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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that will wrap up this week’s Outlook.

Have a wonderful week!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

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

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

Focus of the Reading

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

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

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

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

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

 Looking at the Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

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

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

Focus of the Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking at the Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope your week is full of lucky opportunities!

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for June 26 – July 2, 2017

Working with both the Lenormand and The Illuminated Tarot for the past few weeks got me to want to try my hand at a different cartomancy system for this week’s reading.

And I decided on Kipper.

So, with that in mind, I’ll be working with the Mystical Kipper by Regula Elizabeth Fiechter and Urban Trösch (published by AGM-Urania).

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

The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: Pleasant Letter, Good Gentleman, Rich Good Gentleman, Gloomy Thoughts, and High Honors.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Rich Good Gentleman.

Rich Good Gentleman 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 Rich Good Gentleman 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.

The young man on the card is playing chess, and I read this as having a strategy (contemplating his next move on the board).

This aspect of Rich Good Gentleman suggests that if we’re considering where we want to go in the future in the “game of life,” what’s the strategy—the plan—that we’ll take to get us there?

And what are we willing to “invest” (rich = money = investment) in that plan?

Looking at the Line

Looking at the cards immediately flanking Rich Good Gentleman, we have Good Gentleman and Gloomy Thoughts, as they can offer more about the focus (Rich Good Gentleman).

Like Rich Good Gentleman, Good Gentleman is a person card, so we have a situation that potentially involves two people.

While Rich Good Gentleman represents someone younger, Good Gentleman can point to someone more mature (think “older and wiser”).

If these people are related, Good Gentleman might be the uncle or grandfather to Rich Good Gentleman.

Good Gentleman can suggest a person who is like a benefactor, and that would fit if Rich Good Gentleman is more about business or finance than referring to a relative.

Kipper is a system that relies heavily on directional cues, and with that in mind, Good Gentleman and Rich Good Gentleman have their backs to one another in the line.

The first possibility with this dynamic is that the two men are in a state of disagreement, not able to see their situation the same way.

Another possibility is that of rejection (turning their backs on each other) or note that their relationship (whether familial or otherwise) is a thing of the past for each person, and they now have their sights on other interest (the cards each of them are facing).

And that’s a nice way to move to Gloomy Thoughts, a card that Rich Good Gentleman is facing.

For me, Gloomy Thoughts is a card that can indicate a confused state of mind, a sense of uncertainty and doubt.

With Rich Good Gentleman facing Gloomy Thoughts, the pairing could suggest the young man’s next move (the chess pieces on the board) is somewhat uncertain, or that he has some doubts about it.

Going with the image, which has a figure standing on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, a possibility could be that the young man is “on edge,” to some degree, about his predicament.

And that’s just the opposite with Good Gentleman + Gloomy Thoughts, which depicts Good Gentleman putting a troubling circumstance behind him.

Moving to the outer cards, we have Pleasant Letter and High Honors.

Pleasant Letter is the card that Good Gentleman faces. Pleasant Letter is a card of news, messages, and communication, and this can be in any form: written correspondence, a phone call, a text message, an e-mail, even a voice mail.

And the word “pleasant” implies good news, so with Good Gentleman facing Pleasant Letter, the possible meaning is that this man will be on the receiving end of some form of good news.

If we pair Pleasant Letter with the card on the opposite end of the line, High Honors, we might get some idea about the nature of this good news.

High Honors is a card of honor and recognition, so this news or message might be written or verbal praise. It could also be an actual award on paper, like a diploma, certificate, or an “honorary” mention.

High Honors can point toward career, which would make sense if we look at Rich Good Gentleman as business, and planning the next move. High Honors would then point toward possible career advancement, perhaps in the form of a promotion (receiving an elevation of status and position).

As the final card in the line, it bodes well for Rich Good Gentleman as he “moves” beyond the uncertainty of Gloomy Thoughts.

I always note the window on High Honors, with the light coming in through it. In this case, it’s like getting that “ray of light” during a potentially dark and stormy moment.

Will we be able to “see the light” during a “dark night” this week?

I guess time will tell…

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for June 19-25, 2017

I was torn as to which deck system to use for this week’s reading.

If you checked out last week’s post, I shared how I’m in the throes of a crush with The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan. I’ve been steadily using it for my personal daily draws, to the exclusion of all the other decks I was working with prior, because it’s pretty spot-on with my daily activities (which is something I look for in a deck).

And I’m also aware of how much viewers and readers have taken a shine to my Lenormand postings (and some have even asked for me to use it more often).

And while it was difficult to put The Illuminated Tarot aside, I ultimately decided to work with my current favorite Lenormand deck, Le Fanu’s Lilac Dondorf, which is on its way toward becoming my go-to working Lenormand deck.

So, now that the deck has been chosen, I’m taking it in hand and shuffling the cards, asking what we might expect for the week ahead.

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

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

The cards for the week are: Ship, Ring, Mice, Snake, and Scythe.

Focus of the Reading

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

Mice is a card that speaks of and stress and worry, so, in the center of the line, we’re being encouraged to consider what the stressors are in our lives at the moment, and how we might be choosing to handle them.

Mice is also a card of loss, and can suggest something that lessens gradually, if you consider the “nibbling” effect of actual mice.

And going further with that, Mice can suggest that those worries over a gradual loss or decline can be “eating away” or “gnawing away” at us.

Mice can also represent pests and nuisances, so the stress we’re experiencing may be the result of letting people or circumstances bother and pester us.

Mice, being small creatures, makes me think that it might be that we’re letting the little things annoy us, that little things can potentially rob us of something in the long run if we don’t consider—and change—our reaction and response to them.

Looking at the Line

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

Ring is a card of commitments and agreements, and with Mice next to it, can suggest stress and worry (Mice) involving a commitment of some kind.

The stress and worry could involve an engagement (Ring) that is declined (Mice), or that the commitment, which might be of a cyclical or recurring nature (Ring), has now become something bothersome (Mice).

The pairing could also suggest engagement (Ring) with a commitment (Ring) has lessened (Mice), and that decline might be cyclical (Ring).

Going to the other side of Mice, and turning to Snake, my first keyword with this card is complication. Next to Mice, we have the stress and worry (Mice) with a complication (Snake).

Ring + Snake, could give us more information, as the pair could be read as a commitment (Ring) becomes complicated (Snake). The snake, being coiled in the card’s image, can imply “twists and turns,” that something has possibly become entangled in complexity.

As a result, Snake can also refer to a “long and winding” process.

There’s another possibility emerging with Snake, which is known as “the other woman” card. If we consider Ring to represent a serious commitment, Snake can possibly suggest a third party or rival (keeping it gender neutral) appearing on the scene, which is causing stress and worry.

And still another possibility is that stress and worry (Mice) comes as the result of a promise (Ring) not being kept due to another party (Snake) not keeping his or her word (Snake).

Whatever the scenario, with Snake in the picture (or, in this case, the line), there will be consequences (one of my other keywords for Snake) to come.

The outer cards, Ship and Scythe, can offer information that would sum things up.

Ship is a card of progression, advancement, and moving forward. If we take direction into account, Ship is facing Ring, and can suggest the progression (Ship) of a commitment (Ring).

Ship, as a card of journeys, might beg the question, “Where is this thing (Ring) going?”

Going further with Ship, it can also represent commerce, so this commitment or agreement (Ring) might involve a commercial venture. Ship is also a card that can indicate something foreign or abroad, and with that in mind, this venture may be on an international scale.

That would then make sense with Mice being the stress and worry of an international agreement, and Snake foreshadowing possible complications and entanglements with foreign parties going forward.

Ring, being something circular, could suggest going (Ship) around and around (Ring), in an effort to reach an agreement (Ring). Mice and Snake would suggest that each go-round (Ring) leads to stress (Mice) and complications (Snake).

And that brings us to Scythe, the card “rounding out” (did you get that?) the line.

If we consider Snake to mean consequences, Scythe could suggest a break, a split, or something being severed. Ship + Scythe could be read as a venture (Ship) that gets cut short (Scythe).

This could be the result of complications (Snake) that seem to be mounting, as Snake is on the side of Scythe that has the harvest next to it, which suggest what’s being gathered.

The pairing could also be read as the temptation (Snake) to cut out (Scythe). Ring + Scythe could also be taken into account and read as a broken commitment/agreement/engagement.

Scythe is a card that implies something unexpected; Snake + Scythe then would suggest that a complication (Snake) arises unexpectedly (Scythe).

Scythe also can suggest something swift, fast, and sudden; at the end of the line, I tend to see this as suggesting an immediate response to the situation, something that needs to happen sooner rather than later.

Cutting Out

I’ll end things here as I did in the video presentation: This week’s reading isn’t the most glowing, positive reading, but Lenormand is known for “cutting” to the chase, getting right to the “point,” and being, at times, rather “blunt” in its delivery of the messages (which, by the way, are all references to Scythe).

When it comes to the more challenging situations depicted in a reading, I tend to look at it as “being forewarned is forearmed.” Getting a possible “heads up” about a potential challenge can empower us to decide how best to solve the problem should it arise.

Let’s make the best of the week…

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for June 12-18, 2017

If you’ve been following the blog for the past couple of weeks, then you’ll recall my sharing the news of working on a 6-part video series for my YouTube viewers, who had asked if I would talk about the meanings I use when I read Lenormand.

And because I was so immersed in Lenormand at the time, I worked with it in this space for the last two weekly readings.

Well, that series has wrapped, and I wanted to work with another divination tool for this week’s reading.

I’m choosing The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan (and published by Clarkson Potter) to work with again, because I’m really taken with this deck (I’m having a “mad crush” on it); the combination of playing cards and Tarot really appeals to my reading sensibilities, and I’m getting a lot out of my daily draws with it.

So, I’m really excited about what it could share with us this week. Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”

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

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

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

The first card, opening the reading up for the week, is the 3 of Diamonds.

Starting with the playing card aspect, the suit of Diamonds is associated with material concerns and affairs, so that might be the area we find ourselves concentrating on this week.

The 3 is a number of increase and expansion, and associated with Diamonds, this can suggest financial increase. One way the 3 of Diamonds can reflect financial increase is through small amounts of money.

Other possibilities indicated by the 3 of Diamonds would be either through a part-time job, or full-time work that’s temporary.

For me, the 3 of Diamonds can represent one’s career, and the ladder depicted in the image on the card is an indication of “moving up the ladder” as part of a strategic career move (career advancement).

If we go with this possibility, then the financial increase might come as a result of getting a promotion, or for seeking a raise in pay. Either possibility would reflect the perceived value (Diamonds are about what we value) of the individual and of his or her work contributions to the company or corporation.

The 3 of Diamonds is a card of self-employment for me, and through that lens, can suggest gradual progression with that venture. This card comes up when the person has started building a name for him- or herself and having a reputation for his or her work.

The people on the card are looking at the work before them, which visually symbolizes being seen or getting noticed by others. In this context, the ladder can represent positioning, prompting this question: Where and how can you position yourself and your work in order for it to be seen?

And not just by anyone, but by the people who will be able to see its value and pay accordingly (bringing it back to financial increase).

Whether the work in question is for a corporation or your own company, the 3 of Diamonds encourages you to continue mastering your craft.

Moving to the next card, we have the 2 of Clubs.

Clubs is the suit of work and business, which seems to reinforce the 3 of Diamonds, and its focus on career. The suit of Clubs is also about progression, again fitting nicely with the 3 of Diamonds and its message pertaining to career advancement.

The 2 is a number of partnerships and relationships, and with the suit of Clubs, this can refer to business partnerships and working relationships. The suit of Clubs highlights social activity and interaction, so the work or business could be of a social nature.

The visual of this card depicts a man and a woman having a conversation, suggesting a focus (as the middle card) on our interactions with others and our ability to communicate effectively.

For the individual seeking to move up the ladder, this card clearly suggests the action step of setting up an appointment or a meeting with a person who can support (the 2 is a number of help, assistance, and support) you in your career advancement.

For the self-employed person, this card comes up for me (I’m self-employed) when I’m discussing with a prospective client days and times to set up a future session, or when I have an actual consultation scheduled. For me, the majority of my client sessions is face-to-face (Skype) and in-person (local).

Aside from actual work, the suit of Clubs, for me, can represent things we need to “work on” or “work out” in the business of life.

If we consider that with the 2 of Clubs, the fire being the man and woman could then suggest a fiery debate, heated words being exchanged, or a passionate discussion taking place as a way to work out or work through a situation.

The eyes of the people draw me in, getting my attention, and make me think that, whatever the circumstance, it’s with the intention (Clubs are about intention) to work on seeing things the same way, to see “eye to eye.”

And that brings us to our final card for this week, the 10 of Clubs.

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

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

Eyes, as a symbol, are repeated here, as a person “eyes” a load in his or her hands. This visual warns you of having too many responsibilities—and being burdened by the load you’re carrying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

With the appearance of the 3 of Diamonds as self-employment, the 10 of Clubs is a card of small business, and suggests that the burden (responsibility) to bring in work now falls into your hands. The 2 of Clubs, with that in mind, asks you to consider what your plan is to do just that—and then put that plan into action.

For me, the 10 of Clubs came up a lot in my daily draws during the two weeks I was working on my Lenormand video series. First, I had increased my video production significantly, going from shooting one video a week, to filming one every other day within that two-week span. And that also increased the amount of editing and post-production.

So, one of my personal meanings for the 10 of Clubs is working toward the completion of a creative endeavor.

And, I’ll wrap up production on this week’s reading with that: What can you work toward completing for yourself in the business of life this week?

Get creative!

 

 

 

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