Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for May 22-28, 2017

For this week’s reading, I wanted to work with the very latest deck in my ever-growing collection (I really have to consider finding a way to curb my enthusiasm for acquiring new decks), so I’m having The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan (and published by Clarkson Potter) assist me.

What interested me in this particular deck is that, while it’s labeled a Tarot deck, it has a playing card structure; there are 53 cards rather than the 78 card standard in Tarot. And the cards are divided into the suits of Clubs, Spades, Hearts, and Diamonds, which are associated with playing cards.

What Caitlin did was illustrate the cards with depictions from the Minor Arcana of Tarot. But what she did with the Majors, in my opinion, was both creative and innovative: She incorporated them into some of the Minors, blending their imageries.

So, for me, the cards have layers of meaning and interpretation: the first layer is from the playing card association; the second from the Minor Arcana association; and finally, the Major Arcana association for those hybrid cards.

I’ve been having so much fun playing with this deck on a daily basis and can’t wait to see what’s in the cards for the week ahead!

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:

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 6 of Hearts/The Lovers.

Starting with the playing card aspect, the suit of Hearts is associated with feelings, emotions, and relationships, so that might be the area we find ourselves concentrating on this week.

The 6, for me, is a number that’s connected to home and family, so there may be emotional situations “close to home” that need to be addressed; the 6 is also a number of responsibility, so that may be a factor—that the parties involved each take responsibility for their contribution in the situation.

The 6 is also a number of healing, and the 6 of Hearts can be about the past, so there’s the possibility of healing the past this week; again, this healing might come as a result of people being in an emotional place to take responsibility for the roles they played, which can begin that healing process.

The 6 of Hearts is a card of male energy, suggesting the possibility of a man from the past coming back into the picture, and wanting to talk (the 6 is a number of communication), making proposals about the future.

And that brings us to The Lovers aspect of the card.

This card is also called “The Choice.” When it appears, The Lovers can suggest you’re at a crossroads in your life, and now you’re faced with having to make some major life choices.

Some of those choices may involve commitments. Who and what are you committing yourself to–and why? The Lovers represents balance, so be sure that you’re not over-committing, and allowing yourself to become a slave to the needs of others.

When we choose to become a slave to the needs of others, we may convince ourselves that we’re doing so from a place of love for them. But is it truly? And are we being loving to ourselves?

The Lovers is an obvious nod to partnerships. This week, you may begin a new relationship (keeping with the possible proposal of someone from the past with the 6 of Hearts), or an existing one grows deeper, as this card is about attraction.

And going with attraction, The Lovers is a card connected to the Law of Attraction, and manifestation, under the Law, requires the union of your thoughts and your feelings (symbolized by the merging of the two faces on the card becoming one).

Going with this aspect, The Lovers may be asking you to pay particular attention to what you “attract” into your life this week, as you may get a sense of both the thinking and feeling energies you’re bringing to the situations you’re experiencing—and being asked to consider choosing differently, especially if what you’re attracting isn’t what you consider to be ideal.

Aside from the relationship aspect, The Lovers asks you, when you consider choices and decisions this week, that you do so from a heart-centered place. Consider asking yourself how the choices make you feel. You could imagine yourself having made the choice, and seeing how it might play out, and how that outcome makes you feel.

The Lovers asks you to go with the heart.

Moving to the next card, we have The Joker/The Fool.

The Joker is the “wild card” of the deck, suggesting the unexpected. With the 6 of Hearts/The Lovers talking about choices and decisions, The Joker could suggest a decision needing to be made suddenly.

With the possibility of someone returning from the past (6 of Hearts), The Joker suggests the return might be unexpected, or that a proposal (6 of Hearts) comes unexpectedly.

The Fool aspect of the card can suggest embarking on a new journey; it may be literal or metaphorical.

This is a card of new experiences; you’re about to experience a new chapter in your life. You’re getting a clean slate and a fresh start—what will you do with it?

The Fool can suggest that wherever this new chapter takes you, you may not have the experience—but that’s okay! You can’t know everything going in—sometimes you have to learn along the way. There will always be a phase or stage where you’re the beginner, the novice, the one who’s “green” and just starting out.

The Fool can suggest having a sense of awe and wonder about it all; it’s about seeing your world with a fresh set of eyes, with a child-like innocence. What new way could you look at—and therefore have a new experience of—your life this week?

The Fool is a card that can encourage you to take that leap, as it can suggest a leap of faith, knowing and trusting that Source—the Universe—has your back, and will support you along the way.

That first step, though, can be a scary one to take. For some, The Fool can suggest being carefree and spontaneous, and for others, it can mean being foolish and reckless. We’re not all wired the same way. And that plays into how you’ll view—and experience—new phases and stages.

And, while I’m on the subject of how we’re wired, the Fool is a card that asks you to be Who You Are. You’re a different and unique expression in this world you’ve chosen to be born into—and you’re being encouraged to show up as yourself.

The Lovers card reminds us that everything is a matter of choice. Everything is preceded by a choice, by making a decision.

With The Fool, it’s matter of whether we choice to take a chance (perhaps on love)—or feel that we’re taking a(n emotional) risk, and would rather play it safe.

And that’s a nice lead-in to our final card for this week, the 4 of Hearts.

The first thing that’s noticeable is that we have another card from the suit of Hearts, again reinforcing emotional issues this week; with two of the cards also being from the Major Arcana, these issues may be somewhat significant, as the Majors highlight important issues and events.

The number 4 can represent laying a foundation; this can suggest a relationship being in its foundational stage (which would make sense with The Fool in the line as well), and we’re putting work into it (the 4 also represents work). It’s like laying the groundwork, so there’s something to build on for the future.

The 4 is also a number of stability and security, so this can suggest being in relationships with those who allow us to feel a sense of emotional security and stability (that idea of feeling safe I mentioned earlier), or that those components need to be a part of the foundation for future relationships.

Along those lines, the 4 is also a number of comfort, and makes me think of being emotionally comfortable, both in the relationship we have with ourselves, as well as those we have with others.

I’ve heard some cartomancers refer to the 4 of Hearts as a “marriage bed,” because a bed has four posts and is in a room with four walls.

I bring this up because the cards could be referring to the possibility of a relationship becoming physically intimate, and both parties involved have to consider if the foundation has been established for the relationship to now move in this direction.

Another aspect of the 4 of Hearts that was mentioned with the 6 of Hearts is the idea of a proposal or gesture being made; in the image, and hand with a cup that has a heart etched on it and flowers blooming from it is being offered to the woman, which she sees out the corner of her eye.

The look on her face suggests she might be wary—should she accept the offer? That brings us back to The Fool, and to consider how we view any offers, proposals, and gestures this week. Will we choose to see them as opportunities—or as risks?

The cards this week encourage us to exercise our power to choose—and no matter the decisions made, to be comfortable and secure with our choices.

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

Have an amazing week!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Reading for May 15-21, 2017

Within the past few days, I got a couple new playing card decks (and one of them I’ve already put to work, which I share in the latest post over on my business blog), and because of that, I wanted to work some playing card magic with this week’s reading.

Caravan of SEE’ers Fortune Telling Playing Cards by Jennifer Kast.

I really wanted to work with my copy of Jennifer Kast’s Caravan of SEE’ers Fortune Telling Playing Cards in this space (I have the “Cartomancer” edition).

You may remember that I worked with her 1889 Lenormand Oracle some time ago, and it was met with a very positive response (one viewer even went and got his own copy after watching the video).

Because of such enthusiasm, I thought I’d share another one of her creations.

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:

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 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 8 is a number I associate with power, so there may be situations where we’re dealing with external power (meaning people in “power,” such as bosses, managers, and supervisors); another possibility is tapping into our personal power (inner strength) to handle the work that needs to get done.

With that, the 8 can suggest that organization is required (think structuring, re-structuring, and discipline), or that the work involves an organization (and that would bring back in management types).

The 8 is also the number of the entrepreneur, so there may be work needing to be done with regard to a self-employment venture, or making the shift (the 8 can suggest a change in status and movement) from employee to entrepreneur (and possibly, employer).

And if you’re in the position of not having to punch a clock, and you’re not dipping your toes into the entrepreneurial waters, the suit of Clubs can be coming up suggesting doing your work in the business of life this week.

I’m looking at the silhouette on the card, which looks to me like a man staring out into the horizon, his hand forming a visor over his eyes so he can see what’s ahead.

From an emotional outlook, Clubs, as a suit, can suggest frustration and impatience, so that might be what’s being worked on (developing patience), especially if you’re in a position of waiting for something to arrive or show up in your life.

In the lower half of the card, there’s a scene that looks as if someone is communicating with another person. The 8 of Clubs highlights communications, as the suit of Clubs can also represent being social and social activity, so an additional message may be to pay attention to the social interactions we have with others this week—that may be the area where we need to do some work.

The next card can offer more insight, so moving on, we have the 7 of Clubs.

We have the appearance of another card from the suit of Clubs, reinforcing the possibility of working on situations with job and employment.

The first thing that catches my eye is there’s a numerical sequence; we move from 8 to 7, suggesting a decrease of some kind.

If we consider that business is a pun for busy-ness, then the cards could be asking us to find ways to lighten our “work” load and not be so busy, as our lives seem to get busier and busier (interestingly enough, the 8 of Clubs is an internet card for me, signaling the technological times we live in, and how that adds to our sense of busy-ness—and especially if you’re in business).

The 7 is a number of spirituality, and as the center card, the 7 of Clubs can suggest a focus on the work we might need to do to bring us back to our spiritual centers this week.

On a different front, the 7 of Clubs is one of my self-employment cards, reinforcing that possibility. In this particular case, writing and teaching are professions I see with the 7 of Clubs, so there may be teaching work in the public school system that will be significant.

Another possibility is that the 7 of Clubs is encouraging one to step into his or her work as a spiritual (7) teacher. It could be that this person has written a book (the writing aspect of the card) and is now being guided to teach that material to a wider audience (remember the 8 of Clubs is an internet card, one way to reach a wider audience).

Keeping with the social aspect of the Clubs suit (notice the silhouettes of two women facing each other on the card), the 7 of Clubs can suggest a possible need to be assertive and stand up for yourself (again, this would acknowledge the 8 as a number of personal power).

If need be, how can you assert yourself in a way that allows you to be heard (going back to the silhouettes in the bottom half of the 8 of Clubs)?

And, finally, the 7 of Clubs offers this message: If you’ve been finding yourself putting a whole lot of work and effort into a situation, not seeing any changes or results, and thinking of throwing in the towel (notice the silhouette that looks resigned on the lower half of the card?), the 7 of Clubs urges you not to quit; this card offers that you have what it takes to face any challenges and adversities—and come out on top.

Consider if there’s anything you could be taught (the flip side of being the teacher the 7 of Clubs suggests) that could help you advance—and put that teaching to work for you.

Rounding out our reading, the last card for this week is the 2 of Hearts.

All that talk about social interactions and communications with others makes sense with this card, as the 2 of Hearts is about relationships, with the 2 being a number of co-operation and harmony.

Hearts being the suit of feelings and emotions, the 2 of Hearts is about being able to share how we feel with others, as well as taking the feelings of others into account.

I tend to see the 2 of Hearts as a “mirror” card, meaning that when we relate to others, they offer us a reflection of ourselves for us to see. The 2 of Hearts is an intimacy card, meaning that we relate to others in an effort to get to know them better—but they also allow us to get to know ourselves more deeply.

So, as you move through your week, ask yourself what your interactions with others are showing you about them—but, more importantly—what are they showing you about you?

If you’re the writer/teacher I mentioned earlier, the 2 of Hearts can suggest a proposal (see the man on bended knee on the bottom half of the card?), which can suggest the possibility of a written proposal about a book needing to be worked on (Clubs).

If you’re the business person mentioned at the top of the reading, then the 2 of Hearts can point to a business relationship being formed, or that a business proposal will be made for you to consider. Will you say “yes” and accept?

No matter the specific scenario and how it plays out, this week has the potential to be one of action and increased activity (Clubs + Clubs), developing emotionally and spiritually 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: Tarot Reading for May 8-14, 2017

It’s been a while since I did a Tarot reading in this space, so I was feeling the urge for one this week.

And once I decided on working with Tarot, the deck choice became apparent: I wanted to work with the Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (and published by Llewellyn).

If you’ve been following the Oracle Outlook for the past few weeks, you might’ve noticed that I’ve been on a Ciro Marchetti kick: I used his Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards a few weeks ago; and I followed it up by using his Gilded Reverie Lenormand last week.

So, I thought I’d go for a trifecta and use one of his Tarot decks, and like the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, the Gilded Tarot is a deck I haven’t used for quite some time.

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 Hanging Man, encouraging you to change your outlook.

The Hanging Man is a card that can indicate a period when it appears things are in limbo. It’s a card of setbacks, delays, and things being put “on hold.”

If this is true for you, this is an opportunity to practice the lesson of this card, which is perspective. The Man hangs upside down from a wheel, which allows him a different way of seeing things.

This week, The Hanging Man is encouraging you to consider how you can see the people and events in your life in a different light.

Part of that process is coming to a place of acceptance–being willing to say, “This is the way it is,” which then leads to the art of learning to let go.

This art of letting go is known as sacrifice. The Hanging Man, a card of sacrifice, says the act needs to be voluntary. We have to get to a place of being willing to let go. But we can, at times, have a negative connotation of sacrifice.

I’m reminded of a quote from author Mark Nepo about sacrifice: “Sacrifice is giving up what no longer works.” With this different perspective (the pun is intended) on sacrifice, how does it help you consider what’s no longer working for you in your life—and would you be willing to give it up?

Moving to the second card for the week, we have The Empress.

The Empress is the archetype of the Mother, the caretaker and the nurturer. The Empress can indicate a time of incubation—the growth and development required before the moment of manifestation.

What are you creatively working on to manifest in your world? The Empress says it’s important to be patient (which is fitting, coming on the heels of The Hanging Man, and its message of things in a state of suspension), but continue to nurture your creative side and still do what you can (this is a card of productivity) while things are still in stages of development.

And here’s another aspect of The Empress for you to consider: If you play the role of caretaker in your life, The Empress urges you to make sure you’re also creating the time to take care of yourself. If you find you’ve put yourself last on your list of things to be taken care of, see if you can make yourself more of a priority.

When you care for yourself, it enables you to better take care of those who need you. And sometimes, the best self-care is to allow others to take care of themselves, especially if they’re in a position to do so.

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 (perhaps the result of that change in perspective/outlook suggested by The Hanging Man?).

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. For, just as the astrological glyphs revolve around the sun in the card’s image (and appear in The Empress card as well), the people who orbit you 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 May 1-7, 2017

Once the current Oracle Outlook is posted to the blog (like this one is now), I start thinking about the next one, specifically the system I want to work with, and what deck.

When I posted last week’s reading with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti, it occurred to me that I’ve never used his Gilded Reverie Lenormand in this space.

When I first got into Lenormand, I purchased two decks at the same time, one being the Gilded Reverie and the other being the Under the Roses Lenormand (which is by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill; both decks are published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.).

I was so taken with Under the Roses that the Gilded Reverie kind of took a back seat, and I never really used it all that much.

So, I thought, since it seems like I’m on a Ciro Marchetti kick at the moment, why not keep it going and use the Gilded Reverie this week?

Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, asking the question, “What do we need to know about 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: Lilies, Rider, Tree, Key, and Anchor.

Focus of the Reading

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

Tree is a card of health and healing, an aspect that was also brought up in last week’s Kipper card reading with Bad Health; a possible message here is to notice the growth we’re making in this area, as the healing experience can be of a personal or spiritual (a nod to the Tree of Life diagram on the tree) nature.

Tree can suggest something that’s “taken root,” and developing, and that might pertain to the processes being used; in this regard, Tree can be asking us to remain patient as progress is made (because trees take a long time to grow).

Tree, for me, can also be indicative of extended family, if you consider the idea of a “family tree” (with all its “branches”); taking the health and healing aspect of Tree into account, this can suggest either healing a situation of a familial nature, or a health situation that’s hereditary, something that runs in the family, being passed down from generation to generation.

Looking at the Line

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

Rider is a card that I first read as news and messages coming in; with the rider and carousel horse on the card facing in the direction of Tree, the news or messages coming in can pertain to health and healing directly.

Rider is also about a visit or arrival, so one possibility of Rider + Tree is the arrival (Rider) of healing (Tree). This can take the form of an actual healer (healing practitioner) arriving on the scene.

Another possibility is if we consider Tree to be extended family, then an interpretation of Rider + Tree could be the visit or arrival (Rider) of extended family (Tree).

If perhaps one was looking into his or her family history (Tree being “family tree”), Rider + Tree could suggest the arrival of news and messages (Rider) about family ancestry (Tree).

Whatever the exact nature of Rider, Key, on the other side of Tree, can suggest this is important, as I read Key as something important and vital; Rider + Key would translate to important news or a vital message.

Key is a card of answers and solutions, of discoveries and revelations that become “unlocked” or accessible, as a key opens things up (much like the key having opened the cage on the card); the card says the “answer is key” to the situation and its resolution.

Following Tree, one message (Rider) being presented is that health (Tree) is vital and important (Key), with another message (Rider) being that healing (Tree) is discovered (Key).

If Tree has to do with family and family history, a possibility is that news (Rider) about family history (Tree) is discovered (Key), again with the idea that the revelation (Key) is vital and important (Key).

Key, for me, is a card of the truth, so the news and message Rider brings may be the “key” to the discovery of an important truth.

With Tree as the focus, this truth could help us either begin (roots) or continue to heal and grow, both personally and spiritually.

The outer cards, Lilies and Anchor, can offer information that would sum things up.

On the far left of the line, Lilies, reinforces the idea of ancestry and lineage presented by Tree, as it can represent an elder or senior.

If there’s research into one’s family history taking place, Lilies is a card of the past and for paying tribute to the past and possibly a memorial of sorts.

There’s the possibility of bringing an elder family member into the home, perhaps to better care for the person with regard to health and healing (Lilies + Tree = an elder’s health), which would reinforce the message of an arrival of extended family mentioned earlier.

In this regard, Lilies could suggest someone more mature, and Tree would then suggest someone who’s lived a long time (it’s a card of long life, as trees tend to have a long life span).

And Lilies + Tree could also suggest the past (Lilies) being healed (Tree)—as an offshoot of being rooted in one’s growth and development (Tree in the center suggesting this is “central” to the result).

And that brings us to Anchor, the card on the other side of the line.

Anchor is a card of work; while it could relate to actual work, I’m getting the sense that this could mean the “work” being put into the situation (Tree). When it comes to work, Anchor says the work is both hard and long-term, and requires a serious attitude.

It also requires persistence and perseverance, which are additional keywords I have for Anchor.

As the card at the end of the line, Anchor is a card of stability, so Tree + Anchor can then suggest that health (Tree) becomes stable (Anchor) in the end, after work and effort (Anchor); the work and effort implied can suggest being “hands-on,” as Anchor can indicate physical or manual labor.

Also, Anchor is a card of hope, so whatever the situation, Key + Anchor sends us a reminder of the importance (Key) of being hopeful (Anchor) in the future (Anchor at the end of the line suggests the future).

Wrapping Up

Whatever the specific scenario that develops this week (Tree), expect wisdom to be gained from the experience (Lilies), leading to the arrival (Rider) of important personal growth and healing (Tree + Key), and bringing stability (Anchor) as well as a sense of hope for the future (Anchor).

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

Hope you have an amazing week!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for April 24-30, 2017

Keeping with the cartomancy kick I’m currently on, I wanted to do another 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 with Lenormand, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.

The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: Court House, Bad Health, Marriage, Unexpected Income, and Journey.

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 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 Unexpected Income.

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.

Unexpected Income, on the other side of Marriage, is a card of financial transactions (I read it as “money changing hands”). The word “unexpected” can suggest the gain (income) comes as a surprise, possibly in the form of a raise, a bonus, or a tip.

Unexpected Income carries the implication that the person on the receiving end didn’t have to work for the money that’s coming in.

Since Marriage, a card of commitments, is right next to Unexpected Income, the pair can indicate a contractual agreement (and marriage is a contractual agreement), and the agreement requires the signatures of all involved parties.

If that aspect of the reading resonates with you, Bad Health + Marriage + Unexpected Income might suggest taking a break (Bad Health) to review the agreement (Marriage) before putting your signature on the dotted line (Unexpected Income) so you can be sure of an equitable exchange (Unexpected Income).

If we consider the health and recovery aspect of Bad Health, Bad Health + Unexpected Income might suggest one’s financial health and recovery; or that healing comes suddenly and unexpectedly.

Whether it’s our physical well-being or our finances, we’re being asked to make a commitment toward healing and recovery this week. It reminds me of the expression “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy,” as the cards tell us of the gain we receive from actively engaging in our healing process.

Moving to the outer cards, we have Court House and Journey.

Court House opens the line, being the first card. Court House can represent legal matters and public affairs that may need to be addressed.

With that, there may be the need to make a decision (a court house is where rulings are made). If that’s the case (again, I couldn’t help myself), the decision is made based on the information (facts and “evidence”) being presented. The intention is that it’s right and fair, and in the best and highest good for all involved (the idea of “justice for all”).

I’m looking at the image of Court House, seeing the man holding court papers with red wrapping around them, bringing to mind “red tape.”

This brings in Bad Health, which is right next to Court House. With Bad Health being a card of a temporary or forced break, it might come as a result of a legal matter and legal red tape. It might even suggest a legal matter in connection to a health-related situation.

With the other cards being about agreements (Marriage and Unexpected Income), there may be a situation involving health care and perhaps receiving a tax premium, which makes receiving the care surprisingly affordable.

On the other end of the line, rounding things out, we have Journey, a card that can suggest potential travel in the future.

If you’re no stranger to my readings, you’ll know that I also consider travel cards to be metaphorical, and in that sense, Journey can talk about progress being made and things moving right along.

Again, looking at the image, the train, being on a track can imply being “on the right track,” reinforcing the idea of things moving right along.

So, if Court House and Bad Health suggest a possible pause due to some red tape, Journey coming along suggests the situation begins to progress and things get going again.

The same can be said for Journey coming after Marriage and Unexpected Income, as the terms of the contract have been mutually agreed upon, and things are now on track.

If Bad Health is about physical well-being, Journey could suggest movement after a period of immobility (if you think bed rest).

If Bad Health + Unexpected Income is about possible financial health and recovery, Journey might suggest being “on the road” with that process.

Going with the image on the card, the first step might be “tracking” the money that comes in and goes out, so you can see your financial picture more clearly, and commit (Marriage) toward making some positive changes.

To that end, Unexpected Income + Journey could be a surprise monetary gain that gets things moving.

Over to You

Whatever the scenario, Journey reminds me of this profound pearl of wisdom from Lao-Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

What will be your single step toward healing this week? Will you make the commitment?

And as you digest on that bit of food for thought, I’ll officially bring my Kipper card reading for the week to a close.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

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

I don’t know if you noticed this or not, but it seems like I’ve being buying a lot of card decks this year.

The 1889 Lenormand Oracle by Jennifer Kast.

I became aware of this when I noticed I was starting off the video readings by saying, “This week, I’m working with the latest deck in my collection…” a lot more these days.

And we’re only four months into the year.

I mention this because for this week’s reading, I’m working with yet another new deck in my collection, the 1889 Lenormand Oracle, created by Jennifer Kast of For the Seekers.

Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, asking the question, “What do we need to know about 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: Stork, Fox, Lilies, Mountain, and Bouquet.

Focus of the Reading

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

The first thing that immediately comes to mind with Lilies has to do with timing: When I think of Lilies, I think of Easter, and this reading is for the time period that begins the day after Easter Sunday (April 16th), so that’s interesting to notice.

My keyword associations for Lilies are peace and tranquility, so there may be a focus on being—or becoming—more peaceful and tranquil this week.

Lilies, for me, is also a card of maturity, as it has the insert of the King of Spades, which can represent an older (mature) man. If not about a person specifically, I tend to read the card as being “older and wiser,” and having a depth of wisdom gained from life experience.

In this context, Lilies may be asking us to either consider how the past (Lilies can also represent things that are “old,” and that can be the past) has played a part in our becoming mature (wise—or wise beyond our years), or to focus on how we’re gaining wisdom through the experiences we have this week.

Looking at the Line

The cards immediately flanking Lilies, Fox and Mountain, form a pair that I read in a line as more in-depth information about the central issue.

I tend to read Fox first and foremost as a card of job and employment, so Fox + Lilies could be a reference to an employee (Fox) with a great deal of experience (Lilies), or a senior employee on the job.

And going one step further with the senior employee interpretation, it might also be that this senior employee is facing retirement (Fox, the employee, is facing Lilies, which can mean retirement).

Fox also has some not so positive meanings; the card can suggest being taken advantage of, being conned or scammed. So, a possibility here is that a con artist (Fox) may be attempting to scam (Fox) the elderly (Lilies). This reminds me of a news report I recently heard of the latest scam targeting the elderly.

If that becomes apparent, there’s a positive way to look at this pairing: Having a strategy (Fox) to protect (Lilies) the elderly (Lilies).

And this is a nice place to bring in Mountain, a card that can represent blocks, obstacles, and challenges.

If we take into account the possibility of a scam that targets the elderly, Mountain following can suggest running into a roadblock. Or, that protecting the elderly from fraudulent activity is becoming increasingly challenging.

And that may be a part of what Lilies + Mountain can represent: How aging (Lilies) can be challenging (Mountain).

And one of those challenges can be independence (Fox): Fox + Lilies + Mountain could be read as the independence (Fox) of a senior (Lilies) becomes a challenge (Mountain), suggesting an elderly person may need to be looked after more.

Going back to the employee, with Fox + Mountain we have an employee facing a setback, or a challenging job.

If we consider the employee facing possible retirement, Mountain would suggest that will either be challenging to face—or, that retirement might even be delayed or postponed (Mountain), due to a challenge (Mountain) that may require the person keep working a job (Fox).

This might be a matter of survival (Fox).

The outer cards, Stork and Bouquet, can offer information that would sum things up.

In the video of this reading, I mentioned I saw this card in my mind, which led me to pick this deck to work with this week (a phenomena that happens quite often, if you’ve read my accounts for any stretch of time). In that mental “flash,” I was directed to the weather vane, and its directions.

Stork can mean a change or improvement, so the symbology, for me, can suggest a change in direction. One possible change can be a move or relocation, so Stork, as the first card in the line, can suggest the possibility of considering what direction we see ourselves moving in at this stage of our lives (Lilies).

Stork + Fox can suggest a job change, and that might involve a move (like a job transfer). Another possible change would be from being an employee (Fox) to becoming self-employed (also Fox); Lilies would then suggest taking the experience you’ve gained and “employing” those skills (Fox) in your new gig. Make it work for you (Lilies) rather than against you (Mountain).

If we consider making any changes to improve our lives (Stork), Fox, being a card of strategy, is asking, “What’s the plan?” Fox implies being clever, and Lilies says to use the wisdom we’ve gained (acquired) in our efforts—especially when the roadblocks appear (Mountain).

Bouquet, as the last card in the line, can represent a surprise, a gift, or an invitation (my chief keywords for the card). I also read this card as talent and appreciation, or that talent is being appreciated (as a hybrid of the two).

If we consider the employee possibly facing retirement, Bouquet can suggest that person receiving a surprise or gift for his or her years of service (Spades is the suit of service) as a form of appreciation.

Stork + Bouquet can suggest a surprising change is possible as the week starts off, and with Mountain in the line, there might be some setbacks and delays—and even a postponement—as a result.

And that’s why I like seeing Bouquet at the end of the line; Mountain + Bouquet can suggest a challenging surprise—but it can also be read as a challenge (Mountain) that ends beautifully (Bouquet being a card of beauty, and ends the line).

Whatever the specific scenario this week, whatever changes (Stork) we decide to make to improve our lives (Stork), and the strategy (Fox) we put to work, Bouquet lets us knows that there will be a reward for our efforts.

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

Hope you have a beautiful (Bouquet) week!

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Reading for April 10-16, 2017

One of the joys I have with presenting the Oracle Outlook is the different types of decks and systems I get to work and read with.

Origins Playing Cards by Rick Davidson.

This year, I’ve seen myself getting more immersed in cartomancy with Lenormand, Kipper, and now Sibilla (see my previous post).

And those have come from returning to the system that started it all for me: playing cards.

And that led to this week’s deck selection: the Origins playing cards by Rick Davidson.

I got wind of this deck through a cardist on YouTube (David of “Magic Orthodoxy”); the appeal of this deck is that Rick extensively researched the history of the playing card deck, and his artwork (most notably on the face cards) is a reworking of French artist Pierre Marechal, circa 1567.

So, it’s exciting to have a deck that pays homage to the history of playing cards in my collection to read with.

And now, moving into the reading, 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:

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 Jack of Diamonds.

The Jack of Diamonds, being a face card, can represent an approach we’re being asked to consider taking this week.

Diamonds is a suit of material possessions, so I read the Jack of Diamonds as financial transactions and how we handle money. Being the first card, a possible message is to monitor our money, and being led and guided as to how to be more responsible with our finances.

Another possibility lies in the Jack of Diamonds being associated with the sign of Virgo (at least for me), and, because of that, it can be connected to health and health-related services. I used to word “monitor” earlier, and it might very well be that we’re being called to be observant as to what we can do to better serve ourselves with regard to our physical well-being.

This Jack, for me, can represent slow and steady progress, so it could mean that it might be time to slow down a tad from the busyness of life.

And since I mentioned progress, the Jack of Diamonds wants us to remember that anything we set our minds to this week will progress gradually. And if you happen to be a tad bit on the impatient side (like yours truly), and want things to happen rightnow, remind yourself of this adage: Slow progress is still progress.

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

With the King of Clubs, we have another face card, so another approach to consider taking as we move through the week.

Clubs is the suit of work and business, so with the Jack of Diamonds, there’s the possibility of financial transactions centering on work and business. The King of Clubs can be an entrepreneur, so it could be that a business person (King) is being paid (Jack of Diamonds) for his or her professional services (Jack of Diamonds + King of Clubs).

One type of service might be spiritually-based; if you notice, the King is holding a sphere with a cross on it, representing the spiritual world, if you will. The King of Clubs can refer to not just a business leader, but also a spiritual leader.

With that in mind, the Jack of Diamonds, for me, can represent a reader, as this is a card of the student. But a reader can also be a pun for a card reader (like yours truly). And, this Jack can represent an angel and angel messages (Jacks being messengers), so the possibility here can be an angel card reader.

So, a person may be embarking on taking classes on business and/or entrepreneurship, so he or she can increase his or her earning potential; or, a person can be taking courses with a spiritual leader/professional on a spiritual type of service (like angel card readings).

Before leaving the King of Clubs, let’s take a moment and note that both he and the Jack of Diamonds are facing each other. This visual can be read one of two ways:

  1. Two people will be seeing “eye to eye” over a matter; or
  2. Two people will be “facing off” over a situation.

This can suggest, in a general sense, to be mindful of how we show up in our interactions with others this week: Will we choose to be co-operative–or combative?

Whichever the case, the combo of Diamonds + Clubs says things can be worked out successfully—perhaps with a little effort on the side of each party.

Rounding out our reading, the last card for this week is the 8 of Clubs.

We have another card from the suit of Clubs, making this what I call “ruling majority.” So the energy of this week will focus on work and business, which could be in the literal sense, or the metaphorical (“business of life”) sense.

This suggests that whatever we put our efforts into working on, we’ll see success gradually.

The 8, in this regard, is a number of organization, so incremental success happens with a sense of structure, order, and self-discipline.

The 8 is a number of abundance, and brings us back to the message the Jack of Diamonds had about money and financial transactions this week; the 8 is associated with the circulatory system, and financial transactions help to circulate money.

The 8 is also a number that represents the entrepreneur, just like the King of Clubs, so there may be some movement for someone this week, on his or her journey from being an employee (Jack of Diamonds) to the head of his or her own company (King of Clubs).

For the (angel) card reader, the 8 of Clubs is a great card to show up, as it can represent messages from the Infinite (8 being the number on infinity, when turned on its side). The 8 is a number of power, so insights received from Spirit may be quite powerful indeed.

And, along those lines, this thought just came to me: No matter what we engage in this week (Jack of Diamonds), if we stay connected to Source, the greatest power there is (King of Clubs holding the sphere with the cross), and take action (Clubs) on the inspired ideas and insights we receive (8 of Clubs), we can produce some powerful results (8 of Clubs at the end of the line).

On that note, I’ll end here and wrap up this week’s Outlook.

Have an awesome week!

 

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