In Lenormand reading, there are certain time frames and dates associated with each card. Sometimes these time frames can be literal (exactly one day, exactly one week) or figurative (soon, quickly, etc.) but timing events is generally much more straight forward and simple with Lenormand than it is with other divination systems, such as Tarot.
Each Lenormand card can have many possible time frames associated with it. In fact, timing in Lenormand is an entire sub-division of the system; for some cards there are as many timing meanings as there are interpretations! Therefore, you will have to use your intuition to know which one is the appropriate prediction for your situation.
Below are the most common time frames and dates for each Lenormand card. Feel free to utilise each one in your reading practice or to change things up depending on your understanding of the card meanings.
Literally, the Rider card predicts that something will happen on the first of the month, or in one day, one week, one month or January.
In the figurative sense, the Rider card means that something is going to happen very soon. Often, the card represents the approach of something (or someone) significant whether that is a new lover coming into your life, a new job on its way etc. In general, things happen quickly with Rider.
Like Rider, the Clover is also a relatively fast card. For literal time frames, it represents the second of the month, 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or February.
The Clover is a card of surprises. Therefore, in a timing context it can mean that the event will happen rather unexpectedly.
The Ship card is associated with the number 3 so can symbolize a date in the month of March. Ship can also mean that events will take place on the 3rd of the month or in 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months.
In the metaphorical sense, Ship marks a period of time when things begin to take shape and move in a certain direction. While it can mean that a situation will progress for the better, it can also mean that it will change for the worst so be mindful of this when designing your interpretation.
Literally, Home can represent 4 days, 4 weeks, 4 months, the 4th of the month or the 4th month (April).
Although Home is a neutral card, in some timing context it can appear rather negatively, especially if you desire change. Home can mean that a situation is too comfortable and that the parties involves are happy with the way things are. So, for example, if you have asked when your man is going to pop the question and Home comes up this might be a sign that he is in a rush to take the next step and will not any time soon.
In Lenormand, the Tree card is associated with the number 5 and dates of this number. So, May, the 5th day of the month, 5 days, 5 weeks and 5 months all fall under the domain of Tree.
Tree is the card of family and inheritance. In some instances it can predict that a situation is inevitable or that you have been predisposed to something happening, especially if the question is concerning health and wellbeing.
Clouds is the card of the number 6. Therefore, in literal timing readings, Clouds can predict that an event will happen in 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months or during June or the 6th of the month.
However, although Clouds is a card associated with particular time frames around the number 6, it is also the card of confusion. Usually, in a timing context Clouds can mean that the date of an event is uncertain or not yet clear.
Literally, Snake is the card of July or the 7th date of a month. Other times, it can symbolise a period of 7 days, 7 weeks or 7 months.
Because Snake is associated with enemies and other people, it can mean that a situation will play out once that other person is ready to make their move. Therefore, when and if an outcome happens will be in that individual’s hands.
Lenormand readers associate the Coffin card with the number 8 so, when dating, it can predict that an event will take place on the 8th or a month or during the month of August. Coffin can also represent a period of 8 days, 8 weeks or 8 months.
Coffin is the card of endings and negative situations. Sometimes the Coffin card can mean that the matter you are reading on will not happen because it is not meant to be. Other times, it can mean that something is coming to an end or on the road to failure.
If you’re timing literally, the Bouquet is assigned to all things number 9 such as the month of September, the 9th of a month, 9 days, 9 weeks and 9 months.
Seasonally, The Bouquet is often associated with Springtime because this is when flowers bloom. I will say though that some readers read Bouquet as a Summer card because flowers remind them of this season so it really does depend what your preferences are.
Because the Bouquet card is a symbol of appreciation, it can also mean that an event will take place once the parties involved are deserving of it. For example, you will get the job once you work hard and earn it.
Scythe is the Lenormand card of dates associated with the number 10. Therefore, October, the 10th day, 10 days, 10 weeks and 10 months will all appear as Scythe.
In the figurative sense, Scythe means that a situation will play out quickly, possibly even before you’re ready. Scythe strikes when you least expect it.
Lenormand readers assign the number 11 to Whip so – when timing and dating an event – the Whip card will represent the 11th of the month, the month of November, 11 days, 11 weeks or 11 months.
Metaphorically, Whip can mean that an event will take place repeatedly. So, if you’re asking if you will get a job offer the Whip card says that you will get more than one within short proximity of each other.
Traditionally, Birds is associated with the number 12. If you’re dating an event and Birds comes up, it can mean that the situation will happen on the 12th of the month, during December or in 12 days, 12 weeks or 12 months.
If I am dating something and Birds appear, I might be inclined to read this as symbolising a time when birds are in the sky. For example, Birds can predict an event will happen early hours of the morning, or the time of year when birds migrate and/or come home.
The Child can represent a period of 13 days, 13 weeks or 13 months. Want an exact date? Well, Child can predict that the 13th of a month will be important.
Traditionalists assign the month of May to Child and I think this is a reliable association. I am also inclined to read Child as representing the time an average pregnancy takes (9 months) or the time a child has developed into a full grown adult (18 years).
Sometimes, Lenormand cards can be symbolic of an important milestone, anniversary or event. Therefore, Child can mean that a situation will come to a head around the time of a child’s birthday.
The number 14 is assigned to the Fox card so it can symbolize 14 days, 14 weeks, 14 months or the 14th of a month.
Fox is the card of creativity and opportunity. When it comes to timing, Fox can mean that something will happen when you make it happen. You must act quickly and take action.
Bear represents the number 15 so it can be assigned a time frame of 15 days, 15 weeks or 15 months. Bear can also mean that an event will take place on the 15th day of the month.
Metaphorically, Bear is a funny card. The Bear is powerful and forceful but bears like rest. Bears are often associated with hibernation. Therefore, I would say that Bear can mean that an opportunity will come your way but only after a period of TLC and self-care.
Literally, Stars is the card of July or the 16th date of a month. Other times, it can represent a period of 16 days, 16 weeks or 16 months. Symbolically, the Stars Lenormand card can mean that an event will take place during night-time.
Sometimes, the Stork card will symbolize a period of 17 days, 17 weeks, 17 months, or a date which includes the number 17. However, there are more traditional associations for Stork.
Most Lenormand readers agree that Stork events often take place around the times seasons are changing. So, you can predict a situation will happen when Summer is going into Autumn, Winter is going into Spring and so on.
Because Stork is a pregnancy card, it can also be assigned a period of 9 months. If you’re asking a question such as, “When am I going to sell my house”? Nine months would be a realistic time frame if you have received the Stork card.
In Lenormand, the Dog card is associated with number 18 and dates of this number. So, the 18th day of the month, 18 days, 18 weeks and 18 months all fall under the domain of Dog.
If the appearance of Dog in a timing context is symbolic then this can mean that an event will take place around a friend’s birthday. Alternatively, Dog can also represent the fact that you may have to wait until a friend is ready before you can progress with a matter.
Literally, Tower is the card of the 19th date of any month. Other times, it can symbolise a period of 19 days, 19 weeks or 19 months.
Also, I often take Tower to be representative of government or bank holidays. For some reason, the 4th of July celebrations in America remind me of the Tower card but this is a personal association I have.
In Lenormand, the Garden card is assigned the number 20. When timing with Lenormand, Garden can represent the 20th of a particular month, or a period of 20 days, 20 weeks or 20 months.
Sometimes, the Garden card can predict that an event will take place in the afternoon. Alternatively, a situation can be dated to an important celebration such as around the time of a birthday, wedding or baptism.
Mountain is a funny card to time with. Granted, it can predict things will happen on the 21st of the month or in 21 days, weeks or months. However, the very nature of Mountain makes this very unlikely.
Mountain is the card of the long-term future. Usually, when Mountain comes up in a timing context, you can expect something to take years not mere days or weeks. Mountain can also mean that there are too many obstacles in your path for the situation to progress at all. Therefore, Mountain is not a positive card to receive in any spread which looks at time unless you’re reading about something you do not actually want to happen.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to literal timing with Ways (AKA Crossroads). On one hand, Ways can represent the 22nd of a month, 22 days, 22 weeks or 22 months.
That being said, traditional Lenormand readers associate Ways with the number 2. Therefore, if you’re timing an event and Ways comes up this means that it will happen in 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 months.
Metaphorically, Ways is the card of choices. Ways often warns that a situation will not change until you do. You must make clear cut decisions before more of a situation can be revealed.
Just like the Ways card, there are two approaches which Lenormand readers take when they date an event with the Mice card. In a similar fashion to the other Lenormand cards, Mice can symbolize the 23rd of a month, 23 days, 23 weeks or 23 months.
However, traditionally Mice is a card of quick action and it has a lot of anxiety attached to it. Therefore, many Lenormand readers take Mice to represent things which can happen in seconds, hours, minutes and certainly no more than a week.
Heart is the Lenormand card associated with dates and time frames including the number 24, so you can expect to see the 24th of the month, 24 days, 24 weeks or 24 months as being relevant.
Heart is also the card of love. Therefore, I would date an event to round about the time of an anniversary (if you have a partner) or Valentine’s Day (February the 14th) if the Heart appears in a timing spread.
Ring corresponds to the number 25 so it can symbolize the 25th day of a month, 25 days, 25 weeks or 25 months.
The meaning of Ring can influence the interpretation in a timing context. Ring can mean that something is an ongoing commitment. Therefore, it is not a desirable card to receive if you’re wanting to know when a situation is going to end. Ring warns that something needs to changed if you wish to make any type of progress.
The Book card is associated with the number 26 so can symbolize the 26th of the month, or a time scale of 26 days, 26 weeks or 26 months.
However, although technically Book can represent ‘26’ dates, it is also the card of mystery. Therefore, the Book card often means that an exact date or timing is not known. Or Book is telling you that you’re not yet meant to know when and if something will happen. Expect the unexpected and go with the flow.
Like other Lenormand cards, Letter corresponds to its number so can symbolize the 27th day of the month, 27 days, weeks or months.
When reading figuratively, I would guess that the Letter advises patience, simply because letters and packages are a slowish form of communication. Letter can mean you must reach out first, then wait for a reply.
The Man, or Gentleman card, can represent the 28th of a month. It can also predict that an event will take place in 28 days, weeks or months.
The Man card is not typically a card which is heavily associated with timing. However, if you are using it to date an event, I would say that it is likely to happen around your birthday (if you male) or around the birthday of an important man in your life (such as a boyfriend or husband).
If you’re waiting on an event to take place, the Man card means that all will come together when you’re ready (if you’re a man) or when the most important man in your life is ready.
In literal readings, The Lady or Woman card is associated with the 29th day of any particular month, 29 days, 29 weeks or 29 months. Sometimes, it is the card of the leap day of a leap year.
Like the Man card, Lady, is not a card which Lenormand readers readily assign a time frame to. However, if you have used it I would say that an event is likely to take place around your birthday (if you are female) or during the birthday of an important woman in your life, such as a girlfriend or wife.
Also like the Man card, if you’re waiting on an event to happen, the Woman card means that all will come together when you’re ready (if you’re female) or when the most important female in your life is ready.
When dating an event in Lenormand, the Lily symbolises the 30th of the month. Alternatively, it can represent 30 days, 30 weeks or 30 months.
Traditionally, Lily is the card of Winter time. I would also say that it can mean that an event will take place during a time which is significant to an older male (such as a birthday or anniversary).
The card Sun, hypothetically, an represent the 31st of a month, 31 days, 31 weeks or 31 months. However, it is much more common for Sun to be symbolic of summertime. Sometimes, the appearance of Sun can mean that a situation will happen during the day or in the afternoon.
The Moon card in Lenormand can symbolize a period of 32 days, weeks or months. However, this is not the time frame which is most frequently associated with Moon.
Typically, the Moon card will predict that an event will take place within the next 28 days. Obviously, this interpretation comes from the fact that the moon has a 28 day cycle.
Another possibility is that the Moon card means that the moon will be important to the situation at hand. Things may come to a head during an eclipse, during the night, on the day of a new moon or the night of a full moon. Whether you associate Moon with being full or new is up to you.
Hypothetically, the Key can represent the number 33 so you can predict with Key that an event will happen in 33 days, 33 weeks or 33 months.
It is much more common for the Key to be symbolic of something which is already happening and has been put into motion. The Key card implies something will take shape soon or it warns that you must quickly take action otherwise an opportunity will evaporate.
The Fish card is associated with the number 34 and can mean that something will happen in 34 days, weeks or months. A more traditional interpretation is to say that an event will take several months or an entire season.
Like the other Lenormand cards, the Anchor has a number associated with it, 35, which can be used to time an event to 35 days, 35 weeks or 35 months. If you’re reading time less literally, Anchor can mean that an event will either take place in, or last a very long time.
Let’s say you’re in a situation which you enjoy, such as a relationship. You have done your reading based around the question whether your lover is going to stay or not. Anchor in this case is a positive omen meaning that your love for each other will remain consistent.
By contrast, if you’re unhappy with an area of your life, crave change, or are waiting on action being taken, the Anchor card is not desirable. In a reading of this type, Anchor predicts an inability to move forward. For the foreseeable future, you are stuck where you are.
Literally, the Cross is associated with the number 36 so it can mean that an event will take place in 36 days, weeks or months. However, Cross is a card which includes a sense of urgency so it can mean that the event will happen soon, almost, uncomfortably soon.
Cross can symbolize spirituality and religion so I do read it as representing Easter time. You may choose to assign a different holiday to it such as Christmas or a non-Christian holiday depending on your preferences.
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Cards used in the cover image of this post are the Sirens' Song Lenormand by Carrie Paris.
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.
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