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This seems like a generally straightforward combination pair today. Ring is the card about relationships and partnerships, whether romantic or otherwise. Thus it can talk about a marriage, a partner, a business deal or the negotiation to purchase a home. Key is typically the Lenormand card that says, “Yes!” If this appears, it’s usually a good omen regarding any question under consideration.

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Ring + Key

A relationship will be successful. If there are any questions or concerns regarding this relationship, I’d expect them to be worked out.

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Key + Ring

Success in some area will lead to a relationship being formed.

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The Lenormand Ring is the card for relationships and partnerships, whether romantic or otherwise. Thus is can talk about a marriage, a partner, a business deal or the contract involved with purchase of a home. If reading about a romantic relationship, Ring is one of the primary cards to consider, as it speaks to the relationship itself.

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In question of romance, the Heart can be considered as well, and this is about someone’s actual feelings. So the Heart is a person’s heart, or emotional state; versus the Ring representing the actual relationship. This is important to distinguish because not all relationships are happy ones. Think of the happiness of a mutually enamored couple who are recently engaged, versus a married couple with both spouses having affairs. Both people might show signs of commitment by the Ring, but very different circumstances around the Heart.

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For questions about a business deal involving a partnership or contract, Ring would be a primary card, although looking into financial aspects — for me, the Fish — would also be helpful. Think of a business contract worth thousands: the Ring could show mutual satisfaction with the deal itself, but the Fish could be near cards that indicate loss of money, to warn of the outcome.

Generally, more than one “key” or “significator” card can be considered for any given situation, and looking at more than one allows the cartomantic detective to apply proper due diligence, hopefully achieving a more accurate answer for the questioner regarding any situation.

Today’s post is a look at how I currently interpret a combination involving the Scythe. Different readers have different ways of looking at this card. Generally it’s a card of pain, danger, cutting, and suddenness or impact. Not a very pleasant card in most circumstances! The question is, how does the Scythe affect its neighbor(s)?

In the traditional methods as I learned them, the Scythe is seen as cutting the card which the blade faces. In my deck, the Scythe blade is on the right, so it is primarily affecting the card to it’s right. If the card to the right is Clover, I would suspect someone’s happiness is going to be short-lived, or over before it begins. On the other hand, if Mountain is to the right, then I envision the Scythe as cutting right through any obstacles, effectively clearing them.

Let me take a particular pairing, Scythe and Ring.

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Scythe + Ring

The Scythe is pain, danger and cutting. The Ring is relationship or business partnership. Scythe + Ring most likely speaks of a severing of a relationship, whether personal or professional. I think this is compatible with the theme and modifier technique I sometimes use: the Scythe’s cutting is the main theme, and the modifier is a relationship: the cutting (or ending) is of a relationship.

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Ring + Scythe

The reverse seems to suggest a painful relationship: the Ring is the relationship, and Scythe is pain and danger. Because the blade of the Scythe is facing to the right, it is not actually severing the Ring, so it’s not bringing and end to this relationship. This is also compatible with the theme and modifier technique: the main subject is the relationship, and the modifier is pain and danger. For the severance to occur, it (represented by Scythe) would need to be the main subject.

There are other ways that readers handle pairings with the Scythe. Some ignore direction of the blade, and read the cards in a linear flow of energy. They determine the Scythe’s impact according to how they perceive the sequence of action, which may be the opposite of what I’ve written here. Others generalize the placement such that negative cards on the right have greatest impact to their immediate left. It can get confusing if a person starts comparing all the styles and techniques!

I think the most important way to handle the Scythe and similar cards is to pick one technique that works, and be consistent.

How do you like to read the Scythe? Do you have a favorite technique other than this method I’ve described? Please post your comments or questions.

Today’s practice for Lenormand combinations is Ring and Snake.

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Ring + Snake

The first thought that popped into my mind before I could even think about typing up this exercise is a lost ring. I know that loss is usually shown by the Mice; but this could be a case where a person’s ring was misplaced, around the kitchen sink or bathroom. Or heaven forbid down the drain! This is because of the shape of the Snake: it can represent things like pipes and plumbing, and therefore in my mind, the associated areas with those. In this case, the Ring would literally represent a ring of commitment — a wedding ring.

Ring = relationship, contract, partnership. Snake = detour, a woman.

This could be a relationship with a woman (NOT the partner, that would be the Lady). Or, a detour in getting a contract — things didn’t go as planned. Sometimes the Snake is “the other woman” to me, so this could be an affair. In a full spread, one would also have to consider cards like Heart and Lady to make that call. This combination could also represent a backstabbing partner, which would spell trouble in business.

Once again, context matters.

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