Advanced Techniques for Reading the Petit Lenormand Grand Tableau – Part 2

In Advanced Techniques for Reading the Petit Lenormand Grand Tableau – Part I, we covered how to recognize possible influences affecting situations in your consultant’s life by reading the diagonals around cards of interest. Sometimes this technique works rather well for events, but people are sometimes a little harder to read. Indeed, most people might have secrets that they keep to themselves, that they tell no one about… Here comes in a rather useful technique that leaves most people feeling a little bit exposed and vulnerable: knighting.

Knighting in the Lenormand Grand Tableau is particularly useful to expose someone’s hidden motives, desires, or preoccupations. In fact, knighting is so powerful a technique that I have often felt exposed by my own students whenever they try to read me! Students will often hit the mark far too closely for my personal comfort, but it is a sure sign at how accurate this technique can be! Just use some caution when you apply it… and be prepared by your consultant’s disbelief!

So how exactly do we go about knighting? I can tell you’re eager to learn, so let’s dive right into things!

The first thing you should know is that knighting can only be done with a grand tableau. The Lenormand Grand Tableau (9 x 4 or 8×4+4), or any spread that allows you to jump around like a Knight piece in a chess game. This means that you will need a 3×3 spread to read at the very least. However, the details garnered from this technique are better when used with a Lenormand Grand Tableau.

A small overview about Chess’ knight piece:

A knight piece can move from its current position, jumping over pieces, and landing slightly off its original trajectory. They always move two spaces (left, right, up or down) and shift one more space!

Here’s an example:

Lenormand Grand Tableau Knighting

The same is done in the Petit Lenormand Grand Tableau: You start at the card you want to analyze, and then you jump around and find the cards that can be knighted with the card in question. Using the spread we used in the Basic Lenormand Grand Tableau Techniques, we have the following when we knight the gentleman (card #28):


And the following applies when Knighting the woman (card #29):


Using the man’s example, the gentleman card is knighted by cards 12 (the birds), 11 (the whip), 07 (the snake), and 35 (the anchor). So we could say that he might be hiding his difficulties communicating (birds+whip) with a dark haired, intelligent woman with whom he’s in a stable relationship with (snake + anchor).

OBSERVATION: what kind of interesting information did this just reveal? We’ll discuss it in more detail in Petit Lenormand Love Relationships – Part 3 (to come!)

Meanwhile, in the woman’s example, the woman card is knighted by cards 03 (the ship), 20 (the garden), 01 (the rider), and 14 (the fox). We could say that she’s pouring all her resources and efforts into her network (ship + garden), and that she’s hoping to avoid some upsetting news or surprises that could affect her livelihood (rider + fox).

Did you notice that in Part I of Advanced Techniques for Reading the Lenormand Grand Tableau we didn’t have this preoccupation of hers? We knew she was worried about finances, but we weren’t really sure about what she was thinking deep down.

Here we can say that she’s putting all her efforts into avoiding any surprises to her livelihood..! We can literally imagine her adding all her eggs into the ship (a venture), in the hopes of weathering an impeding problem (rider + fox), possibly credit collectors.

Hoping that you found the above useful, our next advanced technique will cover mirroring..! (more to come!)

*Knight image courtesy of

7 Responses

  1. Vandana says:

    Question- What order are the cards that knight another meant to be read in? I am unable to see a patterns between them except that they are all the ‘knighted’ positions, thus concluing a relationship between them, giving insights into a card aspect.

    Observation – Another way I see that knighted cards could be interpreted is this:
    In the woman’s example, card 3 is infulencing card 21 (mountain) of her past. Cards 20 and 1 have the key (highest) influence on card 22 (choice) of her present (being the knighted cards)….and so on.

    • Stephen says:

      Order doesn’t matter when knighting the cards. The knighting cards simply give additional information about the card they are knighting.

      Great observation! What you noticed is another technique for reading the cards. In this article, I was only focusing on how to knight cards. However, as you observed, all the cards in a GT relate to one another. It isn’t a matter of isolating one or two cards. That’s why it can take hours to read a single GT, and so much information can be gathered.

  2. Solaris says:

    Question from a novice: What happens when one “person” card is knighted by another “person” card? Would this mean that they are the same person, or only that the qualities / motives of one apply to the other? Here is an actual example: In a GT spread for a married woman, the sequence is Dog-Anchor-Woman (in the same row), with Man immediately underneath Woman (in the same column). Dog is knighted by Man (and, of course, vice versa). Assuming that Man is the woman’s husband and we are trying to get an insight into him, this knighting would suggest that he is a loyal friend to his wife (i.e., Man=Dog). But looking at it from the Dog standpoint (who is this Dog in her life?), the knighting would suggest that Dog is a male friend – or even a lover (i.e. another man in her life). I understand that this is taken out of the GT context, and that the other cards should help clarify the picture, but I am curious about the principle of knighting in such a case.

    • Stephen says:

      Hi Solaris, and thank you for your question..!

      I find that knighting reveals someone’s thoughts, so if someone ends up being knighted by the man or woman, it would mean that such a person is on that person’s mind. If you’re trying to define if they are the same person, then you look at Mirroring (what the person projects around them; how they appear to others). In your example, I would have simply knighted the man to find out what he’s thinking/behaving: Man knights Dog (Man is faithful, loyal and dedicated). Adding anything else just confuses the whole reading. Start with the main subject you’re interested in (the Man) and analyze him.

      If you suspect that she has a lover and is not being loyal, you need to look for other cards to support that theory in the spread (and the cards will usually be quite clear on the matter when looking into someone’s actions/thoughts). Given you’ve got both the man and woman cards out, start reading from both to see what you can pick-up.

      I hope this helps, and keep on practicing..!


  3. Solaris says:


    Another question: does the nature of the cards that are jumped over in knighting matter? For example: if the lady and gentleman cards knight each other, I assume that means they are thinking of, or preoccupied by, one another. Would you say that the 2 cards (the 2 spaces) that are jumped over in the knighting maneuver reveal something about the nature or circumstances of their thinking? Or do they tell us something else – if anything – and the insight about their mutual preoccupation would come from the other cards that each of them knights?

  4. Vanessa says:

    Oh this is GREAT, everything you have on here is great. i had a great Lenormand reading from someone and I knew had to get one (I already read Tarot, Runes, Collection casting etc…) and this was my first exposure. But when i bought mine I knew immediately from reading the booklet that the information was WAY incomplete to o a decent reading with them. I still haven’t done one. i have been getting to know tha cards instead, and reading on here, which is just amazing. because I already read Nine Worlds Rune castings and Collection cast, the idea of reading things in relationship to each other is familiar and I like it a lot. Keep up the good work, and many thanks.

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