Stork, close to a person, it indicates a change of the current home, at a distance the change is delayed.

Original Instructions

Primarily, the Stork card is a harbinger of change and development in the querent’s circumstances. The original instructions focussed on relocation. For most in the late and nineteenth century, such upheaval would be both rare and significant. People do move home more frequently these days and with supportive cards that still stands. But still, the change is far likelier to be home improvements or in the seeker’s circumstances rather than an actual relocation.

The Stork is migratory. As such, there is a restless quality to the card. This can often translate into temperament if it falls adjacent to a person card. The individual will be sanguine and become restless easily. They often come and go in our lives, too.

If the Stork falls above the Significator or House card, it is a fortunate configuration.

The association between Stork and birth is well-known. It is therefore the Stork, rather than the Child, that is a harbinger of new starts and chapters.

However, the White Stork was for centuries, also seen as a psychopomp. With the High Tower and Boat cards, the client may have had a recent bereavement. It is this role the Stork fulfils in matters of Arte.

Starting with the Das Spiel der Hofnung, several Lenormand decks (Wüst, Piatnik, et cetera) show a stork consuming a frog. It is likely a reference to the Frog King fables; however, storks consume amphibians, newts and snakes. Consequently, the Stork card is seen as being able to neutralise the Serpent card.

In the draw below, we see that the Lord would be able to circumvent the danger posed Serpent through a change in direction. Failure to do so would result in it coming back to bite him.

The Stork card is the Queen of Hearts (dame de cœur), associated with the Abrahamic heroine Judith. Judith’s actions were an agent of change in the war between Israel and Assyria. As such, the Stork can be read as a woman.

The Queen of Hearts is often the mother, sister or another female relative from the paternal (grandmother, aunt, cousin), et cetera. She can be a widow, too. Her presence is primarily a supportive one. If used as such, the cartomante will need to examine the surrounding cards to ascertain her temperament and role within the reading.

The Stork at a Glance:

Essence: Change.

Playing Card: Queen of Hearts.
Polarity: Neutral.
Category: Movement Card. Person Card.
Keywords: Development, New, Relocation, Migration, Adaptability, Deliver.

Pace: Fast.
Timing: In the “next”: look to the card it faces, e.g. House + Stork = next calendar month or quarter.
Health: The legs and mobility in general.

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