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Where Is My Rug?


When I started learning the Tarot – wow, over thirty years ago! – I used to “throw” the cards nearly every day because my life was so filled with drama that I had to know what was going to happen – or could happen – and the context of all this melodrama and operatic emotion! But nowadays, my life is much more serene – you could call it boring. One day is much like the next and I’m quite content like that.

I recently moved into a new apartment and had to order new rugs for the entire place, since it has hardwood floors. The last rug I ordered has yet to arrive. This is it:

I ordered it a month ago. Yes, I know with the COVID-19 virus, things are coming more slowly than ever, but I have been following the tracking and it’s been in the Buffalo warehouse for over ten days now. Yesterday I called the 1-800-Fed-Ex phone number and started an investigation into Where Is My Rug? I have talked to two very nice people about this issue but of course I don’t know where my rug is yet or when it’s going to arrive.

This is not drama. This is not even very important in the grand scheme of things. But this seems like the perfect question for the Lenormand! Where is my rug?

I suppose the proper question should be: When will my rug arrive? Since presumably the rug is at the Fed-Ex warehouse here in Buffalo. That’s what the tracking information says. It’s been there since May 9. That’s quite a long time ago!

Where is my rug? When will it arrive?

These are the cards I pulled in answer to these questions:

With a Line of Five reading, the card in the middle, is the focus of the reading – the main issue here. Card #3, is 22 Paths or Crossroads. Obviously, if this is the main issue, we have some real problems. So the rug is still “on the road” – still on its way to me. Well, duh! I knew that already! But why is it taking so long? And when will I get it?

Cards 2 and 4 describe the nature of the topic in more depth. Cards 1 and 5 sum up the reading. Cards 1 and 2 tell us what has led up to the current situation. Cards 4 and 5 tell us likely outcome. Meanwhile, Cards 1 and 3, Cards 2 and 4, and Cards 3 and 5 can be seen as “mirror pairs” to show us what else might be going on.

Cards 2 and 4 – 11 Whip and 33 Key – mean more trouble to come. I don’t think I’m going to see this rug anytime soon. Cards 1 and 5 – 34 Fish and 9 Bouquet means financial happiness. I’m not sure how that applies to this issue here, unless it means I’ll be getting a refund when the rug doesn’t arrive! It wasn’t a cheap rug, let me tell you, so I had better get a refund if it doesn’t arrive!

Cards 1 and 2 – telling me what has led up to this current situation – is 34 Fish and 11 Whip and those two cards together mean financial problems – that’s not my financial problems – it much be referring to Fed-Ex’s problems. Obviously, they’re having problems or else they would have delivered my rug well over a week ago!

The likely outcome – Cards 4 and 5 – 33 Key and 9 Bouquet – great happiness. So maybe my rug will come?

Looking at the other cards – I’m really not getting any idea about when or even if this rug will ever arrive.

Going back to Card 3 in the middle – I checked timing in The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards, by Caitlín Matthews, and she writes “April” is the timing for that 22 Paths! (Matthews, 63) Well – I ordered the rug in the last week of April! That tells me when I ordered it but not when it’s going to come! However – in Diana Clark’s fabulous companion to The Gaelic Lenormand, for 22 Paths, she writes that timing is “22 days/weeks/month, around the 22nd of the month” (Clark, 103). Well, as of this writing, it’s the 21st of May, so maybe that means the rug will be coming tomorrow! We can only hope!

Anyway, hopefully by this time next month I’ll be doing readings in my finished office with my beautiful new rug! Or I’ll be buying a different rug with the refund I’ll have gotten from the company because I never received this one! Whatever – I’ll let you all know.

Meanwhile, the Lenormand did try to let me know. Brightest Blessings!


With Tatiana’s Fortune Cards, wow what an accurate reading! The rug is so thick & soft! I sit there every day for meditation. My new ritual room.


Clark, Diana. The Gaelic Lenormand: Companion Guide to the Gaelic Lenormand Deck. © Diana Clark, 2019

Matthews, Caitlín. The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2014.


About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan but she gets along with a few of the masculine deities. She loves to cook and she is a Bills fan.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.