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1 >> The layout
2 >> When Single Card redings are useful
3 >> How they work
3 >> Example readings

1. The layout

The name of the layout, "Single Card" reading, says it all. One single card is drawn and laid out. For example:

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2. When Single Card readings are useful

As I mentioned in my introduction to Lenormand spreads Single Card readings are not common for Lenormand. For if you limit your interpretation of the individual cards to a few keywords each (which many Lenormand readers do!), Single Card readings can but sorely lack significance. However, if you are willing to look at an individual card in depth, Single card readings can lead you to astonishingly profound insights. I recommend them especially if:

You are a beginner, and in the process of getting to know the individual cards' meanings. Single Card readings are extremely useful for this process as they make you familiar with one card's meaning at a time.
You are interested in the archetype(s) a card is addressing.
You like philosophising about yourself and life.
You want a very condensed, focused answer.

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3. How Single Card readings work

Shuffle the deck and then draw one single card. Place it in front of you and turn it over. For interpreting the card you do one or several of the following:

1. Identify the keyword that fits: As a starting point you could go through the card's keywords and identify the one (or two or three!) that seem to fit, that give you the inspiration you were looking for. Quite possibly, keywords alone won't be fully satisfying as an answer, though. Especially if this is the case, proceed to 2 and/or 3.

2. Philosophise; and take the advice: You needn't limit yourself to a card's keywords only. You can read my own, longer interpretation of the card for more philosophical/psychological input. And if you believe in and trust your own wisdom, your own intuition, your own insights (which is often a good thing to do), you can also do some philosophising or research of your own. What else does the symbol on the card you've picked mean in your culture, and in other cultures? What does it mean to you personally, that my interpretation or the traditional one maybe hasn't mentioned? And what feelings, thoughts, and images, come up in you when you look at the card, and why do they come up? How do they all relate to the question you asked? And most importantly, identify those parts of the card's meaning which are problematic, and the ones which represent positive things. They can be understood as advice - respectively, what you should try to prevent from happening, and what you should aspire to. You can take some time to meditate on why it would be useful, what would change, if you followed this advice. How would your own life or other people's life become better?

3. Identify first steps: And finally, if you have ascertained what advice the card is giving you, you could meditate on what strategies would be useful to reach this new goal. You could identify (and resolve to actually take) the first one or two steps towards that goal.

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4. Two example readings

Example A&B
Question: "What is an important issue I need to deal with in the new year?"
Card drawn: Fox

Querent A ... is a person who is always busy caring for others. They feel tired constantly.
1. The keyword that fits: To Querent A, the "right" keyword seems to be self care. But they already know they need to take better care of themselves!
2. The advice: Reading the longer interpretation of the card they realise that they have internalised their family's narrative that someone looking after their own needs well is being selfish - and that this is the reason why taking care of themselves is so difficult for them! They also start suspecting that they would profit from caring less about what other people think in other areas of their life, too. Suddenly they feel an emotional connection with the often vilified "chicken thieving" fox.
3. The first steps: Querent A decides that an achievable first step towards better self care in the new year would be to finally take the sorely needed vacation - alone, without the family, just for themselves.

Querent B... is a person who is very nervous, often afraid.
1. The keyword that fits: Querent B picks the conglomeration of three keywords as the issue they should deal with in the new year: self-defence, suspiciousness and caution.
2. The advice: When they saw the keyword "self-defence" they realised that they are constantly on the lookout for danger to themselves - thus, no wonder they are always nervous! They note that in their own mind there is no difference between suspiciousness and caution - but that there really is. They suddenly understand that being cautious, being not-naive, and assessing risks realistically, is not the same as automatically assuming things are dangerous, automatically suspecting other people's motives.
3. The first steps: Querent B decides that an achievable first step towards being less defensive, nervous, and afraid, is to every evening write down three things which went well during that day - good things someone else said to or did for them, or things that made the world seem a friendly place.

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