In recent times, the 3-card tirage en ligne has pipped the 5-card in visibility.  However, the Line Five still retains a faithful following who see it as the quick answer par excellence. 

It is essential to understand that the size of a reading does not relate to the answer but additional detail.  You can get an answer from one, two, three, nine, thirteen, or thirty-six cards.   Generally speaking, five or nine cards suffice.  It is all determined by how much extra information you need in addition to the answer.

Before beginning, my focus here is solely on the lines that do not utilise a pre-selected middle card, or spreads such as the opening of the key, or lost man/no layout where one searches for a significator or one of the cartes maîtresses.

Line of Five

To create a line of five, simply deal out five cards in a row. You can then read the cards straight across, going left to right. Remember you are using narration and specification.

Let’s look at a couple of lines. If you struggle, walk through the cards slowly.  However, I urge you to make a conscious effort, right at the start of your learning, to build a synthesis in the form of a brief sentence for each reading.  It pays dividend.  All of my students do this.

Reading #1

Our first draw, performed in 2018, was for a female seeker who asked whether her temporary contract would be made permanent. 

My answer was, “No you will accept another offer.”  Where did I get that?

If we look at the cards carefully, we see that the Mountain is blocking one of the paths on the Road card. In contrast, on the other way, we can see the Cavalier approaches which tells the querent of an alternative route opening before her. The Anchor itself tethers the client, providing her with an avenue with security, at the aid of the Serpent.

It is not needed, here, but the mirroring reinforces the primary picture.  The Mountain and the Serpent indicate the need for an alternative path, or detour, due to difficulties in securing permanency.  The Road and the Anchor card tell us that a safer route will offer security.   We have two queens (and nines) in this line, which describe the agency of a female friend that echoes the Serpent (queen of clubs) falling in the final position.

The woman in question was on a fixed-term contract and secured a permanent position, on a higher band (two nines), in a different department more than five months before the position ended.  After she left the job was closed due to a hospital merger.

Reading #2

The second line was done for a male querent, in 2017, who wanted to terminate a long-term contract early, but without the giving the full sixteen weeks’ notice in order to accept a new position. 

What is immediately noticeable is that the Road card precedes the Flowers and Lilies cards.  The Lord will be able to negotiate (the Road with the Flowers) a shorter notice period, but it will be subject to departmental (Lilies) regulations.  With such a compromise, he will be ready to leave successfully.  Here, the Key and the High Tower cards describe a solution that facilitates him being able to go. Once the cards had been turned over, I had no hesitation of saying yes, but only just.

Again, this line has two queens, but it also has both the queen and king of spades.  In my experience, two consorts side-by-side indicate either a couple or two people influencing the matter.  Although both the Road and High Tower separate, the central three cards show rules and processes are the solution. I said that the woman (two queens) would be agreeable, but he would need to work at least seven weeks’ notice.

The person did leave but had to work nine weeks’ notice negotiated with the service lead (who was female).

The Petit Lenormand © abCartomancy 2010 – 2020

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