The Grand Tableau is the daddy (mummy?) of Lenormand Readings and involves all 36 cards. It’s a big and involved reading, very complex to do and can give you a huge amount of information about ANY aspect of the querent’s life you want to explore.
In terms of timeframe, we are looking pretty big-picture. Think months rather than in the next few days or week. I tend to use this reading sparingly – it’s a “What Will the Next Year Bring?” kind of reading.
You will find out exactly why this is when we go into the step-by-step instructions and when we look at a sample reading.
There are two versions of the layout – the 9 x 4 and the 8 x 4 + 4
9 x 4:
8 x 4+4:
Other Features of The Grand Tableau
The Lenormand Grand Tableau also involves a number of more advanced reading techniques:
- First of all, you can incorporate some of the methods from other readings, particularly the 9 card spread.
- Mirroring, which you’ll know about from my weekly readings
- Reflection – another type of mirroring, which gives you extra information
- Knighting, where you look at cards in the knight position i.e. 2 cards along and then 1 either side from your querent or any other card you are interested in
- Houses, with the position of each card representing a “house”
Position of the Querent Card (Woman/Man)
The position of the querent in the grid is highly significant and the whole reading rests on this. Everything to the left of the querent is considered to be the influence of the past. Everything to the right, future influences. The lower the querent card falls on the grid, the less control of events they are said to have. Things above the querent are less in their control than things below.
Next, I’ll take you through the step-by-step instructions for this layout in How To Read The Grand Tableau Part I followed by Part II, which is an example Grand Tableau Reading using those instructions.
Before you tackle this layout, however, I STRONGLY suggest you familiarise yourself with the following: