The traditional 21 Romany Layout has been around for a long time and is quite popular to this day. The traditional Past, Present and Future rows consists of 7 cards in each row. Each column (7 of them) has assigned meanings in the version I am going to write about. In my 12 card Trigger layout I explain that there is a past, present and future to the past, present and future. You will see this technique demonstrated very nicely in the Romany layout Reading below.
To illustrate the 21 card Romany layout I am featuring the stunning Magisches Lenormand.
7 columns with assigned meanings for each column. Column 1- you. Column 2- situation. Column 3- Opportunity or Challenges. Similar to the crossing card in the Tarot celtic cross layout. Column 4- Expected. The Now. Column 5- Surprise (the unexpected). Column 6- time frame of 3 months (you can adjust this). Column 7- time frame 6-9 months (you can adjust this)
The TOP row is the PAST. The 3 left cards are distant past. The center card is similar to a trigger card. The 3 right cards are recent past.
The MIDDLE row is the PRESENT/CURRENT. The 3 left cards are distant current. The center card is similar to a trigger card. The 3 right cards are recent current.
The BOTTOM row is the FUTURE. The 3 left cards are near future. The center card is similar to a trigger card. The 3 right cards are distant future (specific time frames determined by the last 2 columns)
Ok, without getting into debates about the words past, current and future as the past is the past. But the past can also be gauged. How long ago – months, years, etc. The same thing for the present or current. Now is now. When now is gone it’s the past. This can all happen simultaneously. Let’s just keep this real simple. Trust me on this one :)
Tips: The reading is for a female. You will notice that the Lady card has not appeared anywhere in the 21 cards. This means the female is not overly concerned about her past, present or future. She might care but isn’t obsessing about it. Also, the Gentleman does show up. He is in the 3rd row (future), column 2 (situation) AND he falls in the near future of the future row. Most likely the time frame is within 3 months if not sooner. This does have some importance.
Next – look for theme or category cards. If you had something specific on your mind locate the card which you think represents what’s on your mind. Where is it? You can determine the circumstances around it being studying the row and column. What if you are thinking about the male represented by the Gentleman. Well, you already know where he is in the layout. The STORK and COFFIN have him caged in. Look to column #1 to see that the STORK falls in the You column. Changes of course, within you towards him or because of something he did. The COFFIN falls in column #3 Opportunities or Challenges. The changes will induce some endings in the near future as these 3 cards fall to the left of the center card in the center row.
What brought on these changes of the STORK? The CLOUDS & LETTER cards are positioned in column #1. The female (you column) obviously shared some unclear information with the male which created this shift in attitude.
Follow me so far. :) I won’t be doing the entire reading I just want to offer some tips in understanding the rows and columns. The next column I want to study is the #6 – 3 months.
Past row: Scythe (Jack of Diamonds). Current row: Lily (Kings of Spades) Future row: Tower
The TOWER card falls in the group of 3 cards to the right of the center column indicating distant future. Since it falls in the 3 month column we have a specific time frame.
Before I would even attempt to make a prediction of those cards and mainly because of the SCYTHE’s influence I would study the Surprise column #4 to see what the unexpected influences were.
If you want you can Read the entire Past row, followed by the Present row, finishing off with the Future row. Then you can proceed to columns, etc. I look for the Significators first, then themes, then the cards of test but it depends if you have a question on your mind at the time of shuffle.
One more thing, since the Lady did not show up in the layout much of these experiences and influences of the cards will primarily affect the Gentleman. If the female is in a relationship with the Gentleman then she will go through some of the motions with him as well. For example: if the male ends his job (Anchor + Coffin in the Opportunities and Challenges column #3) for some reason this might affect the finances in 6 months (column 7), SCYTHE card rear ending the FISH card. :)