THE SCYTHE: August 4, 2008 detailed post on the Scythe
The Scythe card has a variety of meanings. It can be a sudden ending which comes out of nowhere. It can be a long overdue removal of a situation/person. It can reflect a person’s indifference.
Depending which Lenormand deck you are reading there are many different images of the scythe. Some cards have the pointed part of the blade pointing to the left, some to the right, others to the top and still others to the bottom. You may not factor directions in your card summaries but many Cartomancers do, including myself.
Today’s review post is in response to the many questions I receive on the Lenormand cards.
The Scythe card can produce startling results which often are not pleasant. It hurts us emotionally or pricks us out of complacency. The influence is usually unexpected although. At times you know the person needs to be removed from your life or a situation is no longer healthy.
The Scythe card can release us from a bond or situation which is strangling us emotionally or restricting our freedom. Many relationships end suddenly but in the long run it’s for the best.
The Scythe card can represent a person who is indifferent or unable to offer a caring response.
Many Lenormand decks do not sport the playing card insets. The Jack of Diamonds ♦ has associations with the financial world. I have written about him before and have said he can be quite sarcastic. Sarcasm can hurt us if we are the type of person who wounds easily from someone’s words. The comments which are being yielded can have a slicing effect.
Don’t forget that the Jack of Diamonds could also be worker/employee connected to a cleaning up business. Lawn maintenance. Farmer. Snow removal. Etc.
I am of the belief that the playing card insets are a totally different level of the Lenormand. I have not found a suitable playing cards system that fits the Lenormand card meanings. The Courts are easily placed and some of the other pips but that’s not enough for me to promote any one system on playing cards.
TIP- look to see which card is facing the point of the scythe. This card will reveal who or what is being removed. It doesn’t have to be that drastic or monumental.
In Judith’s Scythe image the toe (pointed part of scythe) faces upwards. In a reading, I would consider this direction. The card situated above this Scythe card will be getting the full experience of the energy of the scythe. The card which falls below this Scythe card will feel the energy differently. It’s not that stabbing feeling more like a dull aching result.
Traditionally, Lenormand cards are read upright.
For those who want to explore – reverse the card and see how you feel about it.
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