Month for Loki, Twenty-Seventh: Tipping His hand.
I’d been meaning to write about this earlier in the week, but somehow I’d never gotten around to it.
First, some background:
During my daily walks, I’ve come across some pretty strange items over the years.
I’m sure that there’s a word for it – divination through found objects – but nothing seems to capture exactly what happens. Apantomancy comes close (as apantomancy is a form of divination through chance encounters, usually involving, though not limited to, encounters with animals) or even oryctomancy (which is divination using excavated objects), but nonetheless, I’ve found some unusual items during my daily walks.
Something I find a lot of is… playing cards.
Now I cannot express to you how often I have come across a single playing card in a random place:
- In the middle of the woods, half-buried by leaves.
- Floating in a drainage ditch that runs along the side of the busy road.
- Skittering along in a light breeze across the gravel path of a New England cemetery, while my husband and I searched for the grave marker of my husband’s best childhood friend who died in 1987.
- Folded in half and wedged between two crumbling bricks in a brick wall in the alley way behind a busy suburban restaurant – and the only reason I noticed it is because I had stepped out to get some quiet and privacy in order to make an important phone call – as I happened to be staring at that particular wall while I was waiting for the other person to pick up.
- In the trunk of a newly delivered vehicle in a car-sales lot in Orlando – but the car only had 6 miles on it and the salesman insisted that no one had ever driven it before, as it had been delivered on a flat truck that morning from the manufacturer’s warehouse.
As well, I have had several vivid dreams over the last four years wherein Loki has shown me playing cards or made a direct reference to playing cards.
I didn’t know what to think, but it had gotten to be such a thing that I started to wonder if I should be considering these occurrences as some sort of message.
Could playing cards be used for divination?
The hell if I knew.
Such as eight months ago, I found this card:
Now while I was aware of cartomancy as a form of divination, I’d assumed that the ‘divination by cards’ definition referred exclusively to tarot cards.
Again, I wondered if there was some connection between tarot cards and playing cards, but I hadn’t thought to explore it further until that day.
I was surprised to find that playing cards and tarot decks are more closely related than I’d assumed, as according to this website, playing cards may have originally been invented as a means of divination long before people used them to play games of poker or bridge.
(The chicken or the egg…does it matter? I didn’t know either way.)
So, I bit… what is the meaning behind the 9 of clubs?
Various websites define the clubs suit as a suit that governs finances, achievements and ideas. And 9 is the number of completion, fulfillment, unity and insight. Most interpretations of this card focus on the concept of ‘small’ or ‘short’ as well as contentment and finality without fanfare. 9 of clubs signifies to keep your eye out for small successes, a new idea that can lead to a slight increase, or a step towards positive change. Perhaps there will be a slight increase in pay, some progress towards a goal, the completion of a short-term plan, or the subtle end of a process. Several describe the 9 of clubs as indicating a new friendship or taking up with a new lover. And nearly every one of them mentions something odd:
Don’t be stubborn
And considering that, I have to laugh.
Stubborn is definitely something I can be.
And that definitely sounds like something He would say in response.
Moving onward, I found myself coming across a few more playing cards in random places while walking and cleaning house, and a few more meditation visuals and dream-sequences of Loki that featured what appeared to be references to poker, gambling and…lottery tickets.
Two weeks ago, a particular meditation visual was so strong that I suggested my husband buy a lottery ticket.
And he did. Sort of.
He bought scratch tickets…and the theme was something along the lines of ‘Set For Life’ — referencing the game of poker, with the usual logo of lucky playing cards.
(P.S – we did not win.)
So, this past Saturday, I went to a local mystical shop.
I was looking for a particular tarot deck that I’ve been wanting for a while, but they did not have it in stock.
While I was browsing their selection of tarot decks, I noticed these ‘Lenormand’ card decks and card kits were mixed in with displays.
Although I’d heard of Lenormand, I didn’t know exactly how a Lenormand deck differed from any other tarot deck.
But according to the blurb-descriptions on several of their featured decks…
Lenormand follows the heritage of fortune telling cards based on playing card decks.
So I bought a deck designed by Ryan Edwards, called Maybe Lenormand.
The two decks – one base deck of 36 cards and 16 additional – feature these lovely Victorian-inspired line illustrations that I absolutely adore.
You know, having some delightful artwork to focus on certainly helps as I learn this new divination skill.
And so, I am exploring a new divination skill – and perhaps that was what He was nudging me toward all along.
And here I thought He was encouraging me to play poker or gamble more.