The oldest instructions for the Petit Lenormand – sometimes referred to as the Philippe Lenormand – outline the cards’ meanings by proximity using the terms ‘near’ and ‘far.’

Over time, this method has been both mystified and also disregarded as archaic. However, even if the cartomante does not refer to it explicitly, she will be utilising its conventions.

In fact, most diviners employ the rationality behind proximity in various systems – from the Petit Lenormand to the Tarot. After all, we all know cards are best read together rather than singularly. Cards that touch will effect each other. That is proximity.

Essentially, near and far is about engagement. It is a spatial understanding which creates relationships through cards’ proximity to crucial cards. The principle card, being, is the Significator. This is because the Significator marks the client in the realm of the cards. Where it falls is where the seeker stands.

For example, let us suppose the Significator is the Lady. To her right, we see the Fishes and the Mice.

We know the Mice steal what is to their left. Yet their proximity to the Significator means that Lady is far likelier to see evidence of their purloining ways and either prevent it or recoup the loss. When the Mice fall far away, it is often the case one seldom realises the damage until it is too late. Why? Because they are not so close to you, indicating that they exist on a more periphery of circumstance at that time.

Generally speaking, cards one to two spaces from the Significator is near, and anything else would be classified as far. However, if there are five cards to the Significator’s, the fifth card would be the farthest. So remember distance exists in stages.


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