The tirage en croix, or French Cross, is classic spread and in French literature occupies a similar position to the Celtic Cross in English material. Due to its commonality, it exists in several variations.

Despite its association with the Tarot cards one does find it in French literature on the Petit Lenormand.

The version outlined, here, is a concatenation of variations described by Mary Marco and Jeanine Goffinet (Petit Lenormand: Méthode de Cartomancie), Colette Silvestre (Le Petit Lenormand), and Marie Delclos (Le livre du Petit Lenormand).

For contemporary students, there is a strong advocation to concentrate on short lines of three or five and daily draws. However, after working with numerous students, one has found that these are not necessarily the best options. Consequently, one recommends using the French Cross prior to linear draws.

The French Cross uses just five cards and helps the student develop a robust understanding of the cards. In particular, it is extremely conducive in developing an understanding of how the thirty-six pictures’ individual essence function in specific context and roles. Both of these are needed to develop combinations.

As the readings below are illustrations, I have unpacked the reading, as it were, giving a systemic delineation. However, I have endeavoured to draw attention to the functional basis of each interpretation when progressed in context. One should see this in the handling of the Flowers and the Hound cards in the first and third example, respetively.

The cards are laid out as shown below:

Remove the Significator card prior to shuffling. It should be placed in position 0. The remaining positions are as follows:

The first card represents the consultant concerning the question. For example, if the Sun card fell, here, you could say that the client was optimistic and ready to go. In contrast, the Coffin would infer despondency and lacking in motivation.

The second card describes the influences that can help or hinder matters. The Sun card, here, would intimate that there was a clear path to success and good support. The Coffin, here, would indicate a lack of resources, support or energy.

The third card indicates the direction taken that initiates the outcome. Seeing the Sun, here, would suggest either a stroke of luck or a robust first move clears the path to success. The Coffin would infer that matters stagnate causing the situation to deteriorate.

The fourth card provides the answer and outcome. The Sun would be a successful endeavour, whereas the Coffin tells us of the opposite. The matter fails and produces nothing.

The fifth card is the synthesis and determines the quality of the answer. In contrast to the traditional Tarot method, when using the Petit Lenormand, the fifth card is dealt from the deck rather than being numerically determined.

The synthesis describes the quality of the answer and whether it be welcomed or not. For example, you ask about reconciliation and find the Coffin and the Sun in the fourth and fifth position, respectively. Although the reconciliation is ruled out (the Coffin), it is for the best with new a day dawning (the Sun). If they are reversed, it tells us that the reconciliation (Sun) soon turns foul, or you break up again (Coffin).

Examples:

Cross One:

The reading below was performed in 2007. A man inquired if he and an ex-boyfriend would reconcile. The Gentleman card is the significator.

The cards as they fell:

  • The first card represents the consultant in relation to the question.

The Birch Rod card tells us that the client is feeling both hurt and angry.  Quite often the sting of the Birch Rod is a coups du sort.

  • The second card describes the influences that can help or hinder matters.

The Cross, here, tells us that there is pain and hurt on both sides and that is not conducive to reconciliation.  Remember the Cross is also the deck’s abscissor.  This is a watershed moment.    

  • The third card indicates the direction taken that initiates the outcome.

Renard’s appearance, here, tells us that the Gentleman and his ex-boyfriend are at odds with each other.  There is also a rival on the scene who’s eyes have already turned in the direction of the ex-boyfriend.

  • The fourth card provides the answer and outcome.

With the information mentioned above in mind, it is clear that the Road card intimates a separation. The client and his ex are taking different directions in their lives and have parted ways. There will be no reconciliation.

  • The fifth card is the synthesis and determines the quality of the answer.

The Cavalier card presenting as the synthesis is not an unwelcome picture. We can be sure that there will be a new man arriving soon, once the client sets out on his new road.

Obviously, the answer was no.  There has been too much hurt (Cross) which even the client must concede (Birch Rod).  They are now at odds (Renard) and it’s time to on (Road) with someone new (Cavalier).

I did this reading for a friend.  Within a week of the reading, the ex-boyfriend had moved on with someone known to the client.  Not long after that my friend started a new job and was soon dating a drug rep.

Tip:

Once you have considered each card it is essential to bring everything together.  In this draw we do not have five one-card readings, but one reading comprised of five cards.  For this reason, we need to summarise everything in a sentence or two. Get into the habit of doing this with each reading.

Also, you can be sure your client’s will want to know why you say “Yes” or “No.”

Cross Two

This reading was done in 2010 for a woman who wanted to know if she would be made manager following someone’s retirement.  The significator was the Lady.

The cards as they fell:

  • The first card represents the consultant in relation to the question.

The Hound card tells us that the client reliable and biddable and knows the turf.  Remember the Hound is illustrated as a guard-dog or working hound. It thus connects more with employees or those who take instruction than managers.

  • The second card describes the influences that can help or hinder matters.

Seeing the Coffin, here, we can expect a breakdown of the current team and its existence.  The Coffin is not conducive to promotion.

  • The third card indicates the direction taken that initiates the outcome.

The Book card indicates that ideas and plans are still being considered. Unfortunately, these are unknown to the client for now. No rash decision or offer is being made; she will need to act in a measured way and increase her acumen.

  • The fourth card provides the answer and outcome.

The Cloverleaf, as the outcome, indicates that a small opportunity will surely present itself. This will be the chance she needs to further her candidacy. Its presence as the outcome is positive – providing she acts on the Cloverleaf.

  • The fifth card is the synthesis and determines the quality of the answer.

The Key, presenting as the synthesis, emphasizes that this small window of opportunity will be what is required to open the door to promotion.

The answer is, yes. But she will need to exploit an opportunity first.

The woman in question had worked as a medical secretary for a number of years. Not long after the reading, a secondment as a team leader was undertaken by the client. This provided her with some extra experience and she did secure her manager’s role thereafter.

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