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:
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 SportsClipart.com