Are you looking for an alternative Lenormand card spread? Well, The Cross Spread is for you! The Lenormand Cross Spread is a spin on a traditional spread shape usually used for Tarot and playing card divination. I have adopted this spread especially for you.
If you have enjoyed this spread, be sure to give it a try. And, if you like the look of the deck I am using in this post, you can check that deck out here.
The challenging part about creating Lenormand spreads is that Lenormand cards must be combined. When designing Lenormand spreads, you have to ensure that each card is combined with at least one other card otherwise your reading will not make sense. We do not have this issue with the Lenormand Cross Spread because all positions combine easily.
Here are the positions of the Lenormand Cross Spread:
The Past: Card positions 1, 3 and 5 reveal the past of the situation.
Obstacles: Cards 1, 2 and 5 reveal any obstacles in the seekers path.
Advantages: Cards 1, 4 and 5 reveal any advantages the seeker has.
Near Future: Cards 2, 3 and 4 reveal the near future for the next few weeks.
Distant Future: Cards 6, 7 and 8 reveals the more distant future.
So, let’s say that we have an imaginary seeker called Moira. Moira does not get along with her family – she suspects that this estrangement has been exacerbated by her brother, Bart. Moira has fallen out with her brother and wishes to know more about the relationship. We have performed a Lenormand Cross Spread using our Lenormand cards. Here are the results:
Lenormand Cross Spread Example
A past rivalry with Moira’s brother Bart has cost her dearly because Bart has played with Moira’s emotions (Fish, Snake, Moon). Bart is counting on Moira’s estrangement from the family becoming official – she has placed a lot of emotional energy into this thought and this is causing further tension in her relationships (Fish, Tower, Moon). An advantage of the situation is that Moira is invested in keeping her emotions to herself (Fish, Book, Moon).
In the near future, Bart will control his jealousy and keep it under wraps (Tower, Snake, Book). This may offer Moira some short-term relief, but that does not mean that their relationship will improve. There is no hope in the long-term future; a notable action will severe the relationship (Key, Ship, Scythe).
This spread was relatively easy to perform because all cards are combined in different ways. Because all cards are combined, this makes continuing the ‘story’ of the spread a breeze.
So that it is for the Lenormand Cross Spread! Feel free to try it out for yourself.
And, if you’re looking for a Lenormand deck, you should check out the Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand. This is a beautiful deck based on the artwork of Pamela Colman Smith, the artist behind the Rider Waite Tarot deck. If you already read Tarot, this deck will be an excellent addition to your Lenormand practice. Grab yours here.
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Hi diviners! In today’s post, we are going to do something a little different. I have not done many posts with Lenormand spreads so I thought I would show you how to perform Gypsy spreads with Lenormand cards.
Being a Romany Gypsy fortune teller myself, I love a good Gypsy spread! I have a very particular way which I do my Gypsy spreads so I am going to adapt this for a Lenormand reading. Keep in mind that there are other ways to read Gypsy spreads and the way which I do mine for Tarot is different, but I want to show you how I would read one using Lenormand.
Now, first things first, I am going to explain the difference between a column and a row. Because I didn’t listen in school and do not know which is horizontal and which is vertical, I am going to assume you were a rebel too and call them columns and rows instead! Rows go along the way, and columns go up and down.
Usually, when I perform a Gypsy spread I would use twenty-five cards, but here I am only going to use fifteen because I feel that doing so makes it easier to highlight my point. So, I am going to put my cards out in five rows of three columns as shown.
The cards are interpreted along the way in strings. Each row has its own meaning. The first represents work. The second row represents love. The third row represents family. The fourth row symbolizes friends and the final row represents spirituality.
This is a predictive reading, so the cards which appear in these rows are going to predict what is going to happen in these life areas.
Example of Gypsy Spreads with Lenormand
If I was performing a real reading, I would first ask my ancestral spirits if they would help me to get the best results possible for my reading. Sometimes I am like, “PLEASE HELP ME INTERPRET THIS”! Haha
Then, I would shuffle my cards and lay them out as shown (but in real life I would do five rows of five). I would then form my interpretation. My interpretation for this particular reading would be:
Work: Lifestyle changes will help me finish my book (this is relevant to me because I was at the gym today and worried that going every day would mean I did not have the energy to get a certain project finished).
Love: In my love life, I will socialize with an authoritative man (no idea what this is about!)
Family: A negative person will cause me long term problems (this applies to me as there are a lot of people in my family who are super negative).
Friends: Good fortune in health will be experienced by a false friend (I have an idea what this is about because an ex-friend who I no longer speak to recently had a health scare. This predicts that it was a false alarm).
Spirituality: Signs will be more consistent if discussed with other people (For personal reasons, I often interpret lilies as signs from spirits. Working with signs is a big part of my spirituality and one I teach in my psychic development courses. I have been discussing this more in my real life and on social media, so I see how this interpretation applies to both the present and the future).
This reading was kind of interesting and I now wish that I had done the five rows with five columns! But performing the reading this way makes it easier to understand. If you would like to perform this Gypsy spread with five rows of five, try it and let us know how you get on!
So, that is how you can read Gypsy Spreads with Lenormand cards!
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Do you want a Lenormand card spread which you can use for readings where the seeker does not reveal their question? Maybe you usually use a Grand Tableau but you do not have enough space or time to perform this massive reading? BUT you seeker is just sitting there not saying anything? That is what the Lenormand Pyramid Spread is for!
The Pyramid Spread is a ten-card spread that reveals any issues that are on your seeker’s mind. Not only will this spread reveal what your seeker is thinking, but it will also give them some advice and predictions for the future. So, let’s get to it!
Let’s pretend that we are reading an imaginary seeker Diageo at a psychic fair. Diageo has come to our table for a reading, but he is sitting there not saying anything. We only have ten minutes to wow Diageo, so we decide to perform a Pyramid Spread.
Example of a Lenormand Pyramid Spread
First of all, we would ask our ancestors to help us perform the best reading possible for Diageo. We would also make sure to ask them to make sure that our reading is not completely shit! Then, we would shuffle our cards as normal and lay them out in a Pyramid Spread as shown:
The first card on the top of our Pyramid shows the main life area which causes Diageo concern. The second section of cards (the two cards) gives Diageo advice on how to proceed. The third row of cards (the three cards) tells Diageo about any outside or unknown factors which he may or may not consciously be aware of. And, finally, the base of the Pyramid reveals the future of the matter).
So, let’s form our interpretation!
Diageo’s main area of concern is his work, as shown by the Fox card. According to this reading, he needs to look for employment which makes him more financially comfortable (Fish + Home). He does not know this yet, but changes are taking place due to talks between officials at his place of employment (Stork + Birds + Tower). In the future, he will move in an alternate direction and find something more stable (Ship + Crossroads + Sun + Anchor).
Therefore, we can predict that Diageo is going to leave his current place of employment. One of the reasons why is because changes are going to happen at his work which he does not yet know about, but they are coming from ‘high up’ so he will have no control over them. However, his current job does not offer him the financial security which his future job will so he will be happier with his new place of employment.
That is it for how to perform a reading using the Lenormand Pyramid Spread. If you perform this reading for yourself, let me know how you get on through social media:
You’re a budding Lenormand card reader, but you have an issue; you do not know what your Grand Tableau should look like! Sometimes you see a Grand Tableau look like a rectangle, but other times the Grand Tableau looks more square with four cards along the bottom. So, how should you lay out your Grand Tableau?
There are actually two ways to layout a Grand Tableau reading; one method involves laying the cards out in four lines of nine, and the other method involves laying out four lines of eight with four extra cards on the bottom. The fact that there are two methods of laying out your Grand Tableau is why sometimes you see Grand Tableaus looking different.
For the purpose of this post, I am going to refer to the long, 9×4 method of laying out Lenormand cards as the ‘Rectangle Method’, and the method of laying cards in 8×4+4 as the ‘Square Method’.
Before we begin, I should point out that all positions of the Grand Tableau have the same Grand Tableau house meanings no matter which method you use..
So, what are the benefits and the drawbacks of each method, and which ones should you use?
The Square Method
Again, when you lay out the Square Method of the Grand Tableau, you must lay out four lines of eight with four cards along the bottom of the Grand Tableau. You’ll see this method used on Instagram a lot because the cards in this method are easier to fit into a square image!
Diviners who read with the Square Method typically (but not always) assign special meaning to the four cards which line the bottom of the square. These cards reflect what is really important for the seeker and reveal the things which the seeker should pay attention to.
Although advocates of this method love that they can assign special meaning to the bottom four cards, one must ask what happens to the original meanings of those houses. For example, the House of Fish is all about money and finances, but it also counts as one of the ‘special four’. Why is the financial house more special than, say the House of Heart?
Also, it is more confusing to mirror with The Square Method than it is with The Rectangle Method. With The Rectangle Method, the mirroring is much easier and even than it is with The Square Method.
The Rectangle Method
With the Rectangle Method, you must lay your Grand Tableau out in four lines of nine. This way, your Grand Tableau looks more like a rectangle.
I recommend to my students that they lay their Grand Tableau’s out in four lines of nine. If you lay your cards out in this way, it is easier to mirror, knight and use diagonals. Also, not House gets special treatment; all spread positions are read as they are.
Diviners who read with the Square Method like the fact that they can read the four cards which line the bottom of the spread as something which is important. However, in the Rectangle Method you can read the House of Key as something which is important or which needs to be paid attention to, so the Square Method doesn’t really provide anything the Rectangle Method doesn’t.
So, that’s it for a your Grand Tableau should look like! On this site, I also have a free Lenormand for Beginners Guide. You can download that guide here.
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Are you curious as to what it means when you receive cards in their own house of a Grand Tableau? Is there any special significance to getting a Lenormand card in its own spread position? If you have ever wondered these things you’re in luck because today I am going to answer these questions!
Below, I am going to give you three ways of interpreting what a Lenormand card means when it lands in its own Grand Tableau House (for example, a Heart card in The House of Heart). My favourite is number three BUT I like to give my audience a variety of options so that they can pick the way which works for them, and I suggest you do the same.
I also recommend that once you find the method which calls you, try to stick to it in all of your readings even if you do not always like the interpretation you get. Sticking to one method of these three methods will limit your confusion and prevent you from being put on the spot.
With all of that being said, here is what means when you receive a Lenormand card in its own Grand Tableau House:
Nothing Of Significance
Some diviners do say that receiving a card in its own House means that nothing of significance is going to happen in that area of your life. For example, if the Coffin card appears in The House of Coffin, this means that there will be no slow endings, serious illnesses or deaths in your near future.
In these cases, the reason why the card appears in its own House is because it is ‘resting’ there; the card is just hanging out in its own position due to the fact that it has nothing to say in other areas of the spread.
Information About A Date
There will be times when the positions of a Grand Tableau spread represent a time frame. If the Houses represent a time frame or date, then the card in that House symbolizes something which is going to happen during that time of year.
I am rather fond of this interpretation for interpreting a card in its own House because it makes sense, especially with some Houses. Here are some examples with interpreting a Lenormand card in its own house using timing:
The Rider card in The House of Rider: Can predict that there will be a message for you in around one month’s time.
The Stork card in The House of Stork: Can predict a pregnancy during the change of seasons.
The Lily card in The House of Lily: Can predict peace during the Wintertime.
Cards In Their Own House Of A Grand Tableau Amplifies The Card Meaning
This is my favorite way to interpret a Lenormand card in its own Grand Tableau House. Personally, when a card lands in its own House, I take this to mean that you are going to receive lots of the things which the card discusses.
If you’re interpreting a card in its own House as symbolizing that card amplified, then the meaning you assign to that card matters. Obviously, some cards have two meanings so the one you use the most is how you will interpret that House.
For example, if the Book card appears in The Book House, I would take this to mean that you are going to have a lot of secrets during this time. Alternatively, the Book card in the House of Book can mean that you’re going to be learning many new things. How you interpret it, depends on how you interpret the Book.
So, that is all for cards in their own house of a Grand Tableau! On this site, I also have a free Lenormand for Beginners Guide. You can download that guide here.
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Are you trying to read a Lenormand Grand Tableau but do not know what the houses mean? Are all of the spread positions in this large layout overwhelming you? If so, don’t worry! I am going to explain the Lenormand Grand Tableau house meanings and list them in detail.
In Lenormand, the most advanced (and fun) type of reading you can perform, is a Lenormand Grand Tableau spread. The Grand Tableau involves using all 36 cards in a rectangle spread to read you or your client’s fortune on a verity of areas such as love, career, friendships, and more!
If you’re new to reading Lenormand cards, you may think that it is going to be challenging to remember what all 36 of the Lenormand houses mean, but this is not the case. Each house (or spread position) corresponds to each card. Position one has the same meaning as card number one, The Rider. Position two represents the same things as card two, The Clover and so on.
Therefore, the card which falls in House One – The House of Rider – symbolizes any news or messages which you or your seeker will receive.
Below, I am going to list the Grand Tableau House/Position meanings in more detail, so that you can refer back to this list for guidance as needed.
TheHouse of Rider Meaning: The first on our list of Grand Tableau house meanings, is the Rider house. In The House of Rider, you will find information about news, messages, and visitors to your home. Usually, the House of Rider will speak of things you’re told, not written letters as there are other houses in the Grand Tableau for that, but not always.
The House of Clover Meaning: The House of Clover will predict where your luck, fortunes, and wins lie. The House of Clover will represent what is going to happen with regards to your favorable fate.
TheHouse of Ship Meaning: In The Grand Tableau, you can find information about travel, journeys, adventures, and movement all in the third house, The House of Ship.
TheHouse of Home Meaning: The 4th House in The Lenormand Grand Tableau is The House of Home or House of House. Obviously, this house symbolizes your immediate surroundings and your home life.
The House of Tree Meaning: In a Grand Tableau, The House of Tree can represent two things, depending on how you interpret this house. Both your health but also your family matters can pop up in this position. Also, some readers understand this house to symbolize what is stable and sturdy in your life.
The House of Clouds Meaning: The Meaning of The House of Clouds is pretty straight forward in that it represents an area of your life in which you’re going to experience uncertainty and confusion.
The House of Snake Meaning: Your enemies, backstabbers, competitors and people who cannot be trusted can be found in House seven of your Grand Tableau.
The House of Coffin Meaning: In a Lenormand Grand Tableau reading, house eight (The House of Coffin) symbolizes deaths and major illnesses. It is also common for this house to include things in your life which are slowly coming to an end, such as relationships, contracts or friendships.
TheHouse of Bouquet Meaning: The House of Bouquet can contain several things related to beauty, depending on what you have going on in your life at the time. For example, if you’re decorating your home or environment, information about this will appear in The House of Bouquet/Flowers. Or, if you have a beauty treatment, this will pop up in house nine. Alternatively, this house will show where in your life you feel appreciated.
TheHouse of Scythe Meaning: In The House of Scythe, you will find information about anything which will quickly be removed from your life. Sometimes, the House of Scythe will represent
The House of Whip Meaning: Like some other house positions in The Grand Tableau, The House of Whip has two meanings. On the one hand, Whip can be slightly negative symbolizing abuse and arguments. However, The House of Whip can also predict things in your life which will repeatedly happen, which can be positive or negative depending on what it is that keeps popping up.
The House of Birds Meaning: The House of Birds will predict gossip, conversations and chit chat. In modern times, The House of Birds will predict what is going to happen with regards to your social media accounts.
TheHouse of Child Meaning: In The Grand Tableau, you can find information about children, youngsters, and babies all in the thirteenth house, The House of Child.
The House of Fox Meaning: The 14th House in The Lenormand Grand Tableau is The House of Fox. Some people interpret the House of Fox to represent work and career (I am one of these people!) However, some people read the Fox card rather negatively and read the Fox House to symbolize con artists and double-dealers.
The House of Bear Meaning: In a Grand Tableau, The House of Bear can represent two things, depending on how you read this card and spread position. Mainly, this house looks at authority figures such as your mother or boss. However, some of us Lenormand readers also take it to symbolize weight loss, fitness, and lifestyle.
The House of Stars Meaning: The House of Stars predicts information about where you find inspiration, your blessings, hopes and wishes for the future.
The House of Stork Meaning: Like other houses, The House of Stork can hold two meanings. How you interpret this Grand Tableau house will depend on how you interpret the Stork card or the life stage which you/your seeker is at. For example, if you’re likely to get pregnant then this position represents pregnancy. However, for most people, this house position predicts matters related to change, metamorphosis, and transfers.
The House of Dog Meaning: The House of Dog represents your friendships, followers, and confidants. Information about your pets can also pop up in this position.
The House of Tower Meaning: The House of Tower is one of the more straightforward houses of the Grand Tableau. It symbolizes anything related to the government, councils or associations you’re involved in now, or in the future.
The House of Garden Meaning: The Garden is another simple Grand Tableau house. The House of Garden predicts information about your social circle, events, and parties that you will attend. Sometimes, The House of Garden can reflect the society you live in as a whole, but this is rare.
The House of Mountain Meaning: You can make predictions about any long-term obstacles using The House of Mountain. For example, you will discover if your problems are getting better or worst by reading this spread position.
TheHouse of Crossroads Meaning: The House of Crossroads, or House of Ways, reveals information about the choices, dilemmas or decisions you’re going to have to make in the future.
TheHouse of Mice Meaning: Just like the Mice card, The House of Mice has a rather sinister interpretation. In The House of Mice, you can find information about what in your life is deteriorating and slowly breaking down. Sometimes, thefts and losses can also appear in this Grand Tableau house.
The House of Heart Meaning: The House of Heart is very straight forward. Predictions about your love life, romances and relationships will all appear in this house.
TheHouse of Ring Meaning: If you wish to know whether or not your partner is going to commit to you, you can discover this information from The House of Ring. Alternatively, this position of The Grand Tableau will discuss contracts, commitments and promises you will make in the future.
The House of Book Meaning: In Lenormand, the Book card has two main meanings, as does The House of Book. Firstly, this house symbolizes the status of your secrets. In addition to secrets, information about your education can be found in The House of Book.
TheHouse of Letter Meaning: Letters, documents, paper products, certificates, contracts, or anything which will be put into writing will pop up in The House of Letter.
TheHouse of Man Meaning: If your lover (or a potential lover) is male, then their priorities, main focus, and concerns are going to appear in The House of Man. However, if you’re a man, then your main focus, priorities, and concerns will appear in this house.
The House of Woman Meaning: If your lover (or a potential lover) is female, then their priorities, main focus, and concerns are going to appear in The House of Woman. However, if you’re a woman, then your main focus, priorities, and concerns will appear in this house.
TheHouse of Lily Meaning: The House of Lily is pretty straight-forward in that it predicts information about your sense of calmness, peace, and well-being. However, sometimes The House of Lily can give you information about your retirement.
TheHouse of Sun Meaning: The House of Sun will tell you about your successes, triumphs and life wins. If you’re working towards a goal, this House will reveal whether or not you will achieve it in the future.
TheHouse of Moon Meaning: Just like the Moon card, The House of Moon has two meanings in the Grand Tableau. On one hand, this House represents your reputation, recognition, honor, and influence. On the other hand, The House of Moon can tell you a lot about your intuition and psychic ability.
TheHouse of Key Meaning: In the Grand Tableau, The House of Key will reveal anything in your future which is going to be important, urgent or that which needs your attention.
The House of Fish Meaning: The House of Fish is pretty straightforward – it is the money House! All that is related to your money will be found here. Also, things of value will appear in The House of Fish, so from this house, you can make predictions about property, stocks, shares, and assets. If you’re in business, the health of your company can be read from this position.
The House of Anchor Meaning: The state of anything which is stable or long-term will be revealed in The House of Anchor. The House of Mountain also contains anything which is long-term, but that position is generally more negative than The House of Anchor. The House of Anchor is a neutral house.
TheHouse of Cross Meaning: Finally, any pain, suffering or sacrifices you have to make will pop up in The House of Cross. The House of Cross will tell you if your martyrdoms are going to be worth it in the end.
So, that’s it for the Lenormand Grand Tableau Houses! I hope you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out The Grand Tableau post! I also have a free Lenormand for Beginner’s guide on this website, you can grab that guide here.
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How do you read Lenormand Grand Tableau Spread? In this blog post, we look at how to interpret this Lenormand divination spread for beginners, including the house meanings. This 36 card layout is suitable for beginners, and fortune-tellers who are experienced in reading with this thirty-six-card reading system.
Grand Tableau spreads are Mount Everests of the Lenormand world. If you climb the summit, which is the Grand Tableau spread, you can be confident that you can perform any other type of Lenormand spread. I recommend that you dive into reading with this spread. Even if you’re learning and are a beginner, you can master a Grand Tableau spread. I learned Lenormand in two days, so there’s no excuse for not jumping into the deep end of fortune-telling and predicting the future with this spread.
A Grand Tableau spread is a table of cards which is used in Lenormand. You can construct a table of 9×4 (which I will use here) or of 8×4 cards plus 4 ‘extra’ cards lined along the bottom of the Tableau. Because I nearly always use a 9×4, I am going to discuss this method here. Don’t worry as the positioning (or houses) mean pretty much the same no matter if it is a 9×4 or 8×4+4. For more info on this check out What Should my Grand Tableau Look Like?
A Note On Where The Cards Are ‘Looking’
Firstly, it should be noted that traditionally the direction which the cards are facing matter. Anything behind a significator represents the past. Anything in the direction which the significator is looking is the future. When placed on a Grand Tableau spread, my Lady card looks to the right. Therefore, the columns to the left of the card are the past, and anything in the columns to the right is the future.
When reading for a man (and using this deck) anything to their right is the past because the card looks left. Anything to the left is the future. Some people don’t bother with which direction the cards as facing as this is quite an old-fashioned method of reading. For a fuller reading, however, I recommend it.
Ways To Read A Grand Tableau Spread
The Grand Tableau can be read in several ways and is a matter of preference and what you would like to achieve. Each method of reading a Grand Tableau has its strengths and limitations, and you don’t necessarily need to stick to one way of reading; I use both options depending on who I’m reading for. It is essential to decide what style you are going to read the Grand Tableau before shuffling. Don’t change your mind if you don’t get what you want!
There are other ways of conducting a Grand Tableau, but this is the way that I use. These general rules need to be clarified before I explain the house meanings, so if you don’t understand don’t worry!
Option one of reading with a Grand Tableau spread involves the use of a significator which represents the seeker. The gentleman card represents the seeker if they are male, the lady if they are female.
This option looks into the seeker’s past, present and future depending on where the significator lands. Anything at the left-hand side of the seeker (because this seeker is female and facing right) is their past, the column which the seeker is found is their present, and the cards to the right of the significator is the future. Here is an example of how to read a significator in a Lenormand Grand Tableau:
I have highlighted what I mean. The lady card is found in column 5 of our seeker’s Grand Tableau spread which we will use for this post. The pink overlay represents anything in the present. The mint overly is behind the significator; these are in the past. As the yellow overlay is to the right of the significator, these are things in the future that are yet to come into being.
For reference, here is the Man as a significator:
It should be noted that also if the significator card is placed ‘high up’ on the Grand Tableau spread (in the example the lady is in row 2 of the four rows), then they are in control of their life. If the significator is ‘low down’ on the Grand Tableau spread (if it was in row 3 or 4) then at present the seeker is easily influenced by events and other people.
I often ask what happens if the significator is to the extreme left (column 1) or extreme right (column 9). If it is to the extreme left, then the seeker is going through a time of significant change, if it is to the extreme right, then they are too heavily influenced by their past.
If performing this reading for a client and they get their significator in column 9 then I let them decide if they would like the reading or would like to come back at a later date. A reasonable waiting period is six weeks.
Unfortunately, randomness is one of the weaknesses of this option of doing a Grand Tableau spread. Many seekers want to know the future, and if their Grand Tableau discusses the past because of where the significator is positioned it can be pretty annoying!
The thing is, the fact this option looks into the past (as long as the significator is not in column 1) is what makes this option an excellent way to read. I use this method of performing a Grand Tableau spread for people whom I haven’t read for before as looking into someone’s past is what convinces them you are a good reader. If someone wants to know something which doesn’t come up in your Grand Tableau spread, you can use a nine-card Lenormand spread after your Grand Tableau spread. After reading someone more than once, I tend to use option two as a way of performing readings.
Option 2 pretty has and is similar to doing a regular Tarot reading where you purely look into the present and future. Before the shuffling you can decide if you would like to look from the present into the year ahead, six weeks ahead, etc. You can even ask if there is anything in your life right now you should know about.
The limitations of this option are the fact that timing is not mapped out and you’ll have to use your intuition to tell the difference between the past and future. If you are reading for yourself or an established seeker, though, this doesn’t matter too much. Next, I am going to discuss the houses.
How To Read The Grand Tableau Spread Houses
The different positions of a Grand Tableau are known as ‘houses.’ It is in each of the houses where we find information on finances, love, etc. We can use the techniques (mirroring) which we have learned about previously to gain more knowledge for each of the cards.
The good thing about the Grand Tableau (GT for short) is that each of the house’s meaning reflects the card numbers. For example house 7 is the house of the snake, here you can find information about potential enemies and false friends. Therefore, if you get stuck on what a house represents, you can just find the card and jog your memory.
1: The House of Rider: This house reflects any messages you have or will receive.
2: The House of Clover: This house reflects where the seeker can find their luck lie or any gambles which they have taken.
3. The House of Ship: This house reflects any travels which the seeker has or will undertake. It can represent a significant event in anything from a bike journey to a trip around the world.
4. The House of Home: This house reflects anything socialized going on around the home.
5. The House of Tree: This house represents the seeker’s health and sometimes family traditions.
6. The House of Clouds: This house is anything that has or will confuse the seeker.
7. The House of Snake: In the house of the snake, we can find false friends and enemies.
8. The House of Coffin: This house foretells of previous or upcoming deaths and losses. Like the Death card in Tarot, it can in some cases be a symbolic death such as the end of a meaningful relationship or career.
9: The House of Bouquet: In this house, we can find where the seeker is appreciated or where they are due appreciation to someone else. It can also symbolize gifts they may give or receive.
10. The House of Scythe: This house represents quick endings and anything that needs to be or has been ‘cut out.’
11. The House of Whip. This house represents where the seeker (or someone in their lives) repeats the same thing over and over again, such as a mistake. It can also represent self-punishment and guilt.
12. The House of Birds: This house reflects chatter and gossip in the seeker’s life.
13. The House of Child: This house can represent children and young people in the seeker’s life. It can also be where they find enthusiasm and where they display a child-like an attitude.
14. The House of Fox: This house can reflect the seeker’s working life but also where they are cunning and sly.
15. The House of Bear: This house represents any authority figures in the seeker’s life such as bosses and parents.
16. The House of Stars: Reflects the seeker’s dreams and anything which may affect the seeker reaching them.
17. The House of Stork: This house foretells any significant changes which have or will happen.
18. The House of Dog: In this house, we can find information about the seeker’s friends and any roles which they are playing.
19. The House of Tower: In this house, we can find the seeker’s ambitions and where they stand apart from other people. If they have had any official trouble, such as with the government, it will show here.
20. The House of Garden: This house reflects anything related to socialization. It can be parties, gatherings and anywhere where people meet.
21. The House of Mountain: The House of Mountain foretells any long-term problems for the seeker.
22. The House of Crossroads: This house reflects any choices which the seeker has to make or will make in the future.
23. The House of Mice: In this house, we can find things that are causing the seeker stress. It can also reflect anything which deteriorates slowly over time, such as a relationship or a physical item such as a home.
24. The House of Heart: This house is self-explanatory. It represents love and relationships.
25: The House of Ring: This house reflects any commitments which the seeker may have.
26: The House of Book: In this house, we can find any secrets which the seeker or those around them may be harboring. This house can also represent education which the seeker has or will undergo.
27. The House of Letter: This house represents any messages which the seeker will receive. This house is often news that is received in the traditional sense (through the post) or any critical letters or documents.
28. The House of Man. If the seeker is male, then house 28 represents what their main focus is or what is significant. If the seeker is female, here we can find information about their soulmate.
29. The House of Lady: If the seeker is female, then house 29 represents what is their primary focus or what is significant. If the seeker is male, here we can find information about their soulmate.
30. The House of Lily: In this house, we can find anything related to the family.
31. The House of Sun: This house reflects the seeker’s successes and anything which affects them gaining the best which they have hoped for.
32. The House of Moon: In this house, we can find information about the seeker’s reputation. It reflects an image that the seeker is putting out into the world with or without being aware of it.
33. The House of Key: This house reflects things of great importance that need addressing. It can be what you need to open up in yourself and what is shut off from yourself.
34. The House of Fish: This house represents the seeker’s finances and resources.
35: The House of Anchor: This house reflects anything which the seeker will find is stable in their life for an extended period, such as their family, friends or relationships.
36. The House of Cross: Some modern diviners read this house as representing the seeker’s religion. However, traditionally The House of Cross represents any ‘crosses’ you bear and burdens which you have.
The Interpretation of the Grand Tableau Spread
Now I am going to interpret the full Grand Tableau spread we have used based on option two as this is the most complicated option which we have learned in this blog post, plus everything we have learned in previous posts, such as card meanings and mirroring. I will include the image several times in this post so that you don’t have to keep scrolling back and forward!
I will note that some of these details seem a bit strange and obscure to come up in a reading about someone’s life. They are, however, great because they work as good convincers for the seeker (that is if your reading is correct). I am aware my interpretations are quite old ‘fortune teller’ style readings. I suppose it is the difference in style; gypsy fortune teller’s readings tend to be about 90% prediction and 10% advice and self-development whereas a lot of gorges tend to sway more to the self-development side nowadays.
When conducting your own readings though always stick to your instincts: I am interpreting a Grand Tableau to show you how it works. You should not memorize these combinations as combinations will change for every one you read for. That’s the challenging but rewarding part of Lenormand.
House1: Moon mirrored by Tower and Tree: In the past, the seeker received news involving their reputation, possibly from a relative. They were surprised to discover that they have quite a high standing in the community and within their family.
House2: Whip mirrored by Ring and Anchor: Previously, the seeker has been repeatedly lucky with their commitments. A recent commitment (possibly a marriage) has proved to be stable after repeated negatively.
House3: The Rider mirrors House and Mountain: The seeker enjoys travel, like The Rider. The seeker may also prefer to visit mountainous regions and a holiday or home by mountains is essential. It is possible that the seeker has often moved home.
House 4: Fish is mirrored by Sun and Key: The seeker has spent a lot of money and resources on their home and takes great pride in it. Because of the seeker’s job and her husband’s job, they can afford their family the lifestyle which they want. They have also recently got their locks in their home changed. The changed locks could be on doors or windows.
House10: Cross is mirrored by Gardens and Crossroads: The seeker has cut out any burdens to themselves in the past. Sacrifices came after much decision making and wasn’t a straightforward choice. I’m taking the gardens to assume it was a friend or group of friends whom they previously socialized with which caused them much grief.
House11: Fox is mirrored by Child and Scythe: I take this combination to mean that previously, the seeker had repeatedly been stood on by others who were only out to get what they want. Betrayal is a pattern which repeated itself since childhood. The seeker is wiser to this now and has cut this out of her life.
House12: Lily is mirrored by Snake and Stork: The seeker is aware of a piece of family gossip. These rumors involve a male relative (Lily) who possibly has an illegitimate child (Snake + Stork).
House13: Ship mirrors Heart and Bouquet: The seeker is enthusiastic about travel. Previously they have taken children on holiday but have also gone on ‘couples only’ holidays, which brought the seeker joy. The seeker appreciates the fact that she has the kind of lifestyle to live out her love of travel.
House19: Crossroads is mirrored by Cross and Clover: The seeker has previously made decisions that affect her ambitions. She has chosen wisely, however (Clover) instead of the other decision which would have been a heavy burden and a lot of hard work. I predict she made the right choices because of the Clover, as this is the card of luck. Due to the ‘cross’ and ‘crossroads’ being in the same place, I’m keen to bet she was brought up in a fundamentalist Christian type of household.
House20: Scythe is mirrored by Clouds and Fox: As touched upon before, the seeker has cut a person or group of people out of her life. In this case, this person or people is represented by The Fox. There may be some regret and confusion overdoing this, though.
House21: Snake is mirrored by Mice and Lily: The seeker has previously had long-term trouble with a sly relative. Their relationship has deteriorated over time.
House 22: Heart is mirrored by Ship and Gentleman: In the past, the seeker has made some decisions regarding moving across a vast distance with her husband. We know that she has often moved because this has been touched upon earlier.
House 28: Tower is mirrored by Moon and Bear: I will describe the seeker’s soulmate. He probably has an ‘official’ type of job, such as with the government or council (Tower) where reputation is important (Moon), so he deals a lot with the public. He is most likely in a position of authority, and his mother will play a significant role in his life (Bear).
House 29: Anchor is mirrored by Whip and Letter: The seeker has probably visited a fortune teller because she is concerned about stability; this is of utmost importance to her. I take it from the Whip that there is something which has happened in the past which she is afraid will be repeated. I would guess her anxiety stems from unwanted communication with an individual. We will look into the future later to see if there is anything she needs to worry about.
House 30: Mountain is mirrored by The Rider and Dog: There are barriers with the family which is hard to overcome. I am keen to think that this obstacle may be distance as the Mountain is mirrored by The Rider and The Rider may have to ride across the mountains to get to the seeker (ain’t it fun how Lenormand works!). I would take Dog mirroring the family position to mean that the family pet, is one of the family. I would also take this pet to be older; they are established within the family home.
House 31: Sun is mirrored by Birds and Fish: The Sun in its own house means that the seeker has gained what it is she wanted from life and is enjoying her successes. There have been many resources to go around. Although she may be wealthy, she still likes a bargain. Recently, the seeker may have been on holiday after an excellent last-minute deal was spotted (birds = eagle eyes, eyes for detail, also birds move quickly hence why it is last minute).
House 5: The Coffin is mirrored by Book: The seeker has recently received knowledge of a family illness. The seeker may be contemplating if she has inherited this illness.
House 14: Lady is mirrored by Stars: At present, Lady is highly concerned with her work. She may have hopes and aspirations to be more well known in her field. Because Lady is in The Fox house and is mirrored by Stars, I am keen to believe her job is more emotional and ‘softer’ than her husbands ‘official’ position because of the nature associations.
House 18: Stars is mirrored by the Lady: Being in The House of Dog (the house of friendship), I would guess that the seeker is comparing her life with that of her friends. Her friends may have some things which she wishes to aspire to (Stars). There is a bit of friendly competition going on there.
House 27: Book is mirrored by Coffin: I would read this as the seeker has recently received a book in the post. The book, unless like me she reads about burial customs, will be a sorrowful story which contains a lot if death or is the last in its series (the Coffin can represent a final ending).
House 6: Key is mirrored by Birds and Fish: The seeker will find that shortly she will have trouble with her direction and what is important to her in life. I take it by the fish this is related to her career. She may hear a bit of gossip which starts off this questioning (we have already touched upon the fact she compares herself to others so it could be centered around that).
House 7: House mirrors The Rider and Dog: Here we will warn about false friends. I’m going to take a different spin on this interpretation to give the reader (yourself) an example of the different ways Lenormand can be read. Because this is the house of the Snake (an animal) and it mirrors The Rider (a horse rider) and also Dog (another animal), it can be taken that this ‘false friend’ maybe a pet. Particularly a family pet (this is because the ‘false friends is a member of the home or family, implied by the House card). I would warn the seeker about a possible upcoming accident involving a family pet; watch they do not bite a child or the seeker.
House 8: Ring is mirrored by Letter and Whip: The seeker may see the end to a commitment in the future which has caused her suffering. I take by the letter that this commitment is not a relationship as such but something ‘official’ such as a contract.
House 9: Tree is mirrored by Moon and Bear: In the future, the seeker will show her appreciation to her family, in particular, her parents. I’m guessing this will be no surprise to the seeker as she already has a reputation for being grateful to her relatives (Moon mirrors Tree).
House 15: Bouquet is mirrored by Ship and Gentleman: In the house of authority we find a bouquet, which is mirrored by the gentleman. I read this to mean that in the seeker’s marriage her husband wears the trousers, but he is also the romantic type. The relationship is old-fashioned but in a good way. In the future, her husband will show her appreciation by taking her on holiday abroad.
House 16: Stork is mirrored by Mice and Lily: In the future, the seeker will find herself longing for grandchildren (Lily often mean older relatives and the Stork, of course, can be read as a new baby). She may feel that slowly time will run out which will cause her stress.
House 17: Child is mirrored by Clouds and Fox: There are going to be some significant changes which are to do with a child. These changes cause confusion. I will take the child to represent one of the seeker’s children. There will be a ‘cunning’ fox-like character that enters their life which causes change and confusion.
House 18: Garden mirrored Clover and Cross. The future holds good socializing outdoors (Clover) with friends. I will note though that in some ways these will be burdensome to the seeker. This burden though could be as insignificant as a needs so I wouldn’t worry too much with the Clover in the mix!
House24: Gentleman is mirrored by Heart and Bouquet: The seeker needs not to worry about her marriage (unless of course, the previous description of him does not match in which case she will meet her soulmate in the future). There are enough love and kindness there for the relationship to hold up into old age in the future.
House25: Mice is mirrored by Snake and Stork: The seeker in the future will find herself very stressed by her multiple commitments and also changes happening around her. She may also be stressed by another woman who is in some way related to her responsibilities (I guess a workmate). The Snake is not too much of a concern though as storks are known to eat snakes in the wild. I take this to mean she will make changes necessary before this ‘snake’ becomes a severe problem.
House26: Clouds mirrored Child and Scythe: In the future, the seeker will feel confused about secrets which her child (or a child) may be harboring. This secret will either be about something violent (scythe), or the seeker may decide to cut this person out of her life.
House 27: Clover is mirrored by Garden and Crossroads: The seeker will be quite lucky with her letters and posts, there will be no delays. She may also find herself ordering gardening books. Another possibility is that she will receive an invitation to a social gathering through the post and possibly have to decide if she can attend or not.
House 33: Birds is mirrored by Key and Sun: The Key mirrors the Key position, so this message is of utmost importance! The seeker needs to get out and network a bit to improve her success. This socializing may be on social networks such as Twitter (like the birds). She has been told this information before but hasn’t listened. I guess that (because her relationship is fine), it is probably connected to work and to find business contacts.
House34: Dog mirrors House and Mountains: In the future, the seeker’s loyalties will lie to her resources and money. I’m sure she will find herself taking an enormous financial risk with her money (mountain of debt). She may take out a loan secured on her home.
House 35: Letter mirrors Ring and Anchor: The seeker will find her communications with other people will be stable, as well as her commitments.
House 36: Bear is mirrored by Tree and Tower: The seeker may find that in the future she will take on much burden of her family members and be seen as an authority figure. This doesn’t sound too negative, but she may find that she will have to give up much of herself to please her family. She may also find herself caring for her parents in their later years.
Well, folks that how you interpret a full Lenormand Grand Tableau spread! If you would like more guidance on how to read Lenormand cards, you can grab my free Lenormand for beginner’s guide here.
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String readings are the most basic form of Lenormand spreads and what you will typically learn when you begin to perform readings. Once you attempt the Lenormand String spread, you will know if learning Lenormand is something you are going to stick to because you can gauge how quickly you will master bigger layouts, such as Grand Tableaus. Today, we are going to look at Lenormand string spreads!
Lenormad String spreads are readings that use lines of, most popularly, two, three, five or seven cards. The cards in the string are ‘put together’ to form one general meaning.
String readings I find are best for daily practice as they are easy to perform. It is not necessary to ask a question when performing string readings. I’m going to show how we can come up with different interpretations. Hopefully, this lesson will highlight how the cards can be taken literally or symbolically which is the most fun part of Lenormand.
Because Lenormand pictures different physical things which someone might come across in day to day life, the cards can be read literally to represent a real event. Here I am going to give an example of how this is done using a reading which I did for a male volunteer seeker/client this morning. Here are the steps I took to perform the reading and interpretation:
Firstly, I decided that I prefer strings of five. Five-card strings are not too simplistic for this post but also not too detailed either. I shuffled the cards thinking of the day at hand (I always shuffle for the seeker or client as they are also known) and this is what I came up with:
For a literal interpretation, we could say something like:
The Lady (woman) has a letter (Letter) which she wants to deliver to the seeker’s house. Once she gets to the home (Home), the family pet (Dog) then decides to bite her (Scythe).
However, we can also take the cards to mean something symbolic which of course the most in-depth way to perform readings.
The sex of the seeker is important because if he were female, the woman would could represent him.
Secondly, it is essential to know that generally the string is read from left to right, but in some European countries, it is read from right to left. As everything, do what you feel comfortable within your practice. Here is my interpretation:
A woman in the seeker’s life (Woman) will bring him news (Letter). This information will be given at the seeker’s house (Home) and will be about a close friend (Dog). The friend will have made some significant decisions about their life (Scythe).
It also should be noted that some readings ‘add up’ the numbers on the cards to come to the overall energy of the reading or add more detail to it. The sum of all the cards is 87 which then (when adding 8 and 7) adds up to 15. The 15th card is the Bear, symbol of authority and power. Therefore there may be a bit of a power struggle going on between this woman and the friend for the seeker’s attention. It isn’t necessary to use the adding technique, but some find it adds a different dimension to their reading.
Although I have interpreted the cards this way, other Lenormand readers will have read this and said to themselves “I didn’t get that interpretation at all.” There will always be disagreement because interpretations are a very personal thing. Although everyone has the same general idea about what one card means (such as a dog being a friend), their thoughts of what it means when two cards are combined can range widely. The great thing is that you will gain the right answers for you through practice and through developing your Lenormand predictions.
I recommend anyone serious about learning Lenormand should practice string readings a couple of times a week at least. In the morning time perform the reading then record what cards came up. Once your day is over, you can go back and relate your day to the cards to give yourself different ideas about how the cards can be interpreted. You may have understood the Garden to mean a trip to the park when it was a chance to go out and socialize with friends.
So that is how you read Lenormand string spreads! On this site, I also have a free Lenormand for Beginners Guide. You can download that guide here.
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How do you read a nine-card Lenormand spread, also known as 3 x 3s? In this blog post, we look at how to interpret this Lenormand spread for beginners. This nine-card layout is suitable for beginners, and fortune-tellers who are experienced in this nine-card reading system.
These squares, I believe, are the best way to get answers when you ask a specific question. It will involve everything we have learned so far in previous posts and also some techniques such as mirroring and the role of significators which we have not yet covered. Firstly, let’s look at signifiers as this is an excellent place to start.
Significators in Your Nine-Card Lenormand Spread
Anyone who knows my style of readings knows that when using Tarot, I tend not to use Tarot significators too much as I save them for spreads which require them only such as The Celtic Cross. However, in Lenormand, I believe that significators are essential, especially in 3×3 Squares and in Grand Tableau Readings.
Using significators in Lenormand is easy. All you do in 9 Card Squares is place the significator in the middle of the square (other readers may do it differently). The significator you use is based on the thing you want an overview of and is pretty straightforward. Here are some examples to give you an idea:
It really is that straightforward. Now let’s look at mirroring.
Mirroring is a technique that is used to get more information out of a spread, including your nine-card Lenormand spread. To find out what cards mirror a particular card, you just have to look at a card directly opposite the one of interest. For example, in a reading where you get key – house – rider, the key would mirror the rider, and you can read these as a pair.
In 3×3 squares, you can use mirroring to get more detail in your Lenormand reading (which is always a bonus).
Now that the basics are covered, below I will now show you how to perform a 3×3 square reading in a question that involves my volunteer seeker’s potential boyfriend.
Choosing a Significator For Your Nine-Card Lenormand Spread
In our example nine-card Lenormand spread, the seeker wants to know if a particular man would make a good mate. Some would use the heart card to signify the relationship but seen as this question is just related to the man I’m keen to use the Gentleman card as my significator. If it was a question that involved them both “How can we make our relationship improve” then I would use the heart.
I located the Gentleman card and placed it to one side. I shuffled the cards as usual (I always shuffle the seeker’s cards). With the significator pre-placed in the middle (the significator is always placed in the middle). I got this:
Notes On Placement
I always put cards from left to right, top to bottom. I understand that others may place their cards from top to bottom then left to right or even just randomly. Anyway, it is entirely expectable; there is no right way. The main secret to being a good fortune teller isn’t a secret; it is just that you do things in your own way and own style. As long as the reading speaks to you, this is fine.
I’m going to show how we can get different interpretations from the various rows and columns. I will give a couple of examples of how mirroring works also.
(Cross – Child – Clover): Firstly I would point out that this male carries significant burdens from his childhood (Cross – Child). I would say though that in recent years, this is something which luckily he has improved on (Clover).
(Stork – Gentleman – Mice) Being directly next to the Gentleman signifier, I would argue that Stork and Mice (as well as Ring and Child) are the things about this man which are either most critical or evident in the first meetings of this man. I would say that family and travel (Stork) is of utmost importance to this man. He probably has family spread across a considerable distance.
However, this man has problems with his family. He probably has relationships with his relatives which have deteriorated over time (Mice). This will be obvious in the first couple of meetings with this man; it bothers him enough to bring it up and causes him stress. If this is significant enough to come up in a reading, chances are the seeker may find herself involved in future family disagreements.
(Bouquet – Ring – Heart) Luckily for the seeker, this man is the romantic type. He will be the dates and flowers type. He will also appreciate (Bouquet) a commitment from the seeker (Ring) which is the key to his heart (Heart).
(Cross – Stork – Bouquet): Again, the man carries burdens from his past which are related to his family but lately he is dealing with this. However, because of his past, he likes to be made to feel important in a relationship. This is achieved by a woman doing little things to show her appreciation for him (Bouquet).
Also in relationships, the man is the type of person to sacrifice his happiness to make a potential lover happy (cross mirrors the bouquet).
(Child – Gentleman – Ring) As with the Stork and Mice, the Child and Ring reflect what is apparent from this man during first meetings. The seeker may have his own child from a previous relationship (the seeker confirms he does). The man is committed to his relationship with his child (Child – Ring). In relationships, he probably expects this woman to be committed to his child also.
(Clover – Mice – Heart) Luckily we’ve saved the most challenging interpretation for last. Because of the Clover and Mice, I will argue that the seeker and the man have already had a previous relationship as friends which have developed into something more with time (Heart). The seeker confirms this, though she says that she always wanted more from him but until recently he was reluctant.
However, the seeker doesn’t realize that this has worked in their favor (Clover). I informed the seeker that without the friendship base and without knowing her better, the relationship might not have developed at all. I tied this in with the rest of the reading by guessing that his reluctance to jump into a relationship with a stranger is probably due to family issues. Because Clover mirrors the Heart card, for now, the future looks promising for the couple.
Giving More Accurate Nine-Card Lenormand Spread Readings
You should have a way of recording your Square spreads, especially if you want to learn how to read Lenormand like a pro.
Journaling your Lenormand readings and interpretations means that you can measure them for accuracy. If you have previously written down your nine card readings, you can refer back to them in the future and assess one combination would have been better, or if you should have used another meaning and so on.
On this site, I also have a free Lenormand for Beginners Guide. You can download that guide here.
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