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!

Yuletide Lenormand, the Review & Interview

The Review

I’m glad to begin with one of the sweetest Lenormands: the Yuletide Lenormand, a wonderful creation of Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill. This is an excellent option for Yule (Xmas), since that is precisely, its main topic.

The Yuletide Lenormand is a very sweet Lenormand deck which introduces you into the Lenormand while enjoying your Winter Holidays. A perfect deck to enjoy with your family and friends while being around a Xmas Tree, enjoying some Xmas cakes or just while enjoying the idea of snowing outside while being warm at home.

The paper quality of the deck is gorgeous, and it’s very easy to shuffle. Easy to shuffle and long-lasting are a plus to get your hands on this deck (if you shuffle the cards in a correct way, obviously). It comes with a clear case where you can keep it safe, plus a red bag to keep everything in order.

The design of the deck it’s just perfect. The soft colors, and the traditional Xmas colors makes of it a perfect choice for Winter Holidays. You’ll find 10 explanation cards about the Yuletide Lenormand: a wish message on the first card, some basics in the second, 3 cards with layouts, and 5 cards with some explanations about each of the cards.

The deck includes 36 Lenormand cards plus 5 extra cards you can exchange for other more traditional cards in the deck. For example: the puppy for the kitten, the Ring for the Wreath, the Gentleman for the Snowman, the Lady for the Snowlady, or the broken Candy Cane for the Cross. Some of the 36 traditional cards have been changed into Yule characters to keep with the main topic of the deck- Yule. You will find a cool Reindeer in the place of the Rider, Acorns instead of Clovers, a Sleigh for a Ship, the Humbug instead of a Snake, the Yule Log instead of the Coffin, the Stocking instead of the Bouquet, Father Time with a Scythe in the place of the Scythe, some Gingerbread in the place of the Garden, a North Pole direction Sign for the crossroads, Mistletoe with a Heart in the place of the Heart, the Greeting Card instead of a Letter, Poinsettias instead of Lilies, and the Fireplace instead of the Sun. I personally think that these changes are well thought since all the meanings of the Lenormand are perfectly kept. Thus, the deck is consistent both with the topic and the Lenormand itself.

The deck is sweet, so sweet, that some of the “bad” cards are too cute to stand. However its cuteness, meanings are kept. Thus, both tradition lovers and new age followers will find a good deck to read with.

The Interview

Kendra Hurteau has kindly answered a small interview. I hope you can enjoy some of the insights of creating a Lenormand deck. It might be challenging at times, and somewhat too much work when you’re in the middle of your creation process. But, at the end is gratifing. I hope you enjoy this deck as much as I do!

Pepi: Why Yuletide?

Kendra: The holidays have played a large part in our family and the traditions we create. Stockings, evergreens, swaths of pine and twinkling lights always lift our hearts. That, naturally, inspired us to share that experience. Yuletide Lenormand is not specific to one particular winter holiday and is a bit universal. However, I have no doubt that it has symbols that everyone can relate to.

P: Was it difficult to design it being a team of 2 people?

K: Some of the hardest images to design were those first two Under the Roses Lenormand images we call “Concept Art.” Once we were past that our communication about the designs and theme became much clearer. By the time we were working on Yuletide Lenormand we were pretty clear with each other. Some cards are difficult to create together in every deck, such as the mountain and the whip. In the case of Yuletide Lenormand this was also the case and we did take some time with the back.
Katrina and I have a good relationship and are very fortunate to experience very little tension between us. In addition, we kept a schedule and each had our roles so that kept things clear and moving.
The most difficult thing we experienced with Yuletide Lenormand was the time restraint. We had the ideas in the works for months but many of the images had to be done in a short amount of time. We sometimes worked until 10, 11, or 12 o’clock at night in our effort to get it finished.
All-in-all working as a team has been a good experience. Because we did so we were able to produce the project in half the time.

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

K: Included in the deck is a Wreath layout that uses all 36 cards to lay out a year’s reading. Because this time of year is a turning point we thought this would be an excellent time to do this type of reading. Three cards are pulled for each month that follows the holiday you celebrate. In addition, we’ve included a “Create-A-Story” card. This is not a reading at all but an opportunity to use one’s imagination. Have fun with it!

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

K: The most amazing thing about Yuletide Lenormand is the response from people who see or buy it. Their eyes light up or their typed response is that of delight. It is very rewarding to create a project simply out of our love for the season and then find that others love it too!

P: Any tips for readers?

K: Some tips for Yuletide Lenormand:

  • Have fun with it! One of the magical things about Lenormand is that it can be used for both the serious and the mundane.
  • Take liberties with the keywords. If the keywords included don’t work for you simply decide what each card means to you. Then, use your own keywords and it will work wonderfully.
  • Trust yourself and your instincts. YOU are capable of deciding how you will read the cards. I recommend that you avoid reading the 3 D’s (Death, Disease and Disaster) but outside of that you know how to combine two keywords and make something of it. There are no wrong ways to read cards, especially this one themed for the holidays.
  • And lastly, have fun! I know, I know, I said that. Now you know I really mean it. Bring some life into those cards readings, get-togethers, and parties. It will really enhance your experience.