Lenormand card spreads can range from the simple to the complex.
The Lenormand 3 card spread is an easy, fast spread that quickly answers your question while providing a lot of information.
It is a short, linear spread, read from left to right. The central card carries the most weight, providing a focus for the spread. Often it provides the main answer with the other cards filling in the details.
The Lenormand 3 card spread can be used to give you an immediate insight into a situation or as a prediction for the short-term future.
This is a card spread that provides a shorter time-frame and less information than the Grand Tableau, but is still extremely helpful.
Instructions on How to Read a Lenormand 3-Card Spread
1. Shuffle the cards while concentrating on the issue and the question.
2. Cut the deck and place the bottom half on top of the top half.
3. Draw a card from the top of the deck. Place it on the table. This is card 1. Draw another card and placed it on the right of the first card. This is card 2. Draw a final card and placed it to the right of the first two cards. This is card 3. (see diagram above)
4. The central card in the spread (card 2) is the focus card. It gives an overall meaning or theme for the spread.
5. Cards 1 and 3 are read individually.
6. All 3 cards are read together as a whole to form a general story.
7. Cards 1 and 3 are read together to give additional insights. This is known as mirroring.
Example of a Lenormand 3 Card Spread
This 3 card spread is from a reading I did for a friend.
The question asked is, “Why hasn't G met her soulmate?”
The Lenormand Ship is the central card in the spread. It carries extra weight and highlights why G hasn't met her soulmate. The Ship represents trips, distance, travel, and foreigners. This tells me that the central reason G hasn't met her soulmate is because travel and/or distance are involved. It could mean they don't live in the same town or one of them needs to either move or take a trip to where the other lives.
Looking at the first card, we have the Lenormand Book. The Book represents hidden information and discoveries. It confirms to me that G hasn't met her soulmate. He isn't someone in her current network. He is unknown to her.
Getting the Lenormand Birds in the spread emphasizes the concept of meetings and couples, and assures me that the cards are addressing the question asked. It also points to G meeting her soulmate in the future.
Reading the 3 Lenormand cards together to form a story from the spread: Book – Ship – Birds
- Book + Ship indicates intentionally evading something – perhaps G doesn't feel ready for a relationship or has been putting it off to focus on other things. It also suggests that she will need to get out more to meet him. She may not know where to go (Book), but it isn't near her home (Ship).
- Reading Cards 2 and 3 together: Ship + Birds indicates that if she does this, she will meet him. We also have some more insight into the travel she might need to do as Ship + Birds often represents plane travel. This combination can also refer to foreign languages and foreigners, confirming that her soulmate is not near where she lives. It doesn't mean she needs to travel to another country to meet him – he could be a foreigner living in her country. However, she definitely needs to get out of her zip code. It doesn't look like she'll be finding him at her local coffee ship.
Mirroring the Book and Birds reveals information will come to help her. It might involve training or working with the public or media.
Overall, it looks like she may need to travel either for training or public/media work to meet him.
When I informed G what the Lenormand 3 card spread revealed, she confirmed that she hadn't been getting out much lately. She has been spending all of her time either working or relandscaping her yard.
She also mentioned that through her work she may have an opportunity to travel (by plane) to an event that would involve training on marketing to the public. She won't know if she'll go for a couple of months and was thinking of not going, but might reconsider now.
Isn't it amazing how much information you can get from 3 cards when you know how to read a Lenormand spread?
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