Okay, so it’s not strictly tarot, this is a 36-card oracle system named after Madame Lenormand, the most famous card-reader of all time. She was the cartomancer of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, amongst others. Mlle Lenormand claimed to obtain her first deck of cards at the age of 14 from gypsies who taught her to read. It wasn’t however until two years after her death that the first ‘Lenormand’ deck named ‘Le Grand Jeu de Mlle. Lenormand’ was published by Grimaud. This deck was created by a Madame Breteau, who purportedly was a student of Madame Lenormand.
The cards are hauntingly beautiful. One is spoilt for choice as there are so many decks available to choose from today. Typically a Lenormand cartomancer will acquire several, just like the typical tarot reader, many of us know no limits to the amount of decks we simply ‘must have’ in our quest for knowledge :)
If you’d like to learn more about the Lenormand style of reading, pop over to Tarot Town and join for a free course written and taught by the lovely and talented TaliTarot. The course/group is called Lenormand Lessons with TaliTarot, where she teaches Salon-Style readings with the Lenormand. And, did I mention it is FREE!
In fact, Tarot Town offers so many wonderful resources for tarot enthusiasts that it is well worth joining even if you don’t want to enroll in Tali’s Lenormand course just yet. You will most certainly find a lot of other things that will entice you to become a part of this vibrant community.
I was very happy to find the gorgeous Lenormand 1892-1931 Altenburger Spielkarten & Co deck (featured) in the public domain that you can now download from here. You may find it helpful to use during the course until your first Lenormand deck arrives if you don’t already own one. Links to download are below.
For those who are already enrolled in Tarot Town’s Lenormand course, here is a handy download of the Grand Tableau template (as promised) that may come in useful during your studies. I’ll be ‘seeing’ you all in class!
Now all I have to do is figure out how to pronounce Lenormand – presumably with a fake French accent!
Download a Grand Tableau template in PDF format. Or save the template below to your computer – PNG format.
Download a complete 36-card Vintage Lenormand deck (public domain.)
At 4 cards per sheet all 36 cards are available, spread over the 9 pages below.