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How to get TONS of info from a small card spread!


This is for both customers and readers - customers so you can see some of my process, and readers because I know sometimes space is at a premium when you're working! People may imagine us in a room full of incense with a nice table that's not used for anything else and a crystal ball, and I don't like spoiling the illusion, but often we're sharing space with others and have our phone and computer (for chat readings!) at hand besides. A big spread is great for theatrics, but you seldom need one...I'll show you why!

The above spread is for a woman in a long distance relationship (who was so kind as to give me permission to post this!) She wants to know if she will be seeing her man soon. The deck is Lenormand, and the cards are laid out thus:

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

The first vertical line, 1-4-7 (Ship Ring House) shows the past. It shows them travelling to visit each other, so we know the reading is on track. Traditional meanings for this combination also allude to business connections and contracts, and the client affirms that they do practical business-type favors for each other as well.

The next vertical line, 2-5-8, stands for the present. The cards are Letter, Cross and Mountains. The Cross often has to do with things that are fated, i.e., things that are just going to happen no matter what. Free will doesn't always reign supreme. But in this case it's good, it's a positive message. The Mountains at the bottom indicate that the problems are almost done, the client is more than halfway there.

The third vertical line 3-6-9, (Man, Sun, Bouquet) stands for the near future. The man in question has a sunny, optimistic nature, and is successful with things creative and artistic. This also indicates success for my client, since it's her reading. And the Man is in her near future. ;)

Now, the horizonal lines:

1, 2, 3 (Ship-Letter-Man) Message from a man regarding a journey

4, 5, 6 (Ring-Cross-Sun) This relationship cannot be broken. Luck and energy.

7, 8, 9 (House-Mountain-Bouquet) Shows no access to a house, but remember this is past-present-future...she hasn't seen him in awhile, but she will soon. Remember that the Mountain is only an obstacle that delays things for a bit and it's on the bottom, it's not "crushing" any cards. Besides that, the Sun melts the iciness of the Mountain. And Sun next to the Bouquet is DOUBLE LUCK.

Now, the diagonals:

1, 5, 9 (Ship-Cross-Bouquet) Current luck and satisfaction is destiny. There may always be some business about this couple (they're both very driven) and they might not be together all the time, but this relationship isn't going away.

7, 5, 3 (House-Cross-Man) The man's house is one's destination, i.e., she will be going to see him this time. But wait, we're not done yet. The four corner cards summarize the reading:

1 3

7 9

Ship Man

House Bouquet

Man on a journey, likes to travel, romantic, lovable, knightly, lucky journey. The client validates this and hopes for a lucky journey! Looks like it'll be her going to visit him this time (Man and House AFTER Ship) but a superbly lovely and enjoyable trip (Bouquet).

But wait, we haven't read the diamond! 2, 4, 6, 8, Letter-Ring-Sun-Mountain. Ring-Letter, a contract...this could be their business dealings or their relationship. Letter-Mountain, no message at the moment, but it's coming, take heart. Letter-Sun: positive message from a man...see? :) Ring-Sun, lucky connection, Ring-Mountain, stress in a relationship and Sun-Mountain, better times soon.

Now, knighting isn't usually done in a small spread like this, but if you want to try, just read the cards the way a knight moves on a chessboard: 2 spaces, turn, one space, OR 1 space, turn, two spaces. For example, the Man could knight to the Ring and the Mountain, so you read those combinations. Some blockages, but a strong bond...such is life.

Now look at the card on the bottom of the pile you didn't use in the spread...in this case it was the Book, a secret. Something unrevealed. So we're going to find it by getting the Quintessence of the spread...see those numbers in the upper corners? Add them up and reduce them like in numerology. In this case they reduced to 16, the Stars. And if you add 1+6, you get 7, the Snake. Stars + Snake indicates a new start for a woman. Of course this could be taken a couple of ways, but looking at the overall spread things are positive!

All in all, a mostly happy reading, things are on-track and normal for this relationship, no worries and those few cards said a lot. This can be adapted to Tarot (just reduce the numbers for the Quintessence to 21 or less and find the corresponding trump) and lots of other oracle decks! Just play it by ear and find what works for you. ;)

# re: How to get TONS of info from a small card spread! @ Friday, February 17, 2012 7:28 PM
Thank you for sharing this, it was very interesting. I too read very unconventionally and truly enjoyed your blog..Brenda
# re: How to get TONS of info from a small card spread! @ Monday, September 03, 2012 1:05 PM
I love your Lenormand blog.  I hope you keep doing it. :)
# re: How to get TONS of info from a small card spread! @ Friday, September 07, 2012 1:53 PM
I also love to use the Lenormand cards.  But I find that when I'm doing readings on Keen which need to be done quite fast that I rarely have the opportunity to use this deck on Keen.  I fear that my interpretation may still be too slow to use this deck, yet.  I've only been using it for less than a year.  So my main cards are the ones I've been using for nearly 40 years, when I am on Keen.  However, I do look forward to the time when I am able to quickly interpret the Lenormand. :)

# re: How to get TONS of info from a small card spread! @ Tuesday, January 01, 2013 5:13 PM
Hi and thanks so much for this informative post!  Try as I might, I cant seem to get your cards to add up to 16 for the quintessence and I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.  If you don't mind, could you explain to me how you arrived at that number?
Thank you!
# re: How to get TONS of info from a small card spread! @ Saturday, January 12, 2013 7:45 AM
I love your blog and have the same question as Rhea, I  cant obtain 16 when I add up. can you explain that?
thanks in advance.
# re: How to get TONS of info from a small card spread! @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 4:17 PM
Aha - I finally got the cards to add up to 16 for the Quintessence. Hopefully it's the correct method. All four corners plus the middle card:
3 + 28 + 4 + 9 + 36 = 80 divide by 5 cards / 16

It seems you have to get it down to a 2-digit number (for first card) that you can add each digit together (for second card). Anytime the sum is a denomination of 10 you won't have a usable 2-digit number, therefore you have to divide it by 5. Hopefully the numbers won't add up to 100 - that would be tricky!
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