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.
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!
THE Clouds + (CHOOSE FROM BELOW)
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.