In the previous post, I shared the first part of this week’s Lenormand reading, which consisted of looking at the cards in the line in different combinations and then as a whole.
In this post, I’ll be taking a look for some additional information from the playing cards and the numbers on the cards that made up the reading.
If you want to watch the video of the reading, you can check it out below.
If you prefer to read the text, here it is for you:
The reading for the week consisted of Book, Coffin, Sun, House, and Cross.
You’ll recall that the focus card, Sun, informed us the central issue this week could either be related to success and confidence, that something would be clarified and illuminated, or that positive energy needed to be applied to a situation.
Aside from reading the line, from the perspective of all the pairings of the cards, let’s turn to the playing card inserts to see what additional information can be provided as additional “highlights,” keeping with the energy of Sun.
On the left side of Sun, we have 10 of Diamonds (Book) and 9 of Diamonds (Coffin). Adding 10 + 9, we have a total of 19. The 19th card in the deck is Tower.
On this side of the line, Tower can be a card of a large scale company, corporation, or institution. This would fit with the idea of a possible book project (Book) being finalized (Coffin). Tower, in this regard, would indicate a publishing house.
As I write this, I found out today (May 4th 2016) that a fellow card reader has just finalized his book, which should be out this summer—and I didn’t even know he’d written a book. And to make it even better, the book is on Lenormand, and one of my personal meanings of Book can be reading cards. The news came my way during the day (Sun); in fact, it was in the morning.
On the right side of Sun, we have King of Hearts (House) and 6 of Clubs (Cross). Adding 13 (Kings being valued at 13) + 6, we have a total of 19, again being Tower. So we have the same card on both sides of the central issue.
On this side, Tower could suggest the traditions of a particular faith or religion (Cross) and how those traditions are carried out both in the institution (Tower) and the home (House).
If the combination of Book + Cross can represent sacred texts, then this could be suggesting that those books are considered manuals for daily living (Sun + House).
When a card appears on both sides of the issue, it can reinforce its message.
When this happens (the same card being on both sides of the issue), I then apply another technique for additional insight, and that’s mirroring the playing cards.
Stars is a card of clarity, guidance, and direction. It can also mean something inspirational. For me, Stars is a card of the metaphysical and divination. It can also be a card of the internet.
All of these further add to the news about the reader and his book, as it’s about divination. I’m guessing it will be a guidebook, as he shared that he will be presenting some of the techniques he uses with the cards. And I did hear about this online (internet).
Ways is a card of choices, decisions, options, and alternatives. I always see this card as choosing the best course when it shows up. Ways can also suggest direction (like Stars) and departure, if you go with the idea that the Ways are routes or roads we choose to go down.
With these cards, a possible message is that it’s going to become clear to us (Stars and Sun) about how we’ve chosen to approach (Ways) certain things in our lives, and to consider options (Ways) being presented to us that could put us on a new path (Ways), so to speak.
Totaling the Playing Cards
After looking at the dynamics, I like to add all the playing cards up for any last advice this feature of the Lenormand wants to share. Adding 10 + 9 + 1 (Ace of Diamonds) + 13 + 6, the total is 39. There are 36 cards in the deck, so with a number over 36, like there is here, the digits are added together. So, 3 + 9 = 12, and the 12th card in the deck is Birds.
Birds is a card of communication and conversation, and I associate it with the “spoken word.” Aside from that, Birds can also be about frustrations, anxieties, and sorrow, which would make sense considering Coffin and Cross are in the line, and both are considered challenging cards.
Birds can also be about a partnership; again, this would make sense with House being in the line, as House can be about the people we live with. So, a possibility here is that one partner is like a closed book (Book + Coffin) and not being communicative, making it both uncomfortable (Coffin + House) and difficult (Cross) for the other partner to live under the same roof (House) with him or her.
It could also be that whatever the limitations and restrictions (Coffin) are surrounding domestic matters (House), they are creating a sense of frustration (Birds).
Getting to the Essence
Now that we’ve looked at the playing cards, let’s round out this week’s reading by seeing what the essence card is. Adding up the numbers on the cards in the line, we have a total of 105 (26 + 8 + 31 + 4 + 36 = 105). Again, the total is over 36, so 1 + 0 + 5 = 6. The 6th card is Clouds.
Clouds is a card that indicates confusion, uncertainty, and doubt. So, this is a week that could suggest being unsure of things, which makes Sun make that much more sense. If we’re seeking rays of illumination and clarification, it’s to banish that fog of uncertainty. If we’re seeking a boost of confidence, it’s to lift us up out those clouds of doubt.
And with Book + Cross as the summation of the line, it could suggest that this illumination (Sun) could be knowledge (Book) that’s both critical and necessary (Cross) for us to keep the faith (Cross) during the periods when we’re stuck (Coffin) and confused (Clouds).
Wrapping Things Up
And there you have it; we’ve reached the end of this week’s reading. Thanks for joining me in this space for another Oracle Outlook; I hope you found the reading interesting, informative, and insightful.
I’m hoping you have a wonderful week, and I look forward to you joining me here again for the next Oracle Outlook!
The Dondorf Lenormand used in this week’s reading comes from “The Easy Lenormand” deck and book set by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin, and is published by Llewellyn.