The deck I wanted to work with this week is Le Fanu’s Lilac Dondorf, one of my favorite Lenormand decks, and one I haven’t used in a while, so it was fun to get my hands on it.
As I do every week, I shuffled 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: Key, Cross, Fox, Clouds, and Ship.
Fox has its positive associations, as well as its challenging ones. On the positive side, Fox can indicate job and employment, and I see this as self-employment. With that in mind, Fox can talk about one’s skill and craft.
On the challenging side, Fox can talk about being cunning, and with that, the possibility of manipulation, of being taken advantage of. Fox can be about cheating, being conned and scammed.
Fox can also suggest something being bad or wrong, or that a mistake has been made.
Looking at the Line
The cards immediately flanking Fox, Cross and Clouds, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (Fox).
Cross speaks of burdens and difficulties, so Cross + Fox could suggest job or employment difficulties. Sometimes Fox can suggest “little jobs,” suggesting part-time employment, and Cross + Fox might point to a situation where it might be critical or necessary (Cross) to be on the “hunt” for another job (Fox).
With Fox also being a card of self-employment, it might be necessary (Cross) for one to hold onto his or her current gig while devoting time and energy to a “side hustle,” which is also critical (Cross) to honing one’s skill (Fox) and perfecting his or her craft (Fox).
And that brings us to Clouds, one—if not the most—challenging card in the deck.
Clouds talks about confusion and uncertainty; coming after Cross + Fox (the cards that talk about job and employment difficulties), there might be an air of uncertainty about the near future. Fox + Clouds could be read as “job or employment (Fox) becomes uncertain (Clouds).”
Adding Cross to the mix, the three cards offer that it’s critical (Cross) to have a strategy (Fox) in mind (Clouds) because the future seems uncertain (Clouds as the future).
For the self-employed person, Clouds has the insert of the King of Clubs, a card I read as an entrepreneur, and this would reinforce Fox as self-employment. In this light, Clouds might refer to an uncertain point in time as to when the “side hustle” becomes the main gig.
The King of Clubs faces Fox, possibly suggesting approaching the situation with an “exit” strategy (Fox is a card of strategy) in mind (Clouds).
Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have Key and Ship.
Going back to the idea of a strategy (Fox), Key + Fox can be read as the importance (Key) of being clever (Fox) and having a strategic solution to address potential uncertainties (Clouds) in the future.
For the possibility of being on the job hunt, Key + Fox can suggest the discovery (Key) of a job (Fox).
At the start, the line could suggest the discovery (Key) of difficulty (Cross) with a job or employment (Fox).
Ship is also a card of travel and a journey, and at the end of the line, can suggest a “ship that has set sail.” With Ship moving away from Clouds, the subtle implication is that the confusion and uncertainty suggested by Clouds can be fleeting.
Keeping with the context of Fox being about employment or self-employment, Ship can then be referencing a commercial venture, and one that will be moving forward in the future.
If Fox is about being clever and strategic, Ship can suggest progress being made with the regard to the strategy (Fox) and its implementation.
While Ship can refer to an actual journey, Ship can also refer to one’s life journey or spiritual journey (which is further emphasized by Cross, a card of religion and spirituality).
With that in mind, I think this week’s takeaway, regardless of the specifics, is to keep the faith (Cross) and discover (Key) possible spiritual solutions (Key + Cross) in the midst of difficulties (Cross) and uncertainties (Clouds).
Because every experience, in the end, is part of our spiritual journey through life (Ship).
And, with that, I’m letting this week’s reading set sail…