Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for September 18 – 24, 2017

Keeping with the cartomancy kick I’m currently on (once again), I wanted to do a Kipper card reading for the Oracle Outlook.

So, 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: High Honor, Bad Health, Marriage, Imprisonment, and Mature Female.

Focus of the Reading

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

Looking at the Line

Looking at the cards immediately flanking Marriage, we have Bad Health and Imprisonment.

Bad Health is a card that can suggest a time for healing, a time of recuperation, looking at it from a physical well-being perspective. Traditionally known as “Short Illness,” it can suggest the condition is temporary in nature, as “short” is short for “short-term” (I really couldn’t help myself with that).

Bad Health can also appear when it’s time to take a break from things, from your normal routine.

Coming before Marriage in the line, Bad Health can be asking us to be more committed to our physical well-being, or that the commitment to our physical well-being comes as a result of experiencing a temporary ailment.

If we consider Bad Health to be about taking a break (and, as I type these words, I’m hearing “Gimme a break, gimme a break,” the lead-in on those old Kit Kat bar commercials), then with Marriage, a possible message is that we may need to commit to our well-being by taking a temporary break from a long-standing or long-term commitment.

With a bed in the image on the card, I always consider the expression “putting an issue to read or to bed,” so we may need to commit (Marriage) to resolving an issue, even if it’s just a temporary measure at this stage.

And that would make sense as we consider Imprisonment, which is a card of limitation and restriction.

This card, in traditional Kipper, is simply named “Prison,” and I tend to read it like Tower in Lenormand; in that context, Imprisonment can talk about withdrawal, isolation, and being alone or lonely (think “solitary confinement” in the prison systems).

This aspect would then fit when paired with Bad Health, suggesting a solitary time out to heal, recover, recharge, and recuperate.

When we consider the pairing of Marriage + Imprisonment, a commitment or engagement may face some type of limitation or restriction. With Marriage being a card of a contract, Imprisonment might be a heads-up to take a close look at the terms of the agreement, to avoid any possibilities of getting “trapped” into a commitment that can’t be easily undone.

If one is healing and recovering from a challenging relationship or commitment, Imprisonment might then come up as a possible fear of commitment (think commitment “phobia”), in which there’s an underlying issue of becoming trapped or stuck.

Moving to the outer cards, we have High Honor and Mature Female.

High Honor is a card of achievement and recognition, and I tend to read it with a slant toward career and career advancement.

Since the context of the reading centers on commitments and agreements (Marriage), High Honor might want to talk about the recognition of a particular commitment, or the achievement of a contractual agreement.

With High Honor being closest to—and facing—Bad Health, the pair might suggest recognizing it’s “high time” for a break, or that some type of healing is being acknowledged.

Mature Female, on the other side of the line, points to a person who may play a part in the situation being presented.

Mature Female points to an older woman, someone mature, who has gained wisdom through experience.

And she faces all the other cards in the line, suggesting things that are coming up for her in the future.

When pairing the outer cards (High Honor + Mature Female), they offer the possibility that this woman will be on the receiving end of honor and recognition, perhaps for something she will achieve.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be some challenges though toward that achievement, if we take into account that Imprisonment is the card showing up in her immediate future. She may, at first, face some limitations or restrictions starting out.

With Marriage following Imprisonment, it might offer that the woman might, at first, try moving forward on her own (Imprisonment is a card of solitude and being alone), but soon realize that another person may need to become involved, and the agreement to form a partnership is made.

Another possibility is that an older woman is facing moving beyond a limiting or restrictive commitment or relationship (Marriage + Imprisonment), and taking some time for herself to heal (Bad Health + Imprisonment), as she recognizes (High Honor) how important that is, and as a result of that recognition, she achieves her goal (High Honor).

And I’ll close out on that “high note.”

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for September 11 – 17, 2017

I was really excited to do this week’s reading because I got to break in a deck that came in the mail the day before I sat down to shoot the video presentation.

The deck is the Ensslin & Laiblin Wahrsage Karten, which is 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: Sun, Gentleman, Dog, Key, and Clasped Hands.

Focus of the Reading

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

Dog is a card that can refer to a friend (think “man’s best friend”), a partner, or a companion, so this week’s focus may center on a friendship, partnership, or companionship.

Dog is also a card that talks about help, support, and assistance, and those aspects may be the central issue; it could be that we’re offering help and assistance to a friend or partner, or that we’re on the receiving end of such support from another.

The dog on the card is facing left, looking at those cards; this might be a directional cue being offered to give us more information about either the friend or partner, or the help and support being given or received.

Looking at the Line

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

Going to the card Dog is facing first, we have Gentleman.

The Gentleman card is a significator, and its sole meaning is a man. For a woman reading this, Gentleman points to a man significant to you. Dog being a friend can make Gentleman a male friend or a partner.

For a man reading this, Gentleman would refer to you, and then Dog would be your friend or partner.

If Dog + Gentleman is a friend, the cards are suggesting he’s loyal (Dog can represent loyalty); if he’s a partner, the cards are suggesting he’s faithful (Dog representing faithfulness).

Since Gentleman and Dog are facing each other, this brings back the possibility of help, support, or assistance being given and received with the confines of a friendship or partnership.

And, because Lenormand can be quite literal, another possibility for Gentleman + Dog is a man and his dog; Dog can represent an actual dog or some type of domesticated animal (pet).

Key, on the other side of Dog, can suggest an answer or solution. Key can suggest this answer or solution is important or vital (additional meanings of Key for me).

If we pair Gentleman and Key, the man faces the key, suggesting he will be on the receiving end of an important answer or solution. He will either discover it, or it will be revealed to him, as Key can also mean discovery or revelation.

With the Key being behind Dog, the cards are suggesting a friend or partner has the answer or solution for the man.

Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have Sun and Clasped Hands.

Opening the line, Sun is a sharp contrast to the card the opened up last week’s reading, Clouds; whereas Clouds is the most challenging card in the deck, I consider Sun to be the most positive.

Sun (I think the sun is so cute on this card!) speaks of success and confidence. Sun + Gentleman could refer to the man as being successful and confident, perhaps as a result of something in his recent past, as Gentleman has his back to Sun, suggesting something “back there” (the past).

Sun is also a card of clarification and illumination, suggesting that a situation is clearing up (giving further credence to Key being an answer or solution).

Sun can also mean positive energy or a positive outlook, which bring to mind the idea of “looking on the bright side” of things.

Along with that, Sun + Gentleman could suggest the man (Gentleman) has a “sunny disposition” (Sun).

And, if we consider that Gentleman + Dog could be a man and his actual dog, Sun + Gentleman + Dog could simply talk about a day (Sun) for a man (Gentleman) and his dog (Dog).

The same could be true if Dog represents a friend or partner of the two-legged variety.

Rounding out the line we have Clasped Hands. As I mentioned earlier, this card is not in a traditional Lenormand deck; in the Ennslin & Laiblin, Clasped Hands replaces the Heart card.

For me, Clasped Hands can suggest an introduction being made, as people typically shake hands when meeting for the first time. And since I mentioned the word “meeting,” Clasped Hands can also indicate an actual meeting.

Clasped Hands can also suggest an agreement, if you go with the idea of “let’s shake on it,” a custom when a deal is made or agreed upon.

Key + Clasped Hands can suggest the importance (Key) of an introduction or meeting (Clasped Hands), which could lead to an answer or solution (Key) being mutually agreed upon (Clasped Hands).

These possibilities are further illuminated by Sun + Clasped Hands, which can be read as a day (Sun) where an introduction is made (Clasped Hands), or success (Sun) with a meeting (Clasped Hands), resulting in an agreement being made (Clasped Hands).

I think the overall message of the cards this week is to consider how we might be in the position to offer help, support, and assistance to a friend in need; and if we do offer—and it is accepted—to keep and honor any agreements made.

Hoping your week is successful,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for September 4 – 10, 2017

If you’re observing the Labor Day holiday, I hope you’re enjoying having your weekend extended another day. For me, I’m enjoying the day with a “labor of love”—the weekly card reading! (You weren’t surprised by that, were you?)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with different playing card decks for these readings; this week, I wanted to try my hand with a Lenormand deck.

I’m specifically choosing the Mystical Lenormand by Regula Elizabeth Fiechter and Urban Trösch (published by AGM-Urania) to work with.

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:

The cards for the week are: Clouds, Cross, Heart, Anchor, and Rider.

Focus of the Reading

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

While Heart has associations with love and romance, my first go-to keywords are passion and enthusiasm.

And what I love (that was intended) about this particular depiction of the card is that the heart has flames around it. The visual makes me think of a situation that “sets your heart on fire” or a “burning” desire.

With that in mind, the focus this week could pertain to a burning passion—both in the good sense and the challenging sense.

In the good sense, Heart could be asking us to focus on the things we love in our lives; in the challenging sense, we may find ourselves focusing on something that gets us “heated” emotionally, that gets our blood boiling because we’re that passionate about it.

I also get the sense that we’re being called to bring love into our interactions and experiences this week. Heart gets us to look at our “love walk” and to “put a little love in our hearts.”

Looking at the Line

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

Cross is a card that talks about difficulties, so Cross + Heart might point to an emotional difficulty, one that may be on the burdensome side (the expression “weighing heavily on the heart” is coming to mind). This would be keeping with the possible love and/or romance slant of Heart as the center card.

Cross also speaks to religion and spirituality, so Cross + Heart, in that regard, might refer to spirituality that has become passionate. One has to consider whether that passion (Heart) is simply enthusiasm for the spiritual—or is it more like religious fervor?

And keeping with the religious and spiritual aspects of Cross, this card can also indicate a crisis, one that might feel (Heart) like one’s faith (Cross) is being tested (Cross).

Anchor, on the other side of Heart, is a card that speaks of stability and security; in the context of love and romance, Heart + Anchor might suggest a stable love affair, one that produces feelings (Heart) of security (Anchor).

Anchor is also a work card, referring to long-term work that’s somewhat routine, affording some level of stability and security. In this context, Heart + Anchor can suggest a passion (Heart) for work (Anchor), or a burning desire for work to be/become stable.

With that last possibility, Cross + Anchor might then point to a work-related ordeal, one that might have felt like a burden (Cross), but may become more routine as a result of that stability mentioned earlier (Anchor).

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

Clouds, for me, is the most challenging card in the deck, and talks about confusion, uncertainty, and doubt.

With Cross, the cards speak of spiritual and/or religious confusion and uncertainty, and that sense of uncertainty (Clouds) leads to a crisis of faith (Cross).

Another possibility becomes apparent when you consider that Clouds can point toward the weather and the atmosphere (clouds are in the air/sky), as it brings to mind (mental atmosphere) Hurricane Harvey, which has left the state of Texas (here in the United States) devastated in his wake.

With Cross following Clouds, it talks about the situation continuing to be critical, and one that has pulled at the hearts of people everywhere (Heart following Cross).

And with challenging cards like Clouds and Cross in the line this week, it’s nice to see Rider coming in on the other end.

Rider talks about an arrival or about news and messages, and facing Anchor, this might suggest the arrival of stability, that things start returning to some sense of routine.

Clouds + Rider could be talking about confusion or uncertainty (Clouds) with news or a message (Rider), and that reminds me that Mercury is still retrograde, so attention might be needed for messages that are being delivered this week.

The pairing could also point to confusion or uncertainty (Clouds) about the arrival (Rider) of a man (Clouds) coming in for a visit (Rider)—perhaps the result of a miscommunication?

And I almost forgot (Clouds can point toward forgetfulness) that there’s a possibility of another hurricane—Irma—making its way toward the eastern coast of the United States. I’ll be listening for news on that front to come in this week (Rider).

I’m going to keep the faith (Cross) that Irma manages to stay out at sea (Anchor).

And as I write that, perhaps the larger message (Rider) the cards are bringing to us this week is that no matter what “storm” shows up in our lives, if we continue to keep the faith, it too will pass.

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Oracle Reading for August 28 – September 3, 2017

I’m enjoying working with decks that haven’t appeared in this space for some time, so I’m continuing that trend.

This week, I wanted to work with The Hermes Playing Card Oracle by Robert M. Place (published by Hermes Publications).

What I like about this 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.

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: Ace of Spades, 6 of Hearts, 5 of Spades, Ace of Hearts, and 3 of Hearts.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is 5 of Spades.

For me, when a card from the suit of Spades appears in the center of a line, it can point to a problem or challenge needing to be solved and/or resolved.

The 5 is a number associated with change, suggesting a change with the problem, or that a change of mind (Spades represent the mind) could lead toward the problem being resolved.

I also equate the 5 with activity, and this slant can suggest being “hands-on” with regard to the problem, or that there’s something that needs to be done to change the situation.

The 5 of Spades can turn up when it’s time to consider separating or divorcing yourself from a person, environment, or circumstance. I read this card as suggesting it’s the better part of valor to walk away from a fight (challenge).

And, on that note, let’s take a look at the symbol on the card: A lion can symbolize strength and courage, so this adds the message that, whatever the specifics of the challenge, we’re strong enough and courageous enough to face it.

A lion can also symbolize pride, so it could point toward pride (being too proud) being at the heart of the problem—or that pride could possibly be what’s keeping from the problem being solved and/or resolved.

Looking at the Line

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

Here we have another card from the suit of Spades, highlighting a possible challenge or problem. When a card from the suit of Spades begins a line, I typically read it as a problem on its way out; since we have another card in the middle of the line, having the Ace of Spades as the first card can point to the beginning or origin (Ace) of the problem (Spades). Moving from an Ace to a 5 in line can suggest the problem escalates or continues to go on.

If we consider solving or resolving the problem, the Ace of Spades suggests the first step is to make up our minds to do so, as this card indicates a decision.

On this card, we have the Lady, and this suggests a woman may play a significant role or part in the situation. With direction in mind, she faces the other cards in the line, and this can mean that she’ll be facing a challenge or problem she’ll need to make a decision about going forward.

Looking at the card closest to her, we have the 6 of Hearts.

The suit of Hearts refers to emotions, feelings, and relationships, and having this card sandwiched between two cards from the suit of Spades, can suggest the challenge being faced is one of an emotional nature, and may even concern a problematic relationship.

Hearts can also refer to healing, so if the situation being presented is to be healed on an emotional level, the number 6 adds a message to assuming responsibility for one’s contribution to the problem—and to its resolution.

The 6 of Hearts has the symbol of the Star, and suggests striving toward an ideal or goal. While it would be ideal for everyone involved to take responsibility for both the pain caused (Spades) and for healing that pain (Hearts), that might not happen—and this brings back to mind the separation or divorce aspect mentioned with the 5 of Spades.

Here, the cards point toward having a difficult conversation in the hopes of clearing the air (Star being a symbol of “atmosphere”); even with that hope and intention, there will be the choice to “put all your cards on the table” or to “keep your cards close to the vest.”

Moving to the cards on the other side of the 5 of Spades, we first come to the Ace of Hearts.

Two things jump out with this card: First, we have another card from the suit of Hearts, suggesting a challenge between the head (Spades being the mind) and the heart (Hearts), as well as reinforcing an emotional or relationship problem; second, we have two Aces in the line, again reinforcing a situation that’s potentially in its beginning stages.

The Ace of Hearts is a card that refers to home and family, so the problem may be on the “home front.” If it’s not on that front specifically, then the situation may be one that’s “close to home.”

We have an interesting development when we look at the symbol on the card, which is the Gentleman. Just as the Lady indicated a woman playing a significant role in the situation, the Gentleman refers to a man also playing a significant role in the situation.

And—these two people face each other in the line, with the 6 of Hearts and the 5 of Spades between them—remember what was said about having a difficult conversation with the hopes of clearing the air, but might result in a separation or divorce?

And that brings us to the final card in the line, the 3 of Hearts.

So, we now have three cards from the suit as Hearts as the majority, emphasizing an emotional situation that needs healing.

And a possibility with the 3 of Hearts is a love triangle. The interesting thing to note here is that this card is next to the Gentleman, with him not facing it; this visual can suggest a love triangle from the man’s past is now having an effect on both his present and possibly his future.

The symbol on this card is of a Wine Bottle, and can indicate something to celebrate. The 3 of Hearts, in this aspect, can suggest good times, a social event, or a party.

As the final card in the line, the 3 of Hearts can end the reading on a positive note: Whatever the specifics of the potentially challenging problem, once a decision is made to resolve the issue, and taking the necessary actions to change it, the 3 of Hearts can suggest having something to celebrate once things have been handled and the problem is resolved.

And, on that note, I’ll raise my proverbial glass and say, “Cheers!”

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for August 21 – 27, 2017

While considering what deck to use this week, I was guided to work with the Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).

Typically when I work with playing card decks, I pull three cards for the reading; this time, I was receiving guidance to conduct a Line of 5 (a reading I usually reserve for Lenormand and Kipper cards) instead.

Given that this reading is done for a week that starts off with a total solar eclipse and a new moon, any Major Arcana (Tarot) cards that show up in the reading will indicate possible energetic themes, while the playing cards that appear will point to ways we can ground those energies (apply them to life).

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: 9 of Clubs, 3 of Diamonds, Judgement, Page of Hearts, and The Star.

Focus of the Reading

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

Judgement, being a Major Arcana card, offers a central issue or focus of some significance, as Majors point to important issues and/or events. In the case of Judgement, the focus here is on adopting a new lease on life.

Judgement can suggest a time of evaluation, and with that, a need for being honest with oneself. Situations and circumstances have led to a time of assessment (or re-assessment), of conducting a life review, of taking personal stock and inventory of one’s life, resulting in a decisive call-to-action to make some changes.

In my personal experience, Judgement is a card of existential angst, where a person is searching for his or her raison d’etre (reason for being), wondering what his or her life purpose, mission, or calling might be.

Another possible message with Judgement is that of rising above whatever we perceive to be limitations and restrictions in our lives, whether they’re self-imposed or imposed by others. In this regard, Judgement is a card of spiritual awakening, and for some, experiencing a form of ascension.

And finally, Judgement offers the message that this is a time to rise above the boxes, labels, and categories we place on ourselves, others, and on our world (and real-world experiences).

The question then becomes: Will you answer the call—or will you let it go to voicemail?

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 9 of Clubs.

Keeping with the decisive call-to-action aspect of Judgement, Clubs is the suit of work, which can also suggest effort. This reinforces the idea that once you declare (decide) to take action, you then have to actually do the work or make the effort that will actually help you achieve that new life (Judgement can also represent the spiritual concept of being “born again”).

The number 9 is also associated with divine life purpose, reinforcing the life purpose/calling/mission aspect ascribed to Judgement. The 9 of Clubs can represent one’s spiritual and/or psychological journey, and a sense of being guided or nudged by the Divine to move in a new direction.

And since the energies of the solar eclipse and the new moon will have an effect on many people, the number 9 is connected to brotherhood and humanity. Something will be gained or attained (9) for many people (humanity), helping them to make progress (Clubs) in the spiritual and/or life journey this week.

Moving to the next card, we have 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).

Clubs is the suit of work and business, so having the 3 of Diamonds follow the 9 of Clubs can suggest that financial increase can be the result of putting in extra hours on the job, or from additional part-time or temporary full-time work.

The 3 of Diamonds suggests that sustained efforts can lead to achievement.

Jumping over to the cards on the other side of Judgement, we first have the Page of Hearts.

The Page, being a face card, can offers ways to approach situations we might experience this week.

The first thing that comes to mind with this card is that it represents heightened sensitivity, as I see this as the highly sensitive person (HSP). In the context of the solar eclipse and new moon, some might be more sensitive than others when it comes to feeling the effects (Hearts is the suit of feelings) of these energies.

Along those energetic lines, the Page of Hearts can also come up when we’re being encouraged to listen to our intuition, as intuitive prompts and impulses may become more heightened at this time.

If you’re already aware of your intuitive sensitivities, this card coming up after Judgement in the line might suggest a shift in how you receive intuitive guidance, and you’re to learn more about this new mode of receptivity.

Going with the spiritual implications of Judgement, the Page of Hearts can suggest that a new spiritual experience may be emerging (the fish poking its head out from the cup being held by the Page) in your life, and may lead you to study more about what’s being presented to you in the future.

And that brings us to the final card in the line, The Star.

The Star, like Judgement, is a Major Arcana card, suggesting that this week’s reading is wrapping up on a significant note.

The first thing that strikes me with The Star is that it can represent both astronomy and astrology, which fits with the context of the solar eclipse and the new moon. The Star reinforces the significance of these events, especially for those who are spiritually-minded—or in the process of waking up, becoming more conscious (Judgement).

Since The Star comes on the heels of the Page of Hearts, and its message about sensitivity, it can talk about feeling vulnerable. For some, this can be an uncomfortable experience, and if it should occur this week, The Star is also a card of healing, suggesting the possibility of healing from some sort of emotional discomfort.

Sticking with the healing aspect of The Star, I personally see this as Reiki; this reminds me of what I said in last week’s reading about spiritual healing, so those messages are being repeated. Those who are spiritual healing practitioners may feel the need to give themselves healing treatments more this week; others may feel called (Judgement) to extend healing energies to the world-at-large after the solar eclipse and new moon.

And finally, The Star can be a card of the metaphysical and esoteric sciences, so there may be an interest to explore things like astrology, numerology, and Tarot (or other card-reading types of divination systems) to name a few. This interest could lead to learning about and developing a gift or talent—that could very well be of service to humanity in the future.

Whatever the specifics of your particular situation and experience, The Star bodes well; coming after Judgement, there may be a collective restoration or resurgence of faith, optimism, and high hopes for the future.

And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing indeed!

Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week,

 

 

 

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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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