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Part 2: Breaking Down the GT (Transitions, Health, Resources)

In the last blog we covered the first three steps to the way I break down a GT in these six steps:

(1) Topic Cards

(2) External Situation

(3) Current Situation

(4) State of Mind

(5) Key Card(s)

(6) Smorgasbord (e.g., Card Jumping, Knighting, Diagonals)

In this blog we’ll breakdown steps four, five.  

This is a technique blog; I’ll discuss the cards and their meaning in the position briefly before going into an interpretation. If you need help on card symbolisms or need to know how I got from point A to point B please email me or comment below. 

The Golden Lenormand by Marcela Suizmann

State of Mind: To examine the state of mind of the subject, we’ll find the man or woman card. In this case the spread is about a woman, so we’ll look at the woman and examine the column that she falls in.  

Ship  Mountain  Clouds – Bouquet  Woman

Being at the bottom of the spread our client is feeling burden right now. Her husband is standing by her side though and trying to hold her up. However, being a pillar for her, he is just as burdened. Our clients concern seems revolve around the obstacles that are being brought about by this new transition. There is some sense of uncertainty that is making her feel uneasy, but it seems like she is trying to keep a positive attitude and remain optimistic about things.

Key Cards: The client would like to first look at her health and recovery. We’ll look for the key card and do a box 3x3 read. For health we’ll examine the cards around the Tree.  I typically read the first column as past, middle as present, and the last column as what’s to come or advice for the future. 

Stars – Whip – Garden

Moon – Tree – Key

Mice – Child  Home

The difficult part of her recovery is behind her right now. She is left feeling emotional and anxious about her plans where things are to come as a result of the surgery. There is a lot of rumination going on in her mind about new plans and beginnings. She will be able to recover, but it’s going to require a lot of people to support her and some bed rest before she’ll be able to get back onto her feet and function again.

Next the client would like to first look at when she’ll be able to return to work. We’ll repeat the box spread but look for the Fox to represent work.  

Crossroads – Birds – Mice

Clover – Fox – Key

Man – Book – Fish

Decisions have been made about opportunities related to retuning to work with her partner. There are still discussions taking place right now about work, these are lengthy discussions that shouldn’t be entered into very lightly. Ultimately our client will experience much concern and anxiety about her relationship with her work and whether she’ll be able to return.

Lastly the client would like to first look at her resources. We’ll repeat the box spread but look for the Bear to represent resources.  

Horseman – Tower

Bear – Snake

Dog – Letter

Ultimately I don’t see our client returning to work, I think she will have to rely on her husband for resources, but also government assistance, perhaps disability. 

Part 1: Breaking Down the GT (Transitions, Health, Resources)

Hello everyone! I know I have been MIA for some time now. From late April until Labor Day, life tends to be a bit hectic for me in terms of dogs, sixteen acres, summer venue reading commitments, and work. I am so glad things have started to quiet down a bit, because I enjoy blogging and I enjoy writing horoscopes.

Smorgasbord Leno


I figured we’d get started with a Grand Tableau case study demonstration. For some reason, this spread can seem daunting to folks. Indeed, using thirty-six (36) cards at once can be intimidating. There are a multitude of techniques that can be used as well—just remember you don’t have to use all the techniques at once! 

From my experience, the best way for me to break down a GT is to read cards in these few steps: 

(1) Topic Cards

(2) External Situation

(3) Current Situation

(4) State of Mind

(5) Key Card(s)

(6) Smorgasbord (e.g., Card Jumping, Knighting, Diagonals)

In this blog we’re going to cover the first three steps and next weekend we’ll cover the last three steps. 

This is a technique blog; I’ll discuss the cards and their meaning in the position briefly before going into an interpretation. If you need help on card symbolisms or need to know how I got from point A to point B please email me or comment below. 

The Golden Lenormand by Marcela Suizmann

Background & Question: Client’s wife has suffered a stroke earlier in the week. The client is concerned about recovery for his wife and whether she’ll be able to return to work. 

Technique: 8x4+4 Grand Tableau, we’ll break down the delineation into six steps. This week we’ll cover our Topic Cards, External and Current Situations. Next week we’ll discuss the State of Mind and Key Cards (Health, Work, and Resources). 

Topic Overview

Topic Cards: The first thing I do when breaking down a GT is to look at the first three cards. 

Coffin  Lily  Ship

Right off that bat, I see that we have two transition cards—the Coffin and Ship. We also have the Ship in the house of the Ship, so we know that the major theme of this spread is going to be about transitions. 

Statement: The focus for our client’s life right now is dealing with a transition. This is going to be a difficult transition and a long-term and permanent transition that she’ll have to make. 

External Situation: The next thing, I like to do is to look at the corners of the GT. What is impacting the situation, these may be things that are outside of the client’s influence, or just a flavor for what is going on right now. I tend to read top left to bottom right and then top right to bottom left.  

External Overview

Coffin x Scythe – Garden x Dog

With the Coffin and the Scythe we’re seeing endings in the client’s life. The scythe is in the house of the Moon, and we’ve charged the spread with the background information of this lady having had a stroke recently, and wondering how she’d make a living. Thus we can say that the client’s wife will need to cut habitual patterns in her life as a result of the stroke she has recently had. 

Next we have the Garden (in the house of endings) and the Dog (in the house of the Ring). It’s apparent that she’ll need the support network of friends to get her through this difficult time in her life. Her partner will be critical in her recovery.

Statement: There will be endings to certain patterns and habitual patterns that will have to be severed and altered or adjusted. There will be many people who come into her life or reenter her life to help her with these life altering adjustments. One thing is for sure, her husband or partner will be a pillar in her life (Dog in Ring AND Woman next to Man).

Current Situation: Now we’ll turn our eye into the heart of the GT and look at the current situation. What is taking place now, or what needs to take place right now, keeping in mind the background, any questions, the topic cards, and the external situation. 

Storks x Birds – Heart x Crossroads

Internal Overview

Wow, here we are again—another transition/change card—the Storks. It’s apparent that the client and his wife needs to discuss the changes that are coming up in her life. One might even say that these discussions revolving around change is related to her her domestic life.  There will be some key decisions that need to be made in the future. It’s important to keep an open discussion of her options with her loved one. 

Statement: Changes are happening right now, and now is the time for her to discuss these changes. These are vital changes that are going to be a new lifestyle for her and there will be a multitude of avenues for her to adopt change. It’ll be important for her to discuss these changes in lifestyle with her husband so they can be successful in this ultimate transition that is taking place related to the stroke that she has had.

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