The first card in the Lenormand deck, the Rider, heralds important news. This is a symbol of new beginnings, of change, of swift movement, of the old order being uprooted to make way for the new. You could almost go so far as to say that he may belong to an air sign – being constantly on the move, constantly in action but also very communicative and reliant on his verbal skills for success in life. If denoting a person, the Rider tends to be a young, handsome, athletic man – a potential lover perhaps – someone who brings a breath of fresh air into your life.
In same-sex readings, he is the partner or love interest of the male querent (traditionally represented by the Man card). In all other circumstances, he either brings (usually good) news, signals an unexpected visit or is simply there to represent a quick and witty individual, messenger or postman. Physically, the Rider fast and athletic, with particular emphasis on legs, especially in readings on the topic of health but also when we are looking to describe someone’s appearance. The Rider’s timing is speedy and denotes that whatever is to pass will do so very soon indeed.