March 3, 2008 by Art of Cartomancy
Yesterday I took my Lenormand Oracle cards with me to a friend’s house with the hope of doing some practice readings for people I don’t know very well, and I had an unexpected request. One of the girls was not interested in asking a specific question, but instead wanted just a general outlook on what was going on in her life.
I was stumped at first, because I have never tried just a general reading with the Lenormand. I’m accustomed to choosing a Key Card to focus on a specific question or concern. I decided to charge card 29 The Woman to represent the girl, and then pull a ‘No Layout’ spread to see what general influences were affecting her life at present.
The reading turned out well, but it was focused mainly on the girl and her personality, which was not really what the querent wanted to know. The girl confirmed that the information was accurate, but I had the sense that she was a little disappointed with the narrow scope of the reading.
This experience got me thinking that I need to have a layout at my disposal that I can use for querents who simply want general information about what is going on in their lives. It occurred to me that such a layout, in combination with the ‘No Layout’ spread for answering specific questions, could provide a very detailed look at what’s going on in the querent’s life. If I ever decide to offer my readings at a professional level, I’m convinced that I would need more than just the ability to answer specific queries.
I’m going to search the internet today to see if I can find a suitable layout to use with the Lenormand Oracle Cards for reading general trends in a querent’s life. I suppose any layout could be adapted to the Lenormand, but I want to remain as pure as possible to the oracle, and perhaps find a spread traditional to the Lenormand cards.
I’m reluctant to try the traditional ‘Grand Tableau’ or ‘Classic Lenormand Spread’ that Sylvie mentions in her book. It utilizes all 36 cards, and requires interpreting complex groupings and combinations that I don’t think I’m ready to tackle yet. I’m looking for something fast and dirty, and short and sweet, but using more than just 3 or 4 cards. When I find something suitable, I’ll post a practice reading on myself using the general spread before I try it out on any unsuspecting victims. 🙂