In 1987, Erna Droesbeke published her text Kaartleggen met Mlle Lenormand. Over the next ten years, this influential work was translated into French, German and also English. Carta Mundi went on to use the text as the basis for their Little White Books in the Dutch, German and English editions. Despite this, the translated editions were released as a set with the well-known Blaue Eule Lenormand.
Droesbeke’s book was the first Lenormand text I read. Although I did not agree with Droesbeke on some issues, I did find one of her teaching extremely beneficial: the Cross of Destiny.
Using the 9 x 4 GT, Droesbeke outlines the technique. The “Cross” (X) is traced from the Significator and was formed by the oblique or diagonal cards. In Droesbeke’s method, these lines were interpreted as cause (left) and effect (right).
Essentially, Droesbeke developed certain ideas observed with oblique cards and the four corners in old tableaus. Due to not being in direct sight (as is the case with vertical or horizontal cards), oblique combinations were often treated as linking cards. They provided information on how events developed from past to present and present to past.
Cause and Effect:
The cards below were part of a Grand Tableau for a female client. The Lady card fell in the third horizontal row.
Observing the premise outlined above, the Road, the Boat, the House cards can be interpreted as the cause of circumstances. In contrast, the Cavalier, the Heart and the Lord cards are effect cards.
Let us look at them in turn:
Taking the cards on the left as causes, we see a decision to relocate.
The Road indicates the decision. We have nothing to pair it with. However, from the Boat and House card, we can surmise it was to relocate. You will note that the Boat sails away from the House card, which infers the Lady left either her homeland or an area she had lived in for sometime.
Now, if we turn to the oblique cards on the right, we can determine the effect of the relocation.
These three tell us that the consequence is the meeting of an admirer.
The Cavalier and the Heart card indicate thoughts of love. The Cavalier rides away from the Heart, so his tidings are those of love and admiration coming to the Lady.
The Lord card can thus be read as the admirer. As the Cavalier is involved, we can often be sure of an introduction or a meeting through mutual friends.
These cards are taken from a GT for a woman. The client had moved from Glasgow to the West Midlands for work.
The Lady was in position 22 in the classical 8 x 4 + 4. To her right was the Park and the Ring. The Heart was thus two cards above the Ring, and heralded a new relationship in the near future. She was introduced to the man by her new acquitances (Park).
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