This layout is really simple and great for a beginner. I use it for questions on my mind. For this layout shuffle the entire deck of 36. It will work for any deck but first remove your significator card which in the Lenormand decks is #28 – male and #29 – are female. If you use Tarot figure out which card you are and remove it prior to shuffling as well.
Think of a question or something that is on your mind that can be answered shortly. Place your card on the table after taking it out of the deck that you will shuffle. Cut the deck into 3 piles towards your heart and put all the piles on top of each other any way you want, as long as you have only one pile of cards in total. Place the cards according to the diagram.*Middle Trigger Row
Cards 1,5,8 describe the recent past-the last few days or the recent circumstance around your question.
Cards 2, YOU, 9 describe the now-what is going on with you -your thoughts and feelings.
Cards 3,6,10 describe the immediate future, a day or so. These cards will tell you what to anticipate.
Cards 4,8,11 describe soon, less than a week. It’ll give you an answer to your question.
*The middle row- Trigger cards. Let me explain what I mean by this.
For example take a look at the cards below (even though they are lopsided, lol) and I will briefly explain just using key words.
Card 1 is the reason behind card 5(trigger)and it results in card 8. The snake -a deception about a matter is the reason for the stork-change and results in an unknown secret/information (book).
The lady (in this example) feels annoyed or disturbed (clouds) about something. Remember the clouds is also a King of clubs-man. But she is putting on a good facade despite her inner disappointment- public face (garden).
Ahhhh, this is where you get a good example of combinations. The dog surrounded by clouds on the left side and whip on the right is not exactly a trustworthy, loyal friend at all-even though it is above the ring. Keeping this mind, this is the suggestive interpretation. Because of a friend the lady will be questioning a commitment (ring) within a day or 2 and this results in her emotions (moon) being brought to surface -garden+moon.
Looks like there’s a disagreement coming up (whip) that will turn into some sort of hardship or sadness (cross) and result will be of short duration (clover), as in short and not so sweet.
*The middle trigger row* stork,lady,ring,cross
Major key words around the YOU (lady)card. CHANGE, lady, COMMITMENT, SADNESS –
You can get much more information from this simple layout if you study all the levels of the cards.
Hint: snake + clouds= a couple, ring + cross= karmic cycle, book + garden = explanation