Lenormand Playing Card Inserts II: How To Use Them In Readings

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  1. Dear Lozzy,

    I did a bit of math on your card value combination technique. I find that statistically, in card pairs, the most likely combination to get is 20 (garden): 6+a, 7+k, 8+q, 9+j, 10+10, j+9, q+8, k+7, & a+6 all result in a sum of 20.

    Meanwhile, card 28 (gentleman) only has one possible way to be found in a pair: a+a. Some cards, like the rider, the clover, the ship, and all cards numbered 29-36 are just plain impossible to get because the value can’t exceed 14.

    ( The rider, the clover, and the ship are there because although you can reach these numbers by simplifying, the numbers you need to simplify from (10, 20, 11, 30, 12, 21) are already cards in the deck. For example: if I pull the tower(6) and the clover(6), how do I know if the secret card is 12(birds) or 3(ship)? )

    I wanted to bring this to your attention because as much as I love your clever and fascinating technique, I rather when anything in divination has an equal chance of happening. If you could maybe add to this article any ideas you’d have about balancing the probabilities, or at least unlocking the impossible cards I mentioned earilier, I would be so grateful.

    I love what you do! Thank you for providing free education on this subject. I wish you well!


    1. Hi Maxwell,

      Glad you’re enjoying the blog. Just to point out, this isn’t “my” card value combination technique at all. As I mention in the post, this is something I picked up from Caitlin Matthews’ excellent Lenormand book where she explores lots of different ways of using the pips in great detail that connects with other cartomancy methods and goes far more in depth than I can here. It’s really just a suggestion for ways you can use them. I’d strongly suggest that anyone interested in getting into the playing cards in much more depth looks into Caitlin’s book.

      I can answer your example though, as perhaps I didn’t make it clear enough. It is only when the cards involved come to a total of MORE THAN 36 that you reduce them. The Tower and the Ship together, 6 and 6, would therefore be 12. This is under 36 so you do not need to further reduce the numbers.

      In general though, I really would avoid trying to have too many “Rules” with Lenormand. There isn’t a fixed rulebook, just techniques that have developed over time. I and most other readers are simply sharing our experiences and what works for us. Treat them as suggestions and guidance rather than lore. So try things out, and see what works and doesn’t work for you!

      Best of luck with your Lenormand experiments


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