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Magical Horse before the Cart during a Retrograde? Think Again!

Over the past three months, I have really taken to heart the study of the Pages of Shustah. I have found it to be a very profound and enlightening tool. The deck has a strong astrological influence—so why not blend it with intuitive Astrology? Let’s see how this goes. 

Client has been struggling with her Brother and wants advice on how to repair the relationship. 

First, let’s look at her transits (outer wheel drawn at the time she emailed me) and her natal chart (inner wheel). 

IAPS Sibling Chart Protected

A1. Sibling relationships reside in our third house. We see that Pisces is the ruler of this household. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces so we will look to the transit chart to see how Jupiter is faring in dictating matters with her Brother on March 18, 2017. The condition of Jupiter at 20 degrees gives it a rather weak dignity. We can anticipate mediocre relationship between the client and her brother. Libra is a Cardinal sign so we expect the initiation of action, such as rebooting the relationship. Jupiter is about justice, truth, and fairness—so we can expect these two siblings to evaluate the history of their relationship and any wrongs that have been done to one another. This reflection is especially true during a Venus/Jupiter retrograde (A1a). Perhaps this is a good time to really analyze and reflect on the relationship.  However, I wouldn’t necessarily advise taking any direct action to engage or repair the relationship until after the Venus retrograde in mid-April. Right now, I would simply say she should initiate a focus on reflecting, analyzing, and processing any thoughts and emotions of the past and present. 

Now we’ve looked at the condition of the ruling planet with her Brotherly relationship—let’s look at the only Planet transiting this house, such as the Sun and how it relates to her natal planets. 

A2. Sun conjuncts Natal Jupiter. Wonderful relationship—fabulous time to really take the reflection of her relationship with her brother in. She’ll be able to feel optimistic, hopeful, and have a good attitude or perspective to look at the history and really piece things together. She won’t loose herself in finding justice and truth to how this relationship has fared in the past and where it should go in the future. 

A3. Sun opposes Natal Saturn. Right now she may be feeling down about her relationship with her brother. There is a competing interest here—some bad memories have been drudged up. With the other elements working in the chart (especially the Retrograde) these negative memories have surfaced. This is why she wants to really evaluate what is going on in this relationship and try to resolve it. Her Sun conjunct Natal Jupiter (A2) is really going to help put this in a positive aspect and weaken those Saturian feelings. 

What does the Pages of Shustah have to say for this client?

IAPS Sibling Reading

The Magical Horse – Taurus – Angel of Summer

PS-G12-Magical Horse

The Magical Horse is a green card, which initially represents our desire to grow and develop. She is definitely feeling the need to grow and develop her relationship with her Brother right now. Interestingly, the Magical Horse also tells us that timing is important and that this might not be the most synchronized time. Interestingly—Jupiter and Venus are in retrograde—so action might not yet be the right time to ACT on reaching out or making any changes to her relationship with her brother. However, right now might be the best time to reflect on her relationship with her Brother and develop a sense of where she wants it to go. The Magical Horse in the Pages of Shustah looks like it’s racing around a track and moving at swift speed. Lately, I haven’t been racing around a track—but I have been walking around a track. This circular motion and movement always transports me into a reflective and meditative state. I believe The Magical Horse is an indication for her to move forward in her reflective thoughts on the relationship with her Brother. That Magical Horse does look like its going a lightening speed. She may want to reboot the relationship right now. However, Taurus is following that Horse going to put some slowness and grounding to that reboot to give her time to take advantage of the retrogrades in play in her transits and reflect on this relationship first. 

Venus—an important aspect in her transits right now where it retrogrades, rules Taurus. Time for reflection on relationships and a desire to have peaceful surroundings are indicative of Venus. But we can also see stubborn qualities with Taurus and that Sun opposing natal Saturn might just give her cause to be stubborn and not move forward. Taurus is a very slow and grounding sign and might be slowing down that racing horse to the right. 

PS-B13-Angel of Summer

What a joy to see the Angel of Summer at the end of this spread. Manser and North describe this card as the Card of Success. All of this internal and reflective thinking she has been doing or will prepare to do throughout the Venus retrograde will see full emotional expression. She’ll be able to articulate her feelings fully to her brother and she’ll be supported. This card can be a timing card to denote a Summer time frame as well. 

What’s the bottom line or advice for the client? How are we going to put it altogether? 

The client shouldn’t engage her brother right now. This is an excellent time for the client to reflect on what activities her and her brother enjoyed doing together when their relationship was peaceful. What are some of the qualities she misses about her brother? It’s also a time to reflect on what lead to separation or ill relations. It’s important for the client to remain truthful to her and to maintain her self-respect. Because this is a time of reflection—my advice is to pose some powerful questions that helps her reflect on the past, present, and where she wants to go in the future with her brother. 

After a careful reflection, then it’s time to craft an intent to engage her brother and rekindle that brotherly relationship. The opportune time to do this will be after the Venus retrograde (late April) and maybe even waiting a little longer to dig deep inside and act in the Summer time. 

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Shoulda-Coulda-Woulda Spread (with Belline Oracle)

ShouldCouldaWoulda Spread

ShouldaCouldaWoulda…. Say it! Oh how fun is it to say? ShouldCouldaWoulda? I promise this will lighten up any reading with a tense energy. ShouldCouldaWoulda. In all seriousness—have you ever said to yourself?

- Oh I wished I had taken that opportunity?

- What would my life had been if I didn’t pass up that opportunity?

- I’d love to do this—but I just don’t know if I should? 

- What a cool opportunity! But maybe I should hold off right now? Maybe if it’s offered again. 

Notice the first two questions are reflective—and the last two questions are decision making. This is an excellent spread to help you or clients evaluate opportunities for the future or to reflect and bring closure to a prior decision.  

The spread consists of nine cards laid in a triangle format. Let’s examine the model with a real life question. 

Wellness Coach SCW Spread

Question: Client has been selling nutritional supplement products and provides wellness coaching. Client has really enjoyed doing this work—but isn’t sure whether to quit her job and take the practice full-time. 

Shoulda — The foundation or base of the triangle tells us the foundation we have to embark on our next journey. These three cards represent: (1) our internal support (or feelings), (2) our financial supports, and (3) our communal support. Do we have the tools to begin this new opportunity or journey? 

Silver – Water – Intelligence

Mercury seems to dominate the foundation. What this tells us is that there has been a great deal of consideration given to this opportunity. She might be lost in the details and needs help in seeing the bigger picture. I RECKON’ that makes sense—she is here to get clarity and put things into greater perspective. Let’s see if we can help. We’ll start with individual definitions of the cards and then put it together into an interpretation. 


The cornucopia with silver coins outflowing of it brings me back to Thanksgiving. I love having cornucopias around the home—and I love to use them as gift baskets with some yummy muffins inside of it to present to someone I want to show thanks for. This symbol represents happiness, sincerity, generosity, prosperity, and success. Simply think of Thanksgiving. 

A ship moving across water governed by the moon announces a change in daily habitual routines. Unconsciously, things might not necessarily be A-Okay and you’re wanting to make a change in your routine. This card tells us to listen carefully to our intuition but also warns us of fantasies. 

The book represents knowledge with the candles representing each of the planetary energies (in traditional astrology). This card is a positive card telling us things are balanced, well thought out, and there is an analytical capability. 

Interpretation for the Shoulda: She is looking for a change in her life and to break free from her daily job. She has thought long and hard about what to do and has analyzed the pros and cons of quitting her job to pursue her nutritional coaching business full time. She seems to have the intelligence, emotional, and financial support to pursue this opportunity. 

Coulda — The right side of the triangle represents what could have been or what could happen if we take this opportunity. 

Love – Star of the Man – Treason

The two hearts represent love, passion, and joy of life. These hearts are supported by the dove and garland around them. We’re bound to see great passion for all things done and because of such support we’re likely to see this love evolve over time and deepen. 


Star of the Man typically represents the quartet or someone related to the quartet. It can also represent support from outside influences within the reading. 

Notice how the cat has its nails clawed and look at the hair on the back. The hair is standing up—I have seen this on my own cats, usually when a dog enters their domain. This card warns us to be careful in proceeding in all matters. We need to stay alert and vigilant for others around us might be jealous, upset, or attempt to undermine us. 

Interpretation for the Coulda: She could have the potential to enjoy a supportive and thriving business. There will be a lot of positive energy with many loyal customers to her base that will help her thrive as a business. However, this success isn’t without the raising of eyebrows among competitors. She will need to be cautious of those around her who might undermine or cause her harm, such as stealing clients. Building positive and influential relationships will go along way in the long-term success of this business opportunity. 

Woulda — The left side of the triangle represents the lost opportunity.  

Wickedness – Pleasure – Inconsistency

The dagger represents negative forces are abound. However, the lantern gives us warning—so we’ll know what negative forces are in front of us that will need to be tackled or addressed. This card interestingly pops up and supports the cat. This card warns us of jealous players in our life. 


Who doesn’t like music? It brings us pleasure and elevates us to an entirely new level. This card heightens our communication with yourself and those around us. We’re able to strike a coordinated and harmonious vibration. 

The wind being blown brings uncertainty and warning to take shelter and ground yourself in a sturdy structure. Perhaps decisions should be postponed until a better time when things become clearer? 

Interpretation for the Woulda: The lost opportunity here tends to reinforce what could have been. The Wickedness and Inconsistency support the Cat in that there will definitely be competitors who will do everything to undermine and blow her business apart. If she does not pursue this opportunity she will avoid those negative people and alleviate such stress to her model. However, she will also miss out on pleasures and the ability to communicate with people and connect with them. She will miss the opportunity to help them evolve and become better advocates for nutritional wellness. 

Belline Line

My advice to this client would be that she has the foundational support items to branch off into her own business. She has the drive, passion, and ability to communicate with her clientele in helping them to achieve their objectives and goals. She’ll be extremely successful in being a nutritional coach and selling supplements. However, this will draw attention and attract rather nasty people who will want to see her fail. So if she isn’t able to deal with jealous, competition, and negative peers then she shouldn’t pursue this opportunity.

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Discerning Business Significator Cards

The majority of clients that I see tend to bring business-oriented type of questions. Even when I go to psychic fairs, two types of people land in my chair: (1) folks with 8th house issues (end of life, estate settlement, conflict with family due to an end of life matter), and (2) business folks looking for answers. 

Over the last few years I have found the Lenormand to be a great tool in giving perspective to clients. I often use a Grand Tableau for a general business outlook reading. I also will use other smaller questions for more pointed or quick type answers. 

retail key card

The use of significator cards tends to change when evaluating business type questions. Three years ago, I had a client who owned a successful pet boutique in two different locations. We spoke monthly and the primary focus was her business. What type of Lenormand card would you select as a significator for her business? 

Dog – Bouquet – Fish

Let’s take a look at which each of these three cards mean to me in my own practice. 

The Dog represents trust and friendship. These are folks who we can confide in, trust, and love unconditionally (love isn’t always romantic, you know!). This card can also represent our pets and domesticated animals. In my astrological symbolism, I link the Dog with the planet Venus (relationships). 


The Bouquet represents gifts and pleasant surprises. This card can be superficial in nature and is generally a positive card to situations. Astrologically, I link this card to the planet Venus. I also assign the retail industry to this card. In mundane astrology—Venus rules retail (material assets). 


The Fish signifies the essence of an entrepreneur. Most people seem to struggle interpreting the Fish in “personal readings.” I know this blog posting is about business today, but here are some tips for personal readings. Think of the qualities of an entrepreneur and apply them in other inquiries. Independence, self-determination, free will, desire for self-reliance, savvy, jack-of-all-trades, adventurous, and risky. In general this card does represent business and commerce and would be an acceptable significator for business inquires. Astrologically, I connect this card with Saturn and assign it to the fisheries industry. 

Back to the question—which card do I use as a key card for my client with two pet boutiques? I used the Bouquet, because her business is essentially retail—she isn’t selling dogs. She sells high-end pet food, toys, grooming services, and all kinds of other things.  

I wouldn’t use the dog as a key card, because it’s a personality card about traits. Now I might use that card if there was a personal question regarding a lost dog or the health of a dog. However, not for a pet business—because at the end of the day they aren’t selling hugs and kisses they’re selling you retail. The Bouquet represents gifts, and in my world it also represents RETAIL THERAPY, or I mean shopping. Lately it represents my desire to get more steps into my fitness routine as well. LOL 

The Fish would be an acceptable key card, if you didn’t know the industry your client was inquiring about.  I personally have assigned certain industries to certain cards in my own system along with astrological symbolisms because I blend the two together. 

The truth of the matter? It really doesn’t matter what you assign as the significator! Truly…. What does matter is having a clear mind at the time of the draw, a set intent of the question, and your own understanding and intuition of what each symbolism means to you. 

If you’re interested to know more about using the Lenormand in mundane matters (i.e., Current Events and Business) please send me an email and I will let you know when my latest project is ready for publication. You can get a preview here (note it’s a PDF).  

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