The interpretation of Lenormand is reliant of the same part of our mind that processes languages. The semantic nature of the system becomes our new idiom, its keywords become the vocabulary of our cartomantic vernacular, and its rules the grammar. We read cards as pairs or strings, the first being a noun, the second an adjective, third the verb of our cartomantic sentence, the fourth an adverb and so on. If we become masters of this core system, we will easily be able to build upon it and incorporate larger numbers of cards until, over time, we reach the Grand tableau. For now, we will stick to basics.
If we spread out three cards before us and already have a clear idea of the question we would like answered, we should be able to read the images (or rather keywords) in smooth forward narration. The first card will be the core of the answer, the noun, the second will likely serve as the verb, describing the action that is taking place, and the third might find itself in the role of the object of our little sentence.
For the sake of greater clarity, let us assume you have asked your little deck of cards for greater insight into your situation regarding work. The cards you have pulled are Bear, Snake, and Bouquet. In the context of employment, the Bear normally stands for your boss or any sort of authority in power over you. The Snake on the other hand is a tricky card indeed and can signal backstabbing and even open hostility. At the end of the line, the Bouquet can point towards work in the beauty industry or with luxury goods. With these ideas in mind, we can easily come to the conclusion that your boss or supervisor will go out of their way to make your life impossible at the beauty salon you are currently employed in. Time for a change perhaps? Real life may not be easy but reading Lenormand can be.
Once you’ve mastered this method, you can build upon it with another, perhaps more efficient and thorough way of interpreting a three card spread. Instead of just going through it like a simple sentence, left to right, you can read each individual pair – 1+2, 2+3 and 1+3 – treating the second (center) card as a hinge connecting the two sides of a symmetrical picture.
If you were to ask about the future of your friendship with your current best friend and pulled Woman, Heart, and Whip – the story implied by the first two cards would be that of your female confidante being honest and truthful at all times, providing you with love and support that you need. The Heart and the Whip would hint at a well-intended but highly argumentative person which would only be confirmed by further “mirroring” (connecting the two cards standing at the opposite end of a line) of the first and the third card, telling us that she is indeed a little firecracker. Thus, we can conclude that this friendship is strong enough to withstand any disturbance, despite your friend’s unpredictable nature.
Both ways of reading a line of three cards are equally useful and it is largely a matter of personal preference, situation and intuition which will help you decide which one to resort to at any given time. As always – practice makes perfect.