Pepi Valderrama‘s next question prompt:
What was the first spread you learned?
I started with pairs at first, because that’s really the smallest combination to work with. The Lenormand does not lend itself to single-card readings like the Tarot does; it’s all about combining card meanings to get a “sentence” or “noun + adjectives” that describes what’s going on around you and the question. But even two cards is really too few, although I use pairings to build meanings in longer spreads.
I really started with my daily three-card readings, looking for “subject-verb-object” or “subject-object-verb” or “subject-adjective-adjective” combinations of meanings to get the message from the spread. And I’ve been using a three-card spread for most of my daily draws since. Still, I’ve struggled at times with the three-card spread, having trouble finding the best way to connect the cards together.
I actually liked it better when I started doing the 3X3; more information and combinations are a challenge, but also a relief in some respects because there’s just more to work with. I still find the idea of the Grand Tableau (using all 36 cards) pretty intimidating, but I can see why it was traditionally taught first; I assume from what I’ve learned in graduating to the 3X3 that the GT would definitely give you lots of material to draw out meanings with.
We’ll see. Gotta finish my 3X3 lessons first, and then I’ll find out. But I like my daily three-card draws now; they give good clues as to what’s coming up around me for the day most of the time.