Vertical Codes in Lenormand Layouts

The 3 x 3 layout introduces the budding reader to the vertical aspect of the cards which is continued in the Grand Tableau. These traditional layouts  allow the reader using the lenormand deck to use directions other than the forward and backward of pairing and simple linear layouts.

Originally, it is said the  GT was read by sighting  proximity, i.e. whether the cards were near or far from the Querent’s card or other “big” cards such as the Clouds, Tree, Sun.  There are more codes to read the GT as a picture;  such as the placement of cards above or below one another in the “frame.”

In the 36 card deck there are several cards which code vertically.  The nine cards shown above and listed below require one look at the cards above and below them in the GT to get more information.

05  Tree– card above Tree shows the visible state of the Q’s health; the card below- one’s deep roots or family health history

06  Clouds– above – a trouble yet to arrive ; below- a current trouble

10 Scythe – above -the axe about to fall; below-  just rewards*

19  Tower– above -expertise or ability; below – methodology

21  Mountain – card above -what was overcome by one’s effort; card below -an  issue about to blow up!

22  Road – above -a journey yet to take; below -a journey completed

31  Sun– card above -outward success;  below- inner happiness

33  Key – above solutions- below “hunches”

36 Cross – above- heavy burdens; below unshakable faith

The modern reading of Houses in the Grand Tableau  uses pairing where the house is the dominate “card-theme” and the card sitting in it the modifier; an approach  which adds more details to the Querent’s storyline or The Big Picture.  Today the GT  retains the  traditional 8 x 4+4 form but the 9 x 4 is becoming the more popular form perhaps due to symmetry and the use of techniques which turn the  GT into a chessboard.

Remember this list refers to the cards above and below the vertical coded cards in boldface above when they occur. The best way to understand is to arrange some cards in a vertical line using the 3 x3 or the GT to see how they “sign”. Text is a poor substitute and can be confusing , even to the one writing as it is a secondary report. Use and trust your own eyes in these matters.

*Again these codes depend on the images shown on the cards in one’s hands. The Scythe’s blade can be at ground level or upright depending upon the deck one is using.