The Clouds - Lenormand Card Meaning and Combinations

6. The Clouds

"...because wherever I sat—on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok—I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air." - Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.

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  • Doubt

  • Uncertainty

  • Confusion

  • Depression

  • Negativity

The Clouds Card Meaning

The Clouds card to me, is the most negative card in Lenormand showing the negative impact doubt, anxiety, and confusion can have on any situation. The Clouds are hung overhead and rarely disperse easily. Most frequently, it tend to describe a destructive atmosphere created by the psyche. It often takes some personal alchemy and transformation to clear this stubborn sense of indecision, apathy, or sadness.

Look for positive cards, especially the Sun for signs that the clouds are parting to make way for a little light.


The Clouds Card Combinations

Did the Clouds card show up in your reading? Check out the card combinations below. Please note, there are almost infinite meanings for Lenormand combinations. These combinations below are interpretations I have discovered over the years. The context can change EVERYTHING so use these meanings as prompts for your intuition to sing with the context of your question. I can't stress enough how important context is!


  • Rider (1) = Doubt/negativity arriving

  • Clover (2) = A temporary reprieve from negativity

  • Ship (3) = Moving negativity, moving forward from confusion

  • House (4) = Stress/anxiety caused from home life, stress about family

  • Tree (5) = Growing confusion, mental health concerns

  • Snake (7) = Betrayal contributing to negativity/confusion

  • Coffin (8) = End of doubt, end of confusion/negativity

  • Bouquet (9) = Appearance/superficiality or ego contributing to negativity/doubt

  • Scythe (10) = Removing negativity, confusion, doubt

  • Whip (11) = Arguments contributing to negativity, repetitious doubt/confusion

  • Birds (12) = Gossip/discussion contributing to negativity

  • Child (13) = New confusion/doubt, child causes negativity

  • Fox (14) = Work causing negativity confusion, deception

  • Bear (15) = Finances causing confusion/stress, boss causing negativity, being strong through negativity

  • Stars (16) = Spreading negativity, confusion or doubt

  • Stork (17) = Positivity following negativity, moving in a positive direction

  • Dog (18) = A friend causing negativity

  • Tower (19) = Legal/bureaucratic confusion, challenges

  • Garden (20) = Environment causing negativity

  • Mountain (21) = Heavy negativity, blocking negativity (depends on surrounding cards)

  • Crossroads (22) = Decision causing doubt/confusion

  • Mice (23) = Heavy negativity, anxiety

  • Heart (24) = Love causes confusion

  • Ring (25) = Relationship contributing to confusion/depression, a cycle of negativity

  • Book (26) = Hidden doubt/confusion

  • Letter (27) = News/information/message causes negativity or doubt

  • Man (28) = Man contributing to negativity/confusion

  • Woman (29) = Woman contributing to negativity/confusion

  • Lilies (30) = Longterm doubt/confusion/negativity

  • Sun (31) = Clouds parting, negativity dissipating

  • Moon (32) = Dreams or romantic interest causing confusion, what is desired is obscured

  • Key (33) = Clarity following confusion, success causing inner turmoil

  • Fish (34) = A lot of confusion/doubt/negativity

  • Anchor (35) = Negativity isn't going anywhere anytime soon, permanence contributing to negativity

  • Cross (36) = Mental illness, depression, a heavy burden causing confusion/depression,

Example Spreads with the Clouds

QUESTION: What will I experience if I take on this new project at work?









ANSWER: There are likely to be arguments with your boss which lead to confusion, doubt, apathy about the project.

QUESTION: Why is my wife being distant with me?









ANSWER: Your wife is concerned about her appearance which is dampening romance.

**Note** The Mountain here is modifying the Ship since it is to the right of the ship, meaning the journey/implementation is blocked. 

QUESTION: What will it be like when I move in with my partner? 









ANSWER: You will likely have disagreements which will cause some doubt and confusion but ultimately, you will overcome this negativity.

Did the Clouds appear in your reading? Share your spread in the comments!