I've received many questions about 3 card and 5 card Lenormand Spreads.
“Are there times you want to use a 3 card spread, but not a 5 card spread? And vice versa?”
“Is one spread better than another?”
“Is there any difference between 3 card and 5 card Lenormand spreads, other than the number of cards used?”
And so on…
My Take on 3 Card and 5 Card Lenormand Spreads
I used the Lenormand 3 card spread often when I was learning Lenormand.
It was easy.
I only had to worry about 3 cards. I only had a few combinations to deal with.
I often found the 3 card spread didn't give me all of the information I wanted. Yes, it answered the question and gave me a broad overview of what was to come, but I often felt that something was missing. It often left me with more questions than when I started.
That's when I started using a 5 card spread.
You see, the 5 card spread gives me that extra little bit of detail. It gives more insights into what will happen, how things will turn out, and what a person's intentions are.
I'm much less likely to wonder how things will be in 3 months with a 5 card Lenormand spread than I am with a 3 card spread. The 5 card spread tends to answer all the little questions that the 3 card spread leaves behind.
It isn't so much that the 5 card spread is better than a 3 card spread, it's that the 5 card spread gives me more information because it allows for more card combinations – which is what makes Lenormand magical.
Does that mean I never use a 3 card spread?
Not at all.
I think a 3 card spread is the better spread for dailies.
Any time you want a quick overview, a 3 card spread can be a better spread to go with, especially if you're still learning meanings and don't want to spend a lot of time looking up what each card means.
But I will admit I rarely use 3 card spreads anymore. I don't think I've done one in over a year!
It doesn't take me that much longer to do a 5 card spread than a 3 card spread, and in the long run, I usually save time with a 5 card spread because it answers all my questions. In fact, a 3 card spread probably takes me more time because it leaves me with more questions, requiring me to do more spreads to get the answers I seek.
So When do You Use a 3 Card Lenormand Spread vs a 5 Card Spread?
For me, it's simple.
Use a 3 card spread when:
- You're doing a daily reading.
- You're just starting to learn Lenormand and you want to keep things simple.
- You want a general overview.
Use a 5 card spread when:
- You want a detailed, thorough answer.
What are your experiences with 3 card vs 5 card Lenormand spreads? Let me know in the comments below.