How to Read Lenormand Cards

Do you want to learn Lenormand cards? Are you dying to read Lenormand cards but you do not know where to start? Would you like a step by step guide for reading Lenormand cards so that you can start making predictions about your life, love, and relationships? Well, do not worry because I am going to explain step by step what you need to do to learn how to read Lenormand cards! 

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Below is a step by step guide to learning how to read Lenormand. I have based these steps on exactly how I learned Lenormand almost 5 years ago. 

There is not a politera of Lenormand reading information available, so sometimes it can be a bit hard to know where to start on your Lenormand journey. However, don’t worry, I have got you covered!

It is entirely possible to learn how to read Lenormand cards in only a few days from a very minimal number of resources. I learned Lenormand in only 2 days by reading instructions online and watching other card readers practice in Facebook groups. Learning Lenormand is only as difficult as you want to make it. 

There are only a few steps to learning the basics of Lenormand cards: 

Step One: Get a Deck 

Your first step on your Lenormand journey is to purchase a deck. However, you can start learning how to read Lenormand cards before you even own one. I began to learn the meanings, combinations and basics of Lenormand reading before I actually owned a deck, but ideally owning your own deck would be a great place to start.

When you’re first learning how to read with Lenormand cards, you may be tempted to get a super modern, pretty deck but I recommend against this. Modern decks often include extra cards which can be stressful and confusing. I recommend that you purchase an historical deck because they tend not to include lots of shit you don’t need. 

I think that Lo Scarabeo’s Lenormand cards, Blue Owl Lenormand cards, or this Lenormand Oracle set are a great place to start. (BTW these are not affiliate links which means I do not get financial compensation for any products I recommend, I am only recommending them because they work). 

Step Two: Familiarize yourself with the Structure of Lenormand

Your Lenormand deck will include 36 cards. Like I said, some decks will include extra cards, but when you’re just learning how to read Lenormand I recommend that you remove these cards and only work with the standard 36 during the learning process. 

Through this post, you can see a list of 36 cards in a Lenormand deck.

Step Three: Learn the Basic Meanings 

If you want to start reading Lenormand, you need to learn the very basic meanings of all 36 Lenormand cards. Do not worry, it is not that difficult. After all, there are only 36 cards to learn (unlike with Tarot when you have to master 78!) 

Most of the meanings of Lenormand cards are pretty obvious and standard. For example, Clover represents luck and Snake can represent temptation. Plus, Lenormand cards can appear as literal things, so the Snake could symbolize someone’s real pet snake or Clover could represent clovers in your garden. 

Here, you can learn the basic Lenormand card meanings

Step Four: Check out Some Combinations 

Learning how to read Lenormand is not difficult. If you’re a beginner, once you get a card deck you can easily pick up the basics!

Learning how to read Lenormand is not difficult. If you’re a beginner, once you get a card deck you can easily pick up the basics!

In readings, two or more Lenormand cards are combined together to form one basic meaning. So, if you pull a Boat and a House card, this can represent a houseboat. If you draw the Key card and the House card, this can represent a house key. 

It is a good idea to go over a list of Lenormand card combinations so that you get a general idea of what the Lenormand combinations look like. Read Lenormand includes a free PDF beginner’s guide of Lenormand card combinations which you can download at the bottom of this post. 

Alternatively, check out the list of Lenormand card combinations

I should say, try not to memorize all of the Lenormand card combinations. First of all, it is impossible. Secondly, you want to use your intuition and ‘flex’ your brain. Every reading will be different, so look to other reader’s combination interpretations as examples and inspiration NOT something you should be memorizing. 

Step Five: Learn a String

The most basic type of Lenormand reading is called a String. String’s are lines of 2, 3, 5, or 7 Lenormand cards placed in a line. 

To perform a String reading, all that you have to do is ask a question and pull your designated number of cards. Once you draw your Lenormand cards you can interpret their meanings. 

You can see how to perform Lenormand String readings on this website. 

Step Six: Learn Nine Card Spreads

Nine card spreads are sometimes called Squares. Squares are pretty much a step up from String spreads as they are slightly more complicated (because they use 9 cards). As the name suggests, Squares appear as squares, not in lines as Strings do. 

For Lenormand Square spreads, you will interpret the rows and the columns of a square of nine Lenormand cards. Sometimes you will use a Square for a specific question (for example, does Arran love me?) but other times you can use a Square for a general life area (for example, what is the future of my love life?)

Here, you can check out Lenormand Nine Card Spreads.

Step Seven: Learn a Grand Tableau 

The Lenormand Grand Tableau uses all 36 cards from a Lenormand deck. Because it uses all of the cards, most Lenormand teachers will tell you that you should learn how to read a Grand Tableau a long time after you have learned how to read Lenormand. However, I disagree. 

Ideally, you should be learning how to read a Lenormand Grand Tableau while you are starting out reading Lenormand. Learning how to read one early on will get you used to reading with all 36 cards. 

And, trust me, reading GTs are not difficult; most Lenormand readers I know (myself included) find it easier to read a Lenormand Grand Tableau than they do to perform a 9 card reading! Once you know all of the card meanings, you will know what each of the positions in the houses (spread positions) mean.

Oh and by the way, at the Read Lenormand shop, I have printable Lenormand Journaling Worksheets which include predawn Grand Tableau spread positions which you can use to record your string, square and Grand Tableau readings and refer back to them in future; measuring your predictions is the quickest way to making your readings more accurate. Feel free to check out the Lenormand Journaling Worksheets.

Discover here How to Read a Lenormand Grand Tableau.

So, that’s it! Once you learn all of the things on this post, you will be a Lenormand reader and will be able to read yourself and others with Lenormand cards. And yes, you should be reading friends and family quite early on in your journey as this will give you practice. 

AND if you do practice and take a pic, be sure to tag Read Lenormand on social media or use the #ReadLenormand and I’ll find you! 

To recap, if you want to learn how to read Lenormand cards you should: 

1. Get a deck. 

2. Familiarize yourself with the structure of Lenormand

3. Learn the basic Lenormand card meanings

4. Check out some Lenormand combinations

5. Learn the String Spread.

6. Learn the Nine Card Spread.

7. Learn the Grand Tableau

8. Check out the Lenormand Journaling Worksheets.

So, that’s it for how to read Lenormand cards! Below I have a free beginners Lenormand e-book which will teach you exactly how to pick a deck, care for your deck, perform Strings, Squares, Grand Tableaus and more! You can grab this guide free here:


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