A question from the comments section: For the purposes of demonstrating the Block of 9 layout I am using Mlle Lenormand English version No. 12979 deck (AGMuller) instead of Titania’s fortune cards which are quite similar in core imagery.
………I know I should just trust what I feel but this reading has a few different roads it can go on. It is a 9 card reading down in 3 rows -:
Heart Ring Sycthe
Dog Key Road
Ship Flowers Stork.
if it helps at all it was reading for a 57yr old male.
I hope you can help me with this but it is okay if you can’t I will understand
So kind regards to everyone and take care
First of all we look at the center card in the Block of 9 to determine the category or theme of the Layout. I have placed an X on the KEY card. The tutorial Interpretation is for a 57 year old male.
CENTER ROW: DOG, KEY, PATH/ROAD
This row is similar to the Trigger row in the Trigger Layout which has 12 cards instead of 9. I always study the main line first before breaking down the Reading in segments. The middle card suggests there are solutions available for some dilemmas this male may have been experiencing at the time the cards were shuffled (submitted on Aug 6/11). The male is facing some decision concerning a very close friend DOG. This situation seems to have 2 clear options PATH/ROAD as it is the middle card of the last column.
1st COLUMN: HEART, DOG, SHIP
There are warm feelings HEART for this close friend DOG but there is a yearning SHIP for something more or something else, like a change, STORK, last card last column. Sometimes people need change to get a different perspective on life. Many times change teaches us that what we had wasn’t that bad after all. The SHIP card strongly suggests travel for the sake of the opportunities it will present. The trip might be for purely pleasurable reasons BOUQUET/FLOWERS, like a vacation.
CENTER COLUMN: RING, KEY, BOUQUET/FLOWERS
We all know RING is all about commitment or continuity in a situation or with a person. Traditionally, when the RING is to the right of KEY there is the promise of a happy and prosperous marriage or connection. The reverse is true when RING is to the left of KEY – difficulties, possible separation. In this case, the RING is above KEY which is read as to the left.
So what does the BOUQUET/FLOWERS card reveal in this column? Coupled with KEY the suggestion is quite favourable as an outcome for the cards in the bottom row which involved SHIP and STORK.
LAST COLUMN: SCYTHE, PATH/ROAD, STORK
The SCYTHE indicates a broken commitment involving emotional matters, HEART, RING. Most likely there will be a sudden pause in the continuation of a relationship.
The STORK bring change particularly from a situation involving a trip SHIP. As a result the male may choose to move ahead in another direction PATH/ROAD away from commitment. The STORK does suggest departure.
There was no question submitted with this layout and all we know is that a 57 year old male is involved. Often questions are not needed to get an essence of the theme.
Since there are no playing cards inserted in this particular deck we shouldn’t read those meanings even if we know them from other decks but it would add another dimension.
The only solution KEY is a decision on certain direction PATH/ROAD and the cards in the layout point to a decision. SCYTHE suggests an ending which will create change STORK in the current circumstances.
You may see other combinations in this layout. Please add your perceptions in the comments section & I will post them as an addendum to this Reading.