In my previous post, I shared a Lenormand card reading for this week’s Oracle Outlook.
What I’m going to do in this post, as a follow-up to that initial reading, is to take a look at the playing card inserts and the numbers of the cards for additional insights.
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:
You may recall that the reading for the week, using the Maybe Lenormand by Ryan Edward (and published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.), consisted of Rider, Book, Gentleman, Stars, and Clover.
Revealing the Hidden Dynamics
The focus card, Gentleman, informed us that a man plays a part in a particular situation this week.
The other cards around Gentleman served to elaborate about the man, either describing more about who he might be, or what actions he might be taking this week.
Aside from reading the line, from the perspective of all the pairings of the cards, we can turn to the playing card inserts to see what additional information can be provided about this man.
On the left side of Gentleman, we have 9 of Hearts (Rider) and 10 of Diamonds (Book). Adding 9 + 10, we have a total of 19. The 19th card in the deck is Tower.
On this side of Gentleman, Rider + Book alluded to news about a book or course of study that man was connected to. Tower, with that in mind, can represent an institution, as well as a company or corporation.
If the man is an author, then Tower could represent the publishing company he’s working with to get his book out. If he’s a teacher, then Tower could be some form of learning institution.
If we consider Book to be secrets, then Tower would reinforce the idea that the man is keeping some knowledge to himself, as Tower can indicate separation and isolation.
On the other side of Gentleman, we have 6 of Hearts (Stars) and 6 of Diamonds (Clover). Adding 6 + 6, we have a total of 12, and the 12th card in the deck is Birds.
On this side of the line, Birds is a card of communication and conversation. I call this the “spoken word” card.
With Stars + Clover possibly suggesting an internet opportunity for the man, Birds would further elaborate on that opportunity, suggesting it could be that the man generates some buzz on social media, with Birds suggesting “tweeting,” a reference to Twitter, and therefore social media overall. Birds is “saying” there could be lots of “chatter” about the man and his knowledge (Book).
Birds could also suggest the man might participate in podcasts and interviews with online radio channels, perhaps talking about his book.
If he’s a teacher and teaching a course, he could be making the rounds, giving talks and lectures, and perhaps facilitating workshops with the material from his book that’s become a course. If he’s tech-savvy, he might be hosting webinars that introduce people to his online course.
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 9 + 10 + 1 (Ace of Hearts) + 6 + 6, the total is 32. The 32nd card in the deck is Moon.
Moon is a card of career, and with that, about reputation and recognition. With Stars in the line, Moon can suggest the man is well-known, perhaps even some kind of celebrity in his field, as the pair can mean “fame” of some sort.
Moon, along with recognition, can mean honor, so Moon can suggest that the man may have been awarded in the past, or perhaps receive some kind of honor in the future.
If it is future-related, Moon, along with its playing card insert, 8 of Hearts, can suggest the honor may be bestowed upon the man in a month, as both Moon and 8 of Hearts can indicate a full lunar cycle, which is a month.
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 73 (1 + 26 + 28 + 16 + 2 = 73). The total is over 36 (there are 36 cards in the deck), so 7 + 3 = 10. The 10th card is Scythe.
Scythe is a tool that cuts, so the first thing that comes to mind, given the inferences to the man being an author, and Tower being a publishing company, can suggest that the book is in the hands of a editor (Book +Scythe = book + cut, or a book is being edited) before going to print.
In terms of divination (Book + Stars), Scythe, for me, can mean sharpening one’s skill with a divination tool or system, with the goal of becoming more precise (Scythe cuts with precision) and accurate.
That was one of the reasons I was drawn to Lenormand. For me, Tarot is very much like spiritual psychology (or at least, given my psychology background, is how I approach working with it), with some moments of prediction.
Lenormand, from my understanding, was created, in part, as a fortune-telling system, which suggests being made for the art of prediction. And I wanted to work with that aspect of it.
So, with Gentleman being a reference to me personally (I am male), I’ll have to see how the “accuracy with prediction” piece plays out for me this week.
With Birds in the dynamics as communications, Scythe can mean cutting conversations short, meaning keeping things brief, concise, and to the point, as well as being a reminder not to be painfully blunt (if it can be avoided) and not to intentionally cut people off—especially right when they may be making an important point.
Closing the Book (Again)
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!