Review: The Essential Lenormand, by Rana George


‘The Essential Lenormand’ by Rana George, due for release in March 2014 by Llewellyn Publications.

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Reading this book is like experiencing a chocolate explosion in the mouth! Deliciously surprising and comfortingly familiar all at once. Rana George is our undisputed Lennie Guru, our Divination Diva. Just like Rana, her book is wholly unpretentious and patiently clear in its meaning. Finally! Lenormand demystified in a language and approach that speaks to even the most novice of readers. For those amongst us who have never read lenormand before, fear not. Armed with nothing but a deck of regular playing cards and this book you will have everything you need to begin immediately. Rana George is the fortune-telling ‘aunty’ we all wished we had, you know, the one that gives us the ‘inside scoop’ on outrageously successful fortune telling through years of authentic practice and divination. She has taken us under her wing!

With patience and in plain language, demonstrating real-life events with examples, Rana effortlessly steers us through these essential lenormand lessons. ‘This is Lenormand on steroids’ was what came to mind as I dove in, page after page. Where others have tried and perhaps not quite succeeded, Rana has waved her magic wand to create light at the end of the lenormand tunnel! Eureka!

In these pages she takes us through the benefits of reading lenormand and the process toward approaching our readings, to the correct way of structuring our questions. Along with her sagely advice on the importance of consistency in which she advocates the necessity of sticking to one system, allowing it to eventually evolve into our own personalised system, Rana guides us in an unambiguous manner that instils confidence in our abilities to replicate her expertise with ease, by steering us away from overwhelming confusion toward becoming confident and expert readers.

The detailed attention Rana George gives to each of the 36 cards in The Essential Lenormand is a treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge! As with words in any language (the meaning of which is dependent on the context in which they are spoken,) Rana goes through different meanings for each card in context to many different areas of use. These include: Predictions, mannerisms & personalities as described by the cards, work, love, health, finances, the ever elusive question of timing, advice or action oriented readings, negative & positive cards, finding lost objects, traditional meanings and she very preciously shares her personal anecdotes for each card too. This is truly a vast volume of in-depth and relevant meanings for each card which will greatly expand our lenormand vocabulary. Therefore this chapter alone makes The Essential Lenormand the most valuable English book available on this subject to date, in my opinion.

But, that’s not all! There is a whole section dedicated to spreads and techniques. I felt like a kid in a candy store! Anyone serious about lenormand will drool over this section of her book! Jam-packed with so much useful information that it serves to mentor each of us; taking us from beginners to masters of this art! Readers could not wish for a more practical, down-to-earth approach that keeps on surprising with jewels of knowledge and countless ah-hah moments! Rana’s chapter on the Grand Tableau, a spread that has intimidated many a reader before, is possibly the crown jewel in this priceless treasure. In the same charming style that gives absolute clarity and in-depth understanding throughout the book, Rana shares with us her personal approach to reading the Grand Tableau. This is huge! This is the mother-load of Grand Tableau tuition (minus the fear factor.) Finally there can no longer be an excuse to avoid becoming an expert lenormand reader, it would be almost impossible to miss the mark with this essential guide at our side.

Generously illustrated and expertly detailed without losing her readers, The Essential Lenormand is notably the most valuable book currently available to lenormand readers in the English speaking world today. This is more than just another book on lenormand, it is an absolute necessity for anyone who is considering lenormand as a divination tool, equally so for those readers who are already proficient in this system of fortune telling as even expert readers are guaranteed to learn something new!

Fair warning though, have a box of kleenex handy. Rana tells us about her lenormand beginnings in war-torn Beirut. Her tale reads like something from The Book Thief; richly embroidered with the romance of old-school family-taught divination during the angst of a bloody war that revealed both the best and worst of humanity in a very personal manner to this young impressionable girl. She tells us the tale of her humble beginnings as a child and hereditary fortune-teller who was at first almost surprised and apologetic about the accuracy of her predictions, and who then later was haunted by the same as the horrors of war brutalised her nearest and dearest. She lived through the horrifying effects of war not once, but twice as she first saw these events unfold in the cards before they manifested in a cruel savagery that deeply impacted her life in Beirut before immigrating to the USA with her remaining family. Rana shares her painful memories of these difficult years and tells how lenormand was a stabilising influence that comforted and empowered her. In later years she passed her astounding gift on to her 3 young sons who have each become gifted readers in their own right. Furthermore, in sharing her experience and expertise with lenormand though this beautiful book, our Lenormand Guru is passing the same on to us. We thank you Rana!

388 pages of pure genius. That is what you will get once you own a copy of what is sure to become the best-selling book in this genre for years to come. I give it 5 stars! Rana George wins the ‘Lenormand Oscars’ with this book. It will take nothing short of a miracle to surpass what she has shared in these precious pages.

Kinda like Rana’s darling red-lips trademark and her keep-it-simple-sweetheart approach, this book gets a BIG RED KISS of approval!

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 Pre-order your copy here: Llewellyn Wordwide

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BYO Lenormand, the Review


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The BYO Lenormand (Build-Your-Own Lenormand Deck) by Jera-babylon Rootweaver is a great Lenormand “à la carte”. This is the first Lenormand ever that lets you customize your deck, using 180 different cards. Each card has 5 different variations. For this review, I got a BYO Lenormand of 75 cards! This characteristics lets you use this Lenormand in a traditional way, or also in a less-traditional way.

It has been made with Mokuhanga App. Mokuhanga (木版画) is a Japanese technique of woodblock printing. Usually, artists depicted ukiyo-e drawings, but Jera has produced a mixture of Japanese and Western feeling in her deck. This balance between West meets East, makes of this BYO Lenormand an exquisite pleasure to read with.

This artistic balance reminds you of vintage memories. While being vintage, it is so new at the same time. So you can find, easily, the yin-yan balance in the cards. Not only the colors are reminiscent of a great meeting of cultures (East and West), but also of epoques (vintage and new).

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The cards have smooth colors, they are elegant, and they all fit perfectly one another. Whatever the mix of cards you might choose, all of them fit perfectly one another. So, you will get the perfect GT, or the perfect layout of your choosing with this cards. So, don’t worry at all when choosing the cards, all 180 cards match perfectly one another, creating a great vintage-new atmosphere.

They shuffle perfectly too, since they use Printer Studio card-stock. Easy to shuffle, nice to see, and comfortable to read, this deck has more than meets the eye. You can meditate while mixing these cards (literally), since linen card-stock is a pleasure to shuffle.

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If you choose to have two cards of each card, or two cards of some key cards, you can play further with your Lenormand. I used all the 75 cards that I got (yes, you read correctly: all the 75 cards) and I made a reading. I got two male consultants, two female consultants, two children (a girl and a boy), two stars, two houses, etc. Having two of each of the human cards enabled me to read more than usual with a formal Lenormand deck. Thus, reading the children in the house, might be easier if you have different cards to portray the kids (to give an example). Cards can be extremely accurate when using their doubles! However, take in mind that you must decide who is who before making the reading.

A massive GT can also be made. However, take in mind that, more cards also mean more time reading. It can be a mammoth challenge, but it can also enable you with the tools needed to read a normal 36-card GT. This, however, can help you take in all the meanings of the cards, along with the Lenormand techniques to do so. You will need lots of space on your carpet, though.

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This is the only deck that enables you to play with such flexibility, and with so many options, due to have so many card duplicates. And it is a pleasure to experiment with it.

You can go as far as to choose the rider: male or female, looking to the right or looking to the left. You can really be very “picky” with these cards, and use duplicates because duplicates are also different from one another (so different that they can give you extra info, when using all of the cards).

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One of my favorite cards are the stars (I write “are” because I love the cards that I got!). Each of the versions triggers different emotions in me, bringing me to read them slightly differently. And this is one thing I do love a lot about this deck!

Another pair of cards that I love are the bouquets. Originally there are 5 different versions of each card, but I love these two versions. I guess it is because of the different colors depicted in them.

I cannot take a pic of all the cards here. To check the cards you can choose, please go here and take a look. This deck is perfect to be used as a regular Lenormand deck, or as a balanced challenge in which you test your Lenormand abilities.

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Do not be fooled: this is a great deck for both tradition lovers and transgression lovers. For me, this deck allows me to go beyond what the traditional Lenormand is and lets me test myself using more cards than a 36-deck has. The challenge can get as difficult as I want, and in doing so, I can go deeper and deeper into the Lenormand. 3×3 layouts can easily become 9×9 layouts! You put your own limits!

This is an exquisite, challenging, loving-vintage, East meets West, gorgeous Lenormand deck that you can easily make your own. Think about it: you have 180 cards!! Each card has 5 different versions. You can choose one, or more of each card and build, not only your personalized deck, but you can also a deck that your clients might like a lot. In choosing different cards, you are also giving the opportunity to your clients to choose which cards they might like the most! And that is amazing.

In short: you need this deck in your collection (with lots of extra cards).


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LeNewbie Lenormand, the Review


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If you are starting with the Lenormand, or if you like to read some of the meanings, the LeNewbie Lenormand is the perfect deck for you! Jera-Babylon Rootweaver created a gorgeous deck. What seems a simple deck at first sight, hides a complicated and elaborate one.

In the center of each card you will find the silhouette of the card’s character (an anchor, a star, a woman, a man, etc) done with the meanings of the card. Words that compose the image are combined in bigger and smaller fonts, different fonts, and with different colors. Plus, it has a shadow that makes these wordy silhouettes to pop up. The effect is astounding: a silhouette which is composed by hundreds of words (depending on the image), that form a whole shape. Which is exactly what a Lenormand is: an apparent shape or character in middle of a card, hiding in plain sight its meanings! If you were searching for the deck of the poets, this is it! Poetry in plain sight!

The borders have, what I call, cheat words. If you are beginning with the Lenormand, these come in handy. You have written in the black borders, some of the possible meanings of the card, which makes it very easy to grasp the meaning of each card when combined with others. Plus, you get the cartomancy at the top right of the card (ace of hearts, 10 of diamonds, etc).

This Lenormand is a huge metaphor for what a Lenormand is: you get cards, with shapes drawn on them, like a kid, and this has a hidden meaning. I love the idea of creating silhouettes with the meanings inside, small in a way that seem hidden, but clear enough to be open to the naked eye. When you start diving inside the Lenormand, you will realize that the cards are doing exactly that! The borders help you in memorizing the meanings of the cards, which make it easy to remember those meanings.

This is not only a deck for beginners, but also for pros. It is a good idea to use this deck when you are reading the cards to someone who might be willing to know more, or to ask about the cards. I am not talking only to use the deck in classes, but also with clients who are more open to discuss the cards. This makes the conversation much easier than using traditional cards.

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Let’s take a look to the Anchor (I chose a card randomly). Can you see the shape in the middle, the silhouette? It is composed by lots of words: the card meanings, and possible meanings when combined with other cards. These look tiny, but you can still read them if you focus on them or want to do so. The shape tells to your brain that this is an anchor, but your eyes record more than the shape: the card meanings! Plus, the borders are sending to your brain even clearer messages: the card meanings are written on them!

Shuffle the cards and take one by one: which is the first word that you notice on them? If you do this, you can notice how up or down your mood is! I noticed “joy” in the bouquet, “love” in the heart, “class” in the park, “success” in the anchor”, “solid” in the mountain, and so on. You can use these cards as “mood barometers” too. When we are happy, we tend to notice positive stuff around us. If we are not-so-happy, we tend to notice just the negative. Most of times, we are not aware of our own moods. Using this cards for daily reagins, makes it easier to know how positively tuned we are.

This is a limited edition. It comes signed and numbered, and with a cool bag to keep your cards. The linen card-stock is strong and easy to shuffle (Printer Studio quality).

This is a great deck to begin learning the Lenormand, to teach the Lenormand and to read the cards with very curious clients. It is also a must in your collection. And I repeat: it is a limited edition! Are you going to miss it?


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Halloween Lenormand, the review


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I love Halloween! I started to celebrate it in Japan, and I cannot get enough of it. So, when Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill decided to produce this gorgeous lenormand I was incredibly happy! This is the first Halloween Lenormand of the market (EVER!). When it came out it was a sensation and it started a small revolution. The Spooky Cute had arrived! The Halloween Lenormand is a cute, and yet spooky lenormand deck, perfect to be used during Halloween (or whenever you want) by the whole family. Your kids are going to love it, your grannies are going to steal it from you!

It fits perfectly into Halloween fashion: gray and black colors all around, and pumpkins, lots of pumpkins! You get the huge pumpkin instead of a clover, and the man and woman cards are pumpkin headed people. The flowers are candy, the lilies are deadly flowers, the dog is a black cat, the garden is a bloody fountain (cute one), the crossroads are a creepy trail… All the cards are perfectly fashioned for a cute and gorgeous Halloween. Characters in this deck are spookily cute.

One of my favorite cards is the purple heart (the dark heart). It is cool how it is drawn, and I also love the small poisonous green stuff that pops out from it. I love it! I also love the candy! It is the sort of candy you would get during Halloween, but they are adorable! And the cat is both spooky and cute. You are going to love this deck, all its theme characters and its spooky cuteness.

It is a sweet deck to use during Halloween. It’s colors and its drawings are a perfect match for the festivity. So, if you are planning a party, this is the deck to use!

The card-stock is strong (printerstudio card-stock), which is good for heavy use. It shuffles perfectly and it is smooth, as expected from Printer Studio quality.

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It is children safe. It is not “really really spooky”, it is spooky in a sweet and cute way, perfect to play along with children. So it is perfect to be used while playing with the whole family. You can also use it to play further with it. Do you know any spooky stories to explain to your family? Shuffle the deck, take one of the cards, and start the game!

So, this deck has really more than meets the eye. You decide what you want: the trick or the treat! Now, seriously, what do you want? The trick or the treat! How to get this deck is both the trick and the treat, since it is out of print right now (but this might change… soon!) What to do? To spookily convince the author (Kendra) to re-print it again. You can find more about the deck and the contact to get the author to print more of these cuties here.


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Kendra’s Vintage Lenormand (Upright), the Review


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The Review

Time ago I reviewed the other versions of this deck. This time I want to talk about the upright version of it. This is a cool deck because you can choose those cards that you like the most. (We’ll talk about it in a moment). This is Kendra’s Vintage Lenormand (Upright version).

It is printed on 310mg Printer Studio quality card stock. This means that it is easy and cool to shuffle the deck. Cards are strong and they can last for a long time. It has 67 cards, which means you have many choices inside. You have 3 different riders to choose from, 2 clovers, 2 ships and 1 train, 3 trees, 2 bouquets, 1 whip card and 1 broom card, 1 birds card and 2 owls cards, 2 child cards, 2 bears, 2 stars and 1 fireworks card, 2 storks, 2 dogs and 1 cat, 2 towers, 2 paths, 2 mice cards, 2 hearts, 2 males, 2 females, 2 fish cards, 2 anchors and 2 crosses. As extra cards you also get: the mirror, magick, social hour and wishbone.

These options makes it possible to personalize this deck according to the seasons. For example, during Christmas you can decide to use those images that are Christmas related, choosing the correct rider, tree, etc. Also, you can personalize it for Spring and Saint Valentine’s. This is cool because, while using the same deck, you can read different cards according to the seasons.

This deck can be used as a normal regular 36 card Lenormand, or you could add some spices to it using all the cards. But for doing so, please take a look to all the cards and notice the “time markers”. Your readings will become richer and wider. Thus, when deciding to use the whole deck, and use the extra possibilities as “time markers” for your reading, you are adding extra information to your readings. For example: a Christmas tree would point at Christmas, or a tree among shadows could point at the fall, while a tree in middle of the sunlight could point at summer time. You can also find Halloween cards which would point at that time. The extra card of Fireworks (stars) would also point at July (the 4th of July), while one path card points at spring and the other path card to the fall.

Not only the “time markers” will add another sphere to this deck, but the images themselves. I give you an example with the Moon card. We can see a lady sitting on the Moon and giving her to drink some alcohol. One of the meanings of the Moon is creativity. So, just taking a look to the image you can read “feed your creativity”. Another example would be one of the fish cards. We can see a fish, relaxing on a net, reading the newspaper and with glasses. Fish means money, and thus, just taking a look to the card we could read “take a rest since money is here”.

In short, this Lenormand deck allows you to use it in a very traditional way, or in a less traditional way. You can just read the Lennies, or you can decide to transform it into a great Oracle depending on your mood of the day. It is cool, because you choose what you want to do with the choices given to you with this deck.

Give it a try. It’s awesome!

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Vintage Lenormand, the Review


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The Review

I’m sure that you already know Jera-Babylon Rootweaver (Andi Rootweaver)’s Vintage Lenormand. But maybe you have not noticed some of its key ingredients. This is a Western and yet Oriental Lenormand which makes you go beyond what conventional Lenormands would ever do. I love “oriental” styles, specially if they remind me of Japan. This deck has that. Both photography (Aileen Arnold from UK, Ryan Joffe from South Africa, Ray Theron and Russel White from Australia), colors and the final design make you enter into a different world when you read the cards. Honestly, this modern vintage style is one of the best I’ve ever seen. It looks so fresh, so new, and yet, so vintage that no one can resist its appeal.

The style is unique, and seems to have been achieved using Moku Hanga and photoshop, achieving a very oriental look, very Japanese look (which I personally love). Moku Hanga is an application (for Mac) which is based on the art of Japanese Woodblock printing.

One of my favorite cards is the Heart. It makes me think about Christmas and the type of garments you use to decorate your tree, or your walls. It also remembers me of those small details that young couples give to one another, like a small key holder. The bright strawberry color is not cheesy at all, instead, it keeps you calm and sound. Another of my favorite cards is the Fish. It remembers me so much of Japanese lakes and their fishes. Good memories that bring me back to a place that I love.

This deck has balanced colors, bright and vintage, that create the perfect atmosphere for a deck which is at the same time modern and vintage. A difficult balance to achieve, and yet it seems so natural in this deck. Plus, it has all the traditional Lenormand elements to read them comfortably if you want to use them.

The deck is perfect for both beginners and pros who wish to use a great deck with their clients, or with themselves for meditation. Meditating with this deck is just perfect. It both creates the paths to find what lies in nowadays present and yesterdays past. Again, compelling you to go beyond the normal Lenormand. This deck is strong. You can use it as much as you want. It is smooth and perfect for being shuffled. It is good printer studio’s printing and paper stock quality.

In short, this is a must-have deck. It comes with a cool kangaroo pouch and incense! (I love the pouch). You need this in your collection, seriously. You can buy it here.

The Art behind

As I said before, this deck has been made with Moku Hanga and Photoshop, with extremely good photographs. Aileen Arnold (UK), Ryan Joffe (South Africa, Ray Theron (Australia) and Russel While (Australia) are the photographers. All the digital artwork has been created by Andi Graf (Jera-Babylon Rootweaver).

This is not an easy result to get. If you take a closer look to the card you’ll notice the consistency of colors, outlines and fonts. Even the fonts remind you of the “orientalism” in the deck, mimicking Shodo (the art of writing Kanji with a brush). This means hours of work, not only selecting the photographs, but also working on the computer!

I like the vintage smooth colors which create a quiet atmosphere, which is key in readings. This is a “quiet” and yet “compelling” deck. It smooths the reader, and it shocks the reader. Why? Because of the combination of western and oriental styles. While the artwork is oriental, the photographs are obviously western, except, perhaps, the card of the Lady and the card of the fish, which depict a Chinese Lady and some Japanese fish.

Even though the artwork portraits a “traditional deck”, if you look closer to it you’ll find transgression in it. It depicts nowadays characters in a very compelling way: in a vintage way. Your brain is shocked by these contrasts all the time: western and oriental, vintage and new, traditional and transgressor. This is why the artwork is going to catch your attention from the very first beginning.

Every picture, every card is a poem, a small liaison between what at first sight seem contraries. This is a great “yin and yan” work. A masterpiece.

You can find more information about this deck in dePepi Magazine may-june-july 2013.


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Kendra’s Vintage Lenormand, the Review & the Reading


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The Review

Today we’re going to take a different approach to the Review section with Kendra’s Vintage Lenormand. We are going to review it and do a reading! Yay! This time I’m reviewing the Landscape version of this great deck.

The vintage images are simply gorgeous. Kendra has done a gorgeous job looking for and using great vintage pics. They are well thought and well combined. Since it’s printed with Printer Studio, the quality of the card stock is great (linen version). It shuffles really well, and it’s strong enough to last a long time. Colors are consistent with the vintage atmosphere of the whole deck, and it feels really good using it. Backs are delicate and compelling.

The Landscape version has 2 sets of female and male consultants (the ladies, the lady, the gents and the gent), a children (and not child) card, and an extra card (the mirror). I use all the cards together, including double consultants. The reason? As they are in singular and plural in can designate different people, or point at someone (or some ones) very easily. As I use this deck as houses, it is a good idea to use all the cards inside to have more insights. (Which is cool).

The Mirror extra card is also very good. It has come in handy in relation with computer science and Aspergers. In relation with computers, or devices which have a screen, it pint points exactly that: screens. In the case of Aspergers, it shows a person who looks within more than without. With other card combinations it could also show someone who cares too much about the outside figure, thus, it could also pint point eating disorders. In short: this extra card makes the readings richer and easier!

This deck is my favorite deck to use as houses. It not only gives me great and more info, it also give me insights and great meanings. Being landscape it is perfect to use with mini cards!!! Another of the reasons I’m in love with it! This is a must-have in your collection to use heavily with minis. You will regret not having this treasure!

The Reading

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Take Kendra’s Vintage Lenormand and shuffle it as much as you want. Once you are comfortable, lay out your houses. In this case I got:

  • First row: Fish, Bear and Tree.
  • Second row: Sun, Garden and Moon.
  • Third row: Rider, Snake and Stars.

For the cards on top I used my Alice in Wonderland Vintage Lenormand (I usually use this combination). I shuffled it, and I layed the cards onto Kendra’s Vintage Lenormand (the houses for this reading).

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The question was: “how is a project that I have in mind going to be?” The answer is here:

House of the fish: the whip. Money is being washed away… (Whip could be also quarrels, but, in my mind appeared the sense of cleaning so… “washed away”).

House of the bear: the house. The strength is at home. So, I have the means to achieve what I want, just into my dominion (home).

House of the Tree: the heart. I have put my heart on it in a long-term basis. (Being Taurus, no wonder. Once I have an idea, I pursue it till I’m comfortable with what I’ve achieved, whatever the degree it might be. I needs to feel right for me).

House of the Sun: the bouquet. A bunch of good vibes, and good luck. Yay!

House of the Garden: the book. The key of the question is, in fact, digital and with a “bookish” shape :p

House of the Moon: the garden. Related to creativity of many 🙂

House of the Rider: the child. Someone somewhat naïve who has an opportunity arising. (Good!)

House of the Snake: the birds. Hmmm. The snake is problems, someone in whom we should not trust. And birds are gossip or messages. So, beware, someone around isn’t what it seems!

House of the Stars: the path. Choose your way digitally. Stars for me are many times the digital world, and since the project it’s digital, it means a decision about it.

On the past: Whip, Bouquet and Child. Me being naïve and “kind of arguing or having problems” because of a “gift” (the project).

On the present: House, Book, Birds. Preparing at home the project and telling to people.

On the future: Heart, Garden, Path. To choose in which garden to put my heart.

So, basically it says that my project can or could change direction due to a decision that I might take regarding to it. In the past it’s been somewhat unfortunate, but it seems good so far. Still, on a stage of “preparing” or as “plan” or “to do”.

If you notice the inner and outer crosses, you’ll get some more info.
Outer Cross: Whip, Child (Book in center, the topic), Heart, Path. The child has the heart on the project (oh yes I do!), but has to decide about to clean some stuff about the project (maybe needs something extra). So, planning might be ongoing.
Inner Cross: Bouquet, House (Book in center, the topic), Garden, Birds. This is a project that can be stable and on many mouths. So, it has potential to grow 🙂

Please note that the houses have given us extra info. The decision is about something “digital in essence”. Or, it also tells us that the project (book) is focused on a garden or network (internet). So, you can see here many layers. Houses explain the “on top” cards, and in turn, combinations of “on top” cards explain what’s going on around the topic.

As I said before, some cards give deep explanation about some topics. For example: the mirror. Others like “ladies” or “gents” (in plural) can give us hints about what the on top card is relating to (imagine, for example, “work colleagues”). That’s why I like this deck so much to use it as houses.

You won’t miss it, will you?


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Kindergarten Lenormand, the Review & Interview


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The Review

Have you ever considered to use a Lenormand deck to trigger wonderful moments from your childhood? If not, or if not yet, you should highly consider Chloe McCracken‘s Kindergarten Lenormand. It is a sweet, simple and inspiring deck that clearly helps you making the Lenormand yours. I got a sample deck with extra blank cards (so I decided to draw on some of them and get my own extra cards, you can see those below).

Very simple drawings that are like those of a kid, which help you grasp the Lenormand at first sight. But there’s more. You can use it to teach Lenormand to your kids, or use it for meditation or self-study. Their simplicity is the key that opens the gates of the Lenormand. This simple and cute deck is good for starting your journey with the Lenormand, or enjoy yourself while feeding your inner child. Plus, it gives you powerful sense of trust to yourself when you use this deck for reading!

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It has 2 riders (male rider and female rider), two snakes, two trees, 3 bird cards, 2 children, a dog and a cat, 2 male consultants and 2 female consultants). I got the sample deck with blank extra cards, for my creative delight! Why? Because I could draw some extra cards by myself and get a very personalized Lenormand! (I loved that!)

This is a Lenormand that enhances both your imagination and creativity. It encourages you to go beyond the images, to draw something yourself, to overcome fears, to trust yourself, to have self-esteem, to feed your inner child, to play with children, to be yourself. That’s why I loved it so much.

It has Printerstudio’s paper stock quality. It shuffles really well, and cards are strong. Perfect to use them on a daily basis. The backs are flashy: red and blue, with “Kindergarten Lenormand” printed on them.

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I spent several days thinking about my extra cards. What could I fill in the blank cards that I got? (Or, at least in some?) Well, I finally decided to add 4 cards: 37. the Mirror (for inner study, self-reliance, responsibility), 38. the Cauldron (for magic, believes and the unknown), 39. the Mask (not true self, social self, the face we show to others), and 40. the Totem (for our Totem, animal relationship, inner animal, instincts). I used a permanent black pen. The results are very cute and match easily the spirit of the Kindergarten Lenormand. Easy, simple, funny, creative. This Lenormand made me feel good!

Note that this is a deck which is “hard to get”, unless you go to one of Chloe’s workshops. But, if we get a re-edition, we can get it from home! Read the interview and know how to get your copy 🙂

The Interview

Pepi: Where did the idea of the Kindergarten Lenormand come from?

Chloe: The Kindergarten Lenormand came about in 2012 when I decided to run workshops to teach the Lenormand reading system. I didn’t want to worry about copyright issues, so I thought “why not draw my own deck?” Despite my partner objecting that “You can’t draw!” I went for it, and had a lot of fun in the process. There were a few cards that were tough – coffins are harder to draw than you might think, hence why card 8 is titled Grave 😉

P: Are you planning to leave the extra white cards for us to play with those?

C: The extra white cards just happened because I wasn’t intending this as a commercial deck, and because of using printerstudio.com to add the playing card associations onto the cards. If I ever re-edit this deck for sale, I had thought to change the playing card associations on the extra cards. I also intended to include a few cards with card meanings if I re-edit, but I guess I could still leave in a few blanks, for you creative types!

P: I think this is a very good deck to teach children and encourage them to follow the steps of their mothers or grandmothers. How do you think it could be best used for that?

C: I suppose it could be a good deck for kids, showing them that you don’t need huge skills to create your own deck. And it is nice and simple, too. If I used it with kids, I’d encourage them to see a story in the lines of cards…

P:How do you think your deck takes out our inner child?

C: Hmm, does this deck bring out people’s inner child? Possibly. The images look child-like, encouraging us to access the side of ourselves which resonates with images of this simplicity and low skill level. Might encourage us to keep our readings simple, too, which fits well with the Lenormand style.

P:How can we get a copy?

C: I have a very few copies of this deck available at the moment – I’ve been using them in my workshops, so I only have about 5 unopened. If anyone is interested, they can email me at info@innerwhispers.co.uk. As I say, I may re-edit these at some point, it’ll depend on my time commitments and the level of interest.


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BYO Lenormand: Carrie Paris endorsement


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My cartomantic fascination started with tarot and over the years I’ve acquired a large number of decks. All have given me cause to take a favorite card from each pack in order to assemble a master deck filled only with the cream of the crop. Since entering the Lenormand world, I’ve again found myself with a fast growing collection of “Lennies”. There are favorite cards that stand out in each Lenormand I own and like my “greatest hits” tarot pack, I fantasize about assembling a master Lenormand deck. However my desire to keep my decks intact far overrides my desire to break them up. I know I’m not alone here.

In comes Andi (Rootweaver) Graf, who has heeded the call of my plight with a brilliant solution. Gone are the days of purchasing duplicate packs, deck dissection, and the predicament of not playing with a full deck. Andi, creatix of the beautiful Vintage Lenormand, has designed a build-your-own (BYO) Lenormand using the same vintage style her initial deck is known and loved for. Here’s how it works:

In this first ever opportunity to BYO Lenormand, Andi provides 180 wonderful choices—five variations for each of the 36 standard Lenormand cards. She has set it up for the site visitor to hand select the cards they want to create a customized master deck that speaks to their needs. This intelligent and thoughtful concept will no doubt launch other cartomantic traditions to follow suite as the combinations are endless.

My BYO Lenormand is filled with my favorite flowers for the Bouquet, I selected not one but two Riders (because I could)—one representing a peaceful delivery while the other is more action oriented. I also went with two moon cards both a full and crescent. Again, the groupings are infinite and that’s what makes the BYO Lenormand and the readings it produces so interesting.

Rootweaver is a pioneer in the Lenormand community. Keep an eye on her site. You’ll be glad you did!


A wonderful review of The Vintage Lenormand by Le Fanu. Deck can be purchased at http://www.rootweaver.com

My Curious Cabinet

??????????????????????How times have changed. The New Age mantras of self-help and inner healing part like seas to usher in a new tendency in cartomancy. Well, maybe not new (though there is much in it that is new), more full circle, reinterpreted perhaps. And yet it was the arrival of this deck that got me wondering about just where we might be heading in our card-reading, what we might be leaving behind, what might imperceptibly drift downstream or simply have other forms of reading laid on top like sediment, imbued, assimiliated and absorbed. I like how this deck, The Vintage Lenormand (not any old vintage Lenormand), describes itself as a “Fortune Telling Deck”.  I like how we have started being unashamed about this, how we now proclaim, yes, it’s alright to read fortunes. I am intrigued by the current Lenormand phenomenon – I am reluctant to think of it as a fad – and I find myself…

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