If you’ve been following the blog for the past couple of weeks, then you’ll recall my sharing the news of working on a 6-part video series for my YouTube viewers, who had asked if I would talk about the meanings I use when I read Lenormand.
And because I was so immersed in Lenormand at the time, I worked with it in this space for the last two weekly readings.
I’m choosing The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan (and published by Clarkson Potter) to work with again, because I’m really taken with this deck (I’m having a “mad crush” on it); the combination of playing cards and Tarot really appeals to my reading sensibilities, and I’m getting a lot out of my daily draws with it.
So, I’m really excited about what it could share with us this week. Taking the deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”
This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
After shuffling the deck, I pulled three cards for this week’s reading.
Starting with the playing card aspect, the suit of Diamonds is associated with material concerns and affairs, so that might be the area we find ourselves concentrating on this week.
The 3 is a number of increase and expansion, and associated with Diamonds, this can suggest financial increase. One way the 3 of Diamonds can reflect financial increase is through small amounts of money.
Other possibilities indicated by the 3 of Diamonds would be either through a part-time job, or full-time work that’s temporary.
For me, the 3 of Diamonds can represent one’s career, and the ladder depicted in the image on the card is an indication of “moving up the ladder” as part of a strategic career move (career advancement).
If we go with this possibility, then the financial increase might come as a result of getting a promotion, or for seeking a raise in pay. Either possibility would reflect the perceived value (Diamonds are about what we value) of the individual and of his or her work contributions to the company or corporation.
The 3 of Diamonds is a card of self-employment for me, and through that lens, can suggest gradual progression with that venture. This card comes up when the person has started building a name for him- or herself and having a reputation for his or her work.
The people on the card are looking at the work before them, which visually symbolizes being seen or getting noticed by others. In this context, the ladder can represent positioning, prompting this question: Where and how can you position yourself and your work in order for it to be seen?
And not just by anyone, but by the people who will be able to see its value and pay accordingly (bringing it back to financial increase).
Whether the work in question is for a corporation or your own company, the 3 of Diamonds encourages you to continue mastering your craft.
Clubs is the suit of work and business, which seems to reinforce the 3 of Diamonds, and its focus on career. The suit of Clubs is also about progression, again fitting nicely with the 3 of Diamonds and its message pertaining to career advancement.
The 2 is a number of partnerships and relationships, and with the suit of Clubs, this can refer to business partnerships and working relationships. The suit of Clubs highlights social activity and interaction, so the work or business could be of a social nature.
The visual of this card depicts a man and a woman having a conversation, suggesting a focus (as the middle card) on our interactions with others and our ability to communicate effectively.
For the individual seeking to move up the ladder, this card clearly suggests the action step of setting up an appointment or a meeting with a person who can support (the 2 is a number of help, assistance, and support) you in your career advancement.
For the self-employed person, this card comes up for me (I’m self-employed) when I’m discussing with a prospective client days and times to set up a future session, or when I have an actual consultation scheduled. For me, the majority of my client sessions is face-to-face (Skype) and in-person (local).
Aside from actual work, the suit of Clubs, for me, can represent things we need to “work on” or “work out” in the business of life.
If we consider that with the 2 of Clubs, the fire being the man and woman could then suggest a fiery debate, heated words being exchanged, or a passionate discussion taking place as a way to work out or work through a situation.
The eyes of the people draw me in, getting my attention, and make me think that, whatever the circumstance, it’s with the intention (Clubs are about intention) to work on seeing things the same way, to see “eye to eye.”
The first thing I notice is that two of the three cards this week are from the suit of Clubs, reinforcing the possibility of focus and concentration on our working lives, or on issues needed to be worked on or worked out.
The 10 is a number of transition, but also of success; the implication here could be working on bringing something to a successful completion this week.
Eyes, as a symbol, are repeated here, as a person “eyes” a load in his or her hands. This visual warns you of having too many responsibilities—and being burdened by the load you’re carrying.
The 10 of Clubs asks: Do all those responsibilities belong to you, though? If not, this card is asking you to consider allowing other people to be responsible for themselves. You’re not supposed to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders!
You may be thinking you’re being helpful, but are you really? The 10 of Clubs warns that you may be enabling other people not to take care of their own situations in life—especially when they are able and capable. If that’s true for you, why is that?
In working environments (Clubs being the suit of work and business, remember), the 10 of Clubs can suggest having new job duties and responsibilities (also remember that bit about career advancement and moving up the ladder?). It can suggest you’re in a position where a lot of work is put upon you.
The 10 of Clubs says that people around you could even be considering you a workaholic. You may also believe you have to do it all yourself. If this is true for you, the 10 of Clubs is cautioning you: If you’re not careful, you’ll experience exhaustion and fatigue, and put yourself on the road to burnout.
It’s not too late to learn the art of delegation—which is really learning to let go of control. Not everything has to get done by you—whether you believe it or not. It’s a matter of acknowledging that things may not get done the way you would do it—and that’s because not everyone works the same way you do, or has the same motivations about the work as you (Clubs being about motivation).
Sometimes we think holding on to everything gives us control. But does it? It may very well be that those things we are holding on to are really controlling us.
With the appearance of the 3 of Diamonds as self-employment, the 10 of Clubs is a card of small business, and suggests that the burden (responsibility) to bring in work now falls into your hands. The 2 of Clubs, with that in mind, asks you to consider what your plan is to do just that—and then put that plan into action.
For me, the 10 of Clubs came up a lot in my daily draws during the two weeks I was working on my Lenormand video series. First, I had increased my video production significantly, going from shooting one video a week, to filming one every other day within that two-week span. And that also increased the amount of editing and post-production.
So, one of my personal meanings for the 10 of Clubs is working toward the completion of a creative endeavor.
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