My third and last post for now on the issue of “negative” cards. To follow on from my post I wrote a while back about using those cards in positive ways when they show up , as well as the one about using positive and negative cards to tell if your overall answer is yes or no, I also wanted to talk about if and when the “negative” cards BY THEMSELVES can ever actually denote a more positive meaning in a reading. Some of my readers have noticed that these supposedly ‘negative’ cards don’t always seem to that negative in their readings!
Now, discounting the possibility that in some cases this might be a case of “I just don’t want to hear that, so I’m not going to interpret it that way,” or trying to force something to be a Yes when really it’s a No, it’s time to explore whether or not that can happen and if so – how.
Let’s Take A Look at Some of our Favourite Serial Offenders
I’m going to go through these and give you, where I can (and no, I’m afraid, I can’t always) the more positive meanings of these cards that generally have a negative connotation.
Dreaminess, things being open, going with the flow. There’s a kind of directionless to the Clouds that doesn’t have to be a negative. Sometimes not knowing where you’re going is a good thing! Sometimes it allows things to flow into your life that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise if you were focused on a fixed path and had a rigid way of doing things.
Sorry, but I’d usually have great difficulty making the Snake positive of and by itself.
It does have an alternate meaning which is a ‘sexy woman’ or temptation (very Biblical interpretation, this) or just another woman, although personally I very rarely use it to mean a woman. I tend to only find it linked with positivity when it’s paired with another card and that combination can be read as positive: Snake-Scythe for instance, can be read as “cutting through problems”.
Life is full of problems and we can’t expect it not to be. That’s reality. It’s what we do about it that counts, usually, and confronting problems and issues is usually a positive in itself.
And here we have it. Along with the Snake, this is the one that everyone hates to get (what with its clear links to the dreaded “D Word”)
But really it just means something coming to an end, and often, that is a good thing. Think letting go, getting something done, finished, finalised, completed, done, of moving on, and big transformations.
The Scythe, too, can often be scary when it shows up in a reading, but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, it has that swiftness to it, there’s that sharp glint of a blade… but there are times in life when that’s necessary, no?
Think: decisions, being decisive, cutting something out, giving something up, budgeting, prioritising, precision, speed.
The Whip to me has never necessarily just been a negative card. Sure, it quite often indicates challenge and effort, conflicts, something coming up against something else, but again, life is full of challenges and conflicts, dealing with other people and factors outside of us. That they exist at all isn’t inherently bad.
So for me, this often denotes things like working hard, making an effort, striving, facing challenges. Exercise, training, sport. And, of course, sex. It has a physicality to it, and like many of the cards “negative” connotations, it’s what we do with it that counts.
The Fox is a funny one. I usually use it in its work and career setting, but of course, it also has a meaning about survival, about sneakiness, about deceit and not being trusted.
I tend to see it in its positive sense as being clever, smart, street-smart, instinctive. And of course, work and career, making ends meet, doing everything within our power to put food on the table.
The Mountain is another one I’ve never purely seen as a negative. Sure, it might mean delays and blocks, but holding off, taking a step back, patience can be positive qualities too can’t they? Saying “No,” can sometimes be the key to freedom.
Positive meanings of this card would include having and setting boundaries, taking a needed retreat, saying no when needed, getting necessary distance from something.
The Mice is another one I tend to see almost entirely as a negative (possibly because I really can’t stand them, having once lived in a London flat with a mouse problem) and with that sense of disintegration and crumbling, something niggling at you, anxiety and stress. There is a kind of heightened sensitivity here, a hypersensitivity, if you like.
However, that being the case, the Mice can also be a sign of gut feelings, all that back of your mind stuff, instincts, noticing little things and details, sometimes subconsciously. We would all be wise to follow our instincts more and get used to using them. Picking up on slightly ‘off’ things in our environment isn’t always a bad thing, and can often keep us safe and well.
Again, the Cross will always have that heaviness to it, the sense of taking on a burden. Of load, of weight, of pressure, which is why it’s so often associated with depression and feeling low, literally “weighed down” or “with the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
So it can be hard to see it as a positive at all. However, one of its big connotations is that of responsibility and willingness to take it. To share burdens with others. To be prepared to take someone on. So for me, the taking on of responsibility and being aware of it, is the main positive you can get out of this card. When I see it, that is usually what I know it’s asking me: if I can take something on.
OK, But What Is It That Makes The Difference As To Whether We Should Read Them As Negative or Positive? How Can We Know?
The answer, as always with Lenormand and card meanings, is taking the underlying meaning and being able to apply it correctly to the context. The exact context of your question or situation, and how it blends and makes sense with the surrounding cards in your reading. All I have done in the above is applied the cards in a generally positive context. So it isn’t a given, but will depend on the context each individual reading is in.
Not sure about context? Take a look at my post here about the Importance of Context in Lenormand Readings.
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