#15 The Bear. 10 of Clubs

The Lenormand Bear card traditionally represents a male who holds an important position in the life of the person seeking the card reading. Can represent a father, grandfather, leader of an organization, etc. The energy of Bear is powerful and can be intimidating if abused. There is a hint of fear within this card as well when taken to suggest strength & power in that a weaker, more passive individual will tread carefully around such a person. To determine whether the energy is positive which it usually is -look towards the adjoining cards for clarification. When cards of struggle, confusion and agitation are nearby the person represented by the Bear card will extract the negative aspect of power & strength from this card.

Some Lenormand readers have indicated that this card can point to a money matter which makes sense because an owner of a business can be your manager/boss and be the person giving you a paycheck. Other leaders can be bank managers who are surrounded by money. In my experience with the Bear card I have seen all the suggested meaning come out in different readings.


10 of Clubs – the associated meanings of the playing card will fall under the business related category which includes any type of correspondence through the written word or other more modern methods of communication. Being a “10” the last number prior to the court cards the summation of the Clubs suit is contained within. 10’s are about completions similar to taking the final exam in a course of study. It can be compared to the Death card of transformation in the Tarot as well because Key 13 deals with endings and beginnings of cycles. And on some levels so does Key #10 The Wheel of Fortune and all the 10’s of the Tarot suit. A type of settlement is hinted at.

How does the 10 of Clubs tie in with the suggested meanings of the Bear? The only real connection that I see is the strength & power aspect of it. How? Since Aces are the beginnings, seeds or starting points then the 10’s are the empowerment or totality of the entire suit whether it is hearts, diamonds, clubs or spades. The regular playing cards do not always follow in the tradition of the symbolic meaning of numbers (numerology) but the Tarot does. What I mean by this is certain assigned meanings to the standard playing cards will vary depending on the influence of the card reader who is assigning the meanings. It doesn’t mean those meaning are wrong – just different which is how it should be, taking the cards on other levels of interpretation.

If we all read the cards the same old way with the same old meanings, as the Tarot once was, there would not be much intuitive progress in Cartomancy.

Some suggestions for combinations of the Bear card in a reading:

Bear + Book = you will meet a man of importance who will assist you in a situation or matter that is significant in your life

Bear + Cross = the strength & power is minimized or lessened. A male will no longer exert his aggressive influence on you

Bear + Whip = can suggest a lawyer or officer of the court. Some person will bully or coherce you into cooperation

Bear + Coffin = can indicate a serious illness around a father, grandfather or other male that hold an important role in your life

Bear + Flowers = could suggest a married couple or partnership between 2 people that is based on mutual respect and admiration

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