UPDATE: In working with this spread, I realized a couple of things. First, reading the series of cards in the two outer “diamonds” is best done in a counter-clockwise fashion from the “B1” and “C1” positions so the sequences end up on the developmental (or “future”) side of the layout to agree with how the “terminal points” (A4, B4, C4) are read. In this way they will “gather up” past influences and carry them forward. Second, these two series seem to offer a perfect opportunity for “counting round” as described in Andy Boroveshengra’s book.
I’m a bit of an iconoclast when it comes to Lenormand spreads; I can only do so many Grand Tableaux, squares and lines before I begin to feel restless. So I create my own unique layouts. This one reads fairly similar to the GT, but the atypical structure is a little akimbo so knighting is kind of “sprung.” You have to do it “on the diagonal” and in some case in a “serpentine” manner, but it seems to work (maybe I’ll give it a new name: “squiring”). Mirroring and intersection are doable after a fashion as well. However, the interior nine-card arrays that figure so prominently with the GT “topic” cards are absent, so a different paradigm must be considered due to the internal alignment being asymmetrical. I don’t have any good ideas yet on how to do that. The cards can be dealt in rows, columns or “onion-like” layers as you see fit.
The spread contains several discrete sections and a good deal of cross-linking. As with the “near/far” method, the inner diamond (the “A” alphanumeric cards) is the most significant to the reading, followed by the middle diamond (the “B” alphanumeric cards” and their alphabetical extensions) and the outer diamond (the “C” alphanumeric cards and their alphabetical extensions). These cards move sequentially outward from a narrow to a broad focus. The alphanumeric cards on the axes between the “past/future” quadrants and the “conscious/unconscious” quadrants are next in significance.
Each of those quadrants contains nine cards, with the twelve axial cards mingling their influence with the four 3-card outer “wedges.” The background colors are there only to provide a matrix to help sort out the sets; the “awareness horizon” line is there for the same purpose.
Finally, the lettered pairs suggest a past or future orientation, with those in the normal alphabetic progression (AB, BC) looking forward and those in a reverse progression (BA, CB) looking back. All of the letter and number iterations are primarily for organizing my thoughts; as experience is gained with this spread they can be ignored.