There are many techniques to use when reading the Full Board Layout or Grand Tableau consisting of the 36 Lenormand cards.
Personally, I prefer reading the Lenormand Houses without combining the cards side by side, diagonally, knighting, etc. I like to read the card falling or passing through the House.
Where do you start when reading Houses? I think that is up to the Cartomancer but starting with the Significators is always a good choice. So, do you locate the Lady or Gentleman House first or the Lady or Gentleman in the layout? That is a very important question. Since you are reading the cards in the Houses I think finding the Significators first is probably better. This will give you an idea which House they are situated in and you can immediately get a feeling of what may be going on.
I wouldn’t recommend reading the cards in the Lenormand Houses unless you have some sort of understanding of the process. I can offer some tips but only for one card in one House. Today I will detail the Clouds card passing through the Lenormand Lady House. I should expand on why I say “passing”. It’s quite simple. The card which falls in the House is transiting or visiting. It will not stay there permanently it is just passing through.
Lenormand House – featuring the French Cartomancy Lady card by Laura Tuan
Lenormand Card – featuring the Vintage Lenormand Clouds card by Rootweaver
Ok, lets suppose at this point you have already found the Lady in the GT and the House she occupies and there is a special someone so you glance at where the Gentleman card is situated. By now you will has a pretty good idea about the energy which surrounds them. By looking at the Significator House you will gain more knowledge about them.
CLOUDS: King of Clubs. Changeable energy. A build up of a veil which does not allow you to see something clearly. A passing influence. Directions – light and dark side of clouds in most deck.
In the Vintage Lenormand the darkness is more on the right side of the card but is not read the same way as if the cards are side by side. Yes, the darkness is on the right side. Passing negative energy moves to the right in a GT layout as does the positive energy. It does not go backwards. Please don’t dwell on this because it will complicate your process of interpretation if you are just starting out with the GT Houses. I would read the Clouds card without any emphasis on the shading unless you get into a deeper reading by combining cards. I’m not saying it is not important. It is but keep it uncomplicated.
LADY: The person getting the reading. It could be you. It could be someone’s special lady. A wife. A girlfriend. A sister. A close friend. Same gender partner. And so on.
The LADY House does not change it is still a female either the consultant or the significant other. The CLOUDS card does not change in meaning, either.
You need to know that the Clouds card is passing through the House. It will deposit it’s energy there for a brief time or for the duration of the Reading (time frame). It will pass. All things pass either on their own or with a little help from the person or the Universe.
The Clouds card is saying to the Lady, ” I will surround you with my energy which is thick in nature. It is a heaviness you will experience for a short time. It is best not to make any decisions which are vital. More time is needed. More information is needed.”
How would you advise the person sitting in front of you who is the female depicted by the Lady card? At this point, you probably have not studied the other Houses. If you feel you need to then do so before you commence with your opening line. It’s good practice to start the Reading off with something positive. Look to the category Houses (House, Heart, Anchor, Bouquet, etc) and see what cards are there. It’s also a good idea to end the Reading on a positive note no matter what you see. Remember, you are dealing with the delicate feelings of another human being.
HOUSE: represents one of the Lenormand cards. The meaning of that card is what the House is all about. When there are 2-3 significant meanings for a card then all meanings should be factored in. In Astrology, a house can represent half a dozen things. When a planet passes through (transit) it can affect all those things under the rulership of that House. The same is true for the Lenormand Houses.
CARD: has same meaning as the House corresponding to its name. Not influenced by House. Adds positive or negative influence to the House and makes the House deal with it. Similar to the planet passing through the Astrological Houses during a transit period.
Clouds card in the Lady House is telling you that the female is going through an unclear phase or state of mind. Cross reference with the Lady Card and study the House in which she is positioned. Compare the two and summarize the energies involved.