The Dog and the Rider
Let’s look at the Dog and the Rider as people cards.
The Lady, the Gentleman, and the court cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) can all represent people in the Lenormand deck, as can a few other cards.
It’s especially interesting to look at where the Rider and the Dog fall in love readings. If one of them is near the Heart card, it may be that that person warms your heart. They can also add emphasis to other cards, showing you if a relationship is serious or just a fling.
The Dog and the Rider are very different characters, and affect the Heart in different ways.
Usually this is the man who turns a woman’s head; the
attractive, proud, well-dressed, athletic man who radiates charisma. At worst, he may be arrogant (based on the horse), and vain.
He doesn’t have enough of the Dog’s qualities.
This is often the man that the woman with a Rider for a partner wants. The Dog is loyal and faithful, like a guard dog. At worst, the Dog is boring and unattractive, lacking the qualities of the Rider.
Fox + Person Card + Bear
Always remember that successful card reading depends on context. What a card combination means in one situation can be quite different to what it means in another, for example, the same cards can mean very different things depending on whether you’re reading about your family or your job.
In love readings, it’s important to pay attention to the following combination:
If the Fox and the Bear flank the person card, as shown above, you’re dealing with a complex character.
Even though the Bear is a lucky card that gives support and strength, he’s got a jealous and envious side. When the Fox speaks about someone’s character, it says that he often acts out of selfishness, and only for his own benefit. He’s also not above bending the truth.
It’s striking to me how often in practise this combination indicates a jealous person who hides his jealousy well. Usually this is the kind of jealousy that arises because the person is tempted himself. The Bear keeps himself well-protected.
As mentioned earlier, it’s about context. What I say above isn’t a hard and fast rule, but an indicator that should be borne in mind and examined. Look to other cards for confirmation, or ask the person sitting in front of you.
Queen of Hearts versus Queen of Clubs
When I first started reading the Lenormand cards, someone gave me a nice tip in the form of a story about the snake and the stork. It’s fun, and extremely accurate.
Note that in Belgium, the older generation reads almost exclusively with only one Lenormand deck, the Belgian Carta Mundi. It is also the most used deck on this blog.
If you use a different deck, this tip is the same, but you may have to adjust it depending on which way the Stork and the Snake are facing.
Did you know that storks eat snakes? In nature it is so.
It also makes sense in Lenormand reading.
If the question is about the outcome of a situation, or if this is a combination in the Grand Tableau, Snake + Stork means that after a bad time (lies, stress, etc.) there is a change coming. The Stork always brings a change in this combination, a positive one. Note the card after the Stork for confirmation of what the change will bring.
The Stork beats the Snake, at least if she has her in the crosshairs, because the Snake will not dare look at her. In nature, the stork watches the snake in the eye. Good wins over evil.
If the Snake happens upon a situation where the Stork is not alert, the Snake can strike with her cold and calculated nature, so that the situation turns ominous and negative.
The stork may well eat snakes, but the snake is smart enough to hide behind the stork’s back. The Queen of Clubs wins over the Queen of Hearts only if she can approach her unexpectedly … the snake will always strike at unguarded moments.
In the methodology described above, with the Stork preceding the Snake, the cards may want to say ominous change or a vitriolic turnaround.
Simple logic and practical use…
…is simply reading the answers the cards give to the questions you ask. Those answers are very much subject to the context you create with the questions you ask.
What is a good question?
How do I let the cards answer?
Frequently recurring questions you will have to deal with as a card reader:
‘Is my partner cheating on me?’
‘Will my relationship go wrong again?’
‘Will I fail my exam because I’m nervous?’
‘Will I lose my current job?’
These questions are all about legitimate concerns. But if you ask them the way they’re stated above and then throw cards, chances are very high that you’ll miss the message!
For the simple reason that you’ll be confused about what the cards want to tell you.
The questions listed above are questions about what we fear or things that we do not want to happen.
The desired answer is NO! But no matter, what cards should now appear?
Which cards will differentiate the severity or degree of disaster?
The positive and good luck cards confirm that things are all right, yes?
The negative cards don’t appear … this is reassuring, isn’t it?
‘Is my partner cheating on me?’
We always read the cards in combination with each other, but to see the problem with negative questions clearly, let’s just look at one card this time:
Our answer is the Coffin.
An ending, no, and never, are core meanings of the Coffin. What does the card say to our question?
No, she isn’t cheating? He never cheated? There was cheating, but only in the past?
This doesn’t feel right, that a heavy, negative card that signifies endings, illness, death, or melancholy in other layouts, is the appropriate answer here. It is illogical and leaves room for misinterpretation.
A good question is the foundation of your cartomancy, Context and a good framework are of paramount importance to achieve as accurate information as possible from the cards.
How do you best ask such questions?
First and foremost, you rephrase!
Don’t ask: ‘Is my partner cheating on me?’ in this question, you ask for your fears, or what you do not hope for, to be confirmed. It is much better to integrate your desire into the question.
‘Is my partner faithful to me?’, ‘Will my partner stay faithful?’, etc., since that’s what you wish for.
This phrasing gives you a very different context, because now positive and good luck cards can confirm your hopes and desires, while negative cards can express your fears.