If you happen to be in the United States (like myself), I’m wishing you all the best as we collectively celebrate the freedoms we have in our lives—and celebrating the sense of independence we’ve created in our individual personal spaces as well.
The Lenormand is on deck for the festivities this week, and the particular deck I’m working with is the classic Piatnik Lenormand. 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:
The cards for the week are: Mountain, Fox, Coffin, Rider, and Tower.
Coffin is considered a challenging card. One of its meanings is endings, so there may be news about an ending of some kind. Similar keywords I use, in that context, are closure and finalization.
Another association I have for Coffin is limitation and restriction, and along that line, confinement, if you consider a coffin to be a space that’s limited, restricted, and confining. Coffin can also be a “box,” so it can imply a container or some form of storage.
Coffin can also be a “resting place,” so other associations are illness, sleep, and rest—and with that, a bed.
Looking at Combinations in the Line
Since Lenormand is best read in pairs and combinations, let’s take a look at the other cards in the line, and see how they inform us more about Coffin.
Fox is a card, for me, that can be about job and employment, and, from that, I read Fox as an employee. Fox can also be about self-employment, and with that, I read it as skill and craft.
Rider is a card of news and messages, as well as the arrival of either a person or situation.
Fox + Rider can indicate job news or news about a job, with Rider facing Fox. Another possibility here is that a job or employment arrives. The pair could also indicate a job as a messenger of some kind, someone who delivers news. That could be an actual messenger, a postal worker, or a news broadcaster.
With Coffin in the middle, Fox + Coffin can suggest a job or employment that comes to an end, or an employee (Fox) with limited skill (Fox + Coffin), or an employee (Fox) who works with the ill (Coffin).
Fox, also being a card of strategy, can suggest a strategy (Fox) becoming finalized (Coffin).
With Coffin + Rider, there’s the possibility of the end (Coffin) arriving (Rider). This would refer to Coffin as some form of closure or something being finalized. So, the news (Rider) may be about the ending of a job, or that an employee has become a “finalist” of some kind.
It could also be that an employee is about to be given the news that he or she will be working the “graveyard” shift.
Mountain is a card that actually can mean a challenge, as well as an obstacle or block. I read Mountain as a setback, a delay, and a postponement.
With Fox next to Mountain, this could be job challenges or a setback with employment.
Tower can represent a company, corporation, or an institution, which can serve to reinforce Fox being an employee. Tower can also be freelance work, which would fit with Fox being self-employed, and could therefore represent, possibly, an independent contractor within a larger company or firm.
Mountain + Tower could be considered as a challenge with a company or corporation, perhaps some setback or delay having been created in the past (Mountain being the first card in the line). The challenge could be due to a policy, rule, or regulation (Tower).
The pairing could also suggest a delay or postponement becoming official, as Tower can represent offices and something of an official nature. This is reinforced by Rider + Tower, with one possible meaning being official news. Rider not facing Tower could suggest the news being sent or delivered from the “top,” as Tower can represent elevation of position or status.
Reading the Line as Possibilities for the Week
Keeping with how I read Tarot and Angel cards, and creating some consistency with these three distinct divination systems, I’m continuing to present possibilities for the beginning, middle, and end of the week.
For the beginning of the week, Mountain + Fox + Coffin can indicate a challenging setback with employment comes to an end, like the end of a challenging job search. It could also suggest a setback due to an employee being terminated, or a challenge with an employee who has a limited skill set.
The trio could also be talking about possible job or employment limitations and restrictions for a young man, as Rider can represent a young man. This is further reinforced with Fox + Coffin being limited skill, as the possible reason.
And, for the end of the week, with Coffin + Rider + Tower, there’s the possibility of a closure or an ending becoming official news, or the finalization of a visit from the head of a company, corporation, or firm (like coming from corporate headquarters). It could also read as the end of a visit becomes official.
This just popped in my head, so I’m going to roll with it. Going with Coffin being a box, and Rider being a message, as a pair, the cards combine to indicate box + message, perhaps like a mail box. With Tower being an institution, the cards could be talking about a policy being instituted with the Postal Service (perhaps at least here in the States, where I live).
The Line as a Whole
As I wrap up, I like to consider the line as a whole, reading it from left-to-right.
Taking everything into account from the pairings, a possible summation could be, “A challenging (Mountain) setback (Mountain) due to job (Fox) limitations (Coffin) and restrictions (Coffin) leads to the official news (Rider + Tower) of a policy (Tower) being instituted (Tower), with the news (Rider) coming from the top (Tower) of an institution (Tower).”
With Coffin as the focus card, the focus here is to find a way to “fill the gap” created by a possible vacancy. I’m also getting an intuitive prompt about “burying heads in the sand,” which could suggest a situation can no longer be in denial, and has to be addressed.
With Lenormand, there are many possibilities, so I’m going to let this reading come to a close here. In the next post, I’ll take a peek at the playing cards in the reading, as well as the numbers on the cards, for any additional insights.