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This was the first question I had when I looked at a Lenormand deck. In short, it reveals an underlying system that allows you to read the cards in an even deeper manner. The inset cards also create links between certain cards. You’ll notice that there are no 2s, 3s, 4s, or 5s in the entire deck. The cards begin at 6 and go up to Aces. It’s based on the 16th century Piquet Playing Card deck (with 6’s added) which is still popular today.
You can also use the inset playing cards to “count the pips” and answer yes or no questions. I’ll go over the inset playing cards more once you are familiar with the cards themselves. Reading the in- set cards isn’t necessary or required to read Lenormand but it does offer a little more insight.Last updated:
The best way to sum up the difference is that Tarot is used to offer insight on the subconscious of the querent, while Lenormand is more useful in telling past and future events and laying out a story. Tarot tells us what we didn’t think we wanted to know, and Lenormand tells us what may come to be and what has happened to get us here. In Tarot, cards are read based on their positions in a spread. For example, in a Celtic Cross, the card in the 2nd position will stand for your challenge. But Lenormand cards are read based on their proximity to each other. While each card in Lenormand has associated symbolism, no card can really be read on its own.
Lenormand is all about combinations. You can read cards in pairs or triplets or in groups. It can be an exquisite tool for storytelling and will keep your creative wit fresh.
One major advantage of Lenormand is that the symbolism and meanings of each card will be the same throughout every deck. Regardless of “Book” being represented by a bible or a novel or a magazine, the meaning is the same throughout all decks: secrets, knowledge or literally a book. Therefore, it’s crucial for Lenormand cards to be kept simple and clear.Last updated:
The numbers on the cards correspond to the order of the Houses of Lenormand. Rider is the first card in the deck and Cross is the final card. This is always the same. The 1st house is house of the Rider. The houses come into play when doing a Grand Tableau reading, which will be explained later on. You may find it helpful to memorize the order the cards fall in. There’s a mnemonic device in the following section that you can use, or you can make up your own!Last updated:
The ultimate Lenormand reading is the Grand Tableau, which uses all 36 cards in the deck to tell an intricate story. There are a few different layouts and variations in the tableau, but for simplicity I will be going over the Grand Tableau of Nines.
In the Grand Tableau of Nines you will begin by shuffling the deck thoroughly, splitting it, putting it back together and then laying the cards out in four rows of nine. Having all 36 symbols in front of you might be intimidating, but the story the Grand Tableau is telling is not meant to be understood right away, it can take a while to pull out all of the intricacies. Take your time and look for groupings of cards that stand out.
One of the first things for you to do is to locate the querent. This is also called the significator and will be rep- resented by the Gentleman, the Lady, or the Person. The columns of the Grand Tableau are read as time passing by, so if your significator falls in the final column it won’t be telling us anything about what is coming. It helps to put your question into a period of time. I like 9 months or 9 weeks because then you can denote each column to a month or a week. Some people prefer to do a reading for a month or three months, if there is a lot of change happening in your life you may find that a reading done one month will say something completely different from the next month. The horizontal row of the significator falls on is also worth noting. If it falls in the top row the significator is of stable mind and many of the effects of the situation are stemming from the unconscious and exterior influences. If the significator is in lowest row it may indicate they have a lot on their mind.
Here is a short but thorough checklist of things you will learn from the Green Glyphs guide on reading a Grand Tableau. This is only to get you started, if you happen to notice pairs or groups of cards that seem to be speaking together pay attention, there are many ways to read a Grand Tableau:
-First read the whole line the significator falls on. This is your story. Read the cards that come before and after, it will describe the events that have led to here and what will soon be coming.
-Read the first three cards. They speak to the situation at hand and offer advice to the querent.
-Read the diagonal corners of the spread together to get the headline of the story (position 1 + 36 + 9 + 28).
- Search for combinations of cards that stand out and speak about the situation.
-Paint the Portrait. These cards are the ones that are currently impacting your life. The upper left diagonal will be past intentions, the lower left will be past influences, the top right will be coming intentions and bottom right will be coming influences.
-Observe the colors of the cards and where they have landed. Take note if there are a lot of orange cards clustered together. It might suggest there is danger or uncertainty coming to the cards they surround. Take note of where the yellow and gold cards fall. If they are in the future it is a good sign of positive things to come.Last updated:
The Green Glyphs Game of Hope is based on the origi-nal Game of Hope, created by Johaan Kaspar Hechtel and published a year after his death in 1799. It is a large part of why the Lenormand deck is what it is. The Game of Hope can be played with any number of people and uses all 36 cards in the deck as the game board. If you have swapped out any cards make sure you only have 36. The Green Glyphs version has additions to the game to include each card as an action card or resting space. You’ll need a few things not included with your deck, but you likely have most of them around your house already.
What you will need to play:
- Green Glyphs Lenormand Deck
- 2 dice
- Tokens -- this can be a scoop of beans or anything in quantity: popcorn kernels, pistachios (lentils are a bit small).
- 2 bowls - one to be kept empty as “the bank” and the other to hold all of the extra beans that aren’t in play.
- A small object to represent each player - this can be anything around your house that is small enough to fit on a playing card.
To begin, place all 36 cards down in rows of 6 in numeric order, beginning with Rider and ending at Cross.
Give each player 2 Tokens to start and have one bowl empty as ‘The Bank’, keep the other bowl filled with tokens off to the side, you’ll use these when players start to win tokens. When you lose tokens they go in the bank. Players take turns rolling both dice and moving the amount of spaces rolled. The Player who lands on the 35th card, the Anchor, wins the entire bank and the game resets. You can play a short game to 25 tokens or a longer game to 50 tokens.
To decide who goes first each player rolls one die. The highest roll goes first and play moves clockwise.
All players begin off the board, so if a 2 is rolled they fall on the 2nd card, Clover. If a player rolls doubles they get to roll again.
Some of the cards are resting cards and do nothing, other cards have negative consequences and some will put you ahead or get you more tokens. Color can be used as a guide - landing on overwhelmingly yellow or gold cards will put you ahead in the game, and orange cards will likely hinder you. Beware of COFFIN, MOUNTAIN, and CROSS, they are sure to get you stuck.Last updated:
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