Last month one of my friends asked me for a reading. Despite several promising interviews, her son had been unable to secure a job. The financial strain of supporting him, since leaving university in 2018, was now causing friction between my friend and her partner.

Interestingly, her question was not whether her son would find a job soon. Instead, her inquiry was why he had thus far been unsuccessful. Even more intriguing was the cards’ response: three so-called work cards and not one meant work!

Over time, employment readings have been a divisive topic for the Anglo-Saxon Lenormand communities. Much vitriol was spat over what card ‘means’ work and thus perpetrating schools’ apocrypha. Sadly, the hostility such discussions provoked were unnecessary.

Contrary to popular opinion, the Lenormand Oracle does not have a card of work (or job, or employment, or career). If one looks through all thirty-six cards, this is perfectly evident. There is no ‘le travail’ card or ‘9 – 5’ card, et cetera.

A Brief Lesson on Master-Cards

The concept of specific cards for work stem from the cartes maîtresses, or thematic/topical significators. However, when a diviner states a card ‘means’ work, she confuses essence (card meaning) and application (master card). There is a secret: THERE IS NO WORK CARD(S).

If we consider some of the so-called ‘work’ cards, we see that these cards connect to one’s career solely on a representation level vis-à-vis their nature:

Renard is an opportunist who will compete, sabotage and steal to survive. The Bear is a habituate who prefers his routine but will assert his dominance if needed. The Moon reflects any role, activity and status we hold to others. The Anchor tethers and keeps one in place until it’s raised.

All one has done, here, is progress the essential nature of each card on a functional level. That is, read the card at the first indexical level of semiotics. We can do that for every card; and in a work reading, you do. If the consultation is about work, then every card dealt is about the profession.

Such an indexical reading is the basis for the conventional distinction between salaried and freelance employment that was common to late-twentieth-century literature. For example, my French mentor used the Renard and the Anchor for temporary and substantive roles, respectively. The issue, here, is that a freelance is often concerned with security, which functionally, is an Anchor-issue.

The master-card for work is a function fulfilled solely in readings that require a pre-selected significator: opening of the key, lost man, no layout, star of destiny, GT. In my experience, it should be the card that shares the most significant relationship with the specific circumstances. For that reason, there cannot just be one card. If you’re concerned about competition it is the Renard; job security the Anchor; an interview, then it is the Moon (as it relies on looking the best to others), et cetera.

Outside of using a significator, no card should be read as being ‘work.’ Its house, in the grand tableau, also never means work. The lines of five or nine, 3 x 3, Russian cross, la méthode des treize, astrological wheel, et cetera, never need a master card.

A Line of Five

Let us then return to the query; although my friend posed the question, it about her son’s attempts to find work. The Lord card is the significator. It remains in the pack.

Question, “Why hasn’t the Lord been successful in securing a job?”

The cards as they fell:

So, which card is work: the Bear, the Renard, or the Lilies? None. Correct! If we impose such signification on any of them, we will lose valuable information.

If we scan the cards, we see three are from the clubs’ suit. These cards emphasise toil, challenges and effort. Now, if we look closely, we can see that person-card (roi de pique, the Lilies) ends the line, too. A person-card at the end often acts as an arbitrator, which makes sense in interviews.

Now, we can see why the Lord has not been successful. The roi de pique doesn’t think the Lord is as good as other candidates in this harsh environment. The Lord pursues highly competitive roles (the Bear and the Fox), overreaching himself (the Renard and the Roads) as he lacks the commonality and calibre (the Roads and the Ring) the hiring manager desires (the Lilies). Ouch.

Had I read either the Renard, the Bear, or the Lilies card as just being work, I would been forced into a banal and pedestrian interpretation. A line has a definite starting pointing point and focus, rendering such significators equally redundant. Trust your cards; they will always answer you, you just need to look and read what is there and not what you are told.

Have a good weekend.

The Petit Lenormand © abCartomancy 2010 – 2020

Cards Jeu Lenormand © Carta Mundi. Title, bastardised from 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton.

5 Comments on “9 to 5 With the Fox, Bear, Tower, Fishes or Anchor: It’s Enough to Drive You Crazy If You Let It

  1. Hi Andy! Great lesson… I’ve been really looking forward to unpacking this. For clarification, if one is competing for an award, the Fox represents one’s rivals? Then, which card represents the strength of one’s own strategy? Thank you 🙂


  2. Hi Andy! Great lesson… I’ve been really looking forward to unpacking this. For clarification, if one is competing for an award, the Fox represents one’s rivals? Then, which card represents the strength of one’s own strategy? Thank you 🙂


    • To answer such a question, we have to consider the fox. Sadly, this animal is increasingly at odds with its environment due to urbanisation. A consequence is that this cache-animal is made to scavenge or hunt within cities that are supporting less and less wildlife of their natural diets.

      If Renard is active in a career-centred reading, it intimates a degree of competition within the environment. There will be others stalking the same goal. The cartomante is therefore required to look closely at Renard’s position and activity to devise their own strategy. Foxes are opportunistic, so the better prepared or clued up you are, the less likely you can be cheated.

      Consequently, Renard gives the answer to both as they are two sides of the same coin.


  3. Once again you leave me looking at these cards in a whole new way that makes so much more sense then how I previously would have read them. Thank you for opening my eyes to this and by process other “master” cards I have been reading.


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