The Lenormand Revolution, the Review & Interview


Lenormand Revolution

Mais je le vois, tu me méprises comme un insensé, parce que ma raison s’égare au sein des délices : mes emportements t’effrayent, mon délire te fait pitié, et tu ne sens pas que toute la force humaine ne peut suffire à des félicités sans bornes.” (Julie ou La nouvelle Héloïse (1761), Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

 

The Review

 

Being in love is like being into a Revolution. Your normal state changes to one of excitement, to one of wanting to free yourself from society rules and jump into the sweet pool of love. These feelings can be found into The Lenormand Revolution of Carrie Paris and Roz Foster. One of the best decks ever! If you are to madly fall in love with one deck, this is the one.

 

If you like classic art, vintage art and elegant collages, this is the perfect deck for you! Colors are soft, and yet, powerful and inspiring. New as it is, you can feel the Revolution through your fingers. Compelling, frightening, revolutionary… its art brings you to a time in which liberty of thought, liberty of any kind was asked by women and men alike. You can feel romance, power, energy and the will of living a revolution yourself. This deck is perfect for self discovery, guidance and meditation. If you seek to be free, soul free, from anything that might be bothering you, but aren’t still sure of what it is, a good way to discover it is using this deck.

 

It’s a great tool for both “tradition” lovers and “revolutionary” lovers. Each card has included the correct amount of tradition and revolution so that anyone can use them feeling attached to them. The art is amazing, sweet but strong, romantic but sharp. Antagonism in love in each card. You are going to love the backs of the cards too. The patterns are soft, the colors are vintage perfect, and they keep the atmosphere of the general artwork.

 

The card stock of the first edition (the one I have between my hands) is a little bit thinner than the decks I normally use, but strong enough to be able to use the deck. The third edition has The Game Crafter paper stock. I know this paper stock well, since my decks are published by them as well. You can expect a stronger paper stock, perfect to use it for as long as you want 🙂 The third edition comes with an extra female child and three additional card surprises for customizing your readings.

 

Lenormand Revolution

It comes with two “dames” and two “monsieurs”. For me the best ones are Napoleon and Joséphine. But, you might want the revolutionary counterparts as well. Call me romantic, or chic, or catastrophic… but for me, the Empereur et son Imperátrice are the most compelling Consultants of the deck.

 

In short, this is a must-have-at-all-costs deck. Its art refinement, combination of vintage colors, atmosphere, deep meaning, elegant collage, wonderful backs and great information booklet by Carrie Paris makes of this deck a treasure to use, touch and admire.

 

Interview with Carrie Paris

I must admit that I’ve enjoyed this interview a lot. I love Japan, and when I discovered that Carrie had discovered the Lenormand in Japan I gasped and felt into a deep trance while I was reading her words. Can you image my excitement? Two of my geeky weaknesses found into the same deck: French style, with all the French language attached to the titles which I love so much, and Japan hidden within its story! I just want to transmit to you the excitement I experienced while I was into the Interview. I hope that you enjoy it as I did, and I hope that you enjoy this fin jeu de cartes.

 

Pepi: Why the Lenormand Revolution? From where did you get the inspiration?

 

Carrie: The Lenormand revolution started over 25 years ago when I moved to Japan. Just before takeoff a friend, who knew I read tarot, gave me a “used tarot deck” held together by a rubber band. Without giving it much thought I thanked my friend and added it in my luggage. I recall sitting on my apartment floor in Kyoto, divining with my new “tarot” deck and thinking how simple it looked and that there must be cards missing. It wasn’t until years later that I discovered it to be a Lenormand. Unfortunately it didn’t come with a LWB and at the time the one English bookstore available to me didn’t carry material on the topic of cartomancy. This was also pre-Internet which limited my research. Despite this lack of information, I did the next best thing— improvised! On more than one occasion I would shuffle my Lenormand cards in with my Thoth or Rider, Waite, Smith decks. I can hear the gasps from here! Oddly enough, they actually worked beautifully together. I was in an environment where anything was possible and my philosophy has always been; given a new tool, adopt shoshin, the Zen concept of the beginner’s mind, which usually sees more possibilities than less.

 

Jump ahead to winter of 2009. At that time I was living in Santa Fe and on a six week retreat in the hills of northern California to work on a tarot project with web designers Roz Foster and Gabe Marihugh of glopilot.com. I brought with me only the essentials—you know, computer, warm clothes, toothbrush and a few decks. One of the decks that made it into my suitcase was a Blue Owl Lenormand, which I had for a number of years but only seem to use whenever I’m on the road. Before starting each day I would pull three cards from both my Blue Owl and a Thoth decks (yes, I still use the two together) and it was during one of these pulls that I became more infatuated by the simplicity of Lenormand readings. While the Thoth deck certainly spoke to me, it was more on a soul level and less practical an adviser than my Lenormand. For example on any given day the Thoth deck could tell me how I might “feel” about my day ahead while my Lenormand would tell me who, where, how and at what time I might be experiencing those feelings. I think it was about half way into my retreat that I connected Roz Foster with Lenormand.

 

I’m a big fan of Roz Foster’s art and it was during a Skype meeting I mentioned Lenormand cards to her and how I thought she would make a beautiful deck. This turned out to be a passing conversation that went on a back burner. However as time progressed the idea would not leave me alone. I think I mentioned it to Roz a few more times before making a few cards myself, sending them to Roz and Gabe and asking what it would take to create a Lenormand deck, website and iOS app. Long story short, and a couple of days later they got back to me and away we went!

 

While researching Lenormand as a divination system I came across bits of history about Mlle Lenormand and how she was Josephine Bonaparte’s diviner. This lead to a gathering of images of Josephine followed by Napoleon, which as a couple became the parent’s to our deck’s imagery, theme and atmosphere. Both made a strong Lady and Gentleman card and were not only part of the French revolution, but the Lenormand Revolution. In 2012 we started working on the deck’s design and came to realize that the overall theme of revolution was very much in the air. Wall Street, the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement—all where in full swing as was a Lenormand revolution. Lenormand decks were taking up the US tarot community by storm and causing a great upheaval in this traditional divination system. It was only natural that we follow suit and go with the revolution theme.

 

P: Was it difficult to work with another author?

 

C: You might want to ask Gabe and Roz that question. I think I may have overwhelmed Roz with imagery and Gabe with information and was fortunate to be working with uncomplaining professionals. Roz is a delight to work with and is incredibly talented in creating atmosphere and mood. Her eye for detail is impeccable. Each card delivers a sense of era and place and as I’ve shared with Roz, makes me feel as if I’m time traveling. Gabe is amazing and is putting the finishing touches on the Lenormand Revolution app which is just gorgeous. He’s also a gifted diviner and visionary artist/musician, so has approached the app with a diviner’s mind and needs. I have the beta version and love how easy it is to navigate. Inside the app is a built-in study guide that we will be adding material to via updates. Much of the material was overseen by Lenormand professional, Stella Waldvogel. The app itself is not only a go-to divination deck on your device, but also a learning tool for all levels. It features traditional spreads including two versions of a Grand Tableau plus much more. Gabe has done a fabulous job and we can’t wait to launch this part of the Lenormand Revolution!

 

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

 

C: All traditional spreads work with the Lenormand Revolution—there’s really no limit. We also encourage people to create their own and this has become evident as more people feature their discoveries on blogs and websites. There are some really creative juices flowing out there in Lenormand Land! Right now we’re interested in non-traditional spreads and our reason for this is that we feel there are already a number of great resources for traditional teachings. We are currently working with video to introduce modern concepts. You can find an example of our first video spread that features the Scythe card as a tool for personal clearings. We have a new spread coming for Valentine’s Day and another that explains how people can use the three additional cards that are included in the third edition of the Lenormand Revolution deck. They are stunning!

 

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

 

C: Thank you, Pepi . For one, I got to meet you and other wonderful indie deck designers. And oh my how the community is growing! I enjoy watching how the Lenromand Revolution has activated the non-conforming rebel in all who divine with it and for this we are very happy It also shows what a group of friend’s can do when they follow the call of creativity and for this we are in total gratitude. The Lenormand community has supported this project from the first day we introduced an image of Josephine on Facebook. From there it has been overwhelming and again, we joyfully find ourselves in heartfelt gratitude to those who encouraged us to publish the Lenormand Revolution.

 

P: Any tips for readers?

 

C: Know thyself and then let the revolution begin!

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TarotCon Australia – March 16th & 17th (Sydney)


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If you want to use Tarot to totally change your life, or read for others, or just as an enthusiast, this is a unique chance to be at the first Tarot Convention in Sydney with Tarot Professionals on March 16th-17th. We have international speakers and workshop hosts from the US, UK and Australia in a prestigious venue, the Australian Museum. Make new friends and colleagues and share the adventure! Details and booking at http://www.tarotconvention.com/.

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 24


Vintage Lenormand by RootweaverCard #7 - Snake

Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver
Card #7 – Snake

Today’s question from Pepi’s blog is:

Which is the origin of the Lenormand that you like the most? The historical (Hetchel), or the Mystical (Mlle. Lenormand)? Why?

I am not entirely certain that I understand this question correctly… Is Pepi asking whether I prefer the historical or mystical aspect of Lenormand? If so I would have to say that I currently am enjoying the historical aspect more, but only because that is where I’m at in my Lenormand studies at the moment.

🙂

 

 

Lenormand Keywords MindMap – #8 Coffin


Continuing the Lenormand MindMap series:

Lenormand Keywords MindMap - Coffin #8Created by Rootweaver

Lenormand Keywords MindMap – Coffin #8
Created by Rootweaver

Readers are welcome to download this image for personal use only, not for commercial use please.

Learning Lenormand – The Small Tableau


This week’s assignment in ‘Learning Lenormand‘ – a wonderful course by Tarot Professionals – is a practice reading using The Small Tableau spread.

Spread: The Small Tableau, by Tarot ProfessionalsImage created by: Rootweaver

Spread: The Small Tableau, by Tarot Professionals
Image created by: Rootweaver

Question: Will my sister qualify for a visa to immigrate to Australia?

Across:

1. What (she) cannot control: Bear, Letter, Stork

Official. Visa/Documents. Change

She has no control over the change in visa eligibility. While her skills may be on the list of jobs in demand today, it may not be tomorrow.

2. Movement of situation: Fish, Heart, Ring

Resources. Love. Continuity

I see her saving money, acquiring accreditations etc, continuously motivated by her love for her family in Australia and the desire to be closer to us which reinforces her commitment to the process.

3. What (she) can control: Tower, Coffin, Key

Authority. End. Access

She can ensure that she completes the process (accreditation etc) leading up to her application to the Department of Immigration, which should gain her access to a visa.

Down:

1. Past: Bear, Fish, Tower

Official. Resources. Authority/Separation

She spent a considerable amount of money to experience Australia for a three month visit recently on an LSD (look-see-decide) mission, discovering that she would need more resources to meet the requirements set by officials, thus the separation from her Australian family continued when she returned to the UK.

2. Present: Letter, Heart, Coffin

Documents. Courage. End

The best she can do presently is to remain courageous, gather all her required documentation (accreditations etc) and eventually bring an end to the tedious process.

3. Future: Stork, Ring, Key

Delivery. Contract. Solution/ Certainty

The future seems to hint at a change in circumstances, bringing a contract (possible job contract and/or marriage) which will gain her access. Her success seems certain.

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 23


Vintage Lenormand FB Page cover

Today’s question (from Pepi’s blog) is:

 Which is the most dramatic reading that you have ever made with the Lenormand? Or the one that has more meaning to you?

I think it was one of my very first readings, in which the Scythe card made its appearance. It was a 3-card reading and the question concerned a new business venture where 5 individual business owners agreed to share a terrific new shop/building. At the time of the reading we were all still bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed about the joined venture.

I should have known that there would be a sudden end…

Within 3 days of the reading, three of the businesses pulled out, leaving only two of us to carry the weight of the financial commitments on our own. The rent was not cheap, we were in a prime position.

The good news is that the remaining business person and I formed a partnership, pooled our resources, and today we are the proud owners of a fabulous little coffee shop with added services, namely massage therapies from the consulting rooms at the back of the shop and tarot readings around the tables in the coffee shop.

All’s well that ends well.

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 22


Vintage Lenormand by RootweaverCard #29 - Lady

Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver
Card #29 – Lady

Today’s question is:

What are the topics/ questions most frequently asked when you read the Lenormand?

I have read love related questions, outcomes of court cases, financial questions, business related questions. Because I read Lenormand on a casual basis (at this stage) as opposed to professionally, I haven’t done much more than a few dozen readings. The most popular question is probably love-related. ‘How will my current relationship pan out?‘ and ‘Will my new boyfriend and I be together for a long time?‘ also ‘Will we be married?‘ even ‘tell me more about the man I am going to attract in my future relationship.

I ‘won’ a cup of coffee the other day because I accurately predicted the outcome of a future relationship for a friend, one that has since manifested almost exactly as the Lenormand said it would!

I don’t want another cup of coffee… I want to be a flower-girl at someone’s wedding. Anyone’s wedding!

😉

30 Day Lenormand Challenge – Day 21


Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver

Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver

Today’s question is:

Do you charge money for your services as a Lenormand reader? Do you use any type of exchange?

I charge for tarot readings, not yet Lenormand readings. The reason is that I am a professional tarot reader with many years experience and a thriving tarot practice, but I am new at Lenormand. Until I am proficient at Lenormand I won’t offer these readings to my Clientele.

I am happy to study Lenormand at my own pace and to practice readings with the cartomancy community and on friends, until such time as I become professional at this system of fortune-telling too.

 

Lenormand Keywords MindMap – (4) House to (7) Snake


Following on the Lenormand Keyword MindMaps, here are the next four, Cards 4-7,  House to Snake.

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by Rootweaver

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by Rootweaver
Card #4 – House

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by RootweaverCard #5 - Tree

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by Rootweaver
Card #5 – Tree

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by RootweaverCard #6 - Clouds

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by Rootweaver
Card #6 – Clouds

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by RootweaverCard #7 - Snake

Lenormand Keywords MindMap, created by Rootweaver
Card #7 – Snake

Readers are very welcome to download these for personal use or studies, but not for commercial use please.

Learning Lenormand – The Cross


The 'Cross' spread, taught by Tarot Professionals. Image created by Rootweaver

The ‘Cross’ spread, taught by Tarot Professionals. Image created by Rootweaver

I am enrolled in ‘Learning Lenormand’ a course offered by Tarot Professionals. This week my assignment is to do a reading for myself using the ‘Cross’ spread. The question I address in the reading is: “Will my husband & I travel (abroad) this year?”

Deck: Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver

Deck: Vintage Lenormand by Rootweaver

1. Significator: Card #3 – Ship (travel)

2. Past- The cause of the situation: Card #4 – House & Card # 35 – Anchor

House (home/family) & Anchor (stability)

We immigrated 4 years ago, quite literally sending our household goods from port to port (South Africa to Australia) in the immigration process.

3. Sword of Damocles – not under control: Card #30 – Lily & Card #15 – Bear

Lily (maturity) & Bear (immigration official/s)

When we immigrated we decided to place future travel plans on hold until we have Australian passports. The naturalisation process takes 4 years before we become eligible for citizenship and before we can apply for Aussie passports. Lily alludes to the 4-year period of maturity that must take place before immigration officials (Bear) will grant us citizenship and therefore Australian passports.

4. What is under your control: Card #14 – Fox & Card #6 – Cloud

Fox (ingenious & skillful) & Cloud (uncertainty)

My business partner and I bought a business 5 months ago. We are still new in business and need to establish ourselves first (overcoming the uncertainty of the Cloud) by developing our ingenuity and skill (fox) as business women. This obviously has a direct impact on our future finances which in turn has a direct impact on my future travel plans.

5. Future – The result of the situation: Card #20 – Garden & Card #25 – Ring

Garden (public) & Ring (continuity/commitment)

We bought a coffee shop that offers additional services, namely tarot readings and massage therapies, to our clientele. It seems the direct future involves my continued commitment to the public (our clientele) rather than travel with my husband.

Summary:

It seems unlikely that we will travel this year. 2013 will be a year of hard work as we build our business and establish ourselves before we will be in a position to take time off to travel.