Reading Lenormand card combinations merges the meanings of individual cards to form sentences and to provide additional insights to a spread.
Lenormand card combinations aren't nearly as challenging as they first appear! They're really no different than putting together words written on a piece of paper to form a sentence.
If you're very new to Lenormand, I suggest you start with learning card meanings before you try to read combinations. You only need to know one meaning for each card before trying your hand at card combinations, but the more meanings you know, the wider range of combinations (or sentences) you will be able to create.
The Basics of Reading Lenormand Card Combinations
Since card combinations are the foundation to any Lenormand spread, let's start with a basic rule that will help guide you as your create combination.
Rule: Read the first card as a noun and the second card as an adjective.
In other words, the first card is the subject and the second card describes the subject, giving you more information about it.
Rider + Bouquet
Using the meanings of news for the Rider and happiness for the Bouquet, we have a combined meaning of news about happiness.
If we reverse the cards:
Bouquet + Rider
Now the Bouquet is the subject (noun) and the Rider is the adjective describing the Bouquet. So if the Bouquet means happiness, what is the Rider telling us about the happiness? Since the Rider is news, when we combine it with the Bouquet, we get happy news.
Ring + Key
Reversing the cards:
Key + Ring
Using the same meanings, we now have a card combination that shows success in some area will lead to an agreement being reached.
One important note: This isn't a hard and fast rule. Generally, the noun + adjective concept works in reading Lenormand card combinations. However, there are some exceptions, especially with classical combinations where card order doesn't matter. For example, Child + Stork and Stork + Child both traditionally mean pregnancy, regardless of the card order.
Don't worry too much about the exceptions for now. Just stick with learning the basics of how to read Lenormand card combinations and you'll be set for almost every combination you come across.
I list some combinations I've created from years of reading Lenormand on my Lenormand Card Combinations page if you need a helping hand.