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Learning Lenormand

Using Your Pendulum With Your Lenormand Cards

I’ve been doing this for a while now. It came to me when I first laid out the all the cards for a Grand Tableau and I thought – gee, what if I used my pendulum to pick out the most important cards? But I didn’t do that for a long time because – ya know – I was still learning. But I’ve been stuck – really stuck – for what seems like ages. I think a big part of that is that the Lenormand is my “second language” – so to speak – the Tarot is my first language – and I’m an older woman – I should have learned this at a younger age – but I didn’t get my first Lenormand deck until I was older. But hey – this is life. I currently own five Lenormand decks with plans to get more. I do want to become adept at the language of Lenormand. It just doesn’t come naturally to me – unlike reading the Tarot.

Still – I’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve been laying out all the cards – face down. Sometimes ten in a row, three rows and then five under that – or maybe eight cards in a row and then however it works out after that – it doesn’t really matter. I’ve laid them out in a circle – I’ve laid them out in a diamond – I’ve laid them out in a star shape. It really doesn’t matter. There’s thirty-five cards – work it out.

The cards I used for this reading were The Gaelic Lenormand by Diana Clark. They are just about my favorite set of cards – the artwork is beautiful, the cards fit into my hands easily for shuffling, and I love the guidebook that Diana Clark wrote to accompany the deck.

This is my pendulum: I’ve had it several years. It’s weighted really well and has a nice swing to it. I love the pentacle etched onto the soft green amethyst and the silver chain and setting in which it’s contained.


But back in the day, we used a button on a string or a necklace or anything that would hang well and swing well. You can find ones like this on any pagan website.

When you go to pick cards using your pendulum, hold the pendulum directly over each card one at a time. How it always works for me is that the pendulum will swing in an up and down motion – it’s always a very strong motion – indicating that this card is one of the cards that I am to turn over and consider for the reading. Then I move onto the next card. The pendulum never moves in a back and forth motion or in a circular motion or in any other way than up and down. If the pendulum does not like the card, it doesn’t move at all. Now – perhaps your pendulum will work differently for you – I don’t know. This is how my pendulum works for me.

When the pendulum has picked all the cards, remove the other cards and put the cards in a row in order of first chosen, second chosen, etc.


Usually there’s no more than six or seven cards – sometimes as few as three or four cards – but generally the pendulum picks five cards. Nine of out of ten times, the pendulum picks five cards. Therefore, I do a “Line of Five” reading. The “Line of Five” reading is my go-to reading in most cases, so that works out.

This reading here is telling me that I’m in a period of good luck. I’m getting the messages that I need to hear; even with that 7 Snake card in there, things are positive for me and I’m in a period of happiness and forward-thinking. And snakes aren’t always the “bad” card that so many Lenormand guidebooks might have you believe – consider that snakes shed their skins and renew their lives. I am personally in a period of change and renewal so the 7 Snake card next to the 13 Child card points to that process. Perhaps it’s not as comfortable as I would like it to be but transformation isn’t always pleasant! And the 2 Clover card in the middle of the line tells me that I am much luckier – indeed, blessed – than I know. I have to believe in myself and my luck and keep going on the path that I’m on.

So try this out! It’s a great way to choose your cards, whether you’re using Lenormand cards, Tarot cards or Oracle cards. I love my pendulum – it never chooses the wrong cards.

Brightest Blessings!


About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan but she gets along with a few of the masculine deities. She loves to cook and she is a Bills fan.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.