As a card reader, both Tarot and Lenormand, one of the most frequently asked questions is about a relationship.
Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life; think of the stages a butterfly goes through during its life. A butterfly is generally seen as a transformation of some sort, so I have used this as the basis for my Butterfly Relationship spread. It looks at what needs potentially to change to move the relationship forward or to a conclusion of some sort.
The spread uses 22 cards in all so it is quite a large one, although the cards are read in pairs.
The layout is a representation of a butterfly as below:
14 8 5 9 16
13 4 1&2 6 17
12 7 3 10 18
21 22 (these two laid face down until all other cards read)
Cards 1 & 2 at the centre – Card 1 is the Heart of the matter and Card 2 is laid across Card 1 and is the Crossing (problem)
Cards 3 & 11 are Beneath, what is the foundation of the current situation
Cards 4 & 13 are Behind, what has happened in the recent past
Cards 5 & 15 are Above, what is being thought about the relationship (by those in relationship or others around them)
Cards 6 & 17 are Before, what lies ahead in the short term
Cards 7 & 12 are Choices, what choices could be looked at
Cards 8 & 14 are the Movement, what is happening at the moment
Cards 9 & 16 are Learning, what needs to be learnt about the relationship
Cards 10 & 18 are Hopes, what is hoped for in the relationship
Cards 19 & 20 are Long term, what lies ahead in the long term
Cards 21 & 22 are the Final Message, these are laid face down until all other cards read