Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Oracle Reading for January 15-21, 2018

One of the personal commitments I made to myself this year was to delve more deeply into my study and practice reading playing cards, in my continual effort to honor the dream I had (which will be 20 years ago come July this year) that set me on the path of becoming a cartomancer.

So I’m getting back into the playing card deck saddle this week and working with one of my favorite decks, The Hermes Playing Card Oracle (by Robert M. Place), for the reading.

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: 3 of Diamonds, 5 of Hearts, 5 of Diamonds, King of Spades, and 10 of Hearts.

Focus of the Reading

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

The first thing that comes to mind is that the suit of Diamonds is associated with money, and this reminds me that Fish, the money card in Lenormand, appeared in last week’s reading, possibly carrying over some of the messages previously mentioned.

Playing on that, the 5 of Diamonds can suggest financial changes and activity. There may be need to focus on how money is handled this week, as the number 5 symbolizes the hand (if you go with the hand having 5 fingers).

The 5 of Diamonds is also a card of shopping, and can suggest focusing on what money is being spent on (expenditures), as that may be where changes need to take place.

And this is where Pig, the symbol on the card, comes into play.

Pig is a symbol of wealth and abundance, if you consider such expressions like “hog heaven” and “living high on the hog.”

But Pig can also represent excess, suggesting a situation has become excessive; with that in mind, Pig can suggest a need to “trim the fat.”

Let’s take a look at the surrounding cards to see what additional information they want to provide.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 3 of Diamonds.

Here we have another card from the suit of Diamonds; the 3 of Diamonds can indicate financial increase. The financial increase would be small in nature, though, with the 3 being on the low-end of the number scale. But increase is still increase, as the 3 of Diamonds is also a card that says success is a gradual progress.

Keeping with the 5 of Diamonds meaning financial change and activity, I also see this card as financial freedom, and this could suggest  (gradual) changes being made and activities being considered that would allow standing on one’s own feet, financially speaking.

If that’s the case, the 3 of Diamonds can mean taking on either part-time or temp work, or even moving from part-time work to full-time work, all in an effort to create financial increase.

The symbol on the card, Horseshoe, can indicate luck; the 5 of Diamonds is also a card of gambling, so there may be a “chance” opportunity coming into play, and needing to consider any possible risks (gambling has risks) involved.

And this is a great place to bring in the next card, the 5 of Hearts, as one of its meanings is opportunity.

So we now have a Heart between two Diamonds, suggesting a situation that could be emotionally rewarding. The 5 of Diamonds is a card that can mean a dream comes true, a chance (that word again) to gain what is wanted. And the 5 of Diamonds can suggest an emotional change—which would definitely be the case if a dream came true.

The 5 of Hearts can suggest female energy, so a woman may play a part in whatever the offer or opportunity being mentioned.

The card has the symbol of Cat, which I read as independence, which reinforces the freedom aspect connected to the number 5, which, by the way, has appeared twice in the line so far (5 of Hearts and 5 of Diamonds).

Moving to the other side of the 5 of Diamonds, we have the King of Spades.

After having three red cards, we have the first black card to appear, and it’s a Spade, which points to problems and difficulty. Coming on the heels of a Diamond card, there’s a possible financial problem or difficulty to work through.

The King of Spades is a face card, and can suggest a person involved in the situation. Kings typically represent men, so the person in question may be a man. The King of Spades can represent a difficult man or that a man is bringing with him the difficulty or problem.

Since some of the cards talked about a possible change with a job or employment (3 of Diamonds), perhaps through an offer or opportunity being presented (5 of Hearts), then the King of Spades may be a person connected to that offer/opportunity (this card mirrors the 5 of Hearts).

If the King of Spades represents being on the receiving end of an offer/opportunity, then he can suggest giving it some thought; I tend to read him as the “judge” card, suggesting the need to consider the “facts in evidence,” and to weigh the pros and cons (remember that thought about risks associated with a gamble), so that the best decision possible could be reached.

The symbol on the card is Lilies, which I connect to the offer/opportunity: Lilies is a card of experience, so the offer/opportunity may be presented based on one’s prior experience (Lilies is also a card that can mean “old,” which can also translate to the past).

And that brings us to the final card in the line, the 10 of Hearts. We have another red card, suggesting the problem/difficulty of the Spade turns around, and the situation resolving on a pleasant note. In addition to that, the 10 of Hearts can mean the feeling of success.

The 10 of Hearts is the marriage and family card, and in one sense, could imply making a serious commitment (marriage is a commitment not entered into lightly), based on feelings of compatibility and security.

In another sense, with the King of Spades facing the 10 of Hearts, there’s the possibility of making a decision (King of Spades) that involves more than one person (a family consists of a number of people) and has to be made with the best and highest good (what’s right and fair) of everyone involved.

Dog, the symbol on the card, can refer to a friend or partner, suggesting a possible partnership being considered (remember that 5 of Hearts could be a woman and there’s the King of Spades), or that the cards are encouraging turning to a friend (King of Spades facing Dog)—one that is trusted—for advice in resolving a problem or difficulty (Spade card in line).

I’ll wrap things up with this: I noticed we have both Cat and Dog in this week’s reading, and I’m interpreting that to suggest trusting our instincts (animals symbolically represent our instinctual nature), which some might call our intuition, and others might call playing a hunch.

However you language it, this might be the week to take a chance and trust your gut.

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Oracle Reading for January 8-14, 2018

I felt like breaking my streak of working with playing card decks in favor of Lenormand this week—and I specifically wanted to pick up the 1889 Lenormand Oracle (by Jennifer Kast of For the Seekers) to see what’s in the cards for the week ahead.

As I do every week, I took the deck in hand, shuffled the cards, and I asked what we might expect in the upcoming days.

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, Whip, House, Fish, and Ring.

Focus of the Reading

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

House can represent a situation on the homefront; I tend to read it as one’s personal life and home life. With that, House can represent your immediate family, or the people you actually live with.

Being a person who works from home, House, for me, can also represent a small business, a family business, or a home-based business.

In addition to that, House is a card of comfort; with that, I’ve read House as being “comfortable in the skin you live in.” As we continue getting comfortably into 2018, House could also be encouraging us to become more comfortable with ourselves and with the lives we’ve created.

Doing so can set the foundation (House can also be a card of foundation) for the changes we might consider making throughout the year.

Looking at the Line

Opening up the line this week, we have Letter, a card of news and messages, specifically written forms of correspondence.

I read Letter as paperwork and documents, so Letter + House might point to the possibility of papers having to do with the home, like a mortgage invoice or statement.

Since we’ve moved into a new year, it might be time to start sorting thorough papers in preparation for tax season.

For myself, being self-employed and working from home, I’ll be starting preparing my income and expense reports, as well as my mileage log, for my accountant very soon.

Moving to the next card, we have Whip.

Whip is a card that speaks of conflict and strife, and that can take the form of heated words, arguments, and debates. Anger, being the underlying emotion associated with Whip, can suggest these exchanges may center on a “hot button” issue or a hot topic.

If you find yourself getting “hot” (my slang word for “angry”) and about to fly off the handle, Whip suggests working on self-discipline, restraint, and self-control.

There’s a broom on the card, and in some circles, this card is known as Whip and Broom. The broom can symbolize things that need cleaning up, sorting through, and working out. Whip, in this case, might suggest cleaning up a situation that you’ve been angrily beating yourself up about or punishing yourself over, or that a conflict of some kind needs to be worked out.

Letter + Whip might suggest sorting thorough papers and documents, and that might need to be done repeatedly, as Whip is a card of repetitive activity. Whip + House might suggest going from room to room doing the same thing, in an effort to “clean house.”

Another possibility is that sending a text or e-mail (Letter) could result in a fight (Whip), or that a statement or invoice (Letter) could be up for debate (Whip) and argued (Whip).

This would make sense if the message, statement, or invoice (Letter) has been sent repeatedly (Whip) as well.

In terms of possible strife and conflict, Whip + House could be a family conflict, potentially an argument in the home, or that there’s a conflict (Whip) involving a house, real estate, or property (House) that needs to be worked out (Whip).

Moving to the other side of House, we first have Fish, the money card in the deck.

This card can shed some light on what those possible arguments could be about, as Whip + Fish can say, “repetitive arguments (Whip) about money (Fish).”

And House + Fish could reinforce my earlier thought about property taxes or mortgages.

Rounding out the line, we have Ring, a card of commitment.

With Letter on the opposite end of the line, Letter + Ring can be read as documentation (Letter) of an agreement (Ring), such as a promissory note (Ring can also indicate a promise).

Just like Whip can refer to repetition, Ring can refer to cycles, and suggest something recurring. With that in mind, Letter + Ring could be a recurring statement or invoice, something that is cyclical.

Again, this would reinforce the idea of property taxes, as that is a type of recurring payment (Fish + Ring).

If there is an argument (Whip) in the family (House) about money (Fish), things might get worked out (Whip) by having the parties involved come to some type of agreement (Ring), and perhaps getting it in writing (Letter).

Ring, then, would suggest honoring the commitment(s) made and keeping any promise(s).

And with that, I’ll bring this week’s reading to a close. Hope your week is an engaging one…

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kadar Fortune Card Reading for January 1-7, 2018

Happy New Year! I hope that, however you chose to ring in the New Year, you had a good time, and that your 2018 is off to a great start!

With this being the first Oracle Outlook of 2018, I wanted to work with a new deck in my collection, and that’s the Kadar Fortune Cards (created by Christopher J. Gould), which arrived on my doorstep a few days before 2017 came to its end.

The deck is based on Zoltar, an old fortune telling machine that appears in fairs and carnivals (and I’ve had my fortune read by Zoltar once when the annual fair came to town); all the face cards are people gazing into crystal balls, representing the ways we receive intuitive information.

It also has a comic book feel to the artwork, taking me back to the days when I worked in the independent and underground comics arena before embarking on my metaphysical career.

In doing my initial “interview” with Kadar, the cards that turned up indicated the deck wanted to be of assistance in a public way, so I thought I’d break it in by working with it for this week’s reading.

So, 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: 7 of Spades, King of Spades, 2 of Clubs, 8 of Spades, and the Joker.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 2 of Clubs.

Clubs is the suit of work and business and with the number 2 being about relationships and partnerships, the 2 of Clubs may be focusing on a working relationship or business partnership.

If it’s not in the literal sense, then the 2 of Clubs could suggest effort being put into a relationship so that it “works.” In that regard, Clubs is about being social and about making progress. The 2 would then suggest co-operation and compatibility.

With the number 2 also being about exchange, the 2 of Clubs can turn up to suggest help being either given or received, possibly in the form of some type of service being rendered.

 Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 7 of Spades. When I turn over a Spades card as the first in a line, it can suggest a problem or difficulty being resolved (Spades being a suit associated with challenges obstacles, and hurdles).

The 7 of Spades, in particular, can point to a setback or a situation that’s become stagnant. There’s possibly a decision that needs to be made to improve a situation, and that decision might be difficult to make or reach.

Spades can also be a suit of elimination, and the 7 of Spades can suggest the elimination of habits, behaviors, and tendencies that are unhealthy. This would make sense, given that this is the first week of a new year, a time when people make resolutions, and set goals or intentions, with the idea of making positive life changes.

Between the 7 of Spades ad the 2 of Clubs we have the King of Spades. Being a face card, the King can represent a man, or he can represent an aspect of ourselves, offering an approach to adopt that could move us through the challenging experience.

As a person, the King of Spades can represent a divorced or separated man; with that, a possible scenario is that the King may be a man who needs to put some effort into making a relationship work that may be changing to some degree (separation or divorce), because there’s something that still connects the parties involved.

If the King represents an aspect of ourselves, he might suggest a mindful approach when it comes to eliminating aspects of our lives that are no longer working for us. On his belt, there’s an eye within a triangle, and I see this as being committed (triangle) to a singular focus or vision (eye) when it comes to creating change.

What’s the one thing you’d consider eliminating from your life in an effort to improve it?

If we circle back to the idea of help being given, the King of Spades could be the person offering assistance. This King has books around him, suggesting that he’s well-read, educated, and knowledgeable, and that the help he might be giving is in the form of advice.

Moving to the other side of the 2 of Clubs, we have the 8 of Spades.

The 8 of Spades turning up can first suggest a block (being another Spades card to appear in the line this week). My go-to meaning for 8 of Spades is an investigation, which metaphorically can mean taking a closer look at a situation; this would fit with the symbolism of glasses in the image of the King of Spades, which mirrors the 8 of Spades.

This idea of investigation makes me think the information King of Spades would fit the bill, as the King can also represent someone associated with law and law enforcement (and there are scales in the image of his card).

Going back to the books in his card again, the symbolism suggests the act of reading up on something in order to find the answers being sought.

And that brings us to the final card in the line, one of the two Joker cards in the deck.

For me, the Joker is a “wild” card, suggesting a surprise or an element of the unknown (which is further reinforced by the black crystal ball in front of him). Seeing this gives me the impression that it’s important to be clear about the knowledge we’re seeking, and that it truly addresses the question(s) we need answered.

As a card reader, one of the things I help my clients with is coming up with the right and perfect questions to pose to the cards and to frame them in a way that helps them get the answers that would be most helpful.

And sometimes that involves wording the question so that it’s as specific to the situation as possible.

So there’s something having to do with specificity when it comes to looking more closely at a situation; it’s that specificity that will yield the best results (answers and solutions) possible.

Something else to consider with the Joker (and especially with Spades dominating the reading) is that this card can represent humor, suggesting the idea of “finding something to laugh about” in the midst of a challenge; or, if you tend to be very serious about everything, then the Joker might be offering you the message to “lighten up.”

And, on that note, I’ll close the curtains on the first weekly reading of 2018.

Best,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Gypsy Witch Playing Card Reading for December 25-31, 2017

Well this is it—the last week of 2017! We’ve got the Christmas holiday opening the week, followed by Kwanzaa, and rounding out with New Year’s Eve—so many festivities to be had!

And, as I contemplated this, I also realized this is the last Oracle Outlook for the year. With that in mind, I thought about the deck I wanted to work with this week, and I decided on a deck that surprised me this year: the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards (published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.).

The reason is that this deck was a recommendation made by one of the people who watch the video presentation of the readings, and wasn’t one I would’ve considered otherwise.

Now that I have it, and have been working with it since posting that initial reading, I’ve found that it’s really been growing on me. I find it to be a unique system in and of itself, and that makes it reading with it really fun.

So, 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: Queen of Spades, 4 of Hearts, King of Hearts, 8 of Spades, and 9 of Diamonds.

Focus of the Reading

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

The King of Hearts is a face card, which can suggest the possibility of a man playing a central part or role as the week unfolds. Typically, this King is known as the family man, and can represent a loving husband, father or father-figure.

A face card, if not pertaining to a specific person, can also be read as an approach we’re being asked to consider adopting. In the case of the King of Hearts, we’re being asked to approach situations and experiences this week with a sense of calm, of being cool and collected.

This is because the King of Hearts can suggest emotional control and mastery.

And that makes sense when we bring in the symbol of Hand in Hand, which can talk about commitments made that involve other people. Hand in Hand symbolizes introductions, meetings, appointments, and agreements.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the Queen of Spades, another face card, which serves to reinforce what was said about interactions with other people, resulting in a need to maintain control of feelings and emotions.

And this is because the suit of Spades can point to challenges, blocks, and problems, perhaps making the Queen of Spades a problematic or difficult woman.

She’s an interesting dichotomy to the King of Hearts, in that she can represent a divorced or separated woman (while the King is married).

She can also represent a woman with a decision needing to be made regarding a problem.

Again, if this isn’t about a specific person, then this card could suggest the need (on our part) to make a decision that will solve a problem. Since this card is also about divorce or separation, we may need to consider if there are any people, situations, conditions, and circumstances we need to divorce or separate ourselves from.

The symbol on the card is Cupid, and this can suggest desire. I would read the combination as suggesting we may need to make some decisions about the things we believe are blocking us from what we desire and long for in our lives, especially as this week brings 2017 to a close.

The card between the two face cards is the 4 of Hearts. We now have two cards from the suit of Hearts turning up, suggesting an emotional issue or situation is being highlighted.

The 4 of Hearts, to me, is a card of emotional stability, so this further adds to the King of Hearts being emotional control.

This card is also known as the “marriage bed” card, suggesting a relationship that is forming, possibly becoming more intimate. This may actually be part of a conversation between two parties, as this card sits between the Queen of Spades and the King of Hearts. There may be talk about the state of a marriage, or two people are talking about building on the foundation established in their relationship.

Either way, the 4 of Hearts suggests both parties feeling comfortable sharing their feelings.

And that leads to Fish, the symbol on the card. Typically I read Fish as money, but, given the context, I will read it as depth, keeping with the idea of intimacy from the 4 of Hearts.

Moving to the other side of the King of Hearts, we have the 8 of Spades. Now we have two Spades along with two Hearts in the line, suggesting a possible conflict with how we think (Spades) and how we feel (Hearts) about a particular situation or experience.

The 8 of Spades turning up can first suggest a block (being a Spades card). My go-to meaning for 8 of Spades is an investigation, which metaphorically can mean taking a closer look at a situation.

If we consider Hearts to be feelings, emotions, and relationships, having two Spades bookend the two Hearts can suggest an emotional difficulty, perhaps even a problematic relationship, which serves to reinforce earlier points made along the same lines.

And the symbol Mountain refers to a challenge, block, or setback, much like its Spades counterpart.

Hand in Hand + Mountain could be read as a challenging commitment, or that a commitment becomes challenging.

But all is not lost with the final card in the line, the 9 of Diamonds; the number 9 can mean gain or attainment and the suit of Diamonds can refer to success.

Being a red card at the end of the line can suggest a positive outcome, but not without some challenges and difficulties (the Spades).

And the emotional outlooks associated with Diamonds are patience and persistence, which would make sense.

That aspect is important to consider as the 9 of Diamonds can refer to one’s attitude about life and experiences.

And that brings us to the symbol on the card, Heart, a symbol that can talk about feelings, emotions, love and romance, again highlighting points that have been mentioned previously.

Mountain + Heart can be read as an emotional challenge or an emotional block. Mountain, to me, says yes, there is a challenge—but it’s not insurmountable. It can be overcome in time.

And perhaps, on a more positive note, Mountain + Heart can suggest the challenge (Mountain) can be overcome with love (Heart).

How does that feel?

On that note, I’ll bring the final Oracle Outlook of 2017 to a close. I want to thank you for sharing this space with me throughout the year, and I look forward to sharing this space with you again in 2018.

Happy Holidays,

 

 

 

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The Answer Spread for Will Horton

When I started out with Lenormand, one of the things I did was use the cards to predict what would happen on the TV shows I watch. It was a nice way to ease into doing readings for other people and their situations.

One of the first public Lenormand readings I did centered on the marriage of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis from the soap “Days of Our Lives.”

One of the shows I did readings on was “Days of Our Lives,” and I focused on the couple of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, in particular. In this space, I shared what I called my “storyline style reading,” and followed up with periodic updates.

In the last update I shared, Sonny, Will’s husband, left him and moved to Paris to work for his (Sonny’s) uncle, Victor.

And a short time later, Will Horton had been killed by the “Necktie Killer,” Ben Weston.

End of the story, right? Well, not quite.

Will Horton (portrayed by Chandler Massey) returns to the land of the living on “Days of Our Lives.”

Two years later, Will Horton is back (it turns out he wasn’t killed, after all)—the only thing is he doesn’t remember anything about his former life, which includes his husband.

Since I had done readings regarding this couple before, I thought it would only be right to see what’s in the cards concerning this latest development.

Since I’m really loving reading with playing cards for myself at the moment, I wanted to work with an Answer Spread, asking the question, “Is Will Horton going to regain his memory on ‘Days of Our Lives’?”

The Answer Spread is a layout I discovered in the book Card Reader’s Handbook by Regina Russell. It consists of 6 cards, laid out in two rows of three.

The cards are read in pairs vertically. The first two cards represent aspects of the situation. The middle cards answer the question (at this point, I should say that the Answer Spread is read only for the specific question being asked). The last two cards are contributing factors yet to be considered. The final card in the reading is the “pivot card,” and can share some insight about the outcome to the situation.

Using the Bicycle® Flying Machines playing card deck (I chose this one because the situation is so “up in the air” right now, and air is the element associated with the mind, and I’m asking about memory), I drew 3 of Spades, 9 of Hearts, 9 of Clubs, 8 of Diamonds, King of Hearts, and 6 of Spades.

The 3 of Spades and 8 of Diamonds represent aspects of the situation.

I love seeing the 3 of Spades first, as this is a card of confusion, and Will is experiencing memory loss, and the situation is confusing to him. The 3 of Spades is also a card of interference by a third party, and points to Susan Banks, a woman who purposely kept Will from his family for the past two years.

The 8 of Diamonds can represent limitation on a physical level, and following the 3 of Spades, can suggest an illness, some kind on imbalance with health (the number 8). The number 3, when connected to Spades can suggest a decrease (memory loss could be considered a decrease).

The 9 of Hearts and the King of Hearts answer the question.

The 9 of Hearts is the wish card, so this I would consider a yes.

The King of Hearts can represent a married man being read by the cards, so this is Will. Both cards being red (positive) is a definite yes, that Will is going to regain his memory.

The 9 of Clubs and 6 of Spades provide additional information to be considered.

The 9 of Clubs is a card of good luck or getting a lucky break. It’s also a card of “distance,” and can suggest something far away. The 9 of Clubs can signify a journey of the self, and implies one of a psychological nature (keeping with Will’s condition). So, I see the 9 of Clubs saying that Will regaining his memory might be “some time down the road.”

And that brings me to the pivot card, the 6 of Spades.

First, being a Spades card, it can suggest a block, which would reinforce the 9 of Clubs suggesting a long duration. The 6 of Spades is a card of completion, of a matter being ended once and for all, again pointing toward a resolution. The 6 is also a number of psychology, again a reference to the condition Will is experiencing.

The 6 of Spades is also a card of divorce, which might not bode well for Sonny, Will’s husband…

But I have to remember that the Answer Spread is designed to address the specific question, so I’m digressing…

I’ll post an update when I know more. As they say in soap opera land—stay tuned

 

Update

On the January 3, 2018 episode of “Days,” Will told Sonny he was filing for divorce (remember that pivot card, the 6 of Spades, which can indicate divorce…?).

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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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