I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend, if you celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah. This week, Hanukkah continues to be celebrated, as well as Kwanzaa. So, if you’re observing either, I want to wish you many blessings this week.
Can you believe it’s the end of the year already? Where did the time go?
For this week’s reading, I’m turning to the Lenormand for assistance, specifically the Mystical Lenormand by Regula Elizabeth Fiechter and Urban Trösch (published by AGM-Urania).
Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, asking what we might expect for the week ahead, as we transition from 2016 into 2017.
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: Tree, Heart, House, Letter, and Lilies.
House can represent situation on the homefront; I tend to read it as one’s personal life and home life. With that, House can represent your immediate family, or the people you actually live with.
Being a person who works from home, House, for me, can also represent a small business, a family business, or a home-based business.
In addition to that, House is a card of comfort; with that, I’ve read House as being “comfortable in the skin you live in.” As a focus for this week, and as we transition into 2017, House could be encouraging us to be more comfortable with ourselves and with the lives we’ve created.
Doing so can set the foundation (House can also be a card of foundation) for the changes we might consider making throughout the coming year.
Looking at the Line
The cards immediately flanking House, Heart and Letter, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (House).
You may recall that Heart was the focus card in the last Lenormand reading conducted in this space.
While most would immediately associate Heart with love and romance, my first go-to associations are passion and enthusiasm.
Pairing Heart with House, some possibilities are love (Heart) of family (House), as well as a passion (Heart) for a small/home-based business (House).
If we consider that House is about being—or becoming—comfortable with ourselves, Heart could then be about asking us to consider ways we could be more loving to ourselves.
With that in kind, how can you show yourself—and perhaps those you share living space with as well—that you’re willing to care and nurture yourself more?
On the other side, Letter is another card that appeared in our last Lenormand reading.
Letter is a card of news and messages, representing written forms of correspondence. Since the dove (or is it a carrier pigeon?) is carrying a sealed letter toward House, this can send the message (I couldn’t resist) that an actual letter or other type of post arriving to the house.
I read Letter as paperwork and documents, so there might be the possibility of papers having to do with the home, like a mortgage invoice or statement.
With the years changing, it might be time to start sorting thorough papers in preparation for tax season.
For myself, being self-employed and working from home, I’ll be starting preparing my income and expense reports, as well as my mileage log, for my accountant very soon.
The outer cards, Tree and Lilies, can offer information that would sum things up.
On the far left side of the line, Tree is a card of health and healing, so with Heart, the possibility could be healing (Tree) for the heart (Heart) or heart health (Tree + Heart), and could be centered on family (House).
And speaking of family, Tree can also represent one’s extended family, if you consider the idea of a “family tree.” Tree can possibly link heredity with the health and healing situation; if there’s a desire to know more about one’s family history, with the intention of becoming more comfortable “living in your skin,” Tree is a card of ancestry and lineage.
If one is working from home, Tree can suggest working as a healer, and that there’s a great deal of passion (Heart) for that work.
Whatever the form of the work, though, Tree can suggest the “roots” are there, much like House is about having a foundation. Tree suggests a time of growth and development, and patience is required (as trees take time to grow).
As advice, Tree is a card of “branching out” and developing connections, so consider how more people can know more about you and your work (as a healer or otherwise).
On the other end of the line, Lilies, reinforces this idea of ancestry and lineage, as it can represent an elder or senior. If there’s research into one’s family history, Lilies is a card of the past and for paying tribute to the past and possibly a memorial of sorts.
As a timing card, Lilies represents the winter, so the months of December (we’re in the final week of December), January, and February could be important, possibly even up until Easter (think Easter lilies with this card).
If we consider House, as the focus, there’s the possibility of bringing an elder family member into the home, perhaps to better care for the person with regard to health and healing (Tree + Lilies = health of an elder).
It strikes me that the image on the card has a Japanese woman tending to the lilies. When it comes to the elder members of families—and living with them—certain cultures are better at it than others; and that’s because certain cultures revere the elders of their families because of the wisdom (another aspect of Lilies) they have to offer.
From the small/home business context, and growing that business (Tree), Lilies can indicate having a depth of experience (as a healer or otherwise). Lilies can offer the idea of working with a mentor (an experienced person in the field/industry) as part of the growth process.
And keeping with the wisdom aspect of Lilies, I’m reminded of the expression “older and wiser.” As we prepare to move into the beginning of a new year, consider what you’ve learned throughout 2016—and how you can take that wisdom gained from experience with you.
I’d like to take this moment and thank you for joining me here in this space this week—and for every week of 2016.
I look forward to having you join me here next week, as we take part in the first Oracle Outlook for 2017.
Until then, I’m wishing you a wonderful week and a Happy New Year!