HOW TO DO AN ASTROCLOCK READING
The Astroclock is one of my favorite layouts.
It’s fun and easy, and gives me plenty of ideas for how to plan out the year ahead.
If you haven’t seen me do an Astroclock, head over to my YouTube channel and look up the Astroclock video for your zodiac sign.
The Astroclock is a large spread that uses all 36 cards of the deck. They’re laid out into 12 groups of 3 cards.
Every three-card group is about one month of the year. So the Astroclock is an overview of the year ahead, month by month.
I would love for you to try your hand at this easy, entertaining, and super helpful spread.
So let me tell you how to do the Astroclock.
HOW TO LAYOUT THE ASTROCLOCK CARDS
Since the Astroclock uses all 36 cards of the deck, you’ll need a large surface for all the cards to fit.
With your space (and journal) ready, go ahead and shuffle your cards well and set your intention for the next 12 months. Think about specific areas you’d like to see come up, or issues you’d like addressed by the cards.
And when you’re ready, lay out the cards.
Since we’re using all 36 cards, you might prefer to deal out the cards instead of selecting them out of a fanned out deck. It’s faster and less tedious, and you won’t need the extra space for fanning the deck.
But remember to shuffle your deck well so it’s not biased from previous readings.
The Astroclock can take on different configurations. It can be set up as a clock, with the 12 groups of cards in place of each hour of the clock.
Or it can be set up in two rows of six groups, three rows of four groups, or four rows of three groups.
My personal preference is the clock.
When you deal out the cards, it makes sense to start with January (at 1 o’clock if we’re using a clock configuration), and continue with the months in sequence, around the clock.
I like to lay out the first card of each month all around, then the second card of each month, and finally the third.
This helps shuffle the cards further and I generally feel the flow makes more sense this way.
But remember to do what resonates with you.
One thing I’d like to emphasize is that you don’t have to start at January. You may well be running your Astroclock from May this year to April next year.
In this case, you might like to start dealing the cards at May, at 5 o’clock. Or you might decide that 1 o’clock is May.
It’s entirely up to you. Experiment with different ways and go with your preference.
HOW TO INTERPRET THE ASTROCLOCK
With your cards in place, you’re ready to get all those exciting insights out of your cards.
Reading the Astroclock is easy because it’s just about interpreting a triplet 12 times.
I’ve got a whole post about how to read three cards, but let’s go over a few pointers.
Interpreting a triplet is just tying up two card pairs together. So you can just read the first pair, then the second, then combine them into a triplet.
Sometimes, the triplet as a whole makes sense and there’s no need to break it down into two pairs. After all, three cards are considered pretty short for a Lenormand reading.
Focus on the central card of each triplet. It likely captures the theme of the month and tells you what to focus on for that four-week period.
Do this for each of the 12 months, and you would have interpreted your Astroclock.
It’s that simple!
Of course, you can go deeper and look at themes throughout the months. You might notice that several months nearby are focused on the same issue, or that there are themes that recur throughout your cards.
These are all helpful to characterize your year in unique ways.
You can explore the Astroclock in depth in the Handbook of Layouts.
There are as many ways to make the most out of an Astroclock as there are Lenormand Readers, so don’t hesitate to use your imagination.
A key tip is to keep a record of your Astroclock cards.
Make sure you capture for which months you’re doing the clock and when you did the reading. Also, take note of any questions you had in mind about the year ahead, or if there were some issues that you wanted to see come up in the reading.
Here’s a free and fillable journal template.
Another tip to get good insights from your Astroclock is to look for which months carry which themes.
For example, you might look for which month(s) focuses on work, money, travel, relationships, etc.
This can actually help you plan out the year!
Always go with your reason and what works for you in practical life, but the Astroclock could contribute in fun ways and can certainly fill in for when you have options.
A third tip I’d like to offer is that you summarize the year and identify a few takeaways.
It’s important to distill a reading into a few key points, even if it offers many details, and especially with Lenormand.
So these are my Astroclock tips for you. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!
Keep me posted about your Lenormand journey and hashtag me with #lenormandastroclock to share your reading with me - and feel free to reach out.
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