HOW TO USE GILDED REVERIE LENORMAND FOR YOUR CALENDAR SPREAD
I recently watched Malkiel and Donnaleigh's videos on the Lenormand Calendar spread. I thought it was such a fantastic exorcize that I just had to try it myself. (I will post linky dinks down below) Calendar spreads are a wonderful way to get a snapshot of your day/week/month/year. It's also great way to get familiar with a new deck or oracle. As you watch the days unfold you can capture new meanings for your oracle.
What you will be doing is laying out a card for each day of the month as a monthly spread. You will need a calendar of some sort. If you don't have a calendar that you can write on it's easy enough to print one from the internet or just create your own. You will need this to record the cards you have pulled for each day.
I'll be using two methods for recording my Lenormand month. I'll be writing out the numbers in my journal and my art board. I use my art board for laying out spreads that I want to keep out for a little while. A large sheet of sketch paper is clipped on my art board and I can experiment with a number of new oracles or spreads and keep them out to see how they interact over a few days. This art board is ridged enough to keep the cards from shifting and it's flat enough to tuck under a bed. If you don't have an art board you could use a piece of plywood, cardboard or foamboard.
Next you're going to shuffle up your favorite Lenny deck and start laying out your cards face up onto the calendar. Now what will you do with those 5 extra cards??? What Malkiel and Donnaleigh have done is find the difficult or troublesome cards and lay a card right on top of that card. Let's say the clouds, mountain, death, whip or scythe.
You could also set one of the extra cards at the end of the week and use it has a pairing card for each day of that week.
I'll be using the Gilded Reverie Lenormand by Ciro Marchetti. That's a mouthful for me so I call it the Gilded Lenny. This is a traditional/non traditional deck that is just as fabulous as all of Ciro's decks. It's traditional as in it has all 36 traditional Lenormand cards but the are a few surprise extras. It's also quite a bit larger than a traditional Lenny deck.
The Gilded Lenny has all the traditional Lenormand cards in it but there are some extra cards as well. First you have the extra man and woman cards. I use these extra cards all the time and these are great if you have readings with same sex couples but there are many occasions where these significators can be used. I wont be needing the extra man/woman for this month spread.
There is also two #12 cards, the birds. I use the cute little red birds for social media. This is gossipy, water cooler type communications. Chit chat. Conversation light. The other is owls. Owls are wise creatures delivering meaningful messages from the divine. While the little red birds chatter about the mundane the owls bring wisdom. This is the card that brings the deep spiritual instruction that I need to hear. The birds card can also be a couple, older couple, grandparents. I've got stuff going on with my parents so I'll be using this card to represent them.
Ciro has 4 other unique cards that he has added. #37 is the Time card. You can see all forms of time represented. It usually means I need to be patient and wait for the proper timing. #38 is the Bridge. This is a very useful card. In a 3 card line it can bridge the pairing cards for a way through a situation. #39 is Dice, another great card. Kind of like the Wheel of Fortune or the Jokers. Something is gonna come and gum up the works or... something is going to show up and save the day in a big way!! And lastly is the Mask. #40. Fabulously beautiful this card could have many meanings. I see it rather like Carnival! A huge party, lots of fun. There is always a down side to every party and you can look to where Mr. Grumpy is facing as to what that will be.
So if you want to work with a traditional Lenny deck you can easily remove all the extra cards. If you do you will have 6 cards left over. I love all of these cards so I'm going to be working with 10 extra cards. (minus the x man/woman) That's a whole lotta cards so I had to really think that one through.
Now I'm going to shuffle these up and place them on the calendar.
July starts on a Monday so you can see I'm one space in at this point. I'm laying out all the way to the end and then I've decided with all these extras I will be using an end card for paring.
Now that all the calendar spaces are filled in I'll be setting out the extra cards over some troublesome cards and also on days/areas that I need a little more information on.
IT'S OK TO RUNE IT!!
I enjoy working with the energies of the Runes and often add them to my readings. For each day I pulled a Rune and recorded each rune on my calendar.
Now that the month is on I'm now able to refer to the month 2 ways. I can read the month from my journal and I can also read the month on my art board. I will be keeping the cards up on my board for the entire month so I can more easily see all the interactions of the cards.
BUT I DON'T KNOW THE NUMBER ASSOCIATIONS OF THE LENORMAND CARDS, NOW WHAT???
I too had difficulty associating the numbers with each card. While you don't really need to remember the numbers it is quite helpful if you like to journal your readings. It may seem like a daunting task and Donnaleigh has graciously created a video series that helps you easily remember each card and it's number association. As an added bonus she has also created a video on the court card associations. This is helpful in locating people in the Lenormand. The Lenormand has it's own numbering associations but it also has playing card associations and this video specifically helps you remember the court card/Lenormand card associations.
CHECK OUT THESE LINKY DINKS
Here are links so you can see how Malkiel and Donnaleigh create their Lenormand Calendar spreads.
Malkiel Rouven Dietrich is a gifted German psychic and has a great many videos on how to read the Lenormand. He has done 2 Lenormand Calendar spreads and you can see those videos in the links I've provided.
Donnaleigh has posted a vido on her blog and Youtube channel and you can see that here.
DO YOU WANT TO MEMORIZE THE CARD NUMBER ASSOCIATIONS??? of course you do. Try it, no really, it's very very easy!!
Now that you've memorized all the numbers go ahead and check this out! You can memorized all the court cards in the Lenormand. Also very very very easy.