Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An Interview with Under the Roses Lenormand

I was recently trying to decide what type of interview to do with my Under the Roses Lenormand by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.) With excellent timing, Marcus Katz posted a video in which he demonstrated how to use a simple cut-deck method to talk with a Tarot or Oracle deck. He even used a Lenormand deck for the video. To watch the video, click on this link:

Let’s see what I can discover about the Under the Roses deck using this method. I am starting with the question: What would you like me to understand about you? The answer to that question will lead to further questions and answers. I put each drawn card back into the deck and reshuffled before drawing again because I felt it was important to let a card appear more than once if appropriate.

Under the Roses Lenormand

What would you like me to understand about you? THE CLOVER
I bring opportunities and rewards that you may not expect.

What can you tell me about these opportunities and rewards? THE SHIP
They involve a journey and a transition, exploration and distance.

Distance from what? THE GRAVE
Distance from a misfortune or unhappiness that limits and blocks you.

What can you tell me about this misfortune or unhappiness that limits and blocks me?
The misfortune or unhappiness involves a choice you made, a direction you took, a cycle from which you need to be liberated.

What is the first step I should take to liberate myself? THE SHIP
As I believe I mentioned before, a journey or transition – separation, distance -- is required in order to liberate yourself and take advantage of opportunities and rewards.

What will help me take the first step? THE CHILD
A little child shall lead you – or perhaps the spirit of the child you once were – filled with curiosity, eager to learn, willing and able to get up and keep going after falling down. As the saying goes, every journey begins with a single step.

This has been a most revealing and relevant interview! I will be sure to use it again with other decks.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Career Challenge Reading

This post contains a reading for a friend who is going through challenges in the area of career.

My friend has worked for the same company for more than 20 years. During that time, she worked her way up to a high-level position. The company is now “restructuring” and my friend finds herself in competition with another woman for the top position in the restructured organization.

I am using The Prague Threshold Spread, which I believe was created for use with the Tarot of Prague by Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov (The Magic Realist Press).

I am using a deck gifted to me by my dear friend and former blog partner, Helen, when I met her in person on my recent trip to Australia. This is The Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson (Llewellyn Publications).

Here is the layout:
3               5

(1) Current situation
(2) What lies on the other side of the gateway (outcome)
(3) and (5) Issues that need to be considered or actions that need to be taken
(4) Influence that lies over the steps being taken

(1) Current situation: HANGED MAN
Well, that’s certainly appropriate! Her company is playing “upset the fruit basket” with its employees and organization, looking at everything from different perspectives, turning the status quo “upside down” in an effort to improve matters. According to Welsh myth, the land of Dyfed was placed under an enchantment that suspended the lives of all inhabitants but four. Talk about downsizing!

(3) and (5) Issues that need to be considered or actions that need to be taken

The KNIGHT OF CUPS can represent a romantic or artistic person, but also a proposal or collaboration. The suit of Cups is the suit of relationships. In this case, I am thinking there is a person with whom my friend has a positive relationship and that this relationship will play a role in what happens to her job, or it may refer to the importance of various relationships she has cultivated over the years.

In the NINE OF PENTACLES, I see a message for my friend to assess and tally up all her many contributions to this company, her successful handling of (as the book accompanying this deck puts it) “a multi-faceted venture.” Her ability to plan, network, and “get things done” is well known in the region, and she needs to make sure the powers that be are aware of these abilities and achievements.

(4) Influence that lies over the steps being taken: THREE OF WANDS
Yes, the company wants to investigate new directions and redistribute energy and resources. Although technically not launching a completely new enterprise, there is an emphasis on change and restructuring to create something different. My friend needs to show that she can be a vital part of this, that she is in sync with the company’s vision and goals.

(2) What lies on the other side of the gateway (outcome): KNIGHT OF PENTACLES
As an outcome, the KNIGHT OF PENTACLES suggests the triumph of tradition, orthodoxy, and utility. Dedication, dependability, and perseverance will be rewarded. The person with the steadiest hand and firmest commitment will be chosen to take the helm. Even though the suit of Pentacles is “passive,” all Knights are “active,” so this person cannot be one who sits around waiting for things to happen. I also see an indication in this card that money is a factor, perhaps a consideration of how much money the person in this position brings in vs how much money is paid to them in salary?

Although this reading doesn't appear to reveal whether my friend will get/keep the job, it does suggest to me that she has a strong chance of doing so.