I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the differences of Tarot and Lenormand cards. I am very fond of Lenormand cards an regularly give the decks a spotlight on my Instagram to peak people’s interests and increase awareness about the alternative divination system.
At the moment, I have six Lenormand card decks in the boutique. If you feel that Lenormand spread might be right for you or have grown curious to try, this blog post covers a few ways you can read Lenormand card quickly!
Original System of Powerful Lenormand Cards
We already covered the Lenormand cards divination benefits, style and language. To recap, Lenormand cards are interpreted in pairs, combining simple, focused keywords, don’t have reversals but do have positives and negatives.
There’s already a euro-centric set of keywords for each card. I will soon update this blog post with a guide of my own, but you can find keywords like “Lenormand spread” and “Lenormand cards reading” online!
- The Book represents education, knowledge, information, research, all the things you typically associate with a library book. Perhaps even writing or publishing! If it makes you think about a diary, perhaps the topic is secrets.
- The Dog represents a loyal friendship, respect, a confidant, a follower, or sometimes literal pets!
What About Lenormand Card Combinations?
Different Lenormand cards combinations can create a multitude of possibilities like:
- knowledge about a friend
- an educated friend
- a friend witting a book
- a colleague or classmate at school or university
- confiding secrets in a friend, a friend keeping your secret
- a friend’s secret
- a friend getting a degree
- someone being your follower / student
- a degree in biology, a veterinarian
- writing your biography, be written about in admiration
As you can see, it is truly up to intuition and interpretation, and heavily dependent on what you ask to your Lenormand cards.
We can appreciate the minimalism of keyword of Lenormand cards meanings and to-the-point visuals is that it creates even more space for intuition that Tarot. Not only do we get a direct answer to your question, but you get it quickly!
To people who are used to every Tarot card having deep symbolical stories of their own, the minimalism of keyword pairing might leave you feel lost.
The thing to always remember is that Lenormand spread is meant to be quick, direct and to the point.
It’s perfect for people with quick imagination and a short temper. There’s very little story telling or soul-digging and a lot of directness.
Lenormand Cards Meaning and Lenormand Spreads
The divination system of Lenormand cards doesn’t really come with spreads. But, these cards flexible that way due to the cards being read in pairs. What I personally like to do is use focus cards, anchor cards, do a ‘matrix’ Lenormand cards spread, or build a full conics sentence out of the cards laid out in a row.
- Focus cards are the central subject of your Lenormand spread.
You can either shuffle and draw them, or decide what you want it to be (for example, The Book might represent your study life). In a Lenormand 3 card spread or a cross spread, you would read the cards around the focus card in combination with it.
- Anchor cards are locators that you search through the deck face-up to find.
For example, you might be doing a Lenormand card reading about a man, in which case you shuffle the deck and search for The Man. The cards on either sides of it are your reading.
Alternatively, when doing a ‘grande tableu’ and lay down many cards, you can locate your Anima or Animus and read the Lenormand cards around it, like a cross.
As you can see, Lenormand spread gives you the ability to find quick answers to your questions.
Lenormand Card Reading as a Beginner
Reading Lenormand cards as sentences is the traditional way to read them. You might lay down Lenormand 3 card spread, five, nine or many more cards.
As you read the Lenormand cards combinations in pairs, try to comprehend them all as a single unit, not separately. For example, The Rider, The Scythe and Mice might be read as: “Something bad will end quickly”.
Matrix Spread With Lenormand Cards
A matrix Lenormand spread can also be read with two focus cards, or free-read as a single sentence. It’s especially good for a Lenormand card reading that combines two different topics.
Once you learn more about Lenormand spread and will grow used to them, it will be easier to create your own spreads.
I’ve also thought of ways we could use Lenormand in Moon Readings, and you can download my beginner’s moon readings guide which includes Tarot and Lenormand spreads for soul-care!
- You can also read: New Moon and Full Moon Tarot Spreads For The Beginners
Alternative Lenormand Cards Meanings
The keywords associated with the Lenormand cards are admittedly, euro-centric.
Different cultures will have different associations with a certain symbol. More often that not, in our modern world of information, travel and cultural exchange, we’re aware of these multitude of meanings!
- For example, The Snake in original Lenormand spread has a more Christian connotation of temptation, forbidden knowledge, desire, deception, sexual attraction and so forth.
But the snake also has a special symbolism in Buddhism, such as death and rebirth. Other cultures associate it with fertility and medicine. Sometimes, I agree with the cards in advance that I’ll be using not western understanding of the symbols, but keeping an open mind and open ears to my intuition.
You, too, when learning Lenormand spread, could try journaling the many associations you have with each card and make your own alternative keywords.
Because cartomancy is a visual language, if you agree with your Lenormand cards, your higher self or whoever you’re divinating or channeling with in mind beforehand about the rules, then the message should be laid out using symbols and associations that relate to your intuition.
The stronger your relationship with your Lenormand deck, the more adaptable it is to your personal understandings of the cards and intuitive interpretations.
If you want to know more about some other divination systems, check out our post Differences Between Tarot Cards and Lenormand Cards and Differences Between Tarot and Oracle Cards .
Last Thoughts About Lenormand Cards Spread
Don’t forget to check out my Lenormand decks! It’s still a rather niche cartomancy, with a large cult in France, now slowly but surely spreading internationally thanks to accessible translations, blogs like these, guides and of course available goodies for sale.
I also believe Lenormand cards can work together with Tarot in a powerful way.