In this next series of posts, I want to explore each of the 36 Lenormand cards in turn.
In the Getting Started with Lenormand post I provided a list of simple associations which included:
Rider, 9 of Hearts (Can be directional left or right), Core points: News, Messages (Worldly), Visitor, Swiftness, Additional points: Short-distance travel by vehicle.
If we think about the Rider, historically they were intermediaries. delivering messages, parcels and the like. Functionally we can imagine that they might have been young or youthful, slight of frame and fast-paced. There is an urgency to the task, and we can see that it would be swift in action.
We also know them to be of the world, even by the vehicle they are transported across the land. So while the Rider is one of our ‘message’ cards, we can see it as worldly and physical. The messages might come from aboard or afar, but they are of this world and therefore mundane.
It also alludes to travel. However, unlike the Boat, the Rider means short distance travel. ‘As far as the horse may ride’, which in our modern era practically refers to a day trip in a car. In timing and distance, it is limited to the ‘endurance’ of a horse.
In relation to people, we can consider the Rider to be youthful and in traditional contexts a young man. However, in experience I find Youthful and Energetic to be more descriptive of the person it can represent. For a gay male querent, the Ride could be their love interest. But I have found the Rider across all expressions of gender and sexuality to be Youthful and Energetic.
The Rider can also be Enthusiastic and Drive. They have goals, aspirations and the will to pursue them.
We can also think of the Rider as Imminent, Immediate, or Close as visible on the horizon.
The direction of the Rider can also indicate if they are coming to or from you.
As always remember that Context is Key, and allow the space to consider what is being expressed broadly as well as narrowly.
Keep an eye out for tomorrows post, Clover.
Love and Manyfold Blessings.