Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for September 4 – 10, 2017

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.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Heart.

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.

Clouds, for me, is the most challenging card in the deck, and talks about confusion, uncertainty, and doubt.

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).

And with challenging cards like Clouds and Cross in the line this week, it’s nice to see Rider coming in on the other end.

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.

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Oracle Reading for August 28 – September 3, 2017

I’m enjoying working with decks that haven’t appeared in this space for some time, so I’m continuing that trend.

This week, I wanted to work with The Hermes Playing Card Oracle by Robert M. Place (published by Hermes Publications).

What I like about this deck is that Place has made the playing card aspect of the deck prominent—and included symbols on the cards to add additional layers of meaning; most are from the Lenormand system, with some also being from other cartomancy systems like the Gypsy Witch Cards and the Old Whitman Fortune-Telling Cards.

I’m taking the deck in hand, 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:

The cards for the week are: Ace of Spades, 6 of Hearts, 5 of Spades, Ace of Hearts, and 3 of Hearts.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is 5 of Spades.

For me, when a card from the suit of Spades appears in the center of a line, it can point to a problem or challenge needing to be solved and/or resolved.

The 5 is a number associated with change, suggesting a change with the problem, or that a change of mind (Spades represent the mind) could lead toward the problem being resolved.

I also equate the 5 with activity, and this slant can suggest being “hands-on” with regard to the problem, or that there’s something that needs to be done to change the situation.

The 5 of Spades can turn up when it’s time to consider separating or divorcing yourself from a person, environment, or circumstance. I read this card as suggesting it’s the better part of valor to walk away from a fight (challenge).

And, on that note, let’s take a look at the symbol on the card: A lion can symbolize strength and courage, so this adds the message that, whatever the specifics of the challenge, we’re strong enough and courageous enough to face it.

A lion can also symbolize pride, so it could point toward pride (being too proud) being at the heart of the problem—or that pride could possibly be what’s keeping from the problem being solved and/or resolved.

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the Ace of Spades.

Here we have another card from the suit of Spades, highlighting a possible challenge or problem. When a card from the suit of Spades begins a line, I typically read it as a problem on its way out; since we have another card in the middle of the line, having the Ace of Spades as the first card can point to the beginning or origin (Ace) of the problem (Spades). Moving from an Ace to a 5 in line can suggest the problem escalates or continues to go on.

If we consider solving or resolving the problem, the Ace of Spades suggests the first step is to make up our minds to do so, as this card indicates a decision.

On this card, we have the Lady, and this suggests a woman may play a significant role or part in the situation. With direction in mind, she faces the other cards in the line, and this can mean that she’ll be facing a challenge or problem she’ll need to make a decision about going forward.

Looking at the card closest to her, we have the 6 of Hearts.

The suit of Hearts refers to emotions, feelings, and relationships, and having this card sandwiched between two cards from the suit of Spades, can suggest the challenge being faced is one of an emotional nature, and may even concern a problematic relationship.

Hearts can also refer to healing, so if the situation being presented is to be healed on an emotional level, the number 6 adds a message to assuming responsibility for one’s contribution to the problem—and to its resolution.

The 6 of Hearts has the symbol of the Star, and suggests striving toward an ideal or goal. While it would be ideal for everyone involved to take responsibility for both the pain caused (Spades) and for healing that pain (Hearts), that might not happen—and this brings back to mind the separation or divorce aspect mentioned with the 5 of Spades.

Here, the cards point toward having a difficult conversation in the hopes of clearing the air (Star being a symbol of “atmosphere”); even with that hope and intention, there will be the choice to “put all your cards on the table” or to “keep your cards close to the vest.”

Moving to the cards on the other side of the 5 of Spades, we first come to the Ace of Hearts.

Two things jump out with this card: First, we have another card from the suit of Hearts, suggesting a challenge between the head (Spades being the mind) and the heart (Hearts), as well as reinforcing an emotional or relationship problem; second, we have two Aces in the line, again reinforcing a situation that’s potentially in its beginning stages.

The Ace of Hearts is a card that refers to home and family, so the problem may be on the “home front.” If it’s not on that front specifically, then the situation may be one that’s “close to home.”

We have an interesting development when we look at the symbol on the card, which is the Gentleman. Just as the Lady indicated a woman playing a significant role in the situation, the Gentleman refers to a man also playing a significant role in the situation.

And—these two people face each other in the line, with the 6 of Hearts and the 5 of Spades between them—remember what was said about having a difficult conversation with the hopes of clearing the air, but might result in a separation or divorce?

And that brings us to the final card in the line, the 3 of Hearts.

So, we now have three cards from the suit as Hearts as the majority, emphasizing an emotional situation that needs healing.

And a possibility with the 3 of Hearts is a love triangle. The interesting thing to note here is that this card is next to the Gentleman, with him not facing it; this visual can suggest a love triangle from the man’s past is now having an effect on both his present and possibly his future.

The symbol on this card is of a Wine Bottle, and can indicate something to celebrate. The 3 of Hearts, in this aspect, can suggest good times, a social event, or a party.

As the final card in the line, the 3 of Hearts can end the reading on a positive note: Whatever the specifics of the potentially challenging problem, once a decision is made to resolve the issue, and taking the necessary actions to change it, the 3 of Hearts can suggest having something to celebrate once things have been handled and the problem is resolved.

And, on that note, I’ll raise my proverbial glass and say, “Cheers!”

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for August 21 – 27, 2017

While considering what deck to use this week, I was guided to work with the Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).

Typically when I work with playing card decks, I pull three cards for the reading; this time, I was receiving guidance to conduct a Line of 5 (a reading I usually reserve for Lenormand and Kipper cards) instead.

Given that this reading is done for a week that starts off with a total solar eclipse and a new moon, any Major Arcana (Tarot) cards that show up in the reading will indicate possible energetic themes, while the playing cards that appear will point to ways we can ground those energies (apply them to life).

I’m taking the deck in hand, 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:

The cards for the week are: 9 of Clubs, 3 of Diamonds, Judgement, Page of Hearts, and The Star.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Judgement.

Judgement, being a Major Arcana card, offers a central issue or focus of some significance, as Majors point to important issues and/or events. In the case of Judgement, the focus here is on adopting a new lease on life.

Judgement can suggest a time of evaluation, and with that, a need for being honest with oneself. Situations and circumstances have led to a time of assessment (or re-assessment), of conducting a life review, of taking personal stock and inventory of one’s life, resulting in a decisive call-to-action to make some changes.

In my personal experience, Judgement is a card of existential angst, where a person is searching for his or her raison d’etre (reason for being), wondering what his or her life purpose, mission, or calling might be.

Another possible message with Judgement is that of rising above whatever we perceive to be limitations and restrictions in our lives, whether they’re self-imposed or imposed by others. In this regard, Judgement is a card of spiritual awakening, and for some, experiencing a form of ascension.

And finally, Judgement offers the message that this is a time to rise above the boxes, labels, and categories we place on ourselves, others, and on our world (and real-world experiences).

The question then becomes: Will you answer the call—or will you let it go to voicemail?

Looking at the Line

Starting off the line, we have the 9 of Clubs.

Keeping with the decisive call-to-action aspect of Judgement, Clubs is the suit of work, which can also suggest effort. This reinforces the idea that once you declare (decide) to take action, you then have to actually do the work or make the effort that will actually help you achieve that new life (Judgement can also represent the spiritual concept of being “born again”).

The number 9 is also associated with divine life purpose, reinforcing the life purpose/calling/mission aspect ascribed to Judgement. The 9 of Clubs can represent one’s spiritual and/or psychological journey, and a sense of being guided or nudged by the Divine to move in a new direction.

And since the energies of the solar eclipse and the new moon will have an effect on many people, the number 9 is connected to brotherhood and humanity. Something will be gained or attained (9) for many people (humanity), helping them to make progress (Clubs) in the spiritual and/or life journey this week.

Moving to the next card, we have 3 of Diamonds.

This is a card of increase and expansion (the number 3), which may be gradual. This may be an energetic expansion (Diamonds can represent energy) for the spiritually-minded; for the more practical, this might be of a financial nature (Diamonds also represent money).

Clubs is the suit of work and business, so having the 3 of Diamonds follow the 9 of Clubs can suggest that financial increase can be the result of putting in extra hours on the job, or from additional part-time or temporary full-time work.

The 3 of Diamonds suggests that sustained efforts can lead to achievement.

Jumping over to the cards on the other side of Judgement, we first have the Page of Hearts.

The Page, being a face card, can offers ways to approach situations we might experience this week.

The first thing that comes to mind with this card is that it represents heightened sensitivity, as I see this as the highly sensitive person (HSP). In the context of the solar eclipse and new moon, some might be more sensitive than others when it comes to feeling the effects (Hearts is the suit of feelings) of these energies.

Along those energetic lines, the Page of Hearts can also come up when we’re being encouraged to listen to our intuition, as intuitive prompts and impulses may become more heightened at this time.

If you’re already aware of your intuitive sensitivities, this card coming up after Judgement in the line might suggest a shift in how you receive intuitive guidance, and you’re to learn more about this new mode of receptivity.

Going with the spiritual implications of Judgement, the Page of Hearts can suggest that a new spiritual experience may be emerging (the fish poking its head out from the cup being held by the Page) in your life, and may lead you to study more about what’s being presented to you in the future.

And that brings us to the final card in the line, The Star.

The Star, like Judgement, is a Major Arcana card, suggesting that this week’s reading is wrapping up on a significant note.

The first thing that strikes me with The Star is that it can represent both astronomy and astrology, which fits with the context of the solar eclipse and the new moon. The Star reinforces the significance of these events, especially for those who are spiritually-minded—or in the process of waking up, becoming more conscious (Judgement).

Since The Star comes on the heels of the Page of Hearts, and its message about sensitivity, it can talk about feeling vulnerable. For some, this can be an uncomfortable experience, and if it should occur this week, The Star is also a card of healing, suggesting the possibility of healing from some sort of emotional discomfort.

Sticking with the healing aspect of The Star, I personally see this as Reiki; this reminds me of what I said in last week’s reading about spiritual healing, so those messages are being repeated. Those who are spiritual healing practitioners may feel the need to give themselves healing treatments more this week; others may feel called (Judgement) to extend healing energies to the world-at-large after the solar eclipse and new moon.

And finally, The Star can be a card of the metaphysical and esoteric sciences, so there may be an interest to explore things like astrology, numerology, and Tarot (or other card-reading types of divination systems) to name a few. This interest could lead to learning about and developing a gift or talent—that could very well be of service to humanity in the future.

Whatever the specifics of your particular situation and experience, The Star bodes well; coming after Judgement, there may be a collective restoration or resurgence of faith, optimism, and high hopes for the future.

And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing indeed!

Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week,

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Lenormand Reading for August 14 – 20, 2017

I wanted to work with Lenormand this week, and as I considered the possible decks to assist me, it dawned on me that I hadn’t worked with the Piatnik Lenormand in a very long time, so I thought it would be good to bring it out again into the light of day.

If you’ve been following the blog for a long while now (and if you have been, thank you!), you’ll know that the Piatnik Lenormand was the deck I used often when I began posting Lenormand readings in this space (back then I called it the Weekly Lenormand Outlook).

I lovingly refer to this deck as an “oldie, but a goodie,” as it’s one of the more traditional decks on the market, and one I would recommend as a deck for beginners studying Lenormand (it’s very affordable).

Taking the Piatnik Lenormand in hand and shuffling the cards, I’m 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: House, Tree, Cross, Garden, and Stork.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Cross.

Cross is a card that indicates burdens and difficulties, so that may be areas that we need to focus (focus card) on this week. Cross is also a card that speaks of responsibilities, and suggest that the “burden of responsibility” may fall to us to move through those difficulties.

For me, Cross also talks about things being critical and necessary, so it might be both critical and necessary to assume—or resume—some level of responsibility with regard to the situation the cards are presenting this week.

Cross can be a card associated with religion and spirituality, so this could be what’s at the center for some this week. This could suggest that, despite the difficulty you’re moving through, stay spiritually centered. Keep the faith—don’t lose it.

Rather—consider this: How might the difficult situation that’s showing up actually be playing a part of your spirituality overall?

Looking at the Line

The cards immediately flanking Cross, Tree and Garden, form a pair that I read in a line as something more in-depth about the focus (Cross).

Tree is a card that talks about health and healing, and next to Cross, can suggest that giving attention to our physical well-being (health) may be necessary this week.

Tree + Cross can be read as spiritual and/or faith healing, implying the possibility that a practitioner in these types of healing modalities may be wanting to “branch out” (Tree) with his or her work and/or practice.

If that’s the case, Tree is encouraging developing connections (7 of Hearts) as a way to branch out.

Tree is also a card of growth and development that happens over time, so it’s important to remain patient as the practice continues to grow.

And that’s a nice segue to Garden, as this is a card about the public. Garden represents other people, typically in the form of a group or community.

Tree + Garden could then be read as group healing or community health; given the nature (another aspect of Garden is the natural outdoors) of what’s going on in the world these days, the pairing could even be read as healing (Tree) a society or nation (Garden).

So, on one hand, the spiritual healing practitioner is being encouraged to grow and develop his or her practice by going out into the community and finding the people who would be best served by what the healer has to offer (Garden, in the business sense, would be the target demographic or audience).

On the other hand, seeing this combination (Tree + Garden) is big; Cross + Garden could be read as a public/national/societal crisis, suggesting to me the importance for spiritual healers to get about the business of serving the world in this regard—their presence is necessary during this critical time.

Moving to the outer cards in the line, we have House and Stork.

House is interesting to see in the line, and especially next to Tree, as they have something in common: family. House is a card that talks about the nuclear family, while Tree talks about extended family (if you consider Tree as the family tree with its “branches” of family extensions).

House + Tree could be read as a family (House) heals (Tree) and becomes healthy (Tree). With Cross being a card talking about something being critical or necessary, there may be a situation unfolding that’s prompting a family to undergo a much-needed healing process.

For the spiritual healing practitioner, House can suggest that the healer consider taking a look within his or her own “house,” reminding of the adage, “Physician, heal thyself.” So, it might be a message that before going public (Garden), consider what self-healing might need to be done, making the person more effective when working with others.

Another possibility is that this practitioner might need to become more comfortable (House) working with the public (Garden) if he or she is to grow and develop (Tree) as a spiritual healer (Tree + Cross).

Stork, on the other end of the line, is a great card to see, as it talks about positive change and improvement. With Cross being the most difficult (that was deliberate) card in the line this week, Cross + Stork could be read as a difficulty (Cross) changes (Stork) and improves (Stork).

Along with that, Tree + Stork could be read as health (Tree) changes (Stork) and improves (Stork). How? One possibility is suggested by Cross + Garden: the necessity (Cross) of getting outdoors (Garden), or some other way of going “natural” (Garden = nature = natural).

It could even be as simple as getting out of the house (House) and being around people (Garden).

Stork also reinforces about the need for change on a larger scale; Cross + Garden + Stork could be read as a public/national/societal crisis and/or ordeal leads to change.

My take on the line this week is that if we want to see healing and positive change and improvement in our communities, it first begins within our own homes.

A very timely message this week, I’d say.

Let’s hold the space—and keep the faith—that healing is taking place…

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Kipper Card Reading for August 7-13, 2017

A reader of the blog sent me a lovely comment recently, expressing how much she likes my Lenormand and Kipper readings.

With that comment, she helped to remind me that it’s been a while since I last read Kipper in this space, so I thought I’d work with it this week.

And I was prompted to work with the Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards by Ciro Marchetti (while there’s now a mass-market edition of the deck by U. S. Games, I’m using my personally monogrammed copy of the first, self-published edition).

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:

Just like I do with Lenormand, I’ll be working with a Line of 5 layout.

The cards I’ve pulled for the week are: House, Thoughts, Wealthy Man, Marriage, and Gift.

Focus of the Reading

The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Wealthy Man.

Wealthy Man is a person card, and can represent a young man; he can be a son, a brother, nephew, or cousin; this could suggest a situation where this type of person plays a central (center of the line) role.

I also read Wealthy Man as a man involved in business and finance. This can again suggest a man connected to either business or finance (or both) will play a central role (a “middle man,” perhaps?), or that we’ll be focusing on business or money matters this week.

It’s interesting to note that Wealthy Man is leaning to the left, suggesting leaning more toward one possibility (left side of line) than the other (right side of line).

Looking at the Line

Looking at the cards immediately flanking Wealthy Man, we have Thoughts and Marriage, as they can offer more about the focus (Wealthy Man).

Thoughts is a card known traditionally as “His Thoughts,” and can refer to the thinking of Wealthy Man (as the sole person card in the line).

Thoughts can also point toward our thoughts about a young man playing a central role (Wealthy Man in center of line) in a situation we experience this week.

Thoughts, in its challenging sense, can represent over-thinking and over-analyzing a situation, and this could be for either the man in question, or our thinking about him.

If Wealthy Man is about business or finances, then it could be that we’re giving one, the other, or both a lot of thought, to the point of preoccupation.

On the card is an artist, and this has become one of my personal meanings for this card (I did a reading about a situation that involved my brother, and both Wealthy Man and Thoughts appeared; my brother is younger than me—and an artist); so there’s the possibility of needing to think (Thoughts) creatively (art/artist) with regard to a project (canvas on easel).

And that brings us to Marriage.

Marriage is a card of commitment, so we’re being asked to consider the people and things we commit to throughout the week.

Marriage, as a ceremony, consists of the parties involved making pledges, promises, and vows to each other as a way of setting intentions for the relationship going forward.

So, while Marriage could imply an actual wedding ceremony or the married life of a couple, in the more general sense, Marriage sends the message that this is a week to keep our promises and honor commitments—both the ones we make to and for ourselves, as well as those we make to and for others (to the level best of our ability).

With this card being next to Wealthy Man, this could be a commitment he’s directly involved in—or one that’s he’s shying away from (remember that body language).

Thoughts + Marriage could be read simply as thinking (Thoughts) about a commitment or engagement (Marriage) that involves a young man (Wealthy Man in the center).

Moving to the outer cards, we have House and Gift.

House can specifically refer to a house or home, and is most often associated with a family home. House is about the people we share living space with, those who live under the same roof.

That would fit with the possibility of Wealthy Man being a family member.

With Thoughts next to House, it’s possible that a family situation will be occupying headspace, or there’s a great deal of energy spent on something related to housing.

With that possibility, House can represent real estate and property, and Wealthy Man might then take on the role of a businessman with a lucrative deal on his mind; Marriage would then be a contract or agreement with partners.

Gift, at the end of the line, is a card that is traditionally titled, “Receiving a Gift,” so it can imply being on the receiving end of someone’s giving this week.

Gift can also indicate a celebration of some kind; since this card mirrors House, this could be a family celebration.

With Marriage being next to Gift, the possibility of celebrating a marriage (like an anniversary), or even being in a wedding party or attending a bridal shower or wedding reception (Gift can symbolize a party).

If Marriage is more about a commitment or an agreement being made, Gift might be a reminder about each party being willing to both give and receive within that relationship.

Regardless of the specific scenario, Gift implies a welcome surprise at the end of the week.

And with that, I’m wrapping up this week’s reading with a bow.

Hope you have a wonderful week,

 

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Oracle Outlook: Tarot Playing Card Reading for July 31-August 6, 2017

To my (pleasant) surprise, last week’s playing card reading was very well-received, so I was inspired to do another one this week—with a twist.

I wanted to work with my mad deck crush again (which is still going strong), and if you’re no stranger to the blog, you’ll know I’m referring to The Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan (and published by Clarkson Potter).

And you’ll also realize the twist: Even though this deck is considered a Tarot deck, it actually has a playing card deck structure to it; for me, it’s like getting the best of both my favorite divination systems rolled into one deck.

I’m taking the deck in hand, 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.

The first card, opening the reading up for the week, is the Queen of Spades.

The suit of Spades represents problems, challenges, blocks and obstacles, but when I see a card from this suit in the first position of a reading, it can suggest a problem on its way out, that it’s going away.

Numerically, the Queen is valued at 12, and reduces to 3 (12 = 1 + 2 = 3). Typically, the 3 is associated with increase and expansion, but when connected to Spades, I read it as the opposite, which in this case, would be decrease.

The idea of decrease would reinforce the possibility of a problem going away.

Decrease would fit another aspect of the Queen of Spades, as she represents the process of elimination; the Queen is a person who actively cuts out (she holds a sword) what she no longer needs or wants from her life, what’s no longer serving or supporting her.

This can be material things (she’s known for Feng Shui), but also people, as she can represent a person who’s divorced, separated, or estranged from others—which are all forms of being “cut off” from people.

As an approach card, she begs the question: What do you need to eliminate from your life—and would you be willing to take an action step toward that goal?

The Queen of Spades is said to have had it pretty difficult in life, and, as a result, can make things problematic for those around her. Going with this aspect of the card, it may be that we need to consider putting some distance between ourselves and difficult people this week.

The final thing that comes to mind with this card is that of decision-making. When it comes to needing to make a decision, this Queen approaches the process intellectually (Spades represent mental activity); she looks at the situation from all possible sides, angles, and perspectives, weighing the pros and cons, and seeking all the information necessary to make the best and right choice.

If you need to make a decision this week, consider adopting that particular approach.

Moving to the next card, we have the 4 of Hearts.

This is an interesting card to follow the Queen of Spades, as the suit of Hearts represents feelings, emotions, and relationships.

The 4 of Hearts is known as the “marriage bed” card, implying a certain level of intimacy in a relationship; if not a marriage specifically, then a serious and very close relationship.

And then the divorced, separated, or estranged aspect of the Queen of Spades would make sense; reading just the suit emblems, the pairing of Spades + Hearts could indicate a problem (Spades) in a relationship (Hearts), and that it’s creating emotional pain.

Going further, the emotions associated with the 4 of Hearts are discontent and dissatisfaction, leading to the need for evaluating—or re-evaluating—a situation.

If we consider the decision-making aspect of the Queen of Spades, the 4 of Hearts could indicate that help is on the way (the hand with the bouquet), and that we have to be on the lookout, so we can see it when it comes our way.

The three cups at the bottom of the card symbolize the things in life that can distract us and keep us preoccupied, like the problems associated with Spades; when we keep focusing on the problems, we can sometimes let the solution slip right by, unnoticed.

Making the shift from being problem-focused to solution-focused, and shifting the associated feelings, may be the thing that enhances our perception of the situation.

Moving on to our final card for this week, we have the Ace of Spades.

Here we have another card from the suit of Spades, bookending the reading this week.

Seeing this card here validates an earlier “point” that was made: When the Ace of Spades appears, it can mean a decision is being made.

It can also represent clarity (clear thinking and being clear-headed), and that an answer or solution to a problem is received.

The Ace of Spades can indicate a triumph, victory, or success is at hand.

Aces can represent the potential for a new chapter of life to begin; with the Ace of Spades in particular, this new chapter could get off to a bumpy start. If you’re starting something new this week, don’t let the proverbial speed bumps in the road along the way deter you, having you think you’ve made a wrong turn.

Keep moving forward—the bumps will work themselves out.

The Ace of Spades could be offering the advice to keep an open mind, as you might get a big idea, have an a-ha moment, or receive an epiphany that clears up all those hurdles and obstacles.

And that will wrap things up this week—wishing you a Tarot-tastic one!

 

 

 

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Oracle Outlook: Playing Card Reading for July 24-30, 2017

After a couple of weeks working with the Lenormand for the weekly readings, I wanted to try my hand at dealing some playing cards this week.

And I really wanted to work with my copy of Jennifer Kast’s Caravan of SEE’ers Fortune Telling Playing Cards in this space again, so that’s the deck I chose to assist me.

So, I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the (standard) 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.

The first card, opening the reading up for the week, is the 5 of Clubs.

For me, the suit of Clubs is associated with work and business, so there may be situations we’re “working” through on the job or employment front this week.

The 5 is a number associated with change, so the 5 of Clubs can simply suggest changes with work or business. One possibility, when this card turns up, is a literal changing of jobs, going from one job to the next (the 5 is also associated with travel).

If the work or business doesn’t relate, then another possibility could have to do with physical activity, as the 5 is a number I associate with the body, and therefore the physical and material. In this case, the work aspect of Clubs could lean toward working out and physical exercise.

Then the 5 of Clubs might be a change in one’s exercise routine.

Clubs can also be about social activity and interaction, so there could be a change on the social scene. The 5 is also associated with freedom, so there’s the possibility of seeking freedom for social activities—or needing to be freed up from too many social activities.

The next card can offer more insight, so moving on, we have the 9 of Hearts.

This card is known as the “wish” card, and when it turns up, it can suggest a wish being fulfilled, granted, and coming true.

The 9 is a number of gain and attainment, and with Hearts, the gain can be one of an emotional nature.

Coming after the 5 of Clubs (which is a card of good luck as well), it can suggest a change (5) that’s being worked on (Clubs) can lead to a sense of emotional satisfaction and fulfillment (9 of Hearts).

If someone is in the process of changing jobs, for instance, this combination could suggest landing a dream job, the type of work the person has wanted to do.

And, as another example, if someone is undergoing a change with exercise and physical activity, after some time working out, the person begins to noticeably feel better.

Whatever the particular situation, having the 9 of Hearts turn up is an encouraging sign, suggesting events are moving in a direction that’s wanted.

Rounding out our reading, the last card for this week is Vardo.

The Vardo card is actually the Joker of the deck; the Joker can suggest a new phase or chapter in life, which makes sense given that the 5 of Clubs is about change. A change in any situation can carry with it some type of newness, setting the stage for something to begin.

The Joker is also a “wild” card, and I tend to read this aspect of the card as suggesting something unexpectedly taking place within the situation. So, the motivation for changing something in the business of life might come as the result of an unexpected event.

The Vardo on the card is on wheels, symbolizing movement and progression. The 5 is a number associated with travel, so this can imply both literal and figurative movement.

There’s a ladder on the card as well, and that could signify “moving up the ladder,” which is advancing in one’s career; this would reinforce the possibility of a change in jobs or work that the 5 of Clubs offered.

With the Vardo card facing the 9 of Hearts, the message here is that there’s movement and progression (Vardo) toward a wish being fulfilled, and happiness being attained (9 of Hearts).

No matter the specific scenario and how it plays out, this week has the potential to be one of action and activity (Clubs), developing emotionally through working on our relationships (Clubs + Hearts), and possibly seeing our efforts (Clubs) result in happy outcomes (Hearts).

And that will wrap up this week’s Outlook.

Have a wonderful week!

 

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