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decoding the cards

In this section, you will find key words behind each card’s symbolism. Keep in mind, there are many more interpretations not listed. These are to give you an idea of what each card represents. Some words that fall under the same card may seem contradictory, but the meaning of the card can change depending on the situation at hand. When you first start reading, begin with simple situations like “What will happen at work in the following weeks?” That makes the frame of the cards your workplace, which will make it easier to interpret. For example, if Whip comes up, it most likely means “conflict” rather than “fitness.”

Because the meanings behind some cards are so broad, and some meanings seem like they don’t apply to you specifically, it is important to understand what each card means for your individual reading. 

Let’s take the Tower card for example. Generally, Tower stands for school, government, hospital, corporation, or other big buildings. When I am doing a reading for myself and Tower comes up, I assign Tower to my workplace, the studio, a tall brick building. This then tells me that every time I see the Tower come up, I should look at the surrounding cards to understand the situation at the studio. 

The same goes for Bear. This card can mean power, strength, mother, or a big chunk of money.  It can be a little daunting when there are many meanings for a single card, so choose one that resonates with you to begin. As you become more familiar with Lenormand, you will be able to apply the other meanings of the card. 

The Cards

cards with an asterisk have a Grand Tableau effect

NEUTRAL

1. RIDER

NEWS • ANNOUNCEMENT • MESSAGE • A VISITOR • ARRIVAL • SPEED • ENERGY • HORSE

POSITIVE

2. Clover*

LUCK • LIGHTNESS • CHANCE • LITTLE JOY • BRIEF FORTUNE • OPPORTUNITY • LAUGHTER

NEUTRAL

3. Ship

JOURNEY • VEHICLE • FOREIGN • DEPARTURE • LEAVING HOME • ADVENTURE • ARRIVING • VACATION 

NEUTRAL

4. House

HOME • FAMILY • LANDLORD • ESTABLISHMENT • DOMESTIC • TRADITION • PRIVACY • INDOORS 

neutral

5. TREE

HEALTH  • GROWTH • HEALING  • SPIRITUALITY • ROOTS  • CONNECTION  • PAST LIVES

unfortunate

6. CLOUDS*

UNCERTAINTY • DOUBT • CONFUSION • INSECURITY • CLOUDY • MOODY • PRETENDING 

UNFORTUNATE

7. SNAKE*

COMPLEXITY • PRIDE • PROBLEMS • SEDUCTION • MISTRESS • WISDOM • JEALOUSY • DESIRE 

UNFORTUNATE

8. COFFIN*

LOSS • GRIEF • ILLNESS • GHOST • MOURNING • SADNESS • DEADLINE

POSITIVE

9. BOUQUET*

SKILLS • GIFT • VARIETY • BEAUTY • POLITENESS • PLEASANTRY • PRAISES • SPRING

UNFORTUNATE

10. SCYTHE*

SUDDEN • SEVERING • WARNING • ACCIDENT • REVENGE • SURGEON • DANGER • AUTUMN

UNFORTUNATE

11. WHIP*

FITNESS • OBEDIENT • CONFLICT • ARGUMENT • DISCUSSION • ORGANIZE • OBJECTION • SEX

NEUTRAL

12. BIRDS

TALKING • COMMUNICATION • PHONE CALL • SIBLINGS • NERVOUSNESS • EXPECTATION • GOSSIP • SPECULATION

NEUTRAL

13. CHILD

YOUNG • SMALL • NAIVE • STUDENT • NEW BEGINNING • INEXPERIENCED • INNOCENCE • FRESH START

UNFORTUNATE

14. FOX*

OCCUPATION • SELF-PRESERVATION • MANIPULATIVE • SUSPICIOUS • DISHONEST • WRONG • SNEAKY • IMPOSTER

NEUTRAL

15. BEAR

POWER • LEADER • MOTHER • GRANDMOTHER • MATRIARCH • PROTECTIVE • BOSS • STRENGTH • LUMP SUM

positive

16. Stars*

TRUST • HOPE • CLARITY • PURPOSE • OPTIMISM • GOALS • SUCCESS • ALIGNMENT

neutral

17. Stork

CHANGE • BECOMING • MOVEMENT • TRANSITIONS • VISITOR • IMMIGRANT • CYCLES • FLYING • TRANSFORMATION

positive

18. Dog*

FRIEND • LOYALTY • GUARDIAN • SUPPORTIVE • PROTECTION • PET • HELPFUL

neutral

19. Tower

WORKPLACE • GOVERNMENT • HOSPITAL • SCHOOL • AUTHORITY • SOLITUDE • ISOLATION • BARRIER • LONELINESS

neutral

20. GARDEN

SOCIAL LIFE • PARTY • OUTDOORS • CELEBRATION • CULTURE • PUBLIC SPACES • REPUTATION • SHARING • BACKYARD

unforunate

21. MOUNTAIN*

DELAY • OBSTACLE • IMPEDIMENT • STRUGGLE • EXPLORER • OVERCOME • HURDLE

neutral

22. paths

CROSSROADS • DECISIONS • CHOICES • OPTIONS • INDECISIVE • SEPARATION • FREEDOM • WALKING

unfortunate

23. mice*

DIMINISHMENT • DEPLETION • WORRIES • LOSS • DISEASE • LESSENING • TO MAKE SMALLER

positive

24. heart*

LOVE • ROMANTIC • FORGIVENESS • EMOTION • CHARITY • EMPATHY • SOUL

positive

25. Ring*

UNION • BOND • CIRCULAR • MARRIAGE • CONTRACT • PROMISE • ENGAGEMENT • CYCLICAL

neutral

26. Book

SECRETS • KNOWLEDGE • EDUCATION • INFORMATION • WISDOM • TEACHER • LONG PROJECTS • BOOKS • WORDS

neutral

27. LETTER

MESSAGE • EMAIL • LETTER • WRITING • DOCUMENT • INFORMATION • DRAWING

28. tHE GENTLEMAN

Represents the querent or someone in the querent's life. This card is spoken about by reading the surrounding cards.

29. the lady

Represents the querent or someone in the querent's life. This card is spoken about by reading the surrounding cards.

NEUtRAL

30. LILY

PEACE • MORALS • FRAGILITY • SEXUALITY • WISDOM • OLD AGE • GRANDFATHER • WINTER

POSITIVE

31. SUN*

HAPPINESS • SUCCESS • WARMTH • ELECTRICITY • JOY • BRIGHTNESS • SUMMER • TODAY

NEUTRAL

32. MOON

DREAMS • CAREER • HONOR • CREATIVITY • INTUITION • FANTASY • SUBCONSCIOUS • THE MIND • TONIGHT

POSITIVE

33. KEY*

SOLUTION • UNLOCKING • REVELATION • IMPORTANT • SUCCESS • OPEN • ACHIEVEMENT • RESOLUTION

NEUTRAL

34. FISH

MONEY • CURRENCY • WEALTH • FORTUNE • BUSINESS • OCEAN • FLOW • ABUNDANCE • GAIN

NEUTRAL

35. ANCHOR

SECURITY • STABILITY • WEIGHTY • PERMANENCE • LOCKED IN • FOUNDATION • FOCUS • SAFE

UNFORTUNATE

36. cross*

(or ALBATROSS)

BURDEN • CHALLENGE • FAITH • KARMA • DUTY • RESPONSIBILITY • CONVICTION