Working with your Lenormand Cards
Lenormand's humble beginnings
How do card readings work?
- Rider – (good) news, movement, verbal message, the ‘go for it’ card.
- Clover – luck, good outcome, vegetative, time; short, not rushing, ‘let the grass grow over it’
- Ship – travel, distance, change; also – commit to steering a course
- House – stability, home, family, sense of identity and security, also a character card
- Tree – health, life, roots and crown, time = it will take a while
- Clouds – lack of clarity, unresolved problems, clouded judgement, also; birds eye view, ‘on cloud nine’
- Snake – natural instincts, seduction or upward development, wisdom, healing, transformation, shedding one’s skin (identity) to make way for new growth
- Coffin – , (active) ending, letting go, saying goodbye, putting a problem to bed, but also health challenges
- Flowers – a gift, invitation, satisfaction, creativity and diversity
- Scythe – caution needed, unexpected development, fear, but also harvest, sustainability, reaping what you sow
- Whip – conflict, communication, discussion, cleansing, but also repetition
- Birds – love and eroticism, freedom, lightness, overview, but also networking
- Child – child, new beginnings, curiosity, innocence, small, soon, quick
- Fox – cunning, cleverness, but also deceit or self-deception
- Bear – boss, older person or official, strength, power, possession, dominance, also a character card
- Star – clarity, inspiration, spirituality, one’s own place in the universe, searching & finding
- Stork – a change for the better, going on a journey, moving house, flexibility, birth or a desire to have children
- Dog – loyalty, friendship, bond, hold on, time = lasting
- Tower – ivory tower or watchtower, something prominent, person in position of leadership, loneliness or attentiveness
- Garden – openness, meeting, something will become clear, leisure time, community
- Mountain – blockade, obstacle, hurdle, diversion; incentive, task, achieving something significant
- Paths – decision, choice, several possibilities, one’s own path
- Mice – something is nagging, loss, failure; but also kind, resilient
- Heart – love, partnerships, but also finding one’s passions
- Ring – a bond, relationship, friendship, marriage, also contracts, agreements; round objects, something going in a circle, jewellery, (self-) worth
- Book – secret, reserve, unknown, entertainment, education, knowledge, skill
- Letter – written message, phone etc. notice, sympathy, need
- Gentleman – enquirer or man of one’s dreams
- Lady – enquirer or woman of one’s dreams
- Lilies – purity, harmony, sexuality, intimacy, true beauty
- Sun – warmth, energy, creativity, life-force, dazzling light
- Moon – mirror of the soul, feelings, psyche, intuition, also fame and glory, social recognition, but also dreams, life at night
- Key – access all areas, solution, fulfilment, key to success, opening doors
- Fish – finances, richness, unknown; ‘as happy as a lark’
- Anchor – work, calling, standing firm, (self-) awareness, arrival
- Cross – fate, karma, crossroads; burden, purpose, following one’s mission in life
Framing the Questions
Yes or No questions can be answered by observing the ‘Pips’ on each card (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) under the following guidelines:
For example, consider the following question “Will I get the promotion?”
Rider = heart (yes), Paths and Sun = 2 diamonds (maybe yes x 2). Therefore the outcome is a very likely “yes”.
Lenormand cards are generally read in a way that tells a story. For example;
The Letter card in first position is the topic and the Heart is the describing card. Therefore the 2-card spread could be interpreted as a love letter, or good news about a loved one. It could also be a romance novel!
The Letter card combined with the Ship could mean an email, letter or text from overseas containing good news.
3-card interpretation example
If read as a ‘past, present, future’ layout:
Past – Tower indicates recent focus has been on the workplace
Present – Ring indicates contracts or job offers are currently being discussed or offered.
Future – Stork indicates the contract will bring a change for the better. The Stork also means movement, therefore a job, organisation or location change may be the result.
The 9-card spread can be read in groups of triplets similar to the 3-card spread. Pay attention to the card in the centre as this is the subject that is the central focus. For example, if the Cloud is in the centre of the spread, it could indicate that there is much confusion surrounding the issue. If the Tree is in the centre, the main focus is likely to be the enquirer’s health.
The four corners should be observed to see what is keeping the issue boxed in.
A 9-card spread can also be read as a ‘past, present, future’ layout and the additional cards provide more in-depth detail than the 3-card spread.
The development of any skill takes practice and Lenormand card reading is no exception. A great starting point is to keep a journal and at the beginning of each day, ask the question “what will the day bring?” Draw two or three cards and write down your interpretation of the cards. At the end of the day, review your journal and your interpretation. It is common to find alternative answers in the cards once the day’s events have unfolded. This is perfectly fine because this is a great way to broaden your knowledge of card combinations. Keep in mind that answers may appear in your personal life but also sometimes local or world news events. To build up your confidence, practice doing card readings with family and friends.