practice & ethics Nov 12, 2018

Many of us are naturally inclined to create some kind of ritual - be it magical, spiritual, or secular - around our divination practice.

That's because it makes the whole thing feel special. Indeed it is!

Whether you read Lenormand or Tarot cards, gaze into a crystal or cast lots, a few preparations will go a long way to help you draw some insights from your reading.

Let's cover a few suggestions.



Any number of events in life bring us to the diviner’s table. We might ask about a course of action, confirm a suspicion, or just keep it open-ended. If we already know the answer, then there’s no need to query. Curiously, readings often turn out blurry when we already know the answer. But this shouldn't be surprising, because readings don’t replace our free will. Check out the blog post 5 Keys To An Empowering Reading for more context about this.

So for starters, think about what exactly the reading will be about and why you want to use your cards for it. It’s okay if you spend several hours with the issue in the back of your mind while you’re going about your day. Of course, this isn’t necessary if you’re doing a daily or monthly reading, like my monthly horoscope readings.

When your question ‘lands’, or when you feel ready, then head over to your reading space.



You could have a dedicated spot for your readings or need to create some space for it, which could be as simple as clearing a table top. Either way, ensure that the area is clean, clutter-free, and free from distractions. Silence your phone and ask others to leave you alone for a bit, unless you don’t mind their company.

The idea behind your space is that it helps you be open, whereas clutter and noise aren’t conducive to flow. I discuss these and other set up practicalities in more detail in Lenormand Reader’s Handbook Of Layout.



Oftentimes, cards take on different meanings in different contexts. Reading a Lenormand layout for a relationship is different from interpreting the same cards for a career move. So it helps to rehearse in your mind how different cards might answer your query. The Card Combinations Master is all about card meanings in different contexts and combinations.

Another key item here is to decide on the right layout for your query. I like to do this before shuffling, because I feel that the reading starts as soon as I begin to shuffle. The Handbook covers many spreads, but you’ll also find a few starter ones in the Master as well.

Check out my free guide 5 Steps To A Lenormand Reading for an easy and step by step approach to doing a Lenormand reading.



With your ideas about how the cards could play out, layout the cards in your chosen spread and interpret them. Are they mostly bright? Are there challenging cards? Get an overall feel for the reading and then interpret the card sentences.

It often helps to balance the overall picture and your initial impression with the detail offered by the lines. You can do a reading from the individual cards up to the overall picture, or starting from your overall impression down to its detail. But it’s often both because of the free-flowing nature of reading with Lenormand, so go with your feeling.

Keep records of your readings so you can go back to them. Here’s a free template.




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