This is the final short chapter of the French book I have describing the Grand Lenormand. It has taken me nearly a year to finally get it finished, I hope you have found this series useful! Thanks!
Methods for consulting your “Large Deck of Mlle. Lenormand”
Now that you have discovered and studied the cards of the Great Deck of Mlle. Lenormand, here are some basic methods of laying out the cards used today. Additionally, you may find spreads that do not fit with their traditional interpretation because these interpretations are from my own personal research.
Nothing prevents you, like me, from creating your own methods of interpretation, quite the contrary.
But I would advise you anyways to master the spreads in this book before creating your own.
The Cross Spread
Shuffle the cards well and meditate on a precise question. Cut the deck, then return it face down to the table in front of you. Five cards are used for this reading.
Lay the first card, face down, to the left. The second to the right, leaving room for a card between. The third, over the space between the first two cards. The fourth, below the space between the first two, and finally the fifth card in the center.
Turn each card face up as they are read:
- Represents that which is in favor of the question.
- Represents that which is against the question.
- Represents the dominant, major forces in play, whether for or against.
- Represents the possible result
- Represents the synthesis
Finally, you read the relations between each subject. [using the bottom inlay images]
The Principle Reading
Shuffle the cards well, face down. Think strongly on your professional future and read three cards. Now read three more cards, to the right of your first selection, these pertain to your future personal affairs. Once again, read three cards that concern your financial affairs, lay them below the first three cards. Finally, read three additional cards that have to do with your health, lay them to the right of the last three (below the second set).
Read the general interpretation of the cards, and then make the relations between the inlay within each subject group.
The Triangle Spread
Shuffle the cards well while thinking on a precise question. Cut the deck and place it on the table in front of you, face down, and read three cards.
- The forces present around the object in question.
- Gives an idea of near future events and also the attitudes to have facing any problems that arise which will lead toward a good ending.
- Possible issues or problems concerning the question.
The 12 Astrological Houses
Shuffle the cards well while meditating on your hopes for the future, or those of your consultant. Cut the deck and place it on the table in front of you face down. Then spread 12 cards, counter clockwise, in a circle – starting at the “9 o’clock” position.
Represents the consultant facing himself and his character
Represents the Finances of the consultant
Represents those surrounding the consultant, brothers, sisters, and also travel and communication
Represents the parents of the consultant or their heritage
Represents children, vacations and recreation for the consultant, and also lovers
Represents work and health, also any workers around the house of the consultant
Represents the love life of the consultant, also friends, associates, and notable public actions
Represents death or the end of a cycle, magic, the occult, sexuality, also real estate and money
Represents strangers, travel, justice and the legal process, also spirituality.
Represents parents, authority figures or heritage, as well as honors and notoriety.
Represents hopes, creative projects and friendly relations
Represents serious illness, hospital visits, hidden meetings, or other large problems
The most important house is the 10th, plus the one that you find absolutely a priority to watch out for while giving your thoughts during the reading. This spread is good for giving an overview of the coming 6 to 12 months. There is no need to read this spread on a weekly basis.