Why Context Is Important In Lenormand Readings

If you have been practising your Lenormand readings for a while, you’ll be picking up that it helps to have a good understanding of the following elements of the Lenormand system in order to get the best results.

  • The underlying card meanings
  • How card combinations work
  • The right layout for what you you want to find out, and to what level of detail.

The other key element is, of course, the context that you’re reading the cards in: the area of your own or another person’s life that you are specifically asking about

Why Context Is Important

As you can see in my post How To Tell A Story With Lenormand, depending on what information you’re trying to get from the cards, and particularly in predictive readings, without a context, a reading can sometimes seem vague and lack specificity.  And the exact meanings can seem wildly different depending on the context. (They’re not really because they are simply different manifestations of the cards’ underlying meanings as seen here in How Do I Know Which Card Meaning Is Right?) but it’s the context  that offers you precision.

In a storytelling system like Lenormand, if the cards are like the words and images that convey ideas, the combinations might be the way you string the sentences together and the layout you choose provides a structure and the way you have decided to answer any question you’ve asked. The context, though, is more like the genre for a film or a book: the type of “story” it is, which gives you the overall picture for how you’re going tell it.

How Do I Know The Context?

Often a clear question provides the context for you: What do I need to do to improve my relationship with X? (Love & Friendship) Which of the jobs should I take? (Career) What do I need to watch out for in my business? (Business & Money) Will I meet someone soon? (Love & Relationships). Sometimes, the cards themselves provide the context, particularly if you are using one as a key card, or if one falls in the centre of a reading, giving an indication that the reading is about a particular area of life.

Now, mostly on this blog, I’ve been focusing on the most obvious contexts and areas of life, such as Love, Career and People. But the truth is, one you’ve got the basics of the card meanings, you’ll find that Lenormand is a highly flexible system that you can apply to any context you want.

So as an example, let’s take a couple of cards at random, and apply them to as many different contexts as we can:

Lenormand Bear Card  Lenormand Mice Card


First, let’s look at each card individually for its most basic underlying meanings:

BEAR = Strength, power, protection

MICE = Anxiety, worry, erosion

Now let’s put those meanings into different contexts for each card


The BEAR in different contexts

Everyday Life         Security & Protection, Money

In a business          Power, Security, Management, Finances

As an activity         Building strength and power, Moneymaking, Bodybuilding, Eating

In technology        System security and robustness

At home                   Domestic finances, domestic security and sense of safety

In love                      Protective, forceful

In health                Physically strong and healthy

Psychologically   Strong and secure, protective, mentally strong and resilient

In a friendship     Protective, reliable, secure, a sense of safety in the friendship. Robust

In a job                    Financial security, power, manager

In a person            Physical or emotional strength, powerful individual, wealthy individual


The MICE in different contexts

Everyday Life         Worries, anxiety, stress, nerves

In a business          Small problems, niggles, undermining factors

As an activity         Worrying, stressing, undermining

In technology        Bugs, flaws, system errors

At home                   Pests, structural erosion, domestic anxieties

In love                      Neuroticism, anxiety, love worries

In health                Stressed. Distress. Health worries

Psychologically   Anxious personalities, worries, stresses

In a friendship     Needy, stressful, niggling, draining friendship

In a job                    Work stress, stressful job

In a person            Nervous, neurotic individual, worrier, stressed out, needy behaviour


Finally, using the Noun + Adjective card combination method (see here for a reminder) let’s combine the cards in each of the contexts.

In the simplest form in this case, Bear+Mice would represent something like “Anxious security or strength” but this is given much more specific and clear meanings when you apply it to different contexts


The BEAR + MICE combined in different contexts

Everyday Life         Anxious financial situation, money or security worries

In a business          Undermined security, finances or power eroded

As an activity         Anxious/comfort eating. Obsessive bodybuilding,  over-forcefulness due to fear.

In technology        System security or strength compromised by bugs or flaws

At home                   Fearful home security; safety threatened; house structurally damaged or crumbling

In love                      The strength and security of a relationship undermined by anxiety; clinginess

In health                Health problems, illness, strength impacted by aches and pains

Psychologically   Mental robustness threatened & eroded by anxiety, stress. Defensiveness.

In a friendship     Overprotection, clingy or overbearing situation

In a job                    Security or power eroded. Money worries, insecure situation

In a person            Fearful and defensive individuals


Can you see how important the  context is in terms of its effect on your interpretations of the cards? And how it deepens and clarifies the meanings you give them?

You can try this out for yourself as a practice exercise:

  • Pick two cards at random from your deck.
  • Using the contexts above plus any others you’d like to try, try to come up with meanings for both for each context.
  • Now combine them in each context as I have done above. Try and think of as many interpretations as you can.


In summary: Why is the context of the reading so important?

The context of a reading a crucial piece of the jigsaw when you are reading Lenormand, along with your understanding of card meanings, combinations and layouts. Yes, you will need to exercise a bit of lateral and creative thinking, but being able to apply the cards in different context will give you:

  • Precision and accuracy. It enables you to pick the right meanings for your cards and their combinations
  • Focus: It focuses the “story” of the reading for you,  making it easier for you to pull the reading together into a meaningful narrative in response to the question you’ve asked


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