There are many Lenormand spreads to pick from, yet it isn't always easy to know which one to use.
Unlike Tarot spreads, Lenormand spreads aren't classified as a love spread, a relationship spread, a job spread, and so on.
Instead, Lenormand spreads are typically described by how many cards are used in the spread. Not the easiest way to know which spread works best for which question…
Here are some tips to help you know which spread to use and when…
Tips for When to Use Each Lenormand Spread
The name of this spread gives it away – use it when you want to ask a question that has a yes or no answer. “Does he love me?” “Should I take the new job?” “Should I grow my hair long?”
This spread works well for all types of questions where you want a short, concise, fast answer. It can be used for daily spreads to give you some insight into what may happen during the day.
I do find this spread to be a little truncated. I used it often when learning Lenormand because of it's simplicity, but I rarely use it anymore. I usually want a spread with a little more meat on its bones, which is why I tend to use a 5 Card Spread instead.
The 5 Card Spread is quite similar to a 3 Card Spread in that it works for all types of questions and can give you a quick to-the-point answer. The difference is that it gives you a lot more information and guidance.
4. 3×3 Spread (also called Square of Nine or Box Spread)
A 3×3 spread is kind of like a mini-Grand Tableau. You can use it when you want a straightforward answer or want to project into the future for about 6 weeks.
I have also had a lot of success using this spread for Yes or No questions, reading the 1st column as the past, the 2nd column as the present, and the 3rd column as the future. Column 3 and the Central card provide insight as to whether the answer is yes or no, with the diagonals providing some additional information.
The Grand Tableau (GT) is the first spread I used to learn Lenormand. It's probably the most fun spread of the group because of the breadth of information it provides and how it reveals everything. It's the ultimate gossip!
The GT can be intimidating to many new Lenormand readers, but it's the basis of the entire system. It's used when you want a lot of information on a variety of topics.
You can find every card spread within it (3 card, 5 card, 3×3). Thus, revealing how other Lenormand spreads are derived from the GT.
While a GT can answer specific questions, it really doesn't provide quick answers. It will give you much more details then the other spreads put together, but it can be quite time consuming.
GTs are usually used when you want to take a longer look into the future, usually at least a few months. That being said, I've had GTs play out in a few hours to a couple of years.
Final Insights into When to Use Which Lenormand Spread
The 5 Card Spread and the Grand Tableau are the Lenormand spreads I use the most often. I enjoy the amount of information they provide, their usefulness and their versatility.
I generally use the Grand Tableau when I want an overall synopsis of my life or for a specific time period (typically 1 month, 3 months or 1 year).
The 5 Card Spread is my go-to spread for specific questions.
As I said above, I rarely use the 3 Card Spread anymore because I want more information than it provides. It's like reading a paragraph in a book, whereas the 5 Card Spread is an entire chapter and the GT is the whole book.
And the 3×3 spread? I've never been a big fan of it, but that's just me. You might love it! It does work really well. It's just not my favorite Lenormand spread.
What about you? Do you use any of these spreads differently? Are there other spreads you use? Let me know in the comments below.
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