Pairs “Holding the decans in my hands. I ride the solar ark, gossiping with star gods”- Orb of Djenra The daily is an introduction and means which gives one facility in making pairs. It is the basic daily read of 3 cards that gives one a chance to practice pairs. This is why a daily should not be more than three cards. It shows not only how pairs are formed but how the cards reflect and project energies in the aura and environment of the reader by keeping a journal which includes a nightly review of one’s day. ~ The core meaning in lenormand is actually the topic a card represents such as Dog signifies a loyal friend; the Ship a long trip, the House your residence, and so on. It is best to approach the single cards as topics rather than compile a list of “keywords”. The core meaning of any card is a means to forming the pair. The lists of meanings in books for a single card are confusing, as generally they are the culled results of pairs in which the card is present, but the book fails to mention the companion card in that pair which modified the meaning. ~ The 3 card daily leads smoothly into the Square of Nine, a set of three threes. This spread is simple but it is key in lenormand method as it is used in the full 36 card spread to investigate issues around the topic cards. This layout is used in many European card systems. ~ Next come the linear reads of 5, 7 or 9 cards which are read by pairs or combinations. The linear reads make pairs of the cards touching one another. Some readers who use only the lines will make random pairs or go front to back in creating pairs which is called mirroring. The lines lead one into the reading of the full spread or GT. ~ So in the Lenormand method in order to make a pair or notation, a pair is side by side in a line and/or a top to bottom placement of a card in a Square of Nine. A GT pair adds to the information the pairs made by a card being found in a house. Pairs form the “words” which allow the single topic cards to speak. This is basic unless one is reading a full spread of 36 cards with the near and far technique which uses the proximity or distance of topic cards to the Querent’s card to derive the message.