Smaller Layout (Trigger Layout) -12 cards only.

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.


Seaqueen’s Trigger Layout

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.

l2.jpg Cartomanzia Francese

Past row

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).

Now row

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).

Immediate row

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.
Soon row

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

7 thoughts on “Smaller Layout (Trigger Layout) -12 cards only.

  1. thanks for posting this. will give it a try sometime.

    just wondering though: how often are you meant to do spreads?

    and how about if there isn’t really a distinct question and you are just asking for an overview? do you need to wait for a particular period of time to past?

  2. Hi Kitty,
    Everyone has a different theory on how often to do spreads (layouts) but I do them every or every other day. My intention is set for “soon” reading outcomes.

    If you don’t have a distinct question, the cards in the Simple Layout of 12 cards will describe something else that will come up- let’s say within 1 week or so.

    For an overview, beyond that time frame I would do the 36 card layout. I have discovered that 3 months is the approximate duration of that bigger layout.

  3. hi seaqueen……your spread seems quite interestin,and m eager 2 try it out-infact i was lookin 4 a new spread wid dis deck-thankx a tonne

  4. Hello Seaqueen, I’m finally finding the confidence to tackle your trigger layout thanks to your thorough step by step explainations . This example is very interesting as it resonates strongly with me. My question is about the dog card. I have been married for 40 years and because the man has not shown up in this spread I think that the dog (faithful companion) can instead represent my husband in this particular spread. Would I be correct in this assumption, I understand that cards can be interchangeable and besides I do not have any male friend or lover.

    • Hi. When the man does not show up if client is married the Dog be a good friend either gender. If you were asking about his friendship when you shuffled then it would suggest the friendship part of the relationship. Usually when the man is absent he is not actively involved or the primary attention for the span of the reading. You may have other things going on that do not involve him so much. Sometimes we are so busy with other people’s situations that the marriage is secondary thus the marital partner is secondary. Hope that helps.

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