The Weekly Card Reading: Tag! It’s Tarot’s Turn

In my previous post, I shared the twist I was giving the card reading for this week. If you’ve been following my weekly readings regularly, you know that I began the readings using the Tarot, and then brought the Lenormand into the mix. The Lenormand readings were met with such a great response, I continued using the deck.

Getting my hands on the New York Lenormand--with Tarot card inserts--gave me an idea for this week's reading.

Getting my hands on the New York Lenormand–with Tarot card inserts–gave me an idea for this week’s reading.

But I also try to keep my finger on the pulse, so to speak. I noticed that people were checking out the older Tarot readings both here on the blog and over on my YouTube channel.

This came at the same time I acquired the New York Lenormand by Robert M. Place. What I especially like about Robert’s deck is that it not only comes with playing card inserts, but there is a variant that has the Minor Arcana from the Tarot in place of the playing card inserts.

So, I thought it would be neat to do a reading for the week, using this deck, and work it like a Lenormand and Tarot tag-team.

The previous post featured the video of the reading, as well as Lenormand’s take on the possibilities for the week. Now it’s Tarot’s turn…

If you read that last post, then you’ll recall our cards for the week are Rider, Fish, and Bear.

lenormand tarot tag-team 9-13-2015The Tarot card inserts of those cards are 9 of Cups, King of Pentacles, and 10 of Wands.

Lenormand Tarot reading 9-16-2015Since I read Fish as the focus, I will stick with that approach here, which would then make King of Pentacles as the focus card.

King of Pentacles-GutenbergThe King of Pentacles is asking us to consider the value we place on things this week. Pentacles is the suit which pertains to the value system of money, but also to our inner value system.

We place a certain value on all the things in our lives–whether it be people, things, or events and circumstances. This King, for me, is assigned the astrological sign of Taurus, which is the sign of ownership and possessions. Everything we possess has a value and worth to us, or else we would not have them in our lives. If it was something we purchased, we agreed on the value (cost) of the item when we bought it. If it was something given to us, it holds a sentimental worth and value.

In some cases, the things we hold on to appreciate in value; in other cases, they depreciate.

In this time of the energies of the new moon, we are being encouraged to look at what we have in our lives (from a place of being abundant, with the King of Pentacles) and consider—or re-consider—its value. Does it enrich us—or does it rob from us, which no longer serves and supports us?

The King of Pentacles also encourages us to consider our personal sense of value and worth this week. Are we getting our sense of worth and value externally (based on the people and things we have in our lives), or are we bringing out the richness within ourselves to everything we come in contact with (The King of Pentacles is known as having the “Midas Touch”)?

9 of Cups-GutenbergTo the left of the King of Pentacles is the 9 of Cups. When this card appears in a reading, it is 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 (the energy of a new moon is all about what we set an intention to 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.

10 of Wands-GutenbergTo the right of the King of Pentacles, we have the 10 of Wands, and when it appears on your “to-do” list, it warns you of having too many responsibilities.

But do all those responsibilities belong to you? If not, this card is asking you to consider allowing other people to be responsible for themselves. You are not to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders!

You may be thinking you’re being helpful, but are you really? This card 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 is true for you, why is that?

In working environments (Wands being the suit of work and business), the 10 of Wands can suggest having new job duties and responsibilities. It can suggest you are in a position where a lot of work is put upon you.

People around you may be calling you a workaholic (which actually happened to me when I was out in the working world—and I was in denial about it). You may also believe you have to do it all yourself (yep—me again). If this is true for you, the 10 of Wands is cautioning you: If you are not careful, you will experience exhaustion and fatigue, and put yourself on the road to burnout (which wound up happening to me).

It’s not too late to learn the art of delegation—which is really learning to let go of control (Kings in Tarot are about the ability to control things). 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 (Wands 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.

To round out this reading, I’ll add together the numbers from the Tarot card inserts, and take their sum as the means of deriving the card that will serve as the major lesson of the reading.

Here we have 9 (9 of Cups),  14 (King of Pentacles), and 10 (10 of Wands). So, taking 9 + 14 + 10, we arrive at a sum of 33.

There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot, so a sum over 22 is reduced by adding the digits together; in this case, 33 becomes 3 + 3, which equals 6.

The 6th card of the Major Arcana is The Lovers.

Lovers-GutenbergThis card is also called “The Choice.” This card can suggest you are at a crossroads in your life, and now you are faced with having to make some major life choices. This card encourages you to use both your head (the man) and your heart (the woman) in your decision-making process (they go “hand-in-hand”).

Some of those choices may involve commitments. Who and what are you committing yourself to–and why? 6 (the number of the card) is a number that represents balance, so be sure that you are 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 are doing so from a place of love for them. But is it truly? And are we being loving to ourselves?

When we over-commit, we can tend to take on more responsibility than we need to (10 of Wands), and allow other people to not step up and assume more than they have been (the 6 is also a number of responsibility).

We may need to get to the root of why we take on more than we need to—because it has served and supported us to do so. But once we understand the “why” of making that choice, we can choose again.

And when we choose again, we can do so with the knowing and understanding that we are choosing from a place of love—love for others, and love for ourselves.

When The Lovers appears, it can also suggest a time of great healing (this card is associated with Archangel Raphael, the angel of healing). Listen to your heart as well as your head as you determine what you need to aid that healing process. Perhaps, this would be a perfect opportunity to invoke (invite) Archangel Raphael to assist you in your healing journey.

Finally, if you are familiar with the Law of Attraction, start looking at what you are attracting in your life (The Lovers is a card of attraction). What’s showing up is a reflection of your thoughts (the man) and your feeling energy (the woman).

If you don’t like the experiences, this is your opportunity to choose again.

And with that, Tarot finishes its turn, wrapping up another weekly reading! And here’s a sentiment I haven’t closed with in some time: I wish (9 of Cups) for you a Tarot-tastic week!

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About James Himm

James Himm Mitchell, the Dreamer and Visionary of LifePlan Coaching & Consulting, LLC, works as an intuitive life coach, with a focus on personal growth and development. His specialties are Dream Decoding, Oracles (Tarot, Lenormand, and Angel cards), and Energy Medicine (Reiki), and he uses those modalities coaching individuals to create the tools and develop the strategies that transform their lives.
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