I don’t create many new spreads for the Lenormand cards. The traditional layouts (the 3, 5, 7 and 9-card lines, the 9-card square, the Petit Tableau and the Grand Tableau), are sufficient for almost any purpose. However, that doesn’t stop me from occasionally experimenting. This spread uses all 36 cards and applies the concept of face-down cards as “hidden” aspects of any topic being examined, and those face-up as more obvious features. The topic cards are the same as used with the Grand Tableau, and are not intentionally placed in the layout.
Here the first pair of cards provides a “message” for the querent about the gist of the reading while the last pair offers summary “advice.” The spread makes two changes in direction, doubling back on itself in a “serpentine” fashion. These bends are intended to show turning points in the situation that may reflect either positive or negative trends depending on the cards in those positions. The “distance method” of proximity is used to expand the interpretation of the topic pair(s). The adjacent cards can also be read as influences that are passing away and no longer within the querent’s ability to change (left and above), and those that are increasing in importance and still within the querent’s control (right and below).
The entire sequence can be read as a progression from past to future with the topic card or cards as milestones along the road. These milestone points show the “present” for each specific topic, and every card beyond it is considered the future for that particular subject. Thus there can be multiple timelines in the same sequence if several topics are being explored within the spread. Note that the rows and columns aren’t read as a kind of left-to-right or top-to-bottom “wave” as in the Grand Tableau; instead, a single-track flow is applied.
I have now tested this layout in a “live” reading and find that it’s chief advantage lies in the way it brings meaningful combinations to the forefront. The “visible” and “hidden” paradigm is also a useful innovation. It’s a little easier to read than the Grand Tableau because of its relative linearity.