Lenormand No Layout: Her Intentions?

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November 7, 2015 by Art of Cartomancy

The querent requested an in-depth reading on the subject of whether a reconciliation is possible with his ex-wife. The couple has been divorced for less than a year, and she recently broke off a relationship with another man. The querent was invited to spend a few days with the ex-wife. She has custody of their St. Bernard, and the visit is ostensibly for the querent to spend time with the dog. The querent is hoping for something more.

The spread is a No Layout as presented by Sylvie Steinbach in her book The Secrets of the Lenormand Oracle. I charged the Woman card to represent the ex-wife for this reading. The question is “What are my ex-wife’s intentions regarding a possible reconciliation?”

The cards closest to the key card (Woman) will carry the most significance. The further away a card is from the key card, the less influence it will have on the theme, so I generally only interpret two, or at the most three, cards on either side of the key card.


The Dog appears directly to the left of the Woman indicating an existing relationship with someone important in her life. My intuitive impression is that the Dog represents the ex-wife’s boyfriend. She claims to have broken off the relationship with him, but the cards don’t show the split. On the contrary, the Anchor shows a secure, long-term connection, and the Book + Anchor suggests a well-kept secret. I suspect she’s not being truthful about the breakup.

Directly to the right, the Crossroads card indicates that the ex-wife is facing a choice, but the Mountain shows indecision. Her way forward is blocked. Either she’s unwilling or unable to make a decision. The Crossroads also suggests a duplicitous nature to me– in the shadow of the ominous Mountain, and with the presence of the Book which reveals that she has been keeping secrets. If her choice is between the boyfriend and her ex-husband, her intent may be to string both gentlemen along while she weighs her options. Sadly, the Sun behind the Mountain tells me that the double-dealing is blocking her own future happiness.

My feeling is that the ex-wife doesn’t know what she wants, and it’s pretty obvious that she’s not in any hurry to let go of the boyfriend. My concern is that she will continue seeing the boyfriend in secret while fostering a renewed friendship with the querent inadvertently (or perhaps even intentionally) feeding him false hope. The Sun is shining on the opposite side of the Mountain, and the shadow falls on the Crossroads. I don’t think the querent can expect a commitment from his ex-wife any time soon.


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