Proximity and Predominance

One thing we know about Lenormand is that there are many different traditional ways of reading the cards. The only original system for reading a GT that is clearly documented in the cards’ original instructions, was by PROXIMITY. That is, the idea of which cards are near and which cards are far from the significator and each other. These days, some readers use the Houses system and some just read the “sentences” as they fall diagonally, up and down, and left to right. Some readers hop and some readers count. But the original system given by Herr Dondorf to his game was proximity.

I use proximity when I read a line of five or nine as when I also read a full board. And the reason is this:

Lenormand has certain groups of cards, which is to say, there is more than one card that means, for instance, “a significant change.” STORKS are what come to mind, but when TOWER and KEY are close by, everything will turn upside down. COFFIN is another card of change as it’s primary meaning is “transformation.” (There are certain instances when it can be more, but they require certain circumstances.) What do we see when we have them all in the same line of five, nine, or row in a GT?

It means a great deal of change coming to the client. I use this method when reading and it has proven to be very reliable and accurate when trying to discern the cards meanings in context to the question.

Are there a great deal of fast cards in the throw? If we have MOON HORSEMAN CLOVER WHIP SCYTHE, we have successfully engaged every single fast moving card in the deck. In fact, there is such an element of movement in this throw, that I would venture to say a physical fight could materialize. The other possibility is that the client is an athlete and will be involved in a race or physically challenging situation very soon. The person will have to move fast and make decisions quickly, but will ultimately succeed. HORSEMAN, WHIP, and SCYTHE are very hot-tempered cards. HORSEMAN is usually neutral, but when he is in the company of the WHIP and SCYTHE, it is possible Hell can break loose! If this were a career throw, I would say the client will be involved in a series of grueling, short meetings, like a conference where he must make presentations for ten hours,  and where he has to make several important decisions quickly. With a throw like this, client work in an emergency room, be a waiter, or even a stock trader.

If I threw a line of nine where I got all the travel cards, like SHIP, HORSEMAN, STORKS, and ROADS, in addition to  another five, then I would ask the client if they were planning a trip or move soon. It doesn’t really rely on an outright, card by card interpretation to tell this; it simply recognizes that proximity in the cards has another aspect that can be seen and also be reliable and accurate. The same can hold true for cards that deal with education and learning: FOX, SNAKE, BOOK, LETTER, WHIP, ANCHOR all refer to activities we do in school. We read, write, and argue our points; and sometimes we learn by making mistakes or lying. Whatever the case, when the BOOK, LETTER, FOX, SNAKE, and WHIP are close by, is your client studying something or engaged in a writing project? Do they have to take the GRE soon for grad school? We don’t need to pick apart every single card to see that predominance and proximity can play a role in a good reading. In trying to dissect every card in a throw, we can sometimes not see the forest because of the trees.

English: Aspen trees near Aspen, Colorado


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