I have been meaning to do a layout using the Tarots of the Orient deck by J. Fogarty. There are 78 cards in the deck with an instruction sheet showing you how to lay the cards out in 7 rows A – G. Row D (middle one) is where you place the Significator card Emperor or Empress depending on the gender of the person getting the reading.
The 2 cards are not used in the reading. The 22 Major Arcanas are larger in size than the Minor Arcana. This is quite interesting but easy enough to sort out in two piles. If you do this reading you will need a large space to study the cards.
1. The 20 Majors are shuffled without the Emperor and Empress. If you are a male you place the Emperor in the center of row D. Set the Empress aside with the 2 cards. The same holds true if you are a female. Take the Empress and discard the Emperor.
2. The 52 Minors are shuffled without the 2 cards. Shuffle, cut and place 13 cards in row A.
3. Pick up the large Majors deal off 7 cards sideways in row B and place them sort of in the center of the 2 cards in row A.
4. Continue with the Minors placing 13 cards across row C in unison with row A.
5. Row D already has the Significator card in the center. Place 3 large cards to the left of S and 3 large cards to the right of S. They will be horizontal as in row B.
6. Row E is the same as row A. Row F is the same as row B and row G is the same as row A.
Basically what you do is alternate each row with small (Minors) and large cards (Majors). J Fogarty states the reason you do not use the 2 (deuces) cards is because they are supposed to sit under the Emperor or Empress to keep evil away from the reading. Ok, sounds good to me. To reiterate the 2 cards are placed under the Significator that is not being used.
The reading begins with the Significator in the “key line” row D.
If you think reading the Lenormand full board using 36 cards is challenging try reading 73 cards, lol. No wonder readings took hours and hours to do back in the olden days. I read somewhere Madame Lenormand would often read the full board in 2 or 3 sittings.
ROW A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
ROW B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
ROW C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
ROW D 1 2 3 S 5 6 7
ROW E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
ROW F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
ROW G 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
In the following post will upload an image of the actual cards laid out in this layout so you will have a visual. I will do a very brief interpretation (time permitting) using J Fogarty’s Tarots of the Orient© deck which btw is very creative with lots of info on the actual card. More on this unique deck …..coming up.