April 14, 2021
I did this reading ages ago in October 2019 for a former colleague who was following a cosmetology program so that she could start her own business as a cosmetologist soon.
I decided to use the Lenormand deck by Rana George because my colleague was from a Middle Eastern background and the deck is a lovely one with Middle Eastern motifs reminiscent of the Arabian nights.
My colleague wanted to know if the business she was going to start would be successful, so I used a traditional box (or 9-card) spread so that I could provide her with enough details.
I usually read the top row as what the querent has on her mind or is preoccupying her; the middle row as the main theme; and the bottom row as things she already knows about or has under control.
I also read the columns, but rather than dividing them into past, present and future, I prefer to combine them with the rows for a more detailed answer to the question that was asked.
Finally I look at the corner cards and read them diagonally (1 + 9 and 7 + 3) because they often provide a summary to the reading.
A first glance at the cards that came out showed me that everything looked very promising, with the possible exception of the Scythe card in the bottom row, but I’ll get to that later.
The two separate cards at the top left came from the cut and show the current influences around the question. The Heart and the Tower relate to something the querent is passionate about (in this case her cosmetology studies) and the Tower is probably the institution or school she’s taking her classes from.
As I didn’t preselect any focus card, it was good to see the Fishes (money and business) show up in the centre, and also to find it flanked by Clover, a card of luck, and Incense, which I always take as a blessing. (Rana George sees it as a fleeting blessing because the smoke disappears, but I prefer to focus on the fragrance, which remains in the air.)
Above the Fishes is the Moon, a card representing work and honours, and again because it’s in the top row, it shows that the querent’s preoccupation with whether this business will be lucrative (Fishes).
The top row also shares its first card (the Child) with the first column, so again we have a focus on something new that is about to start. It’s next to the work card (Moon) and the luck card (Clover), so this is a good sign again.
Again in the top row, we have the Ring, a sign of contracts, agreements or things that keep going on and on (like a marriage). So this is yet another card that shows the querent would like work (Moon) that is not only lucrative (Fishes), but also keeps going (Ring).
Below the Clover card, however, we have the Crossroads (decisions and options), and next to that is the Scythe, which can represent something dangerous or even sharp, such as a surgical instrument.
When I asked the querent whether her cosmetology practice would involve any surgical procedures or injections, she said no. So I interpreted the Scythe next to the Crossroads as a decision (Crossroads) she would have to be very careful about making because one option would not be good for her business and take away from its success (Sun).
When I told the querent that, she immediately said that she knew what it was and was taking care of it. This was interesting because both the Crossroads and the Scythe appeared in the bottom row, which represents what the querent already has under control.
As a summary and answer to the question then, providing the querent took care of the difficult decision she would have to make, we have a yes. A new business (Child) would be successful (Sun), and would bring recurring (Ring) opportunities and options (Crossroads) for my colleague.
Addendum: I heard that my colleague did finish her cosmetology courses successfully, but since the covid pandemic started just a few months later in Canada I’m not sure if she was able to serve clients as a cosmetologist. If I find out more, I’ll update it here.
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