The Lenormand card spreads vary from the Tarot because the cards are read in pairs or more than often, even more than pairs. I recommend to first ascertain the depth of the question at hand as well as the time on hand to do the reading, remembering that a positive well-formulated question is essential. With experience, you will soon be able to layout and ‘see’ the full picture within the Grand Tableau as quickly as you would the 3-card Spread. I do believe that if you wish to answer a quick question for a querent who is only interested in the basic gist of what is transpiring, it would be superfluous to draw a Grand Tableau. I would, however, strongly urge you to first carefully understand the card combinations before attempting to read the 9-Card or Grand Tableau boards.
Most valuable Lenormand card spreads
The Lenormand Card Spreads
This is very seldom done because as explained above, the Lenormand cards read better when paired. However, nothing stops you from drawing a card to meditate on throughout the day. Drawing one card also allows for wonderful practice as it allows you to interact with your deck. Keep a journal and journal each card. This will also allow you to get to know which card is in which house. This is an essential practice for when you feel ready to read your Grand Tableau. 😉
2-Card Lenormand Spread
This is great if you wish for clarity on a certain matter. Once again, the first card will be the subject and the second will then be the adjective to the first card.
3-Card Lenormand Spread
There are various means offered with regards to a 3-Card spread.
Personally, what I find works for me is to draw my three cards, then use the 3rd card as the issue, the key issue. This card is then indicating to me what the answer or key is to the issue at hand. The first two cards are then read as per our rule, as a pair. So, card one and two, as subject and adjective, then give body to card 3.
Here we see the 3rd card is the adjective. The first card is the subject. The first and third then pertain to the central 2nd card. However, this manner is not one that I, personally, use, but others do. It is important to ascertain your own style prior to shuffling and asking the question.
9-Card Lenormand Spread (Intermediate reading)
9-Card Lenormand Spread is a more advanced spread. I would recommend that you first practice 3-Card readings and truly understand your card combinations before attempting this spread. Also, the paths shown are only general outlines, I will give more detailed insights at a later stage.
In a 9-Card spread, we add timelines and also headspace into the readings. Now in a nine card reading, the querent is seen within Card 5 and the surrounding cards, in addition to the said rules, give light to the said querent. As per the illustration, you can ascertain what entered the querent’s life and affected her intellectually in card 1, how the querent is subconsciously behaving currently in card 5 and thereby the board will close with how these aspects are going to materialize in the near future in card 9.
The Grand Tableau Board (Experienced Reading)
This spread is for experienced readers. Here one would use a Grand Tableau demarcating the ‘Houses’ of each card. You would then shuffle your deck and layout each card on the board. Read the cards in pairs together with the house in which the cards land. However, as this board indicates full sentences, it allows one to read the ‘full picture’ of what is transpiring. The Grand Tableau also introduces “knighting”. This term derives from the game of chess, thereby you read the cards the same “L” as you knight in chess. Through knighting the cards, you can ascertain the actions with respect to the surrounding cards.
The reader will then find 28 Man or 28 Lady respectively, and that will be your ‘current’ line to begin with. The Grand Tableau also varies with either 8 x 4 plus 4, as illustrated below or a 9 x 5 layout. I will definitely do a post (or 20 🙂 ) regarding the Grand Tableau as this is the spread I use daily for all my querents.