If you’re observing the Labor Day holiday, I hope you’re enjoying having your weekend extended another day. For me, I’m enjoying the day with a “labor of love”—the weekly card reading! (You weren’t surprised by that, were you?)
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with different playing card decks for these readings; this week, I wanted to try my hand with a Lenormand deck.
I’m specifically choosing the Mystical Lenormand by Regula Elizabeth Fiechter and Urban Trösch (published by AGM-Urania) to work with.
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: Clouds, Cross, Heart, Anchor, and Rider.
While Heart has associations with love and romance, my first go-to keywords are passion and enthusiasm.
And what I love (that was intended) about this particular depiction of the card is that the heart has flames around it. The visual makes me think of a situation that “sets your heart on fire” or a “burning” desire.
With that in mind, the focus this week could pertain to a burning passion—both in the good sense and the challenging sense.
In the good sense, Heart could be asking us to focus on the things we love in our lives; in the challenging sense, we may find ourselves focusing on something that gets us “heated” emotionally, that gets our blood boiling because we’re that passionate about it.
I also get the sense that we’re being called to bring love into our interactions and experiences this week. Heart gets us to look at our “love walk” and to “put a little love in our hearts.”
Looking at the Line
The cards immediately flanking Heart, Cross and Anchor, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (Heart).
Cross is a card that talks about difficulties, so Cross + Heart might point to an emotional difficulty, one that may be on the burdensome side (the expression “weighing heavily on the heart” is coming to mind). This would be keeping with the possible love and/or romance slant of Heart as the center card.
Cross also speaks to religion and spirituality, so Cross + Heart, in that regard, might refer to spirituality that has become passionate. One has to consider whether that passion (Heart) is simply enthusiasm for the spiritual—or is it more like religious fervor?
And keeping with the religious and spiritual aspects of Cross, this card can also indicate a crisis, one that might feel (Heart) like one’s faith (Cross) is being tested (Cross).
Anchor, on the other side of Heart, is a card that speaks of stability and security; in the context of love and romance, Heart + Anchor might suggest a stable love affair, one that produces feelings (Heart) of security (Anchor).
Anchor is also a work card, referring to long-term work that’s somewhat routine, affording some level of stability and security. In this context, Heart + Anchor can suggest a passion (Heart) for work (Anchor), or a burning desire for work to be/become stable.
With that last possibility, Cross + Anchor might then point to a work-related ordeal, one that might have felt like a burden (Cross), but may become more routine as a result of that stability mentioned earlier (Anchor).
Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have Clouds and Rider.
With Cross, the cards speak of spiritual and/or religious confusion and uncertainty, and that sense of uncertainty (Clouds) leads to a crisis of faith (Cross).
Another possibility becomes apparent when you consider that Clouds can point toward the weather and the atmosphere (clouds are in the air/sky), as it brings to mind (mental atmosphere) Hurricane Harvey, which has left the state of Texas (here in the United States) devastated in his wake.
With Cross following Clouds, it talks about the situation continuing to be critical, and one that has pulled at the hearts of people everywhere (Heart following Cross).
Rider talks about an arrival or about news and messages, and facing Anchor, this might suggest the arrival of stability, that things start returning to some sense of routine.
Clouds + Rider could be talking about confusion or uncertainty (Clouds) with news or a message (Rider), and that reminds me that Mercury is still retrograde, so attention might be needed for messages that are being delivered this week.
The pairing could also point to confusion or uncertainty (Clouds) about the arrival (Rider) of a man (Clouds) coming in for a visit (Rider)—perhaps the result of a miscommunication?
And I almost forgot (Clouds can point toward forgetfulness) that there’s a possibility of another hurricane—Irma—making its way toward the eastern coast of the United States. I’ll be listening for news on that front to come in this week (Rider).
I’m going to keep the faith (Cross) that Irma manages to stay out at sea (Anchor).
And as I write that, perhaps the larger message (Rider) the cards are bringing to us this week is that no matter what “storm” shows up in our lives, if we continue to keep the faith, it too will pass.