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Lenormand Houses: How to Read the Grand Tableau, an Alternate or Additional Method

The Grand Tableau is a 36 card spread that utilizes each and every one of the cards of the Lenormand deck. One of the methods that I briefly mentioned in an earlier post about reading the Grand Tableau was related to something called Lenormand Houses. This topic was fairly large, that I felt that I had to make another post about it, instead of including it there.

The Lenormand Houses: A Simple Way to Read the Grand Tableau

Working with the Lenormand Houses in the Grand Tableau, especially if you’re coming from a tarot tradition, seems much more intuitively understandable than interpreting Lenormand spreads in a structural or syntactic manner. If you’re relatively new to Lenormand, this may be a great way to start reading this gigantic spread, as it gives you a fairly broad view of the situation that you are reading for. If you’re coming from a tarot tradition, you can consider the Lenormand Houses of the Grand Tableau as one of those giant spreads that you do every year that give you an overview on every area of your life. The only difference is that the answers are generally more practical and to the point.

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Interpreting Lenormand Houses

Reading Lenormand Houses in the Grand Tableau

When you lay out your Lenormand cards in the format of the Grand Tableau, each position is referred to as a Lenormand House. For example, when you draw the card, the first card you place down is in the house of the Rider (which is the first card of the Lenormand). The second card you place down is in the house of the Clover (the second card of the Lenormand), and so on and so forth, until you’ve placed all your cards. To read the card combinations, just read the house and the card in its position as a pair. For example, getting a Stork in the house of the the Rider (meaning this card is drawn first), can reference a change in any messages that you’ve been receiving.

Lenormand Houses Meanings List

The following is a list of the areas of life that each house can represent and the questions that they can answer, in order. You'll see that they will correspond to the general meaning of the card.

Position

House Name

Meanings, Questions Answered

1

House of the Rider

What kinds of messages and news is the querent getting about their situation?

2

House of the Clover

What can bring the querent luck or happiness regarding this situation? Where can they look? 

3

House of the Ship

Where must the querent travel? What kind of travel does the querent have to take?

 4

House of the House

What is happening in the querent's home life? How are family relationships affecting the situation?

 5

House of the Tree

How is the querent's health impacting the situation? 

 6

House of the Clouds

What creates confusion or unclarity for the querent here? What is hidden or obscured right now?

 7

House of the Snake

What does the querent really desire? Is there anyone here that may be deceptive or manipulative?

 8

House of the Coffin

What has been or could be lost? What has the querent repressed or chosen to ignore?

 9

House of the Bouquet

What is appreciated by the querent or by others? What is being given? What gifts does the querent receive?

 10

House of the Scythe

What here was sudden? What is to be "harvested" from the past? What needs to be cut here?

 11

House of the Whip

What brings the querent pain? What guilt is the querent holding within? What punishment is the querent receiving? 

 12

House of the Birds

What is the querent worried about? What is the gossip regarding this situation?

 13

House of the Child

What in the querent's life are they enthusiastic, inexperienced or playful about?

 14

House of the Fox

Where in the querent's life are they being selfish, cunning or sly? What is the querent doing out of survival?

 15

House of the Bear

How do authority figures affect the situation? How are parents, bosses affecting the querent?

 16

House of the Star

What does the querent wish for? What are their dreams? How does this situation affect them?

 17

House of the Stork

What kinds of changes are occurring in the querent's life?

 18

House of the Dog

What roles do the querent's friends play? How do they affect the situation?

 19

House of the Tower

What are the querent's ambitions? Is there an effect that the government or law has on the situation?

 20

House of the Garden

How is the querent's social life? How does the querent's social life affect the situation?

 21

House of the Mountain

What obstacles are coming up regarding the querent? What stands in the way of the querent?

 22

House of the Way

What kinds of choices does the querent have to make? What paths are open to them?

 23

House of the Mice

What is decaying in the querent's life, that they must take care of? What causes the querent stress?

 24

House of the Heart

How are the querent's relationships affecting their life and this situation? 

 25

House of the Ring

What kinds of commitments (romantic or otherwise) does the querent have? 

 26

House of the Book

How does knowledge or education affect the situation? What kinds of secrets are in play?

 27

House of the Letter

What is the state of communication regarding this situation? What is being sent or received? 

 28

House of the Man

If the querent identifies as male, what is at the center of their situation? Otherwise, how does their partner affect this state?

 29

House of the Woman

If the querent identifies as female, what is at the center of their situation? Otherwise, how does their partner affect this state?

 30

House of the Lily

What does the querent need to feel at peace? Does sex and lust affect the situation?

 31

House of the Sun

What victories and successes has the querent had regarding this situation?

 32

House of the Moon

What is the emotional life of the querent regarding the situations? What effects is the unconscious having? 

 33

House of the Key

What needs to be opened up or revealed in the querent's life in order to progress forward? What is locked away right now?

 34

House of the Fish

What is the state of the querent's financial life? How does it affect the situation?

 35

House of the Anchor

What gives the querent a feeling of stability? Is it comforting or smothering?

 36

House of the Cross

What responsibilities, duties or burdens does the querent have? How do they affect the querent?

 


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