JbR’s Lenormand Journal: Houses


Lenormand Houses. Image © Rootweaver

Lenormand Houses. Image © Rootweaver http://www.tarottaxi.com

When I first read about the Lenormand Houses I was utterly confused! But, it is actually very simple.

Lenormand Houses

As we already know, there are 36 cards in a traditional Lenormand deck, there are also 36 Houses. The Houses are a kind of  ‘foundation’ or spread onto which cards are laid during a reading.

For the purpose of this exercise, lay out your entire deck in consecutive number order from 1 to 36 in a grid as shown in the illustration above. 4 rows of 8 cards plus a final row of 4 cards. Or if you prefer, a 4 x 9 grid. These are called the ‘Houses.’ The Houses are nothing more than fixed assigned positions in the Grand Tableau spread, these add context to the cards that land on them in a reading where cards are usually randomly selected.

Examples:  the 28th House (the ‘Man’ card) indicates the position of the male querent (or female querent’s spouse;) and the 34th House (the ‘Fish’ card) indicates the position of money or resources. It is to this position that we will go if we’re looking to glean insight into the querent’s finances. Once we are confident readers we could move around this grid with our eyes to pick out relevant topics for discussion as they relate to the querent’s reading.

Remember the Keywords assigned to each card in my first post – Basic Keywords? These meanings are still applied as before.  House # 33 in the grid above is the house of the Key (card 33.) Therefore, it is in this House that we will look for a ‘solution’ to the querent’s question as one of the Key’s keywords is solution. House # 12 is the house of the Birds (card 12,) offering the context of conversation which may be an indication of what needs to be talked about (or who is gossiping about the querent.)

I read an excellent analogy in the Lenormand Cards Study Group on Facebook. It was suggested by Mary K. Greer that the Houses can be seen as a town map depicting the buildings, tourist attractions and places of interest. The cards that land on these houses are seen as the ‘visitors’ to these buildings. P. Williams added that the visitor does not modify the house, rather the house preoccupies (modifies) the visitor. He gave a further analogy saying that we (the visitor) dress and behave appropriately when visiting the opera. So too does the Card behave in accordance with the ‘rules of the House.’ Mary Greer offered an example: The Heart (Card #24) can be temporarily preoccupied by the House of Whip, which could imply a ’50 Shades of Grey’ scenario. 💥😏

Now that we know the card meanings as well as how they apply to the Houses we can start looking at how to read the cards. In short, a Grand Tableau is a large spread using all the cards in a deck. These cards are laid out on top of the Houses. But, before we get to the Grand Tableau we still have a bit of groundwork to do.

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JbR’s Lenormand Journal: Card Keywords


Card 11, Whip. Deck Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver © 2013

Card 11, Whip. KEYWORDS: Sex, Repetition, Quarrel / Strife, Decision. Deck: Zingdoodle Lenormand by Rootweaver © 2013

When I started learning Lenormand the first thing I was taught was that I would need to decide on the keywords (card meanings) for each of the 36 cards in the deck. As someone relatively new to this journey I have settled on a few basic keywords from which I can begin.

My keywords are derived from traditional meanings, and in some cases I have opted to go with the ‘French tradition’ rather than the German (eg: I use Fox to mean employment and Whip to mean sex.) My list is very minimalistic, but for now this is all I will need to begin reading Lenormand. (I suggest you decide on your own meanings for the cards.)

Updated: I will keep adding keywords to the list so that it becomes a valuable resource for anyone learning Lenormand. (Source: Lenormand Cards Study Group on Facebook)

Keywords

1. Rider – Messenger, News, Visitor, Speed, A mode of transport, Physically fit, Athletic, Forward motion (moving forward), Delivery

2. Clover – Luck, Small, Quick, Optimistic, Easy going, Carefree, A risk taker, willing to take a Gamble, Herbs, Grass, Serendipity

3. Ship – Travel, Adventure, International, Long-distance, Foreign, mode of Transportation, Movement, Transition, Transfer, Distant

4. House – Home, People in immediate environment, Security, Possessions, Comfort, Property, Real estate, Small building, Environment, Householder, Landlord/Realtor, Ownership

5. Tree – Health, Ancestry, Grounding, Enduring, Boredom

6. Clouds – Uncertainty, Doubt, Troubles, Ambiguity, Ex-partner, Confusion, Negativity, Bad Weather, Depression,

7. Snake – Deception, Libido, Betrayal, Duplicity, Spiteful, Treachery, A rival, Twisted roads and paths, Detours, a River, a Woman, sometimes an Older Woman, Plot, hidden Poison, Venomous, Hypocrisy, Lesbian partner, Complications, Wise Woman

8. Coffin – Death, Confinement, Box, Endings, Sickness, Bankruptcy, a bad Scare, Grief, Transformations and new beginnings, Black

9. Bouquet – Gift, Appreciation, Beauty, Charm, Pleasant, A nice surprise, A likeable woman, Female relatives esp. beautiful, gracious, artistic women. Invitation, Pleasure

10. Scythe – Sharp, Cutting, Sudden, Danger, Aggression, Cruelty, Pain, Sharp objects, Accidents, Surgery, Division, Accelerating, Hostile, Harvest (away from the blade), Big Peril, Sudden decisions, Severance, Unpleasant surprise, Critical

11. Whip – ‘Athletic’ Sex, Repetition, Quarrel, Strife, Decision, Speech and language, Controversy, Heated discussions, Arguments, Separation, The number 2 – or 2 of something, Chronics pains, Threats, Abuse, Sports, Physical attraction, Addiction, Passion, Competition, Stimulated, Agitated, Disrupted, Activities, Discord, Any repetitive action e.g: Dance, Exercise, Handwriting

12. Birds – Conversation, A couple, Phone calls, Communication, Gossip, Stress, Nerves, Anxiety, Worries, Annoyance, 2 of something, Siblings, Sales, Negotiation, Interview, date, Wifi, Therapy,  Counselling, Buzz

13. Child – Innocence, Beginning, Trust, Friendliness, A little bit of something, a Child, Immature, Small

14. Fox – Employment, Shrewd, Clever, Wrong, Deceitful, Treachery (often in the workplace,) Fraud (or theft,) Quickness, Quick witted, Dishonest, Intelligent, Smart, Red, Strawberry blonde, Slippery, Slick, Trickery, Mask, Undercover, Sly, Fast-thinking, Camouflaged, Trouble-maker, Employee, A detective, A spy, A con artist, Witty, Street smart, (could be a) Police station, Cunning, Sexy (foxy), Resourceful, Hunt, False

15. Bear – Boss, Maternal, Weighty, Power, Strength, Force, An official (judge, customs officer, police officer, boss, etc.) Management, Nutrition & diet, Protection, Salary, Large, Parental, Envious, Jealous, Overbearing

16. Stars – Internet, Wishes/Desires, Spirituality, Navigation, Reach-for-the-skies, Clarity, Astuteness, Hopes, (can sometimes refer to) Psychic talents, Night, Cold places, North, A new path, GPS system, Guiding, Healing, Cosmic, Intuition

17. Stork – Delivery, Change, Pregnancy/Birth (Midwife,) Relocation, Movement, Moving house, A nice woman (with a child), Renovation, Delivery of something concrete (as a opposed to a message or news), Return, Improvement, Promotion, Tall & thin

18. Dog – Loyal, Friend, Companion, Friendship, Trust, (usually, but not always) a Man, a Dog or other pet, Devotion, Acceptance, Playfulness, Unconditional, Fidelity, Lover/Soulmate

19. Tower – Authority, Rules, Bureaucracy, Dogma, Official, Limitations, Borders, Loneliness, Arrogance, A tall building, A tall person, Separation and divorce, Independence, Ambition, Government, The civil service, A large corporation, Isolation, Ego, Confinement, Imprisonment, Guidance, Protection, Schools, Law, Higher education, High self esteem, Conglomeration, Chain stores, Franchises

20. Garden – Public, Gathering, Networking, Public places, Society, Entertainment, Meetings, Parties, Outdoors, Facebook(ing), Marketing, Public Relations, Audience, Publicity, the Masses

21. Mountain – Obstacle, Enemy, Challenge, Delays, Barriers, Blockages, Coldness A formidable enemy, (can refer to) actual Mountains and mountainous terrain, Resistance, Loneliness, Restriction, Procrastination, Slow, Stubborn, Stagnant, Far and remote

22. Crossroad – Choice, Decision, Two-faced, Split, Forked, Dual, Alternatives, 2 of something,  (sometimes a) Female rival/friend, Dual personality, (leading a) Double life, Infidelity, Back-and-forth, Quandary, Multiple, Escape

23. Mice – Vermin, Loss, Theft, Waste, Erosion, Parasites, Infectious illnesses, Worry, Stress, (sometimes) Teamwork (or working in a systematic product line i.e: the treadmill), Gnawing, (can be) Chemo in cases of illness (i.e: Mice + Tree)

24. Heart – Love, Passion, Courage, Love affairs, Affection, Relationships, Feelings/Emotions, (sometimes) Flirtation, Joy, Attraction

25. Ring – Commitment, Eternal, Cyclical, Contract, Promise, Relationships, Connections, Partnerships, Business contracts, Marriage, Engagement (or other partnership of long duration,) A never-ending situation, (an actual) Ring or other jewellery

26. Book – Knowledge, Study, Secrets, Education, (an actual) Book, Documents & paperwork, Writing and publishing, a Project, Research, Investigation, Esoteric mysteries

27. Letter – Written communication, Record, Messages, Documents, Certificate, Report card, Medical results (esp with Tree), a Cheque (esp with Fish), a Bill or an invoice, a Menu (esp with Fish or Clover)

28. Man – Male querent, Spouse, Masculinity, Analytical

29. Woman – Female querent, Spouse, Femininity

30. Lily – Maturity, Purity, Ageing, Quiet, Sexuality, Harmony, the Family, A man – often older & of stable temperament, The Father, (sometimes a) Patron, Doctor, Relative, Support, Socialism and social welfare, (an older) Lover, Snow, Frost, Winter, White, Peace, Wisdom, Grandparents, Aunts or uncles, Salt-and-pepper hair, (something that takes a) Long time, Gestation period, Investment, Contentment, Retirement, Morality, Making love (familiar, every-day sex), Serenity

31. Sun – Success, Illuminating, Exposure, Luck, Good fortune, Warmth, Confidence, Brilliance, Energy, Security, Light, Electricity, Heat (and hot places,) South

32. Moon – Fame, Recognition, Dreams, Reflective, Emotions, Creativity, Fame, Honour, (sometimes) talent in Esoteric fields, Evening, Dark places, Romance, Intimate situations, Psychic ability, Advertising, the Reproductive system, the Womb, Intuition, Reputation

33. Key – Solution, Yes, Access, Security, Mastery, Certainty, Great talent

34. Fish – Money, Flow, Resources, Prosperity, Abundance, Financial matters, a Businessman, Water, Alcohol (and other liquid substances,) (sometimes actual) Fish, and those who work on or near the sea, Food, ‘Liquid’ assets, Self-employed, Entrepreneur, Fertility, Addiction

35. Anchor – Stability, Grounded, Fixed, Commitment, (can be) Work/Career, the Seaside, reaching your Destination, reaching your Goal, Persistence, Reliable, Strong support, Beach, Port

36. Cross – End, Sorrow, Karma, Religion, Burden, Hardship, Suffering, Grief, Pain, a Test or Challenge, Destiny, (can be a) Religious person (esp if before Man/Woman card)

Follow my adventures as I journal about the process of learning Lenormand. A system of fortune-telling that has confused me for long enough. I am determined to consolidate what I have learnt and to push the boundaries further in this new series on Tarot Taxi, JbR’s Lenormand Journal.

Let’s learn together, I welcome your comments, questions and experience.

Onward and upward! JbR xxx

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