(pst. If you're looking for what time frame each Lenormand card represents then check out our Lenormand Card Times Frames and Dates post!)
One of the benefits of reading Lenormand, is the fact that it is a very detail orientated system. You can get lots of information from only one spread which makes it especially useful for making predictions.
Many readers can make easily make predictions but find timing with Lenormand a challenge. Therefore, I am going to go over a couple of techniques for telling the time with Lenormand. Feel free to select which one you think is best for your practice.
Lenormand Timing Method One: A Set Time Frame
Once you have been reading for a while, you’ll realise that your readings will only look so far into the future.
When I perform a Grand Tableau reading, I know that the vast majority of the things I discuss will take place within 2 years. I’m unsure why this is, but my readings seem to fall within this particular period.
Although I read with the time frame of near past – 2 years into the future, other readers will be different. For example, I know one reader who cannot read more than 6 months into the future and another reader who can read up to 5 years into the future using Lenormand cards. You should experiment with time frames and see which one is most accurate for you.
Lenormand Timing Method Two: One Card or Strings
Another method for timing with Lenormand is to ask your cards how long something will take to happen and then pull a card or a string of 3 cards for a time frame.
For example, lets say you would like to know when someone you love is going to contact you. You could ask our cards, “when will Steven get in contact”? and pull The Rider. This would mean that Steven is going to contact you soon, within the next day, week or month.
If you suspect that something is going to take a little longer to play out, you can pull a ‘string’ of 3 cards. So, lets say you would like to know, “when am I going to sell my house”? and you pull Rider, Clover and Moon; this would mean that you’re going to sell your house within one month (Rider) + two months (Clover) + 28 days (Moon), so around 4 months all together.
For this method, you have to use your intuition. Just as there are many Lenormand card interpretations, there are also many different Lenormand card time frames. Your intuition will tell you if Moon means that something will happen in 28 days, during an eclipse, during the night, on a new moon or full moon.
Because this method requires you to use your intuition, I recommend that you pull as little cards as possible to time an event so that you do not confuse yourself. I recommend that you only use one card or three at the most, no more than that.
Lenormand Timing Method Three: Timing with a 3x3 Spread
If you have used a 3x3 Spread, then telling the time is very simple. Basically, all that you do is take the middle card in the spread and assign the corresponding time to it. So, Sun in the middle of a 3x3 can predict that the events are going to play out during summertime.
Lenormand Timing Method Four: Literal Timing with the Grand Tableau
The final two Lenormand timing methods I would like to share involve using a Lenormand Grand Tableau. There are a couple of ways you can use a Grand Tableau for timing; one involves using the houses as literal time frames and the other involves using both literal and figurative interpretations.
If you decide to time the Grand Tableau literally, then all that you do is assign the corresponding time frame to each house.
Using this method is super useful because you’re not playing guessing games about timing. You pretty much are going into a reading knowing that each House symbolises a literal moment in time. Therefore, timing an event can be done quickly and effortlessly.
The first step in this method is to decide if you want to read days, weeks or months into the future. Once you have chosen your time frame, you shuffle, lay out your cards and read them as though they are a calendar for the future.
You might decide that you want each house to represent a particular time frame whether that be days, weeks or months. House one could represent one day, one week or one month. Or, house 15 could represent 15 days, 15 weeks or 15 months.
So, if you decide you want to read weeks into the future the House of Heart will symbolize something which will happen 24 weeks from now, The House of Ring will represent something which will happen in 25 weeks and so on. Rider in The House of Heart, in this context, means that you will receive news in 24 weeks time.
It is up to you if you decide that the House will take on both its traditional meaning and its timing meaning or that it will only be used for timing. You may want the House of Heart to represent your love life AND something which will happen in 24 weeks. However, I advise against this.
If you decided that a House represents timing and its traditional interpretation you are assuming that your life is going to play out like a pack of Lenormand cards. So, you will predict that this week you will receive news, in two weeks you will get some luck, in three weeks you will travel etc. However, life doesn’t work like that.
Therefore, I recommend that if you are using a GT for timing with Lenormand literally, you only take the houses to represent timing, nothing more or less. So a Rider in the House of Heart will only predict that you will get news in 24 weeks, but that news is not necessarily romantic in nature just because it appears in the Heart House.
Lenormand Timing Method Five: Literal and Figurative Timing with The Grand Tableau
Another way to utilise the Grand Tableau for timing is to use both literal and figurative interpretations. For this method, you would say that the House of Tower could symbolize something which will happen in 19 days, 19 weeks, or 19 months but it may also predict something which is going to happen during a government, public or bank holiday.
Using both figurative and literal timing interpretations in one reading obviously has its challenges. Essentially, you are going to rely on your intuition to know if a house represents literal timing or something more abstract. In this method, your intuitive and spiritual development is important because it will tell you which interpretation to use.
Despite the fact that it is more challenging to use literal and figurative timing meanings in the same reading, I feel this is actually a more accurate way to time with a Grand Tableau than if you to assign a set time frame to each house. Using this method means that, if a time frame doesn’t seem quite right, you have something to work with and can adjust it a little.
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Lenormand cards used in the feature image of this post are The Lenormand Tattoo Deck by Paris Debono.
Lisa Boswell is an award-winning psychic reading teacher who currently resides in Scotland. Through her website DivinationAndFortuneTelling.com she teaches both experienced and would be diviners how they can predict the future.
Born into a Romany Gypsy family of fortune tellers, Lisa has had an active interest in the occult from a young age. She specialises in teaching predictive divination, easy mediumship and fortune-telling. Learn more here.