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Emblemata Lenormand - Card 7, The Snake

Traditional Meaning: Hidden danger, surprise

The Snake card in the Realms:

Spiritual: Spiritual assault, negative energy

Emotional: Heartbreak, upset

Mental: Shock, disturbance

Physical: Accident, physical difficulty


Moon Phase: Waning – Your way becomes less sure

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Motto: In whatever manner, whenever

Directional: No

The Snake speaks:

“I bring a sudden turn in the path, a shocking derailment, a twist in the plot. I carry the unexpected on my back, shaking you out of your complacency and making you take stock. Are people really who they seem? Do you honestly understand the situation? Or could something be lurking in the grass, ready to give you a fright?”

Interpretation Advice:

Expect the unexpected when the Snake makes an appearance. The outcome can be either good or bad but is guaranteed to be unsettling. What takes place may give you a new perspective on your current situation. Prepare for changes in plans, people acting unpredictably, and potential obstacles in your path. The Snake’s appearance can also indicate a betrayal, which is reflected in its motto, “In whatever manner, whenever.”

A deeper look into the image’s symbolism:

  • Crossed arrows – the unexpected often brings about conflict of one sort or another

  • Fighting kings – unpredictable behaviors, misunderstandings, needless struggles

  • Hermit at his mountain – unexpected solutions, withdrawal

  • Barren ground – upset plans pose the risk of lack of growth and development

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