There always comes a time in studying Lenormand that you will want to read Lenormand for yourself.
You know the powerful insights and guidance that Lenormand cards can provide. Why not turn to them when you need help with a love issue, money issue, or other personal matter?
But can you read Lenormand for yourself objectively and accurately?
It's easy to be confused reading Lenormand for yourself, especially when you make mistakes interpreting the cards.
Here are five common (and critical) mistakes when reading Lenormand for yourself…and how you can avoid them:
Mistake #1: You do Multiple Lenormand Readings on the Same Topic
This is one of the most common mistakes I see people make when reading Lenormand – they do readings over and over again on the same topic. They might do a 3 card spread, a 3×3 spread, a Grand Tableau, and a timing spread all on the same question. It isn't surprising why they aren't sure what the cards are telling them.
It's best to not do multiple spreads on the same topic within a short period of time. Instead, wait a few weeks or a month to see what happens. Or, even better, give the cards a chance to play out by waiting until you see significant changes.
Mistake #2: You do Lenormand Readings When Your Emotions are Running High
It's natural to want to read Lenormand for yourself when you're concerned or stressed. Maybe you just broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and you want to know if you'll get back together. You're flat broke and creditors keep calling, so you do a Lenormand reading on when you'll get enough money. You had an awful day where your boss threatened to fire you and you want to pull some Lenormand cards on whether you'll lose your job.
Situations like these cause your emotions to run high. You're probably feeling crummy, anxious, stressed, angry… you name it. It's very difficult to read the cards in such circumstances. You're much more likely to misinterpret the cards when you're emotionally invested in a reading.
In order to read accurately for yourself, it's important to remain calm, centered, and objective. If your emotions are running high, it is better to wait to do a reading until you're calm or to ask someone else to do a reading for you, such as a professional Lenormand reader.
Mistake #3: You Make the Cards Match the Answer You Want to Receive
The most challenging part of reading Lenormand for yourself is remaining objective. It's easy to allow your personal opinions, beliefs, and hopes to influence your interpretation of Lenormand cards.
Any time you read for yourself, remaining objective becomes more challenging when you are vested in the outcome. For example, if you really want your ex to respond to your text message or email, you're likely to interpret the Lenormand cards to say that he will respond, even if they are clearly saying he will never reply or contact you again.
Mistake #4: Limiting the Scope of the Cards
Each Lenormand card has multiple meanings. However, it's quite common for people to only use one meaning when reading Lenormand. Sometimes they'll even search for the meaning they want the card to have.
Lenormand just doesn't work that way. Each card has various meanings and those meanings can change based on how the card falls in combination with other cards. This is what makes Lenormand readings so complex and rich.
When you're reading for yourself, make sure you're looking at all possible card meanings. Does the Ring mean a relationship, a contract, or a repeated pattern? Does the Ship refer to a trip, distance, or import/export?
Mistake #5: Jumping to Conclusions
If you get a “negative” Lenormand card, please don't jump to conclusions about the card's meaning. Just as the Death card in Tarot doesn't mean death, neither does the Lenormand Coffin card. Likewise, the Scythe card doesn't always refer to accidents or danger. It can just as easily indicate something being harvested, i.e., coming to fruition. In the same way, the Snake card isn't always a bad card to see in a spread.
Every card has to be read in context to the question asked and to the cards surrounding it. While the picture on the card or the name of the card might create certain emotional reactions in you, it's important to remain objective and look closer to see what the card is trying to tell you. It might actually have a message that you will be happy to hear.
What mistakes have you made when reading Lenormand for yourself? Do you have any tips to help others avoid making the same mistakes? Let us know in the comments below.