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Learning to Read the Lenormand

The Key, The Garden, The Ship
The Key, The Garden, The Ship
Under the Rose

Learning to read the Lenormand can be a slightly difficult journey. Here, you will find some guidelines to get you started in your journey. (Note: I’m only beginning my own journey with these cards. This is the course I’m on.)

  • Know the difference between Tarot and Lenormand. (Note: one is not better than the other, they are different.)
    • The Tarot contains 78 cards, while the Lenormand consists of 36.
    • The Tarot is more psychological. It shows how you feel, how you can change your course, why you may be doing something or acting in such a manner. You come away from a Tarot Reading ‘feeling’ the situation.
    • The Lenormand is more physical. It reveals a situation, actions, who and what, but not the why. You come away from a Lenormand Reading ‘seeing’ the situation.
  • Choose your deck. There are many options to choose from, pick the one you find best suited for you. Unlike the Tarot, the images are not read, but you’ll find some more visually appealing than others.
  • Know your cards. Become familiar with the deck, the numbers, the titles and the pictures.
  • Know the card meanings. Each card has traditional meanings, which are slightly different depending on the system you use and the source. Take some time to determine which feels right for you. Unlike the Tarot, you should have the keywords set in your mind and stick with them for the most part. It will make life much simpler.
  • Learn your combinations. With the Lenormand, the cards are, for the most part, read in pairs. The position of the two cards is important when learning this technique. The second card influences the first card – noun + adjective. Spend extra time in this part of learning these cards. This will be the most significant aspect to your journey.
  • At this point, you can begin to grow your card numbers. Try some three card layout, move to a 9 card layout. Become very fluent with these smaller layouts before moving to the Grand Tableau. There will be a whole new learning once you get to this point.
  • As you grow in number, more techniques present themselves.
    • Read cards in combinations.
    • Read in rows, columns, diagonals, corners.
    • These are only a few, Grand Tableau techniques, listed below, can be incorporated with enough cards.
  • Grand Tableau techniques include knighting, mirroring, and using houses.

Finding your Deck:

Here are a few internet sources to get you started. Both go through the steps of reading the cards, keywords for cards, combination keywords, techniques, and more.

Enjoy your journey!


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