About positions in Lenormand card spreads...

Before beginning to describe each card, I want to bring your attention to the most important; the meaning of any card depends on the position of that card, on the surrounding cards, and on the subsequent cards in any sequence.

Position means the place of the card in a layout. The three primary positions are the PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE. In general, past is read on the left, present in the center and future on the right, but much depends on the specific layout. The further the location from the significator, the more distant the events occur in time.

Some of the layouts use a "significator", either the Man 28 (Ace of Hearts) , or the Woman 29 (Ace of Spades) from which the positions refer. There is a position above and below the significator. The above position is about what is in the requestor's head; thoughts, dreams, plans and everything that is thought about. The lower position refers to what is no longer important and has been "stepped over" by the requestor. What is no longer thought about, or is already forgotten.

The significator also falls into various positions within the layout; either uppper, lower, left or right, in the center or on the edge within the layout. (I will discuss this in another post).

The neighbor cards are those following or surrounding the significator card. Whereby the meaning of one card combines with all of the cards in the sequence to determine the meaning of the last card in the sequence --the last card has the most substance of all. Interpretation of card combinations adds 2 or 3 aspects, where each following aspect speaks about each sequential event.

For example: Ship + Clover + Bouquet. This means travel or trip which brings luck or an unexpected gift (all good cards).

And another example: Mountain + Scythe +Cross. This can mean obstacles and losses and dangerous situation (all bad cards).

An example where a bad card combine with good cards. Broom + Lily + Moon. This is a victory over a conflicting situation, with an honorable exit from the situation .

Each card has shades of meanings and each subtlety of meaning of combinations comes with experience. In time, your perception of how you read the cards transforms as well as your understanding of each card individually and collectively.

You can use any layout that you know, but practice them with the lenormand interpretations. For example the Tarot Celtic Cross, layed out with Lenormand cards and read according to the Lenormand method. So, in the beginning, work with the layouts you like, understand and are familiar to you.

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