, as the 9 of Diamonds is a card of extra money (which may be a wish).

Combining Hearts + Spades could be talking about feeling (Hearts) successful (Diamonds), which could come as the result of a material gain.

Feelings are further emphasized by Heart, the symbol on the 9 of Diamonds; Heart typically refers to love and romance, but I also tend to look at it as passion and enthusiasm.

In looking at Bride + Ship + Heart, a funny thing popped into my mind: I thought about the TV series “The Love Boat” (Ship + Heart), and with Bride facing Ship and Heart, there may be the possibility of an actual bride going on a cruise.

Going further, it may have been a long journey (Railroad) for her to become a bride (Bride, and fulfillment), and now her wish has come true (9 of Hearts and the 9s representing attainment).

And that brings us to the final card in the line, the 7 of Diamonds.

Here we have another card from the suit of Diamonds, and a combination of Diamonds + Diamonds can suggest improved success.

The 7 of Diamonds is a card of investment for me (and the 9 of Diamonds is a card of extra money). In the material sense, it can refer to stocks and dividends, the idea of having your money “work” for you, and growing as a result.

In the metaphorical sense, though, this card can turn up when it’s time to evaluate a situation, considering the investment of your time, energy, and resources into it—and assessing the return you’ve gained on your investment.

Basically you’re asking, “Was it worth it?”

Since the 7 of Diamonds mirrors the 2 of Clubs at the other end of the line, the implication here is that an offer of help (2 of Clubs) could be very rewarding (7 of Diamonds) and well worth the effort (Clubs + Diamonds).

Flames is the symbol on the 7 of Diamonds, and the combo makes me think of that “hot stock” that turns a profit.

Like Heart, Flames can also suggest passion being ignited, and Heart + Flames could then suggest a burning desire; the pair can mean having your “heart on fire” for something, or a situation that leaves you feeling “warm” (Heart + Flames being a warm heart).

In looking at the colors of the suit, the line opens with two black cards (Clubs and Spades), suggesting a problem that needs working out. The remainder of the line being red cards lets us know that whatever problem we encounter this week, we can receive help to work through it successfully, experiencing both emotional and material rewards (Hearts and Diamonds) for our efforts.

And on that note, I’ll wrap up this week’s reading.

Hope your wishes come true,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for November 27- December 3, 2017

It was fun working with the Hermes Playing Card Oracle for last week’s reading; so much so that I haven’t been able to put it down, using it for my personal daily draws (much to the chagrin of that deck I couldn’t wait to arrive in the mail).

Getting back into playing card cartomancy, I had another one of my decks wanting to get in on the act, as it popped into my mind to use for this week’s reading: The Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).

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:

The cards for the week are: 4 of Spades, The Sun, 3 of Diamonds, Ace of Spades, and 7 of Hearts.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 3 of Diamonds.

This is a card of increase and expansion (the number 3), which may be gradual. This may be an energetic expansion (Diamonds can represent energy) for the spiritually-minded; for the more practical, this might be of a financial nature (Diamonds also represent money).

The financial piece makes sense given that we’ve just come off the heels of Thanksgiving, which led into Black Friday and officially kicked off holiday shopping for the season. With Cyber Monday starting off the week, some of us may be focusing on ways to create financial increase for gift buying.

For those focusing on increasing energy levels, this may come as a result of being engaged with others for the Thanksgiving holiday, and a change in the daily routine can have an energetic effect.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 4 of Spades.

When I read playing cards, and a card from the suit of Spades opens the line, it can point to a problem that is moving out of our lives.

The 4 of Spades is traditionally known as the “sick bed” card, implying illness, but I tend to look at it more as a state of “dis-ease.” The 4, when attached to a Spades card, can point to limitation and restriction, a sense of being “boxed in.”

Reading this aspect of the card would make sense with the idea of increase mentioned with the 3 of Diamonds, whether financially or with feeling energetic.

The cards are encouraging us to be creative (3) in our approach, possibly thinking outside the box (4); doing so, though, might require us to step out of our comfort zones (4), which could shake up some issues regarding security and stability (4).

Moving to the next card, we have The Sun.

For me, The Sun is the best card in the deck, outshining all other cards; this is great to see following a Spades card. The Sun is a card of clarification, suggesting things becoming clear.

The Sun suggests that clarity comes when we choose to become more conscious about ourselves and how we move through and experience our lives. What are you willing to see clearly this week? What situations are you willing to “clear up” this week?

The Sun is also a card of personal freedom, again wonderful to see after the 4 of Spades suggesting limitations and restrictions. What would you be willing to do this week, as a step toward your own sense of freedom? The Sun suggests you have the energy (remember Diamonds being a suit about energy) to take that step.

Moving over to the cards on the other side of the 3 of Diamonds, we first have the Ace of Spades.

Here we have another card from the suit of Spades appearing in the reading this week. The first thing I notice is that we move from a 4 to a 1, signaling a decrease in the intensity of the problem or challenge presented by the 4 of Spades.

When the Ace of Spades appears, it can mean a decision is being made; perhaps being tired of being in a rut, that sense of limitation and restriction, leads to a decision being made to begin (Aces represent beginnings) changing things up.

It can also represent clarity (clear thinking and being clear-headed), and that an answer or solution to a problem is received; this reinforces the appearance of The Sun, as these cards mirror each other in the reading.

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.

At the end of the line, we have the 7 of Hearts.

With the 7 of Hearts turning up, there’s the possibility of being faced with many options; the only thing is, the more options that are placed before us, the more we may be unable to decide.

We’re being asked, with this card, to narrow our focus. When this card turns up, the question being posed to us is, “What do I need (from an emotional standpoint, as Hearts is the suit of feelings and our emotional nature) right now?”

The 7 of Hearts suggests the need to concentrate on a single goal to ensure success (especially with the Ace of Spades coming before it).

This card can also warn of fantasies, daydreams, and having your head in the clouds, so be sure that your decision (Ace of Spades) is grounded in practicality—or life will give you a reality check. Don’t build castles in the clouds or bake pies in the sky. Check those rose-colored glasses at the door, please!

This card, for me, is a very spiritual and psychic card. I always encourage people to write down and interpret their dreams. Since dreams can also be highlighted with the 4 of Spades, our dreams may be particularly vivid this week. We could also experience some psychic visions.

Daily meditation (being acknowledged again here, as it was with the 4 of Spades) and visualization are also highlighted with this card. Before anything we want in the outer can manifest, we first need to go within and see, with our faculty of imaging and imagination, as being/doing/having that very thing.

In looking at the line overall, we started off with a black card (Spades) and ended with a red card (Hearts) which can suggest working through a challenge that may present itself this week. A majority of the cards are Spades, and that could suggest putting energy toward problem-solving and decision-making will work in our favor.

And having the Ace of Spades and 7 of Hearts close the reading could suggest the possibility of getting some much-needed clarity (Ace of Spades) surrounding one of the big questions (7) we may have been asking about a situation in our lives.

And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing indeed!

Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Oracle Reading for November 20-26, 2017

If you’ve been following the blog for a length of time, you may have noticed that there wasn’t an Oracle Outlook posting last week.

I typically work on the video and transcription of the readings for this space over the weekend for that upcoming Monday, but last weekend my schedule got filled with some atypical events, one of which was reading Tarot at a shop in my downtown Charleston area all day Saturday.

By the time the new week started, I still hadn’t been able to get the video transcribed, and when Tuesday came and went, I gave myself permission to skip a week.

That was huge for me, considering the fact that I’ve been posting weekly readings in this space since January of 2015 faithfully.

I could’ve simply posted the video (which did get done in time, and you can check it out here), but I know that many of my readers actually like reading the text version (thank you, dear readers, for being people after my own heart).

Not wanting that to become a habit, I’m back in the saddle with this week’s reading, both in video and written form.

This week I wanted to work with a playing card deck. I had the intention of working with a deck I backed on Kickstarter, which recently came in the mail.

But another deck began calling out to me, subtly, ever so subtly. The deck?  The Hermes Playing Card Oracle by Robert M. Place (published by Hermes Publications).

What I like about the deck is that Place has made the playing card aspect of the deck prominent—and included symbols on the cards to add additional layers of meaning; most are from the Lenormand system, with some also being from other cartomancy systems like the Gypsy Witch Cards and the Old Whitman Fortune-Telling Cards.

Taking the deck in hand and shuffling the cards, I asked 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:

The cards for the week are: Ace of Diamonds, 7 of Diamonds, 9 of Hearts, 6 of Clubs, and 10 of Spades.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 9 of Hearts.

The 9 of Hearts is known as “the wish card,” so at the center of the reading, it can suggest the focus of our attention this week might be on a particular wish being fulfilled.

The suit of Hearts is about our feelings and emotions, and the 9 is a number of gain and attainment; the combination of these elements can suggest an emotional gain, something being attained that leaves us feeling happy, satisfied, and fulfilled.

The card has the inset of Rider, a symbol of news and messages; this adds the possibility of news or messages playing a part in that wish being fulfilled or that emotional gain.

This being the week of the Thanksgiving, Rider can also be referring to visits and arrivals; in that vein, the suit of Hearts is associated with home and family issues, so Rider can suggest a visit by—or going to visit—those we love for the holiday.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the Ace of Diamonds.

Aces suggest a situation that’s in its beginning stages, suggesting potential for the future; Diamonds, as a suit, points to material concerns, and having the energy to become successful in our endeavors.

With that, the Ace of Diamonds can suggest a new material phase or experience. It’s also a card of news and messages, so we have that element being repeated (remember Rider). The Ace of Diamonds can also suggest something engaging and potentially rewarding.

If Rider is about visits and arrivals, then the Ace of Diamonds might suggest an invitation in some form; I tend to look at Ace of Diamonds as a letter, suggesting something in writing, so the invitation may come in the form of an e-mail or text message.

Here we have the inset of Sun, a symbol that speaks of success (like Diamonds) and confidence. I also read Sun as day and daytime, so the pairing of Ace of Diamonds and Sun might suggest an invitation (Ace of Diamonds) for a particular day (Sun).

Next to Ace of Diamonds, we have another card from the same suit, the 7 of Diamonds.

The interesting thing to point out with the 7 of Diamonds following the Ace of Diamonds is that the 7 refers to growth and development that takes place over time—after the seed (Ace) has been planted.

The 7 of Diamonds is a card of investment for me. In the material sense, it can refer to stocks and dividends, the idea of having your money “work” for you, and growing as a result; in the metaphorical sense, this card can turn up when it’s time to evaluate a situation, considering the investment of your time, energy, and resources into it—and assessing the return you’ve gained on your investment.

Basically you’re asking, “Was it worth it?”

Now, the 9 of Hearts, being next to the 7 of Diamonds, influences it, and can suggest again the idea of a gain that’s emotionally rewarding.

The 7 of Diamonds has Birds on it, a symbol of communication, so there may be conversation (Birds) that takes place between the time of an invitation (Ace of Diamonds) and the arrival or visit (Rider).

Moving to the other side of the 9 of Hearts, we have the 6 of Clubs.

The suit of Clubs refers to work and business, but it can also suggest being social and making progress, so this card can suggest working out a situation so that things can progress and move forward.

This would make sense, given that we have the first appearance of a “black” card, after having a string of “red” cards; coming after a Hearts card, Clubs can suggest feelings of frustration and impatience.

The 6 of Clubs, coming on the heels of what I said about Birds, is also a card of communication and can suggest something being negotiated (communication to work something out). The 6 of Clubs stresses the importance of listening and paying attention during these conversations.

The 6 is a number that, for me, comes up to point to an issue of responsibility versus reward (another word being repeated), so the conversation may be about assuming responsibility so an experience can be rewarding.

Birds has two of them in its symbolism, and this can suggest two parties; adding this to the 6 of Clubs, it can suggest everyone involved sharing the responsibility—meaning doing their part to make it a success.

And this is reinforced by Cross being on the card; Cross is a symbol of responsibility, but it can also suggest difficulty and something becoming burdensome. If one person takes all the responsibility for making a situation a success, it could very well indeed become a burden.

And Rider + Cross could be read as the arrival (Rider) of difficulty (Cross).

And that brings us to the final card in the line, the 10 of Spades.

The suit of Spades can suggest problems and challenges, and when I see it as the last card in a line, it can suggest a block of some kind. Coming after a Clubs card, a Spades card can suggest increased difficulties.

This is also highlighted by the fact that the line started off with the “red” cards and shifts with two “black” cards finishing the line out.

The 10 is a number of transition, suggest something that needs to be completed, which sets the stage for something new to get started. The 10 of Spades can suggest a “hang up” rearing its head (Spades is connected to mental activity, which takes place in the head), or that a decision will need to be made to end a particular situation or experience once and for all (Spades representing problem-solving and decision-making).

The 10 of Spades can also point to a large body of water, which brings in the symbol on the card, Ship. Ship is a symbol of travel, and one of its aspects is foreign or overseas travel. My first impression when considering this card was that there might be a problem with regard to travel—and especially for someone traveling a long distance (if not coming in from another country).

I find this reading very interesting, given that this is the week of a holiday, and the possibility of many people traveling. There’s already been unusual weather activity this weekend as I write this post, so it’s my sincere wish (9 of Hearts) that those traveling don’t have any unexpected delays—after all, the 10 of Spades is giving us a heads up.

And, with that, I’ll wrap up this week’s reading. If you’re observing the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope it’s a happy one.

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for November 6 – 12, 2017

Last week I shared that I’m continuing to receive requests to share more content on the Kipper cards, which I’m pleasantly surprised about, given that I don’t consider myself as proficient with them as Lenormand or Tarot.

In an effort to continue to honor those requests, in addition to last week’s Kipper reading posted in this space, I posted the first installment of a (viewer-requested) video series where I’m sharing the meanings I use when I read with Kipper.

And because of that, I wanted to turn to another system for this week’s reading, and I decided on Lenormand, specifically choosing to work with one of my favorite decks, Le Fanu’s Lilac Dondorf.  

As I do every week, I took the deck in hand, shuffled the cards, and I asked 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: Clouds, Lady, Gentleman, Mountain, and Tree.

The first thing that strikes me with the line this week is that Lady and Gentleman are facing each other directly, suggesting a situation surrounding a relationship with a woman and a man.

The typical love and romance cards, Heart and Ring, aren’t present here, so this relationship doesn’t have to necessarily be of a romantic nature (it could, though).

Regardless of the actual nature or dynamic of the relationship, just the fact that both significator cards have turned up highlights the “significance” (I couldn’t help myself) of the situation.

Surrounding cards will tell us more about the participants and what each of them might experience.

Behind Lady we have Clouds, opening up the line this week. Clouds is the most challenging card in the deck, and it can turn up to signal an air of confusion, of being unsure and uncertain, and having doubt.

Behind Lady, this might suggest a woman unsure of herself; with Gentleman facing Lady, and therefore facing Clouds, the cards might be suggesting a man is facing uncertainty about his future with a woman.

Behind Gentleman we have Mountain, another challenging card. Mountain is a card that speaks of challenges, obstacles, and blocks. I also tend to read this card as a setback, a delay, or a postponement.

Gentleman + Mountain might be telling us the man has had a recent challenge or setback, with Mountain behind him.

In his relationship with a woman (Lady), she might find him to be distant (Mountain), and going forward with him (Lady facing Gentleman) might prove to be challenging.

Lady facing Mountain implies facing some type of setback in the future, and it may center on her relationship with a man (Gentleman as the middle card in the line).

Whatever the specifics of the situation, Clouds + Mountain tells us that doubt and uncertainty (Clouds) will become challenging (Mountain), possibly resulting in some type of setback or delay (Mountain).

And that leads to Tree, the final card in this week’s line. Tree is a card of health and healing, so there may be some healing to be done with regard to this relationship.

With Mountain + Tree behind Gentleman, the cards may be telling us of a possible health challenge the man experienced in the past, which may play a part in his uncertainty about the future of a relationship with a woman (Gentleman facing Lady and Clouds).

With Lady facing Tree, the cards suggest the woman be patient (Tree is a card of patience) with the man, especially when the challenges and setbacks appear on the scene.

Tree is a card that can suggest a time of growth and development, because trees take time to grow (and that’s why patience is needed!). Tree is also telling us that the “roots” are there for that growth and development to take place.

In the end, Mountain + Tree reminds the couple that life has its challenges, and it’s a matter of working through them, as Mountain suggests that things are not insurmountable, they can be overcome; it’s just a matter of time.

And Clouds adds these words of wisdom: “And this too shall pass” (clouds being fleeting).

And, with that, I’ll bring the reading to a close.

Hope you have a week of growth and development,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for October 30 – November 5, 2017

A couple weeks back, when I last did a Kipper card reading in this space, I shared that I had received requests for more Kipper-related content. And during the time I posted that reading, as well as a video demonstration of a Cross Spread using Kipper cards, more requests came in (definite proof of the Law of Attraction at work, I’d say).

So I thought I’d do another Kipper card reading this week, and I’ll be working with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti (and published by U. S. Games Systems Inc.) once again.

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:

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

Just like I do when I read with Lenormand in this space, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.

The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: Main Male, Imprisonment, Child, Court House, and Expectation.

Focus of the Reading

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

Child is a card that can refer to an actual child, so there may be a focus on a child or children for parents this week. That makes sense considering Halloween is this week (at least here in the States); even more local to me is the Coastal Carolina Fair, an annual event that takes place this time of the year.

If you’re like me, and you don’t happen to have any children, then I read Child as the start of something, or something in its beginning stages.

The surrounding cards will tell us more about what could be starting up or beginning, so let’s take a look at them now.

Looking at the Line

Looking at the cards immediately flanking Child, we have Imprisonment and Court House.

Imprisonment is a card that can refer to limitation and restriction (if you consider the size of a prison cell), so Imprisonment + Child can suggest the beginning stage of some form of limitation or restriction.

If we consider Child to be an actual child, then the pairing might be talking about limitation or restriction that centers on a Child (Child as center card), or that a child is on “restriction,” which might suggest a form of punishment.

Imprisonment, traditionally titled “Prison,” can also refer to a tall building, and in that context, reminds me of Tower in Lenormand; in that case, Imprisonment can also suggest separation, isolation, withdrawal, and being alone (like solitary confinement).

Imprisonment + Child could then be read as a state of isolation is new or about to begin.

Court House, on the opposite side of Child, can suggest a possible legal matter, or that a decision needs to be made; it’s a card that speaks to administrative procedures, legal disputes, court cases, the law, justice, and verdicts being rendered.

Child + Court House could be read as the beginning of a legal matter or dispute, or a legal matter that involves a child.

As I consider Imprisonment, the legal dispute may concern limitation or restriction with a child, perhaps a case of being separated from a child or limited visitation with a child.

And that leads to Main Male, the first of the two outer cards in the line.

Main Male is a significator card, and therefore refers to a man playing a significant role (playing on the word “significator”) in the situation.

Starting off the line, this could literally be read as the situation starts with him. Kipper focuses heavily on directional cues, and in this case, Main Male has his back to the other cards in the line, suggesting things in his past.

Main Male in front of Imprisonment can suggest a man having to deal with a limitation or restriction from his past, or that the situation has already begun (Child being beginning).

Main Male + Child could refer to a man and his child, and with Imprisonment being between the two, can suggest he’s separated from his child.

As a result, he may have begun (Child) legal proceedings (Court House) to see his child (Main Male not facing Child) in the future (Main Male having no cards in front of him).

Expectation, rounding out the line this week, can indicate a waiting period, a sense of anticipation and expectancy, and a need for patience.

Keeping with the directional cue in the card, the woman in the image is facing left, looking out the window at Court House. This would imply waiting for a decision to be made involving a dispute, one possibly legal in nature.

And with that, the cards point this out: If there is a legal matter just getting started (Child + Court House), there won’t be an immediate verdict; Expectation, as the final card, can suggest a possible wait time of up to three months.

Can Main Male wait that long (Main Male + Expectation)? Perhaps—or perhaps he’s waited long enough already (Expectation behind him in the line, and on the other side)…

Only time will tell.

And on that note, I’ll bring this week’s reading to a close.

Hope you have a great week,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for October 23 – 29, 2017

For the reading last week, I worked with Kipper cards. And an interesting thing has happened after posting that reading.

If you checked out that reading, you might remember that I shared people were asking me for more Kipper-related content. Well that interest seems to have increased over the past week.

So, before immersing myself into the Kipper waters a bit more than usual, I thought I’d work with Lenormand for this week’s reading.

The deck that will be assisting me this week is the Ensslin & Laiblin Wahrsage Karten, a reproduction of a Lenormand deck that was originally published in 1880.

The deck is different in that it has a couple of cards (Clasped Hands and Cat) replacing ones that appear in the more standard or traditional pack (Heart and Cross).

And instead of playing card inserts, the cards have these images that look like sigils (to me, anyway), which actually prompted me to get the deck.

As I do every week, I took the deck in hand, shuffled the cards, and I asked 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: Letter, Star, Ship, Lady, and Rider.

Focus of the Reading

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

Ship is a card of travel, so we might be focusing on both the actual and the metaphorical journeys through life this week.

In the case of actual travel, Ship is a card of going abroad and overseas; in the case of the metaphorical, Ship can suggest a more spiritual type of journey.

I also tend to look at Ship as a card that talks about progression, advancement, and moving forward. In that case, this might be the week where we contemplate where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

Looking at the Line

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

Star, keeping with the context of Ship being travel, can talk about direction and navigation, as I sometimes read Star as GPS. This aspect of the card reinforces the idea of contemplating where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

In another light, Star can also be asking us to consider what inspires us and what we aspire to, as I read Star as ideals and goals. It’s those inspirations and aspirations that will serve as fuel to keep us going on our journeys toward achieving those goals.

If Ship is read as a venture (possibly a commercial venture), Star could then be talking about venturing out as a life coach; along those lines, Star and Ship could suggest exploring (Ship) the internet (Star) to reach an international or foreign market (Ship).

If the venture is more spiritually-oriented, Star could then be offering to explore topics of a metaphysical or new age nature.

Lady, on the right side of Ship, is a significator card, and refers to a woman. Surrounding cards will describe either more about her or about what she’ll experience.

Facing Ship, she may be a foreign woman, or it could be that she’s looking forward to traveling (and perhaps going abroad), as well as making some progress with a venture in the near future.

Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have Letter and Rider.

Letter, opening up the line this week, is a card that represents written forms of communication and correspondences; with Star as the internet, Letter + Star can suggest e-mails and texts.

Star can also be about documentation, and with Ship, this could refer to travel papers and documents, like a passport or a visa.

And Lady is facing in the direction of Letter, suggesting that a woman may be on the receiving end of some news, again in written form.

And, on the other end of the line, we have Rideranother card that can represent news and messages. The difference with Rider is that it talks about the delivery of news and messages.

In that vein, Letter + Rider can refer to a postal worker delivering mail, or an electronic delivery service (remember Star?) sending a message along.

With Lady standing before Rider, and not facing in its direction, the cards can be suggesting that she may have sent a message (Rider), and waiting for a response to come her way (Letter).

And on that note (see what I did there?), I’ll wrap up this week’s reading.

Here’s hoping you enjoy where life takes you…

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for October 16 – 22, 2017

Recently, I’ve received a few requests from viewers over on my YouTube channel to present some more Kipper-related content, so I thought I’d start off by using Kipper cards for the reading this week.

For this week’s reading, I’ll be working 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:

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

Just like I do when I read with Lenormand in this space, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.

The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: Judication, Despair, Coffin, Child, and Thoughts.

Focus of the Reading

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

Coffin can refer to things coming to an end, that something is being completed. I also read Coffin as closure and something being finalized or becoming final.

Another association I have for Coffin is limitation and restriction, and along that line, confinement, if you consider a coffin to be a space that’s limited, restricted, and confining. Coffin can also be a “box,” so it can imply a container or some form of storage.

Coffin can also be a “resting place,” so other associations are illness, sleep, and rest—and with that, a bed.

Looking at the Line

Looking at the cards immediately flanking Coffin, we have Despair and Child.

Despair is traditionally known as “Grief and Adversity,” and either title suggests challenges and adverse conditions.

With Coffin following Despair, the pair could be read as “an adverse situation is coming to its end.”

Or, Despair + Coffin could talk about a possible adverse situation (Despair) leading to a state of limitation and restriction (Coffin).

Child, on the other side of Coffin, can refer to an actual child, so Despair + Child may talk about an adverse situation involving a child.

When not about an actual child, the card can then indicate a beginning, something new, or the start of something. In this sense, Despair + Child could then suggest that despair is starting or beginning.

We have an interesting dichotomy with Child following Coffin. Coffin suggests an ending, and coming before Child, alludes to an ending that sets the stage for a beginning (Child). Coffin + Child could be read as “an ending that leads to a beginning.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was in reference to Despair?

Moving to the outer cards, we have Judication and Thoughts.

Judication is a card that talks about reaching a decision. In the image on the card, we see a judge presiding over a case between two parties, and this reminds me of some points I shared in last week’s reading pertaining to a possible legal matter.

With that in mind, there may be some resolution (Coffin being about endings and something being finalized) to some sort of legality.

With Despair being between Judication and Coffin, the case may have been difficult as it moved toward its conclusion.

If we consider Judication to refer to making a decision generally speaking, the card can suggest an approach that might be like a judge, meaning to weigh the facts in “evidence,” to consider all possible perspectives, and, if other parties are involved, to reach a decision that’s in the best and highest good for all concerned.

And that brings us to Thoughts (known traditionally as “His Thoughts”), a card that refers to mental activity (thought processes).

Thoughts can also point toward our thoughts about a decision being made (Judication).

Thoughts, in its challenging sense, can represent over-thinking and over-analyzing a situation, so Judication + Thoughts could be read as a decision is being over-analyzed (in an effort to reach a decision), or that there’s preoccupation with a decision that’s been made (after the fact).

On the card is an artist, and this has become one of my personal meanings for this card, so there’s the possibility of needing to think (Thoughts) creatively (art/artist) with regard to a project (canvas on easel).

With Coffin centering on something coming to an end or being finalized, Thoughts could possibly suggest the completion of a creative project is being thought about. Coffin might further add that there may be a “deadline” that needs to be considered.

And, with that, I’ll bring this week’s reading to a close.

Hope you have a great week,

 

 

 

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