The Lenormand, because it is more "cash" and more immediate than the Tarot, is undoubtedly one of the most adapted divinatory systems to the YES/NO reading. Of course, the consultant lacking confidence may sometimes want a clear-cut answer. But if the consultant follows the cards a little too closely, it is good to nuance the reading and to propose a balanced interpretation. Do not forget that each person is the master of his or her own destiny, and as valuable as a card reading can be to clarify a situation, it is still only a tool and cannot replace the free will of the consultant.
The YES/NO spread is in its essence so basic, that there are many methods to perform it. Below I propose 4 methods from the most clear-cut to a version that gives a nuanced and perhaps even non-definitive answer. This approach can satisfy the consultant who wants a definite answer or one that is coloured by nuance, because doubt is always allowed, isn't it ?
To begin with, I propose that the consultant choose his YES card. Naturally, the fortune teller can choose one by default. But I always find it useful that the consultant takes ownership of the deck, by doing so he gets involved in the reading and keeps in mind that he remains master of his situation. The possible cards for the YES are :
But beyond these 3 cards usually used, the consultant can also prefer one of the following cards :
When the consultant has chosen his YES card, he must decide on the NO card. The choice may be easier because there are probably fewer cards indicated for this role in the Lenormand system. You can use :
The first spread I propose is probably the most direct and immediate, but also the most clear-cut and binary. All you have to do is ask the consultant to shuffle the cards while thinking about the question. Then, when he/she feels ready, he/she cuts the cards and puts the two piles together to form a single deck. At this point, he/she turns the top cards of the deck face up one by one. The answer is given by the first YES or NO card that comes out. The quicker one of the two cards comes out, the more obvious the answer. If the consultant has to draw a lot of cards to get the YES or NO card, the answer is not so obvious and the consultant is invited to think about the situation.
The second spread is to establish a vote for each of the YES and NO options. The answer is thus like a communicating vessel between the YES and NO, either one of the cards prevails advantageously over the other, or on the contrary the vote is balanced, and the two options obtain practically the same number of votes. This weighting tells the consultant whether the answer is strong and definite if one option significantly outweighs the other. Or, on the contrary, the reading may inform that the pros and cons are balanced between the two options.
To make the spread, the consultant shuffles the cards while thinking about the question. Then when he/she feels ready, he/she cuts the deck and puts the two piles together. He/she then turns the deck face up. He/she draws the cards one by one until the first YES or NO answer card is revealed. All the cards that have been drawn must be put aside. From the remaining pack, with the first answer card on top, face up, look for the second answer card. Then separate the pack into two piles, with one of the two Answer cards on top of each pile.
The highest pile of cards wins and the Answer card on top wins. Of course you can count the number of cards in each pile for an accurate count. As you can imagine, the result can be very unbalanced with one pile much higher than the other, as well as balanced with two piles of equal height. There may even be the same number of cards in each pile.
The result can be interpreted as follows :
The consultant may want a more classical reading, leaving the possibility for the fortune teller to make a real interpretation and to have a real dialogue with him/her. In this case, I propose a simple 3-card reading :
Those who have read my article on the 5 best Lenormand spreads may wonder why I don't double the slots, as I advise doing. Here, for the YES/NO draw, it seems to me that the consultant expects above all a clear-cut answer, even for a classic spread. However, the more cards there are in the reading, the more complex and nuanced it will be. This is why, in the particular case of the YES/NO spread, I only draw 3 cards in order to have the simplest and most polarised answer possible. But of course you can double the cards in each slot. I give an example of this in the following spread.
In keeping with my advice to double the cards for each slot, to counterbalance the highly polarised cards of the Lenormand system, I offer below a final spread that takes this approach. It is a simple 4-card reading :
In this reading, I do not use the idea of a central slot for the consultant's situation, still with the idea of having a reading with few cards in order to keep it simple and quick to interpret. But of course you can add two cards in the centre representing the consultant's situation.
I hope that through this article you have found a way to make a YES/NO spread that matches your expectations. Of course, you can use another form of YES/NO spread. Feel free to share your own version in the comments.
In another article, I expand on other forms of Lenormand spreads, in a compilation of the 5 best Lenormand spreads that I usually use. All the articles will be compiled into an ebook soon. Feel free to leave your email address below to get it as soon as it is released.
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