I don’t read for myself much anymore, but I make an exception for the Lenormand Grand Tableau, which I like to do at least annually. There is so much detail packed into it that that I never fail to find interesting threads to pull. My 2018 GT is no exception. I did this one with the traditional Blue Owl deck.
The first thing I notice is that the Gentleman is in the house of the Man, making it very clear that this reading is “mine,” or “about me.” Always a good place to start.
The biggest thing on the horizon in 2018 is selling our current home and buying one across the State, closer to our new granddaughter. The House is directly above the Gentleman, a perfect indication of the degree to which that is occupying my thoughts. The Bear on House can only be the invested equity we have in our present home, and Bear + Fish + House makes me think our property is well worth its projected value. Fish on Birds suggests that putting it on the market in the Spring will generate a good deal of “buzz” among prospective buyers, and House on Garden could mean that we will show it to a lot of people. However, Fox below the Gentleman and bracketed by Snake and Woman looks like a warning to not put too much trust in the (probably female) realtor we line up to handle the transaction, either at this end or at our new location. The Gentleman intersects with the Clouds and the Whip at the House, suggesting difficult negotiations.
The House is followed by Dog on Mountain, Mountain on Crossroads, Ring on Mice and Clouds on Heart. The implication here is that offering the purchase to someone close to us would be unlikely to result in a sale. That individual would probably not be able to swing the deal, and disappointment is almost assured. I don’t care much for the Cross + Mice + Crossroads + Bear combination at the beginning of the layout; I’m thinking it may herald the long-rumored crash in the “seller’s market” for housing. The signs are there to be seen (Cross on Rider), our fortunes may be slipping (Mice on Clover) and we should probably make our move sooner rather than later (Crossroads on Ship). The rest of the line (Clover on Tree, Storks on Clouds, Tree on Snake and Book on Coffin) makes the likelihood of recovering all of our equity seem just a little anemic. The four corners – Cross + Book + Lilies + Key – give the impression that there may be more trouble brewing than we presently know, but Lilies on Moon looks like our credibility will remain impeccable and Key on Ring shows that a deal will appear when the time is right.
The Gentleman’s row is mostly encouraging, with Key + Sun + Moon before and Ship + Bouquet + Scythe + Lilies after. Only the Scythe gives me pause; everything else seems to speak positively about the prospects for an enterprising adventure. Another goal for this year is gaining increased exposure for my tarot and astrology practice in our new, more urban setting, and Gentleman + Ship + Bouquet looks like opportunity to me. Bouquet in the house of Lilies knights to Garden (the public) and the Stars (fortune-telling in general), but it also knights to Clouds on Heart, and with the Scythe + Lilies following I may have to pare down my hopeful expectations. The Key at the beginning of the row mirrors Lilies at the end, so a measure of success still seems to be “in the cards.” The Gentleman knights to both the Heart and the Garden, showing a warm reception, but also to the Mountain, meaning it will be a while before I get there.
I’m reading the Child as my granddaughter (Gentleman knights to Child), and the combination Whip + Child + Coffin gives me cause for concern about her well-being. But it could also mean a troubled and possibly abortive new start. Since it’s to the Gentleman’s left, it could have to do with my fading efforts to mount a tarot practice in my current area. There is a strong probability that I was “trashed” with my employer by a dissatisfied client after a year of successful reading, but nothing was said to me; my reading opportunities simply dried up. Because of its decreasing influence in the “big picture,” I’m not inclined to give it too much weight going forward. Time to move on.