1. The Rider
Also known as The Horseman or Cavalier
Keywords: News, messages, what approaches, what is leaving, a horse, a sporty person, sports.
General Rider Meaning
In Lenormand, The Rider is the card of a messenger. In most cases, The Rider will appear when news being brought to the seeker or someone close to them. In a reading, the emphasis may be on the actual news or nature of the messenger.
Like the Knights in Tarot readings, The Rider can be symbolic of what is entering or leaving the seeker’s life. Because Rider is a neutral card, whether what is entering/leaving is positive or negative depends entirely on context.
In the literal sense, Rider represents horses, and also, horse riding, sports, and sporty people. Sometimes this card can signal sports, competition, and competitiveness so keep that in mind when you are putting together your interpretation.
Specific Rider Meanings
Love Meaning: In a love reading, the Rider can represent a new lover, a sporty boyfriend/girlfriend or news for the person your seeker is in a relationship with (or will be in the future.
Career Meaning: In a career reading, The Rider can symbolize work with horses or a job in the sporting fields. In general, it will mean your seeker will hear news about a job, news at work or will find themselves having some friendly competition.
Business Meaning: In a business reading, the seeker will be made aware of opportunities or hear news about their company, should The Rider appear.
Positive: In a favorable reading, The Rider speaks of good news, opportunities, new people who are a significant influence in the seeker’s life and friendly competition.
Negative: In a negative reading, The Rider represents bad news, lost opportunities, people who are a bad influence (especially younger individuals) and friends, lovers, etc. leaving the seeker’s life.
I do not recommend that you memorise these card combinations. Their purpose is to let you see what is possible when it comes to combining Lenormand cards. The best way to learn is to practice with your own combinations and see what you can come up with! However, if you get stuck, you can always refer to this list;
Rider + Clover: The arrival of luck
Rider + Ship: A message from overseas
Rider + Home: A house guest
Rider + Tree: A message from a family member
Rider + Clouds: News which causes confusion
Rider + Snake: The arrival of a nemesis
Rider + Coffin: News of death
Rider + Bouquet: A delivery of flowers
Rider + Scythe: A warning to be cautious of mail
Rider + Whip: A sporting competition
Rider + Birds: A message on a social media platform
Rider + Child: News about a child
Rider + Fox: News about a job
Rider + Bear: A message for a parent
Rider + Stars: News from a well known person
Rider + Stork: The arrival of a baby
Rider + Dog: Arrival of a friend
Rider + Tower: Mail for the government
Rider + Garden: Something heard at a party
Rider + Mountain: Slow mail, something arriving too late
Rider + Ways: Being told something which causes a dilemma
Rider + Mice: A message which causes stress
Rider + Heart: News from a loved one
Rider + Ring: News about an engagement
Rider + Book: Being told a secret
Rider + Letter: A postman, a package
Rider + Man: The arrival of a man
Rider + Woman: The departure of a woman
Rider + Lily: Arrival of an older man
Rider + Sun: News about your success
Rider + Moon: News about your reputation
Rider + Key: Special delivery
Rider + Fish: A message about money
Rider + Anchor: Someone who brings stability
Rider + Cross: News which causes your seeker a burden
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Lisa Boswell is an award-winning psychic reading teacher who currently resides in Scotland. Through her website DivinationAndFortuneTelling.com she teaches both experienced and would be diviners how they can predict the future.
Born into a Romany Gypsy family of fortune tellers, Lisa has had an active interest in the occult from a young age. She specialises in teaching predictive divination, easy mediumship and fortune-telling. Learn more here.