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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

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

The cards for the week are: Letter, Star, Ship, Lady, and Rider.

Focus of the Reading

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

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

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

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

Looking at the Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s hoping you enjoy where life takes you…

 

 

 

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

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

For this week’s reading, I’ll be working with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti (while there’s now a mass-market edition of the deck by U. S. Games, I’m using my personally monogrammed copy of the first, self-published edition).

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

The video below reveals the cards in the reading:

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

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

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

Focus of the Reading

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

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

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

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

Looking at the Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you have a great week,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Reading for October 9 – 15, 2017

Just as I had settled on using a playing card deck for this week’s Oracle Outlook, an interesting thing happened. A regular client, who came for her weekly coaching session, brought me a gift: a new Tarot deck.

The deck is part of a set titled “The Art of Tarot,” by Liz Dean and Emma Garner (published by Barnes & Noble Books).

Here’s the interesting part: The deck is a pip deck, which means that the cards of the Minor Arcana are non-scenic, and in that sense, they can resemble a deck of playing cards in appearance.

It’s like the Universe gave me a wink and a nod, suggesting I use this deck for the reading. So I will.

As I do every week for these general readings, I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking this 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 reading.

Cards for the Week

Starting off this week’s reading, we have the Ace of Wands, a card that appeared in last week’s reading, making a return.

As I shared last week, when the Ace of Wands turns up, it can suggest that a new cycle, phase, or situation is beginning. Aces suggest the promise and potential for the future, so consider this period of time the starting point for new thought-seeds to be planted now that will develop and manifest at a later time.

The Ace of Wands encourages you to look for anything that comes your way as a potential source of inspiration, motivation, and passion; something that sparks your interest.

This incoming source could be the thing that gets you started on a new business or creative endeavor, as the Ace of Wands helps to reveal the creative path or the career path you’re on. You may be considering a new job or up for a promotion on your existing job.

When the Ace of Wands appears, consider it a supercharged energy boost. As with all the Aces in Tarot, it’s a gift to do with as you like. If you choose to accept it, be clear on your intent (Wands being the suit of intention and action)–for your actions follow your intentions.

Moving on the next card, we have the Page of Swords.

Pages in Tarot, for me, can represent a learning stage of development. This particular Page embraces a new idea or concept. With the Page of Swords turning up this week, this could be a time when new information may be gained. Swords, being a suit of communication, can suggest this information could be written, spoken, or both.

The Page of Swords is considered the inquisitive or curious type, and likes asking the question, “Why?” Seeing this card come up could suggest that you get to the “why” of a certain experience or situation.

Sometimes, when this Page appears, it can suggest that the information received might be difficult to hear. It reminds me of the moment in the film “A Few Good Men,” when Jack Nicholson’s character, being pressed for the truth of a situation in a courtroom by Tom Cruise’s character, exclaims, “You can’t handle the truth!”

So, be sure, that if you’re seeking the truth of a situation or experience, you’re really ready to handle any and all answers you might receive.

And that brings us to our final card for the week, the 8 of Cups.

The 8 of Cups 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 Cups 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 Cups is 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’s 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 Cups 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.

And that brings our journey through the cards this week to a close.

I’m wishing you a Tarot-tastic week!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Reading for October 2 – 8, 2017

Over the past week, I experienced an up-tick in client readings (a very pleasant surprise, I might add).

And while I post a number of Lenormand, Kipper, and playing card readings in this space, in my private practice, Tarot is still the thing that my clients want to work with most.

It was during this up-tick in Tarot readings that I realized I hadn’t worked with Tarot (I have used Tarot playing cards) in quite some time, so I was feeling the urge for one this week.

With that in mind, I’m breaking in a new deck in my ever-growing collection: The Smith-Waite Tarot, Borderless Edition (published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.).

As I do every week for these general readings, I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking this 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 reading.

Cards for the Week

Starting off this week’s reading, we have the 9 of Cups. When this card appears in a reading, it’s asking you to consider the things you hope and wish for.

Traditionally, the 9 of Cups is known as the “wish card.” Tradition has held that if you have a wish, and this card appears in your reading, it means that your wish will come true.

So, along with “wish fulfillment,” the 9 of Cups can represent being happy, satisfied, content, and “fulfilled” with life.

Unlike a genie who can instantly grant a wish, though, an emotionally satisfying life takes time and effort to both create and maintain. The 9 of Cups focuses on the end result, as the 9 is a number of attainment.

So, for this week, consider the things you hope and wish for. What would it take (effort) for those hopes and wishes to come true? Are you willing to put the time and effort in to make those wishes come true? Will having those wishes fulfilled really bring you the happiness you think they will?

Remember this old adage: Be careful what you wish for—because you just might get it.

Moving on the next card, we have the Ace of Wands.

When the Ace of Wands turns up, it suggests a new cycle, phase, or situation is beginning. Aces suggest the promise and potential for the future, so consider this the starting point for new thought-seeds to be planted now that will develop and manifest at a later time. This is a time of power!

This week, look for anything that comes your way as a source of inspiration, motivation, passion, and sparks your interest.

This source could be the thing that gets you started on a new business or creative endeavor, as the Ace of Wands helps to reveal the creative path or the career path you are on. You may be considering a new job or up for a promotion on your existing job.

The Ace of Wands can also suggest a spark or passion is being re-ignited, so some of us might find ourselves returning to a former project we started that we may have sidelined and allowed to collect dust. Time to blow the dust off!

When the Ace of Wands appears, look at it as a power boost of supercharged energy. As with all the Aces, it’s a gift to do with as you like. If you accept it, be clear of your intent, as the suit of Wands can represent our intentions and the actions that result from those intentions.

And that brings us to our final card for the week, The Sun.

For me, The Sun is the best card in the deck, outshining all other cards. It’s 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. 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 to take that step.

Being a card of achievement, The Sun asks you to look at all the achievements in your life—those things that have brought you moments of great (personal) happiness and satisfaction. The Sun wants you to know those were your moments of “brilliance” and “radiance.”

So, for this week, consider how—and what—you want to “radiate” out into your world because the people you interact with will both see and feel the energy you’re putting out.

Why not let it be your personal best?

And on that bright and positive note, I’ll let the sun set on this week’s reading.

Wishing you a Tarot-tastic week!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for September 25 – October 1, 2017

I was going back and forth between Tarot and Lenormand for this week’s reading, and, in the end, Lenormand won out.

The deck I wanted to work with this week is Le Fanu’s Lilac Dondorf, one of my favorite Lenormand decks, and one I haven’t used in a while, so it was fun to get my hands on it.

As I do every week, I shuffled 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: Key, Cross, Fox, Clouds, and Ship.

Focus of the Reading

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

Fox has its positive associations, as well as its challenging ones. On the positive side, Fox can indicate job and employment, and I see this as self-employment. With that in mind, Fox can talk about one’s skill and craft.

On the challenging side, Fox can talk about being cunning, and with that, the possibility of manipulation, of being taken advantage of. Fox can be about cheating, being conned and scammed.

Fox can also suggest something being bad or wrong, or that a mistake has been made.

Looking at the Line

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

Cross speaks of burdens and difficulties, so Cross + Fox could suggest job or employment difficulties. Sometimes Fox can suggest “little jobs,” suggesting part-time employment, and Cross + Fox might point to a situation where it might be critical or necessary (Cross) to be on the “hunt” for another job (Fox).

With Fox also being a card of self-employment, it might be necessary (Cross) for one to hold onto his or her current gig while devoting time and energy to a “side hustle,” which is also critical (Cross) to honing one’s skill (Fox) and perfecting his or her craft (Fox).

And that brings us to Clouds, one—if not the most—challenging card in the deck.

Clouds talks about confusion and uncertainty; coming after Cross + Fox (the cards that talk about job and employment difficulties), there might be an air of uncertainty about the near future. Fox + Clouds could be read as “job or employment (Fox) becomes uncertain (Clouds).”

Adding Cross to the mix, the three cards offer that it’s critical (Cross) to have a strategy (Fox) in mind (Clouds) because the future seems uncertain (Clouds as the future).

For the self-employed person, Clouds has the insert of the King of Clubs, a card I read as an entrepreneur, and this would reinforce Fox as self-employment. In this light, Clouds might refer to an uncertain point in time as to when the “side hustle” becomes the main gig.

The King of Clubs faces Fox, possibly suggesting approaching the situation with an “exit” strategy (Fox is a card of strategy) in mind (Clouds).

Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have Key and Ship.

Key, opening up the line, can suggest an answer or solution. Key can suggest this answer or solution is important or vital (additional meanings of Key for me).

Going back to the idea of a strategy (Fox), Key + Fox can be read as the importance (Key) of being clever (Fox) and having a strategic solution to address potential uncertainties (Clouds) in the future.

For the possibility of being on the job hunt, Key + Fox can suggest the discovery (Key) of a job (Fox).

At the start, the line could suggest the discovery (Key) of difficulty (Cross) with a job or employment (Fox).

Rounding out the line, we have Ship, a card of progression, advancement, and moving forward.

Ship is also a card of travel and a journey, and at the end of the line, can suggest a “ship that has set sail.” With Ship moving away from Clouds, the subtle implication is that the confusion and uncertainty suggested by Clouds can be fleeting.

Keeping with the context of Fox being about employment or self-employment, Ship can then be referencing a commercial venture, and one that will be moving forward in the future.

If Fox is about being clever and strategic, Ship can suggest progress being made with the regard to the strategy (Fox) and its implementation.

While Ship can refer to an actual journey, Ship can also refer to one’s life journey or spiritual journey (which is further emphasized by Cross, a card of religion and spirituality).

With that in mind, I think this week’s takeaway, regardless of the specifics, is to keep the faith (Cross) and discover (Key) possible spiritual solutions (Key + Cross) in the midst of difficulties (Cross) and uncertainties (Clouds).

Because every experience, in the end, is part of our spiritual journey through life (Ship).

And, with that, I’m letting this week’s reading set sail…

 

 

 

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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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