October 26, 2010 by Art of Cartomancy
The Whip is a card of repetition. It symbolizes the rhythmic thrash of the birch, but also the repetitive rhythm of exercising, and the steady rhythm of making love. Hence, symbolically, the Whip can be used to represent any repetitive action or chronic situation.
The Whip is the card of sexuality. In traditional Lenormand the Lily is used instead to represent sexuality. This association is based on classical Greek lore where the lily was considered a symbol of masculine sexuality: the symbolism of the long pistil of the flower suggesting a phallus and the pollen symbolizing fertility. In modern times, the lily has become a symbol of purity and chastity because of its association with the Virgin Mary in medieval Christian artwork. Because I have always associated the Lily with peace, and purity, I find the Whip to be a more logical choice for representing sexuality in my Lenormand readings.
Example Reading Using the Lenormand Whip as Repetition:
This is a real-life reading I did in August of this year. The questioner had recently sat for the State Bar Exam, and wanted to know if he passed the exam in order to receive his license to practice law. For the reading I had the questioner cut the cards twice into three piles, and I turned over the top card in each pile.
The Snake represents an upset or disappointment, and indicated that the outcome of the test would not be favorable. The Whip represents a repeated action, and suggested that questioner would need to sit for the test a second time. The Star promised a good outcome on the retake of the exam.
Feedback: As the cards suggested, the questioner received notice in September that he did not pass the Bar Exam. He is currently studying for retaking the test early next year.