Thursday, 19 November 2015

Highest Expression

Highest Expressions Spread
Following on with the theme of life coaching tools adapted to be used with Lenormand cards, this week I threw a Nine Square.  However, it is based on the mBraining concept of exploring the highest expression of each of your three brains, the head, heart and gut.  These highest expressions are Creativity (Head), Compassion (Heart) and Courage (Gut).

Taking the top line as the head, the middle line as the heart and the bottom line as the gut also fits with traditional ideas of how to interpret Lenormand spreads.  The cards above the person card (or the top row in a nine square), traditionally represents the person's thoughts.  The centre is the heart of the issue, and the bottom row is what the person can control, where they can take action.

Let's see how this works in a real example:

Highest Expressions Reading

Creativity and the head are represented by the Lord, the Scythe and the Man.  A lot of rational, logical energy there, combining feelings of responsibility with practicality.  At the centre, the Scythe is associated with the act of sorting.  This looks like advice to brainstorm creative ideas from a logical perspective, and then be willing to sort them according to how practical they are.  Also taking into consideration your responsibilities, and how these new ideas would fit with them.


Compassion in this reading is seen in the Meadow (Garden/Park), the Burial Mound (Coffin) and the Letter.  In light of the events in Paris recently, I see the need for the compassionate public writings about death.  An eye for an eye is not the way to bring peace to the world and prevent further pain, suffering and death.  Yet, we must also honour those deaths.


Courage to act is shown through the Shedding Snake, the Chickens (Birds) and the Dog. What I see here is the need for boundaries around social chatter, and the suggestion to stay faithful to those boundaries.  Practically, it tells me to be very aware of my own boundaries when confronted with other people's talk, and to stick to my own beliefs.

This takes me back to the head section - I need to do clear sorting for myself at a rational level in order to know what I want those boundaries to look like.  And I need to check with my heart to make sure that those boundaries are compassionate, to both myself and others.

Confronted with so many highly emotional views on social media, it is important for me to assess how these things lie with my own heart, and to sort through my responses rationally, too.  With that clarity at an emotional and logical level, I can then put in place the boundaries that will help me move through this time with a greater sense of wholeness.


  1. It makes a lot of sense to pull two or three cards for one position of the original spread

    1. Yes, I liked the way this linked to a more traditional 3 by 3 reading, right down to the above and below interpretations. Yet, having the positions gives the whole reading a specific focus :)


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