Lenormand & Tarot Tag-Team, Part 1: The Lenormand Speaks

It’s a new week, and that means a new weekly card reading!

Another one of my "let's try this for a week" experiments was met with positive response.

Another one of my “let’s try this for a week” experiments was met with positive response.

Last week, I had the idea of doing a Lenormand and Tarot tag-team reading, using the New York Lenormand by Robert Place, as he’s created a variation that has Tarot card insets in place (no pun intended!) of the standard playing cards.

It seems there’s something to be said for me trying things “for a week.”

Once again, something I thought I’d give a whirl has been met with a wonderfully positive response. And because of that response, I thought I’d do another tag-team reading this week.

The difference this week is that the video that I typically post with the first part of the reading will also be done in two parts; the first part using the Lenormand, and the second using the Tarot card insets of those Lenormand cards.

Taking the New York Lenormand in hand, I’m asking this question: “What do we need to know about the possibilities 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 our reading are Rider, Clover, and Scythe.

Rider, Clover, and Scythe, from the New York Lenormand by Robert M. Place.

Rider, Clover, and Scythe, from the New York Lenormand by Robert M. Place.

clover-ny lenormandFor me, the middle card is the focus of the reading, and this week we have Clover, which suggests the focus can be about opportunity. We are being asked, with this card, to consider the opportunities that come our way this week.

On the plus side, Clover is a card of good luck and fortune; so, this could mean that possibly opportunities this week could seem lucky or fortuitous.

On the other hand, Clover can represent a risk or gamble; it can suggest we might be taking a chance.

Either way, be it fortuitous or a gamble, the opportunity may be minimal: Clover is a card of little luck; it can mean something brief, with a small window of time attached to it.

Clover asks us to consider if we want to play it safe and be cautious—or be spontaneous and carefree?

rider clover-ny lenormandMoving to the left of Clover, we can form our first pair, Rider + Clover.

You may recall that Rider appears in this week’s reading in the exact position it did last week. Rider is a card of arrival, so paired with Clover, it could mean the arrival of an opportunity.

Rider is a card of news and messages, and with the Rider facing Clover, this could suggest news or a message about an opportunity. The pair could also be read as fortuitous news.

Staying with the news/message aspect of Rider, and the brief aspect of Clover, the pair could also be a news brief or a message that’s brief.

Keeping with the brief aspect of Clover, and that Rider can reference a visit, the pair could suggest a brief visit.

clover scythe-ny lenoramndAnother pair in this reading is Clover + Scythe.

Scythe is a card that suggests something abrupt, swift, fast, and sudden. It can mean that something needs to be handled quickly. It can also suggest something being cut or removed.

It’s always important to consider the direction the blade of the scythe is pointing, as that is a clue as to what’s possibly being affected.

Here, the blade is pointing/facing Clover; because of this the pair could mean a sudden opportunity. It can also suggest an opportunity that needs to be handled quickly. This keeps with the brief period of time associated with Clover.

I mentioned that Clover can be a card of risk; with Scythe, the risk factor increases as this is also a card that can suggest risk involved. This pair really asks us to consider the “chances” we might be taking here.

rider scythe-ny lenormandAnd the final pair in this triplet of cards, Rider + Scythe, can be read as news and messages that arrive suddenly. If life were a newscast, this pair would be the point in which the news anchor announces “breaking news,” as Scythe can indicate a break.

Rider being news and messages being sent/delivered, this pairing makes me think of the mail we receive that has “immediate action/response required” in bold letters on the envelope.

The line, reading from left to right, in forward narration, could be, News or messages being delivered (Rider) about an opportunity (Clover) that comes suddenly (Scythe), or needs an immediate response (again, Scythe).”

Looking at the insets for more about the dynamics of this potential opportunity (Clover), we have the 9 of Cups (Rider) and the Page of Pentacles (Scythe).

bouquet-ny lenormandThe 9th card of the deck is Bouquet (or Flowers). This could suggest the opportunity may come as a surprise, as Bouquet can mean a surprise. It can also mean a gift. Keeping with the news/message aspect of Rider, Bouquet can suggest an invitation. Bouquet can suggest that the opportunity is question may be one that is pleasant, appealing, and attractive, as Bouquet is a card of beauty and things being beautiful.

whip-ny lenormandThe Page, for me, is assigned the numerical value of 11; the 11th card in the deck is Whip (or Broom). This could suggest the opportunity might be something repetitive, as this card can mean repetition or repeated activity.

Is this the first time this opportunity has come around? This might suggest that the opportunity is coming around again because of possibly being “brushed off” before (the Broom aspect of Whip), which might also be why this might need an immediate response or have a short period of time attached to it.

Whip can also suggest something that needs to be worked out or sorted out, and that could be something to keep in mind, especially if this opportunity needs immediate attention. Why might that be?

Taking the values of all the pips and adding them together, we have 9 + 6 (6 of Pentacles) + 11, which total 26. The 26th card in the deck is Book.

book-ny lenormandBook is a card of knowledge, of learning, of teaching, of education. The opportunity might be of an educational nature. It can be an opportunity to take up a new course of study, or an opportunity to become a teacher.

Going with the literal aspect of Lenormand, Book can be a reference to an actual book project.

The book on the card is closed, which can suggest an air of secrecy or mystery, or that there is more knowledge about the opportunity that needs to be learned.

Wrapping things up, attention can be brought to the numbers on the cards to determine the final essence of the reading. The cards are numbered 1 (Rider), 2 (Clover), and 10 (Scythe). The total of these numbers is 13; the 13th card in the deck is Child.

child-ny lenormandChild can represent something new or beginning. The opportunity might be something in which we might not have a lot of experience, as Child can be a novice.

It could mean getting in on the ground floor of a start-up, as Child can mean just starting out or an entry-level position.

And, finally, Child can warn of being naïve and gullible, which might be a nod to the risk factor that could come with this opportunity—especially if it requires acting quickly, and not leaving much room for careful deliberation and discrimination (Whip).

That brings the reading, from the perspective of the Lenormand, to a close. Since this is a tag-team, the Lenormand has tagged the Tarot for its turn, which I will present in the very next post.

Until then…

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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, playing cards, and Lenormand), 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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