November 18, 2008 by Art of Cartomancy
The Lenormand Ship represents travel, and describes foreign people and exotic places. The Ship represents distance, and can reveal the things we long for that seem so far away from us. The ship can indicate a transition from one location or one state of being to another. It can denote a job transfer or a transfer of funds depending on surrounding cards. But in my own experience, the Ship most often represents transportation, and in a practical reading it usually represents the querent’s car.
I first realized this when I was reading for a client and the following combination appeared prominently in the spread:
The Ring + The Ship
My first impression was of a honeymoon (a marriage followed by a trip to distant lands). So I asked the client if she was getting married soon since I saw a honeymoon coming up for her. The blank look on her face was all I needed to tell me that I was way off the mark. My next impression was of a long-distance relationship, but by then the client had told me that she was not dating anyone. I thought of telling her that there was a long-distance relationship coming in her future, or that she would hook up with a foreign man, but neither of those options felt right in my gut. Then it dawned on me, and I blurted out, “Your getting a new car!” The client smiled, and told me that she had just signed the lease for a new car that very morning! The Ring showed the contract she had signed!
Since then I’ve had other similar instances. For example, an elderly gentleman came into the bookstore for a reading on a Saturday afternoon. I was surprised because I could probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of men who have come in for a reading. The following card combination came up in this man’s reading that day:
The Lily + The Ship + The Moon
I wasn’t going to be tricked into reading another honeymoon this time! I asked the man if he drove older car that he cherished and kept in tip-top condition. The Ship of course represented the car, the Lily represented something older, and the Moon showed an emotional attachment. The man looked surprised, and told me that he was in town for the annual Antique Roadshow. He had a 1950-something Studebaker coupe that he was showing. Then it hit me that the Moon not only represented his love for his antique car, but also the fact that he was showing it off (fame & recognition)!
Of course, sometimes the Ship is just a trip, and sometimes it does denote a honeymoon or a foreign lover. But I’ve had the Ship come up enough times as a car or other type of motor vehicle that now it’s the first thing that pops into my head when the card turns up in a reading.