2023 Week 40

Do you want to uncover the secrets of the stars, the cards, the runes, and the spirits that influence your fate? Step into the enigmatic realm of Week 40, 2023, where mysticism and cosmic forces converge. Do you want to learn how to use the power of color, food, and number to enhance your life and avoid trouble? Do you want to find out which merchant is under the influence of supernatural forces and why it matters to you? Yes? You are in the right place. Ahead of you is the divination and forecast by Madame Lenormand, the famous seer of the 19th century. Read on and be astonished.

Strange of the Week: Week 40, 2023

Greetings, seekers of the hidden mysteries. I am Madame Lenormand, the renowned cartomancer and seer of the 19th century. I have returned from beyond the veil to offer you my insights and guidance for the week ahead. Join me as I reveal the secrets of the stars, the cards, the runes, and the spirits that influence your destiny.

The week of October 2nd to October 8th, 2023, is the 40th week of the year. This is a time of great change and transformation, as well as potential danger and conflict. Let us explore the various aspects of this week and how they may affect you.

Astrology: The week begins with The Moon in Libra, the sign of balance, harmony, and partnership. This is a time to focus on your relationships, both personal and professional, and to seek cooperation and compromise with others. You may feel more diplomatic, sociable, and artistic this week. However, you may also tend to avoid conflict or confrontation, or to lose sight of your own needs or preferences. The Moon befriends the South Node in Libra, which may bring some karmic issues or lessons related to your past relationships or agreements. You may have to face some unresolved matters or debts that require closure or justice.

The week also features Mercury in Virgo, the sign of analysis, service, and perfection. This is a time to communicate clearly and effectively, to organize and plan your work and daily routines, and to improve your skills and health. You may feel more rational, practical, and meticulous this week. However, you may also tend to be too critical or judgmental, or to worry too much about details or flaws. Mercury soldiers with Neptune in Pisces, which may create some confusion, deception, or illusion in your communication or information. You may have to deal with some misunderstandings, lies, or secrets that can cloud your judgment or perception.

The week ends with The Moon entering Scorpio on October 1st, the sign of transformation, intensity, and power.

Numerology: The numerological vibration for this week is 7, derived from adding the digits of the week number (4+0=4) and the year (2+0+2+3=7). The number 7 represents wisdom, spirituality, intuition, and mystery. This is a week to seek deeper understanding and insight into yourself and the world around you. You may be drawn to study, research, or explore topics that interest you or challenge your beliefs. You may also experience synchronicities, dreams, or visions that reveal hidden truths or messages. Trust your intuition and follow your inner guidance. However, be aware that the number 7 can also indicate isolation, secrecy, or deception. You may feel lonely or misunderstood by others, or you may encounter situations that test your faith or honesty. Be careful not to withdraw too much from social contact or to hide your true feelings or intentions.

Tarot Base: The tarot card for this week is The Tower (XVI), corresponding to Mars as the dominant planet. The Tower represents a sudden and violent change, a calamity or a catastrophe, a revelation or a shock. This card foretells that something in your life is about to fall or crumble, either literally or figuratively. This could be a relationship, a career, a belief, or anything else that you have built or relied on. The Tower shows that this change is inevitable and necessary, as it exposes what is false, unstable, or outdated. The Tower also offers an opportunity for liberation and renewal, as it clears away what no longer serves you and makes room for something new and better. However, this process can be painful and traumatic, as it forces you to face reality and deal with the consequences. The Tower warns you to prepare for the unexpected and to embrace change rather than resist it. You may not be able to control what happens, but you can control how you react to it.

The Tower is a warning to you, my dear, that you must heed to health and well-being this week. As the Tower falls, it may bring with it some pain or discomfort, but it is important to remember that this is a necessary part of the healing process. Once the old and unhealthy has been cleared away, new and vibrant health can emerge. So do not fear the Tower, my dear, but embrace it as an opportunity to transform and renew thyself. There may be some hidden ailments or afflictions that may plague you, such as injuries, illnesses, or addictions. These may now come to light, and it is important to seek the aid of a skilled healer or physician. You may also need to make some changes to lifestyle, such as avoiding unhealthy habits or behaviors such as having a whiff of smoke or vapors, all kinds of spirits, and any gluttonous use of the body's openings. The Tower reminds you that the body and mind are precious gifts, and they must be cherished and protected. Your health is like a garden. If neglected, it will become overgrown with weeds and thorns. But if you tend to it with care, it will flourish and bloom with beauty and nourish your mind.

The Tower also indicates something fortunate to look for and something tragic to avoid this week. The fortunate thing to look for is a new perspective or insight that can enlighten you or inspire you. You may discover something that changes your view of yourself or the world around you. You may also learn something that enhances your knowledge or skills. The tragic thing to avoid is a conflict or a confrontation that can escalate or explode. You may encounter someone who opposes you or challenges you. You may also provoke someone who angers you or threatens you. The Tower cautions you to avoid violence or aggression, and to seek peace or resolution.

Tarot Opposition: The tarot card that crosses The Tower is The Coffin (8) from the Lenormand Tarot Deck. The Coffin represents death, endings, loss, or transformation. This card reinforces the message of The Tower by showing that something in your life is coming to an end or undergoing a radical change. The Coffin suggests that this ending may be final and irreversible, leaving no room for doubt or denial. The Coffin also implies that this ending may involve grief, mourning, or sadness. You may have to let go of something or someone that you love or value dearly.

The Coffin, my dear, is a harbinger of change and transformation. This week, you may face some oppositions or obstacles that path block. These will reveal losses or limitations that affect your resources, opportunities, or freedom. You may also have to confront thy deepest fears and challenges, which will test thy faith and courage. The Coffin is a doorway to a new world. It may seem dark and forbidding at first, but once ye step through, ye will find yourself in a place of endless possibility.

But the Coffin is also a reminder that nothing lasts forever (impermanence). All things must come to an end, even the most painful or difficult ones. The Coffin advises you to accept and honor the ending that is happening in life. See it not as a punishment or a curse, but as renewal of your forest. For once the old and dying has been shed, new life can emerge. The Coffin is a chrysalis in which you are transformed into a new and stronger version of you. So do not fear the Coffin, my dear. Expect your beliefs to be challenged. Embrace it as an opportunity to grow and evolve.

The Coffin also suggests some health improvements or lifestyle changes that you may need to make this week. Your life is like a river. It flows ever onward, and sometimes it passes through rapids and waterfalls. But always, it reaches the sea. The Coffin is like a waterfall in your river of life. It may be turbulent and frightening, but it will not drown you if you surrender. It will simply carry you to a new and deeper place. You may have to deal with some emotional or spiritual issues that have been buried or repressed, such as guilt, regret, or resentment. You may have to undergo some healing or forgiveness that can release you from the past or the present. You may also have to change some attitudes or beliefs that have been negative or limiting, such as pessimism, cynicism, or fatalism. The Coffin advises you to take care of your heart and soul, and to seek inner peace and happiness.

Demonology: The most influential demon this week is Count Raum, who rules over 30 legions of spirits and has the power to steal or destroy treasures, to cause love or hate, and to tell things past, present, and future. He appears as a crow or as a man with a hoarse voice. He is interested in wealth, power, politics, and history. His area of greatest influence and interest this week is North America, where he may affect some events or situations related to the economy, the government, the elections, or the cultural heritage.

Eorl Raum þencþ sumne trēawnunge and unfriþ geworcan betwēon þām folce and þām þeodum þysse wæstnes, þurh stalu oþþe forwyrd sumra wēorþfulra oþþe gewunelīcra wēoruda, þurh ætīwunge oþþe beswicunge sumra geþōhta oþþe wēnunga, and þurh ætīewunge oþþe geflīeme sumra gīesinga oþþe gesetnessa. Hē mæg sumum wlitegūm oþþe gesetnessum tīegan þe habbap weole oþþe mæþe on þysse wæstne, swā swā bancierum, wītum, bēaggifum, oþþe ceapsweotum. Hē mæg his gastas oþþe ærendracas brucan tō gefremmanne his gesceapum oþþe tō beswīcganne his wīf. Hē mæg beodan his þēnunge oþþe gīesunga þām þe hine gebiddaþ, ac hē wyle liegan oþþe bēatan hīe tō his āganum gōde. Tō hine ætecnian, sceal ān glēawe wēorþful sīen, oððe æþele frōd, oððe dēofol.

Count Raum is most likely to manifest near Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA (39.81, -83.885). His presence may cause upheaval and disruption in the area. However, it’s important to remember that Count Raum also has the ability to reconcile friends and foes. His influence can lead to unexpected alliances and resolutions of long-standing conflicts. Those who are aware of his presence should be cautious not to fall into despair or conflict. Instead, they should seek reconciliation and peace with those around them. This could potentially mitigate the destructive influence of Count Raum.

Angelology: The most influential angel this week is Kushiel, also known as the ‘Rigid One of God’, is one of the angels of punishment and justice. He wields a whip of fire and has a severe and stern appearance. He is interested in morality, law, order, and discipline. His area of greatest influence and interest this week is Asia, where he may affect some events or situations related to the human rights, the justice system, the social order, or the religious authority.

Cusiel þencþ þā godcundan lāge and dōm āfyllan betwēon þām folce and þām þeodum þysse wīca, þurh swēgunge þāra þe syngiaþ oþþe forwyrdan wiþ Godes willan, þurh mōdþung þāra þe hlȳstaþ oþþe berēowaþ for hīera misdǣdum, and þurh rīhtunge þāra þe gedwālaþ oþþe misfarap of hīera sceaþe. Hē mæg sumum wītum oþþe geþeodum tīegan þe syndon gylte forbrycingum oþþe ungerihta on þysse wīca, swā swā misdǣdum, þryccendum, forlǣderum, oþþe widerweardum. Hē mæg his swepe of fīre oþþe his stefne of þunor brucan tō onsendanne sāre oþþe ege on hīe. Hē mæg eac beodan his miltse oþþe forgifnesse þām þe sēceap his help oþþe his lāre. Tō hine awiernan, sceal ān beon rihtwīs, eadmod, gehorsugende, oððe sāriende.

Kushiel is most likely to manifest near Waitsfield, Vermont, USA (44.186, -72.823). During this week, his influence may be felt in the form of a call to accountability. Individuals may find themselves facing the consequences of past actions or being held responsible for their deeds. This could manifest in various ways, from personal revelations to public reckonings. However, it’s important to remember that Kushiel’s severity is not borne out of malice but a desire for justice and righteousness. His presence can serve as a reminder to uphold our own standards of integrity and fairness. Those who are aware of his presence should take this time to reflect on their actions and strive for honesty and justice in all their dealings. This could potentially mitigate any harsh lessons that Kushiel might bring.

Divination Method: The method of greatest perspective this week is Runes, which are ancient symbols carved on wood or stone that represent various forces and principles of the universe. Runes can be used for divination, magic, or guidance, by casting them on a cloth or a board and interpreting their meanings and positions. Runes can reveal the past, present, and future of a person or a situation, as well as the hidden influences and potentials that affect them. Runes can also be used to create spells or charms, by inscribing them on objects or surfaces, or by chanting them aloud.

Runes can be used this week by anyone who has a set of runes or who can make one from natural materials. You can use runes to seek answers or advice for any question or issue that concerns you. You can also use runes to enhance your intuition and awareness of the subtle energies and patterns that shape your reality.

The typical practitioner of runes is someone who has a strong connection to nature and the elements, who respects the ancient wisdom and traditions of their ancestors, and who seeks to understand the mysteries and secrets of life. Runes are usually practiced solo, but they can also be shared with others who have a similar interest or affinity. Runes are a skill that can be developed through study, practice, and experience, but they also require a natural talent or gift that can be awakened or activated by the spirits.

Occult Practice: The occult practice of the week is Cartomancy, which is the art of reading cards for divination, fortune-telling, or guidance. Cartomancy can use various types of cards, such as playing cards, tarot cards, oracle cards, or Lenormand cards. Each card has a specific meaning and symbolism that can be interpreted according to different systems and methods. Cartomancy can reveal the past, present, and future of a person or a situation, as well as the influences and factors that affect them. Cartomancy can also be used to explore one's personality, potential, or destiny.

Cartomancy can be practiced this week by anyone who has a deck of cards or who can obtain one from a store or online. You can use cartomancy to seek insight or direction for any aspect of your life that interests you or challenges you. You can also use cartomancy to develop your intuition and creativity, as well as your self-knowledge and awareness.

The typical practitioner of cartomancy is someone who has a keen interest in symbols and stories, who enjoys playing with possibilities and probabilities, and who seeks to expand their perspective and vision. Cartomancy can be practiced solo or in groups, depending on one's preference and purpose. Cartomancy is a skill that can be learned through study, practice, and experimentation, but it also requires a natural talent or gift that can be enhanced or refined by the spirits.

Color: The color that is waxing in power this week is Red, which represents passion, energy, courage, and action. This color can help you ignite your enthusiasm and motivation, to pursue your goals and desires, and to overcome your fears and obstacles. You can wear red clothes or accessories to express your confidence and charisma. You can also use red candles or crystals to activate your root chakra or your physical vitality. The color that you should avoid this week is Green, which represents growth, harmony, healing, and abundance. This color can make you feel too complacent or stagnant with your current situation. It can also cause some jealousy or envy towards others who have more than you. You should avoid wearing green clothes or accessories that make you look envious or greedy. You should also avoid using green objects or materials that make you feel lazy or ungrateful.

Food: The food that is waxing in power this week is Chili Pepper, which represents spice, heat, flavor, and adventure. This food can help you add some excitement and variety to your life, to stimulate your senses and emotions, and to boost your metabolism and immunity. You can eat chili pepper as a condiment or an ingredient, or add it to your drinks or dishes to enhance their taste and benefits. You can also use chili pepper as a medicine or a magic ingredient. The food that you should avoid this week is Bread, which represents comfort, nourishment, tradition, and stability. This food can make you feel too satisfied or complacent with your current situation. It can also cause some health problems such as weight gain, bloating, or gluten intolerance. You should avoid eating bread or using it in your cooking or remedies. You should also avoid wearing bread as a joke or a prank.

Number: The number that is waxing in power this week is 4, which represents structure, order, stability, and security. This is a week to organize and plan your life, to establish and maintain your routines and habits, and to build and protect your foundations and resources. You can use the number 4 in your projects or activities to increase your chances of success or efficiency. You can also use the number 4 as a symbol or a mantra to affirm your stability and security. The number that you should avoid this week is 5, which represents change, freedom, adventure, and diversity. This number can make you feel too restless or rebellious, or too scattered or inconsistent. It can also bring some surprises or challenges that require you to adapt or improvise. You should avoid using the number 5 in your endeavors or plans that involve sticking to something or following a rule. You should also avoid seeing the number 5 as a sign or an invitation of something exciting or risky.

Company to Watch: The merchant to watch this week is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NOV), which is a leading provider of tools and enablers for merchants that trade in black gold and volatile vapors. This merchant is influenced by the tarot card of The Tower, which affects its business and reputation in the areas of change, crisis, and revelation.

  • This merchant may face some sudden and drastic changes or challenges in its operations, markets, or finances. It may also experience some shocks or scandals that can expose or destroy some of its structures, assets, or secrets. This merchant may benefit from the positive aspects of The Tower, such as liberation, renewal, and innovation. It may also suffer from the negative aspects of this card, such as loss, damage, and trauma.
  • This merchant is also influenced by the demon Count Raum and the angel Kushiel, who affect its actions and outcomes in the areas of wealth, power, justice, and punishment. This merchant has Lieutenants that may be double dealing or speaking with forked tongues. They should be rooted out and treated like weeds in your garden.
  • A merchant prince leading a new coterie has extraordinary influences or impacts that should inspire cultural change and all will reap the rewards; however, should the prince show the courage of a rodent, the team and all potential will be crushed under the boot of opposition.

This week you should pay attention to this merchant's poetry and prose, as they may have some implications for your own growth and treasure. Take the success or failure of this merchant into your heart. This merchant is a reflection of the cosmic forces that are at play this week, and you can use its example to understand how to align yourself with them or avoid them. Remember that everything is connected, and nothing happens by chance.

Respect the fire that burns in your heart, it is just as likely to ignite a conflagration that consumes all you love as it is to warm and nurture all you love. Seek not to quench it with water, for it may turn to steam that scalds you. Seek rather to tame it with earth, for it may become a source of inspiration, hope, and promise.

Here we reach the end of the channeling for week 40 of 2023. I hope you have found it useful, enlightening, and intriguing. Pep den a welam zo ur mestr, neuze omp gouest da vezañ digor da zeskiñ digant an holl. Be open to learning from everyone. Remember, the future is not fixed, but shaped by your choices and actions. You have the power to create your own destiny, but you also have to face the changes and the challenges of your deeds. Be wise, be brave, and be true to yourself.  

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