30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 8

Vintage Lenormand, by RootweaverCard # 4 - House

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver
Card # 4 – House

Today’s question is:

Which is your favorite card? (Artwork + Meaning)

My current favourite Lenormand card is the 4th card in the deck, the ‘House’ card. I chose this one because it refers to the home, family and domestic affairs. It also refers to home-based or small business. I love my home, it is a bit quirky – like me. I cherish my family, they are the ‘Vegemite’ to my toast, the crema in my coffee, the Barbie in my Q. I also love my small business, my coffee / tarot shop, it is something that I feel very passionate about and something that I enjoy tremendously with my business partner.

It therefore stands to reason that my favourite card is the House card – for all that it symbolises in my life.

In my Vintage Lenormand deck I chose a rustic looking cottage to symbolise the House card. I enjoy this image as it looks warm, friendly and inviting. It also appears to have a rich history to it, seemingly a home where many a child’s laughter might have echoed off the stone walls.


Tomorrow’s question is: Which card do you dread pulling the most? Why?

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 7

Vintage Lenormand, by RootweaverCard # 2 - Clover

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver
Card # 2 – Clover

Today’s question asked by Pepi in her 30 Day Lenormand Challenge blog is:

What was the first spread you learned?

When I started with Tali Goodwin’s Lenormand course for beginners, she taught us to look at cards in sets of three. We did a few of those and a few 3 x 3 layouts as well, which much to our surprise (by the time we finished that module) she showed us that we had in fact read a whole Grand Tableau! I was tickled pink! And quite surprised at how ‘easy’ it was when broken down into bite-sized-pieces.

Easy, that is until I started over-analysing Lenormand and became completely overwhelmed by it all, which is why I am SO pleased that I have enrolled for Tali’s new ‘Learning Lenormand‘ course, so that I can get back-on-track and LEARN Lenormand the way  know I can! Which reminds me, I have an assignment to complete before next week’s lesson 😉

Tomorrow’s question is: Which is your favorite card? (Artwork + Meaning)

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 6

Vintage Lenormand, by RootweaverCard 19 - Tower

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver
Card 19 – Tower

Today’s question is:

What do you prefer reading: the Tarot, or the Lenormand?

Oh boy… trick question!  Tarot and lenormand are so different, they are like chalk an cheese. However, I am more comfortable reading tarot, for now, if only because I’ve been reading tarot for 15 years, and am very new at Lenormand. Having said that though, and especially now after starting Tali Goodwin & Marcus Katz’s excellent course “Learning Lenormand” I am really enjoying Lenormand! I simply cannot wait  to be proficient in this system!

I just know that I am going to love Lenormand as much as what I love Tarot, and it will be wonderful to be able to offer both systems of cartomancy to my beautiful clients at Metis Rising, our coffee/tarot shop.

Tomorrow’s question in the 30 Day Lenormand Challenge is: What was the first spread you learned?

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 5

Vintage Lenormand, by RootweaverCard 26 - Book

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver
Card 26 – Book

Today’s question is:

How long have you been reading the Lenormand?

I was introduced to Lenormand by Tali Goodwin of Tarot Professionals, about a year ago. Until then I was blissfully unaware of this fascinating salon-style system of fortune-telling. From day one I was smitten with Lenormand, it was SO different to tarot, and so fascinatingly direct!

Like a junkie I had to have more, and whilst it appears to be very simple to learn, unlike the multi-layered system of tarot, it soon became apparent that it would take time to learn to use the Lenormand well enough to offer as an additional service in my coffee/tarot-reading shop.

I have enrolled in Tali Goodwin’s ‘Learning Lenormand’ course, a 10-week course that commences tomorrow (Sunday 27th.) By the time I have completed her course I hope to be a more confident reader of Lenormand.

With learning to read Lenormand, like learning to make a good latte, practice makes perfect!

See ya tomorrow for day 6 of the 30 Day Lenormand Challenge.

It is here! The Vintage Lenormand

Vintage Lenormand, 1st edition

Vintage Lenormand, 1st edition

It is here! The 1st edition of Vintage Lenormand has arrived! Now to sew the pouches before mailing them off by 1st Feb. There are ONLY 20 decks left unsold. If you have not yet ordered your copy please contact me here or here with your email address so that I can invoice you. The deck sells at $23.95 excluding postage. I’ll start posting the deck out on the 1st February.

The Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver. First edition - 2013

The Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver. First edition – 2013

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 4

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver
Card 24 – Heart

Today’s question is:

Which is your favorite deck? Why?

Well… That is a seriously tough question! I have many favourites! Top of my list is probably ‘The Original Lenormand‘ by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin. It is a gorgeous deck! However, having just printed my own Lenormand deck (The Vintage Lenormand) I would be remiss to mention that this too is one of my favourites, if only because it’s ‘my baby.’ *grins*

A favourite deck, like an old friend, can be both a source of comfort and joy.

Tomorrow’s 30 Day Lenormand Challenge question is: How long have you been reading the Lenormand?  

See you tomorrow!

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 3

Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver

Day three’s question from Pepi’s blog is:

Do you have more than one deck? (I know… tricky question) If so, how many?

That IS a tricky question! I have several decks, collected over the last year-or-so since the Lenormand bug bit me, but they are not accessible at this moment so I won’t be able to list them…

I have decks that I bought purely from a collectors point of view, I know that I’ll never read with them. Others that I love reading with and have therefore bought up to four copies to ensure that I’ll be able to read with them even long after the first deck is too old or worn for handling.

Tomorrow we’ll look at question 4, in which Pepi asks: “What is your favorite deck? Why?

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 2

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver

Today’s question in the 30-Day Lenormand Challenge is:

What was your first deck? How did you get it?

Immersed in lesson one of Tali Goodwin’s ‘Learning Lenormand‘ course (for beginners) I felt a bit stumped as I knew I didn’t yet own a single Lenormand deck. All my decks were tarot, a completely different form of cartomancy. Then I remembered that my husband had inherited a bunch of documents and a few foreign-looking decks from his father, years before. I decided to go through them, not really expecting to find what I was hoping to.

Amongst his many dusty documents and papery-belongings I discovered a perfectly preserved little deck of cards,‘Mlle Lenormand Fortune Telling Playing Cards – No. 12274.’ I was ecstatic! It was exactly what I needed! A 1970’s Blue Owl Lenormand deck, with gilded corners.

The strange thing is I had seen the deck, many times before, amongst my late father-in-law’s belongings, but never knew what they were and never took any notice of them until then.

As I held this petite deck in my hands I just knew that I had uncovered a great treasure, one that was hidden in plain sight!

The featured image is from my available deck, the Vintage Lenormand.

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 1

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver.

Vintage Lenormand, by Rootweaver.

The lovely Pepi Valderrama has started a 30 Day Lenormand Challenge, with a new question each day. To kick off the challenge day one’s question is:

How did you end up into the world of the Lenormand?

I am an avid student of tarot, have been for 15 years. I own a successful coffee shop and tarot practice with my business partner who offers remedial & relaxation massage (as the 3rd leg to the business.) In the early part of 2012 the insanely talented Tali Goodwin from Tarot Professionals offered a beginners course in Lenormand. I signed up for the course.

I was completely blown away by what I learnt! So different to tarot, so intriguingly to-the-point was this ‘new’ system of fortune-telling that I was immediately hooked. This Lenormand obsession led me to Facebook study groups where I am learning more about this salon-style of cartomancy.

Because of the simplicity of the cards (unlike tarot) I almost immediately started creating my own Lenormand deck, the Vintage Lenormand which now available for purchase. Without a doubt this is only the beginning of my Lenormand journey. There will be other decks and much more intensive studies for me in 2013.

Lenormand – it is accessible, accurate and easy to learn. If you have not given it a try yet, begin now. I expect it may become your next oracular obsession too.

The Dust Bunny Lenormand, the Review & Interview

The Dust Bunny Lenormand

The Review

I’d like to begin 2013 with a gorgeous Lenormand Deck: the Dust Bunny Lenormand, a creation of Marcia McCord.

This is a simple and yet powerful Lenormand. If you love Vintage as I do, this is a must-have in your collection. Its whimsical images and powerful attraction makes it a great tool for Lenormand readers. The paper quality of the deck is great, and it’s very easy to shuffle. Cards are thin but strong enough to be shuffled as many times as you want. Colors are just shinny and very appealing, while keeping the vintage atmosphere to the whole deck, making it totally consistent and delightful. Its Vintage composition is a delight for the eyes (I’d say that’s perfect). Some of the cards are very powerful, because of the images chosen.

The Deck came with a wonderful handmade envelope made by its author. Not all envelopes were exactly the same (the 2nd edition). It seems that envelopes were different, or slightly different, from deck copy to deck copy, which made the deck you got unique! My envelope is grey and blue, and I can say it’s gorgeous!

One of my favorite cards is the Rider, which brings news. There’s a giant Newspaper behind him (the Courier Journal), which makes it easier to be read (at least for me). I also love the card of the Key and the Star, which just pop out fiercely. All cards have images that show the central element of the card at first sight. Even though this is not a “traditional” Lenormand, you can use it without any problems. If you are a fan of intuition, it will help you as well. The result is staggering: this is a great deck for all publics, traditions, new age readers.

The Deck brings you to other times, it makes you travel and discover new horizons. It’s dreaming, whimsical and astounding! The personality of Marcia can be found in each of the cards, even in the cover card that accompanies the deck! It’s just amazing how choosing vintage images can be so difficult, specially if you have to leave your personality in them. Marcia just did so in a natural way.

The Interview

Pepi: Why the Dust Bunny?

Marcia: I get a lot of my inspiration from visual stimuli around me… and I’m a terrible housekeeper! My cat Tony had recently pulled a dust bunny from under a bookcase that was heroic in size. Since I talk to all my cats as if they were people—they are people, aren’t they? —I told Tony, “We could knit a whole new cat from that!” And suddenly the Dust Bunny Lenormand started to come to life.

P: From where did you get the inspiration?

M: I had leftover images from other efforts which triggered that Lenormand “spark” in my mind. Someone on Facebook had suggested that I do one when we were talking about my tarot decks and it seemed like the next natural thing to do.

P: Which layouts do you think will fit best your deck?

M: I feel I’m still learning the different layouts for Lenormand myself, so I’m thrilled when I see people doing readings with The Dust Bunny. I’m comfortable with pairs, a 5-card layout, a 3×3 and I’m getting deeper into a Grand Tableau with more advanced concepts like mirroring, knighting and houses. The Dust Bunny Lenormand is what I consider a “warm” deck that invites the reader to come closer and interact and perhaps share a story or a laugh. It’s intimate and therefore well-suited to the kind of readings Lenormand is known for.

P: Which is the most gratifying thing/emotion you got from creating this wonderful deck?

M: I love my own in-jokes with my decks and I’m always pleased (like a naughty child) when others get them too. The cover card has been noted to look a bit like me and for those who know me well, they know the role of cleaning girl is not my forte! I may have all the tools but like my little Dust Bunny girl, perhaps not all the skills, strength or attention span to catch every speckle of dust. The back of the cards in this deck shows the grown-up me, not given to the industry of cleaning up so vigorously but much more suited to leisure and perhaps a little disobedience!

P: Any tips for the readers?

M: I agree that the Lenormand should not be filled to the brim with additional symbolism designed to stimulate your deepest subconscious. But there’s intuition on the surface of things too and the Dust Bunny, while not being that typical Lenormand showing the image with a stark background, does focus your eye on the important topic of the card. The Child has a slate and is learning. The Dog’s mission is to be the loyal friend to man and protect those who, perhaps in a past stage of evolution, might have been prey. The Coffin is clearly The End. Let these images focus your eyes and mind on the meaning of the cards and let the keywords pop out naturally as you read. Best wishes!