March 4, 2008 by Art of Cartomancy
The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the Multi-level No Layout Spread as presented in Sylvie’s book, and explained further in the virtual workshop at Aeclectic Tarot, is the best option for exploring a general reading. Using multiple key cards allows for exploring all of the important areas of the querent’s life.
My search yesterday did lead me to an interested 9 Card Spread I wanted to share that can be used for a short, general reading with no specific focus required. The cards are shuffled and then dealt on the table in the following format:
The card that falls in position 1 provides the focus for the reading, and serves as the key card.
Each card is read in combination with the card in position 1, and then the cards are read in groups of three: horizontally, vertically and diagonally.
I actually came across variations of the 9 Card Spread in several different places, so I don’t feel the need to cite any specific source. I’ve not yet had the chance to try this layout, but it seems like it would provide quite a bit of information on whatever situation is represented by the card that falls in position 1.
I must admit that I like the idea of allowing the oracle to choose the focus for the reading, perhaps because that’s how I’m used to working with Tarot, and other oracle decks. I also really like that this layout emphasizes the use of card combinations which are such an integral part of working with the Lenormand Oracle.
This 9 Card Layout can also be used to focus on a specific issue simply by manually choosing the key card to represent the matter at hand, and placing it in position 1 prior to the shuffle and deal.
I think I’ll continue to explore Sylvie’s Multi-level No Layout system for general readings, although it’s nice to have another spread on hand to use in case I don’t have the time or space to spread all of the cards.