The Dreaming Way Lenormand

Fantastical. Picturesque. Fanciful. Imaginative.

These terms encompass the loveliness that is The Dreaming Way Lenormand. The artist behind this deck is Kwon Shina who also created The Dreaming Way Tarot (US Games, Inc., 2012). The booklet is written by Lynn Araujo. The Dreaming Way Lenormand is published by US Games, Inc. and retails for $15.95. It is packaged in a compact fitted box that measures 2.875 x 3.875.” The cards and booklet are typical playing card size, 2.5 x 3.5″ and fit nicely in the hand. They shuffle easily even for those of us with small hands.

The Dreaming Way Lenormand consists of the traditional 36 cards that comprise a Lenormand deck. Card titles are traditional with the sole exception of Card # 22, typically entitled Paths, Roads, or Crossroads. Card # 22 represents being faced with a choice; therefore, for The Dreaming Way Lenormand this card is entitled, “Choices.” The card titles are presented in a small cream-colored block at the base of each image and are non-intrusive. The card numbers are presented in a small non-intrusive circle at the top center of each image. Playing card associations are not included on the cards, nor are they mentioned in the accompanying booklet.

Kwon Shina’s watercolor paintings are conveyed with soft pastel backgrounds and vibrant foregrounds that help the center image of each card to look as though it is popping off the card. The watercolor medium lends itself nicely to the dreamlike quality of the imagery.

The booklet by Lynn Araujo contains 91 pages and is the same size as the cards. The booklet and cards are housed together in the box with the booklet resting on top of the cards. The introduction briefly summarizes several deck reviews of Kwon Shina’s previous deck for US Games, Inc., The Dreaming Way Tarot and concludes with Lynn Araujo’s commentary about Kwon Shina’s artwork. The bulk of the booklet focuses on the card meanings. Card interpretations begin with a quote from various historical luminaries of their respective fields. The imagery is described and then the traditional interpretation of each card is presented. Card interpretations conclude with several keywords. The booklet concludes with a very brief summary of Lenormand reading syntax. Readers new to Lenormand will need to purchase another book in order to fully comprehend how to correctly read with the Lenormand system. One sample reading of five cards is provided. There is also a 10-card spiral spread that concludes the booklet, but it is not followed by a sample reading.

The Dreaming Way Lenormand comes housed in a sturdy small box that is well suited for travel and will fit easily in a purse. I enjoy decks that travel well due to their compact and study packaging. Readers will enjoy The Dreaming Way Lenormand due to the soft dreamlike quality of the artwork that is presented with a great deal of charm. This is a lovely deck for beginners due to the charming simplicity of the images, but a beginner will also need to purchase a more in depth Lenormand book. I highly recommend Lenormand Thirty Six Cards: An Introduction to the Petit Lenormand, by Andy Boroveshengra. For those wishing to go truly in depth with their Lenormand studies I also recommend The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards, by Caitlin Matthews.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

Tarot & Lenormand Readings, Spells, & Visionary Art

The Egyptian Lenormand: signed & activated copies

Email: IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com

Twitter: @NeferKhepri

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neferkhepri/

Full Disclosure:

I received a copy from the publisher to consider for review. I only review those decks I feel make a valuable contribution and that I feel my followers will also enjoy.

 

The Blue Bird Lenormand

The Blue Bird Lenormand ($14.95 USD) is published by US Games, Inc. with a booklet by Stuart R. Kaplan. The Blue Bird Lenormand is a traditional Lenormand deck consisting of the typical 36 cards. No extra gender cards are included and the card titles, numeric, and playing card associations follow European tradition. The deck and booklet are housed I a blue tuckbox. The deck is named The Blue Bird Lenormand due to the little blue bird that graces the back of each card. Cards measure 2 3/8” x 3 ½”, which is typical Lenormand size. They arrive fairly stiff, but with repeated shuffling they break in just fine.

 The booklet is 40 pages long with a 13-page bibliography of Marie-Anne Adelaide Le Normand, the famous French fortuneteller whose name was borrowed to name the Lenormand system of divination. The booklet includes general card interpretations in the form of short paragraphs without keywords that are meant to serve only as a foundation and it is left up to the reader to gather additional information from other books that go into much more detail as to the manner in which the cards are to be read. Only one spread is included, the 36-card Grand Tableau and the method of Near and Far (or Near and Distant) reading is briefly summarized with Near and Far references also included within the individual card interpretations. A sample reading is also provided using the Grand Tableau.

 The cards themselves follow traditional European imagery. Playing card inserts are included on each card for those who practice cartomancy. The playing card inserts have the suit designs, but no numeric value other than the card’s number within the Lenormand system. The court card playing card inserts are figures dressed in the style of the 18th century French court, which was the historical period during which the Lenormand was created and first used. The card images of The Blue Bird Lenormand are quite lovely, and traditional in appearance. The card stock has a slightly varied yellowish hue to it that gives the deck an aged appearance, which adds a really lovely touch. The degree of aging appears to vary among the cards and some do not look aged at all. I hope I don’t need new glasses. In addition to the short interpretations within the guide booklet, each card also includes a verse that further explains the card’s meaning. The playing card insert and card verse are located in the upper half of the card while the Lenormand card image is located within the lower half of the card.

 Readers of Lenormand will know that directionality of the cards is important. Directionality refers to the orientation of the main symbol on the card being either toward the reader’s left or right. Directionality alters the interpretation of a reading. Ideally, the Lady and Gentleman cards should face in opposite directions. This way in a reading the people can face each other or appear back to back, either orientation of which will greatly alter the interpretation as to the health of the relationship. The Lady and Gentleman cards of The Blue Bird Lenormand both face to the reader’s right so in a spread they will never face each other nor will they ever appear back to back. The Clouds card, which is traditionally a directional card, is also somewhat confusing since the cloudy and sunny sides of the cards are not restricted to one side of the card or the other. I recommend that the reader decide for themselves the orientation of the gender cards and the Clouds card and always read those cards with your pre-chosen orientation.

 Other images within The Blue Bird Lenormand that exhibit varying degrees of directionality that can affect readings are: Cavalier (R), Ship (L), Snake (L), Coffin (L), Scythe (R), Birchrod (R), Fox (R), Bear (L), Stork (R), Ring (R), Book (R), Letter (R), and Fish (L). The orientation of the figures within the court playing card inserts should also be taken into account when considering directionality for readings.

 The images have a definite 18th century European feel and look to them. This will appeal to those readers who prefer reading with a traditional Lenormand deck. Personally, I find the imagery to be very quaint and I enjoy using this deck. For beginners, I do recommend that you supplement this deck with Andy Boroveshengra’s Lenormand 36 Cards or Rana George’s Essential Lenormand in order to further augment your Lenormand studies.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

Tarot & Lenormand Readings, Spells, & Visionary Art

The Egyptian Lenormand: signed & activated copies

Email: IsisRaAnpu@gmail.com

Twitter: @NeferKhepri

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neferkhepri/

Full Disclosure: I received a copy to consider for review by the publisher. I only review decks that I find useful to myself & that I feel my followers will also enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Are Card Readings Useful?

Have you ever wondered if getting a card reading would help you? Is there a decision weighing heavily on your mind? Or perhaps you wish you had more information about a certain situation in your life? People get card readings for all sorts of reasons, but the most common reason over the years seems to be the search for validation of their own intuition. You may have a hunch as to what you should do about a certain situation, but you have no way of knowing for sure how your actions would work out. Obtaining a card reading can present you with guidance as to not only how your proposed actions would work out, but if they would NOT work out then the reading ought to provide you with additional guidance as to what sort of action would be required. Here is an example I’d like to share with you.

The situation is that a woman is dating a wonderful man right now, but an ex recently came back into her life. She was wondering if she should continue on with the new man and forget her ex or if she should give him a second chance. The reading consisted of two Lines of 5 readings. A Line of 5 is a typical Lenormand spread consisting of 5 cards that are read left to right in a type of narrative style while paying attention to every 2-card combination. I pulled 5 cards on Man 1, reshuffled the deck & then pulled 5 more cards on Man 2.

From the card draw she received it became immediately obvious to me which man was the better choice for her. Looking at the two images below can you also tell which man is the better choice?

The Egyptian Lenormand, by Nefer Khepri (Schiffer Books, 2015)
The Egyptian Lenormand, by Nefer Khepri (Schiffer Books, 2015)
The Egyptian Lenormand by Nefer Khepri (Schiffer Books, 2015).
The Egyptian Lenormand by Nefer Khepri (Schiffer Books, 2015).

Briefly, Man 1’s cards are overall much more positive than Man 2’s cards.

Man 1’s reading begins with The Stars, a very positive card. It represents guidance from Above, meaning from your angels, spirit guides or God Him/Herself. This is the card of illumination and it casts its light on the darkness, thus bringing important things to light while destroying the shadows. It overcomes negativity and brings blessings.

Mountain represents obstacles, delays, obstructions, things that slow us down or cause us problems (big or small, but mainly big!). Mountain can also represent lofty goals we hold for ourselves that may take some time to achieve. Man 1 has been dealing with some difficulties for a while. These are things that may have been blown out of proportion, though. They are not insurmountable and I feel he may be coming out of the problem-time right about now or very soon. In the meantime he’s been very worried and preoccupied about it and he may not have told my client the whole story, if anything at all.

The Letter represents just that – a letter or some other form of written documentation; such as, a prescription, diploma, report card, passport/visa, and other important documents. This is something in writing.It’s odd for the Letter to appear in this type of reading unless it is providing some details about Man 1’s  interests. The Letter would indicate he likes to write. It may also indicate he enjoys reading quite a bit. Related to Mountain, The Letter is telling us that the worries are over something written, so there is written documentation of the problem and Man 1 is now having to deal with it.

The Sarcophagus is the card of endings and transformations. Major change is afoot when Sarcophagus appears in a reading. Something is about to come to an end so something new and better can begin. Sarcophagus brings the preceding cards to an end, so what I’m seeing here is that those problems caused by something written are coming to a close. Everything is nearly resolved now and should be over with shortly. Sarcophagus is telling us that this situation is transitory and it shall soon pass.

The Key concludes the Line of 5 on Man 1. Like The Stars, Key is also a very positive card. Keys open and lock doors. Therefore, The Key can signify new opportunities on their way, success, and safety/security. Following Sarcophagus, The Key is saying that the ending that is coming is going to lead to many new or much better opportunities in the near future. So whatever this is that Man 1 has been worried about will not only pass, but once it clears out things are going to be much better for him in general and he can look forward to much better times ahead.

Things do not look so bright for Man # 2, who is the ex. Sickle represents cutting, separation, harvesting, and sometimes danger or cuts and abrasions. Sickle is one of the few Lenormand cards that is directional, meaning that it’s very important to see which way the main symbol of the image is pointing. Where the tip of the Sickle points that is what is being cut. As the first card Sickle represents the past so this is the past break up between my client & her ex. The tip of the Sickle points to the next card, Garden.

Garden represents socializing, social activities, groups of people, friends, co-workers, and can represent large gatherings in parks or attending movies or concerts. What was “cut” by Sickle was socializing. Man 2 may have been very controlling and may not have allowed her to see her friends as often as she would have liked. This could have lead to the break up.

Snake is the central card. The central card is the focal point in the Line of 5 reading. The Snake represents vindictiveness, manipulation, and is usually an older woman who is very intelligent yet bitter. However, I’ve seen Snake to come up for a man, especially when he can be “catty” like a woman can. Following Garden the Snake is saying that there was someone within their social circle who caused issues with the relationship. They may have taken a dislike to one of the partners. Also, her friends may have viewed him as manipulating her and if he was insisting she spend more time with him and ignore her friends they may have been very resentful of him and wished for the couple to break up.

The Moon represents fame and recognition for one’s work. This is also a card of creativity. Here, it is trapped  between two very negative cards, Snake and Desert Fox. The Moon says that Man 2 has a reputation and it isn’t a good one. Due to the presence of Snake he can be deceptive.

The Desert Fox concludes the Line of 5 on Man 2.  The Desert Fox is deceitful, very intelligent – but in a cunning/tricky sort of way. He loves to pull the wool over a person’s eyes. He will appear in one guise to you, but with someone else he will be a totally different person. He excels at putting on airs, taking on different roles, and is quite the actor. You can never be sure if you are seeing the real him or not when you’re with a Desert Fox man. They wear all sorts of masks and they excel at keeping their inner selves hidden completely. As the relationship went on she may have discovered some things about Man 2 that really shocked her, or she may have suspected these things existed.

In conclusion, it could not be more clear-cut than this, which is why I love the Lenormand card system so much. They tell it like it is and they are to the point.

Immediate feedback from my client was that she was guessing Man 1 was the better choice, but she had to be sure. She also said she was already listening to her intuition and had basically decided to stay with Man 1. In this case she used a card reading to validate her own intuition or gut hunches, which is one of the main reasons people come to me for Lenormand and Tarot readings.

In short, card readings are useful because they can validate our own intuitive gut hunches. It’s scary to simply follow a hunch, but with a card reading backing it up it gives a person a great deal more faith in their own judgment and they are then better equipped to carry through with their decisions.

The Egyptian Lenormand is now shipping from Amazon.com, SchifferBooks.com, bookdepository.com, & booksamillion.com.  If you would like a SIGNED copy directly from me, you may order at http://egyptianlenormand.com. I ship worldwide. If you would like a Tarot or Lenormand reading from me you can place your order at http://magickal-musings.com.

Lenormand Thirty Six Cards: Fortune Telling with the Petit Lenormand

Lenormand Thirty Six Cards: Fortune Telling with the Petit Lenormand.

Andy Boroveshengra

Self-published 2014

Kindle $8.99/paperback $13.36

available on Amazon

The version I review here is the PDF e-book. I have not seen the paperback edition.

Lenormand 36 Cards book coverLenormand Thirty Six Cards is written in a clear and easy to understand style. It is obvious when you read the text that Andy Boroveshengra is a seasoned teacher of Lenormand. He maintains a balance of addressing readers who are brand new to Lenormand with more experienced readers as he shares his methods of reading the cards. Exercises are included throughout and I encourage you if you’re serious about learning how to read Lenormand cards that you do every exercise. They will help tremendously. People new to Lenormand will find his book to be fairly easy to follow while those who already work with Lenormand cards will no doubt learn a few things as I have.

The PDF has 142 pages and there are full color illustrations of the cards throughout for easy reference. Cards used are the 1880 Dondorf. What I particularly appreciated about the illustrations is the use of red arrows and lines superimposed on the cards for the section on how to read the Grand Tableau, which uses all 36 cards. This will be most helpful to those new to Lenormand and will most likely aid in clearing up some confusion for those who have already discovered Lenormand.

These days increasing numbers of books about Lenormand card reading are being produced and you may well wonder what makes this one any different from the rest out on the market.

Firstly, Andy Boroveshengra is highly qualified as a Lenormand reader and scholar. I have seen him repeatedly exhibit a very impressive knowledge of original Lenormand sources that he has mentioned on his blog as well as on social media. He bases his knowledge on original sources and this comes through in his writing as well.

Secondly, Andy Boroveshengra learned Lenormand from his Aunt Elise. She was illiterate and he has no information on who would have taught her. Andy was also taught Lenormand reading methods by a French woman named Euphemie Al Ansari. His grandmother and mother practice palmistry, which they both have taught to the author as well; and, Andy’s mother also reads playing card tableau as did her mother before her. Andy uses a number of her reading techniques and through his own work he is passing along his family’s knowledge. The author’s substantial background in the field contributes to the reliability of  Lenormand Thirty Six Cards as an accurate source of information. The author adheres to traditional card meanings and includes tried and true methods of interpretation.

Lenormand Thirty Six Cards begins with a discussion of the meaning of each card. The card title, playing card association, and keywords open the discussion of each card’s meanings. In addition to the main meaning of each card additional meanings are provided and the author often discusses how the meaning can vary based upon adjacent cards. Health meanings are also included for each card.

The next section deals with “Card Themes,” which is akin to card meanings, but here the focus is on areas of life that are represented by the cards. This chapter is organized according to theme. Themes include: Communications, Love, Family & Home, Happiness, Work, Finances, Warnings, Sickness, Trouble, & Animals. The following section breaks the cards down into Positive – Neutral – Negative classifications. This is most useful so that when a new reader lays the cards they can scan their reading quickly to get the overall feeling of their reading.

Lenormand Thirty Six Cards continues on with a discussion of the people cards. The obvious people cards are the Man and Woman cards, but other cards; such as, Snake, have court card playing associations so they are also included in the discussion of people cards, but Andy Boroveshengra points out he does not include the Jacks as people except for the Jack of Spades that is on the Child card. His emphasis is on those cards that are associated with the queens and kings of the court cards.

Next, the type of card combinations are discussed. Here readers are briefly introduced to the idea of “near and far” in a reading that Andy Boroveshengra goes into in much greater depth in a subsequent chapter. He then takes the reader through a simple 5-card reading and the combinations found therein. Card order is of crucial importance when interpreting Lenormand cards and the author provides a good number of examples and proves that for Lenormand A + B does not equal B + A. Card order changes the meaning of the cards. Additional methods summarized include Counting, Mirroring, Knighting & thematic Chaining.

The next section is all about Spreads and opens with a lengthy discussion of the Grand Tableau. Here, Andy Boroveshengra breaks the Grand Tableau down into manageable sections. Although at first glance the amount of information he provides appears to be a bit daunting, it really isn’t as long as the reader does not rush and takes time to absorb the methods discussed for each section of the Grand Tableau. A thorough analysis is provided of a sample reading for which the image of the spread is repeated throughout this section so the reader does not have to look back and forth between the text and the image. If one were to remove the illustrations this section would not appear to be nearly as lengthy as it does so don’t let this dissuade you from further reading.

Once the discussion of the Grand Tableau is concluded other spreads discussed are linear spreads consisting of 3, 5 and 9 cards with information on yes/no readings. A discussion of the 9-card 3×3 spread concludes this section and includes two examples along with color illustrations of each spread.

The main body of text ends on page 125, but Andy Boroveshengra also included appendices.

Appendix I covers the life of Mlle. Marie-Anne Adelaide Le Normand that concludes with a list of resources for further reading.

Appendix II covers the meaning when multiples of Lenormand cards with the same playing card association appear in the same reading.

Appendix III summarizes timing indications of particular cards.

Appendix IV is very valuable as it contains information about the author’s health combinations. Andy Boroveshengra gained knowledge of card combinations pertaining to health by doing readings for health professionals when he was a member of the NHS.  Although untraditional, I have repeatedly discovered that his health combinations hold true for my readings as well.

Appendix V contains a list of decks recommended by the author.

Appendix VI lists online resources.

Appendix VII is a translation of the “Philippe” Lenormand instructions for reading Lenormand cards. Appendix VII concludes the text.

If you purchase Lenormand Thirty Six Cards and no other book you will be well-informed on how to interpret Lenormand cards and how to use the most popular spreads. Much of this information has been posted on Andy’s blog over the last few years. Prior to all these books currently available, for several years Andy’s blog was my only source of information when I was learning how to read Lenormand cards. I did just fine with his material as my only source. Lenormand Thirty Six Cards makes for an outstanding addition to anyone’s book collection who is truly interested in learning how to read Lenormand cards. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Wishing  you all many blessings,

Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

Readings & Candle Work

Visionary Art

The Egyptian Lenormand now available for pre-order at Schiffer Books and Amazon.

The Turtle Lenormand now available for pre-order.

My forthcoming Aloha Spirit of Maui Oracle deck.

Deck Review: The Enchanted Lenormand

The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle                                                                                                                                                 Image

Caitlin Matthews (text) & Virginia Lee (cards).

Watkins Publishing.

ISBN #: 978-1-78028-598-6

$19.95

Have you seen the new Enchanted Lenormand? Caitlin Matthews, an expert in cartomancy, wrote the book. This deck is worth buying for the book alone. The book provides beginners with an excellent course on learning Lenormand with detailed card meanings, reading methods & spreads for you to try out.

The cards measure 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″. Images are all contained within a crystal ball type icon in the center of each card face. Around in the four corners are the symbols for the four suits and amongst them are greenish scrolls & leaves against a very darkish brownish background (at least in my copy). The actual Lenormand symbol on each card is approximately 1 3/4″ in diameter. I wish they hadn’t included all that scrollwork around each image then the actual images could be larger, however, it does give the cards a nice rustic look.  Each card also includes the playing card insert & for you collectors the first edition has a mistake noting both the Mountain and Garden has corresponding to the 8 of Spades. The deck is going into a 2nd edition printing and this mistake will be corrected.

The cards are very stiff first coming out of the box.  You may need to really shuffle them quite a few times before they will shuffle easily.  My copy is still stiff, but I haven’t used it that often.  I’m sure over time the cards will become more supple.  There is an extra card entitled, “Diviner.”  This is Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand, the famous French fortune-teller from whom the Lenormand system gets its name.  There is also an extra Man and Woman card provided for a total of 39 cards.

Also included is a folded 30 5/8″ x 20 5/8″ glossy paper Grand Tableau with the houses numbered, but not labeled.  The fold-out Grand Tableau is decorated with the same scrollwork that serves as the background for each card of The Enchanted Lenormand giving the entire set a very nice cohesive look.  The card insert is included for each house position, but is left blank.  What you may want to do is use that small insert to write in the name of each house; for example, House 1 is Rider, House 2 is Clover, and so on.

ImageThe book for The Enchanted Lenormand contains 160 pages on nice matte paper.  Each card is included in full color, measuring 1 1/4″ x 1 7/8″.  Including a smaller version of each card in full color is always a very lovely touch for any guidebook.  This makes it possible to use the guidebook as a study text without having to constantly refer to the physical deck.  The book measures 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ so it fits nicely into a purse or satchel for easy transport.  The entire set is nicely boxed with separate recesses for both the cards and guidebook with the fold-out Grand Tableau included in the same recess as the book.

The book opens with a brief history of what is Lenormand and there is also a section discussing the artwork and some artistic choices that were made in the creation of the deck.  Following is an excellent example of reading Lenormand cards in sets of 9 cards each.  Readers can learn a great deal from reading this section alone as it serves as an excellent example of just how Lenormand reading syntax works.  Syntax, significators, how to word questions, card pairings, & card triplets are all discussed.  Each card is then discussed in terms of its impact on a reading, keywords, the type of person signified by the card, love, work, finance and business, and well-being.  Each card is further discussed regarding comparisons to other cards with similar themes or meanings, the playing card association, main themes of the card as they appear in myths & folklore, and selected card combinations and their meanings.

The book concludes with a section devoted to various spreads that is quite informative.  The 8-card  “Four Windows” provides a nice general overview of any situation.  “Opening the Book” is a 5-card spread with two additional optional cards.  “The Encounter Spread” consists of 20 cards that serve to provide the point of view of two people involved in any type of situation.  “The Nine Witnesses” spread provides an indepth look at a particular situation and is known also as the Square of Nine.  “The Big Picture” spread is the granddaddy of all Lenormand spreads, the Grand Tableau, which utilizes all 36 cards of a traditional Lenormand deck.  (Note: newer Lenormand decks can have many additional cards so I always remove those and only use the 36 traditional Lenormand cards for a grand tableau spread.) The Grand Tableau is discussed over 12 pages in a very succinct manner.  Topics included are: past/present/future divisions of the spread, the four corners, the first three cards, reading the cards in relation to their houses, the present line, the cards surrounding the significator, topic cards, knighting, and mirroring.  This is the best discussion of how to read the Grand Tableau I have seen in any book to date.  The method of counting cards from the significator, an ancient cartomantic method, is also discussed.  Next is a discussion of the playing cards and their meanings, especially when more than one Lenormand card with the same numeric playing card association appears in a single reading.  Timing methods are included as well as the Playing Card Rhyme that helps to make it easier to remember which playing card is associated with each Lenormand card.  The book concludes with a brief 2-page summary of the main meaning of each card.
Image
For all you get (a well-bound paperback book with high quality paper, the deck, a lovely box with recessed wells for both the deck & book, nice laminate on the cards that will help them last years, & a wealth of information contained in the book), at $19.95 The Enchanted Lenormand is a STEAL. I’d happily pay $20 just for the book, it is THAT good, a true tour de force!

Blessings,

Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

http://www.magickal-musings.com

http://www.egyptianlenormand.com (only 17 copies remain of a limited run of 100 signed & numbered copies!)

Happy World Lenormand Day! & other Lenormand-related BIG news!!

Today is the birthday of Mlle. Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand, the French card reader whose name is now synonymous with the Lenormand system of divination.  To read more about her, check out the info at Wikipedia.  May 1st was the birthdate of Johan Kaspar Hetchel, the creator of a little parlor game called “The Game of Hope” that evolved into the Lenormand system of divination we know today.   You can read more about him at the Wikipedia link provided.

May is a great month for Lenormand, to say the least, & my good friend, Den Elder, decided to choose one of these two birthdays as World Lenormand Day.  Den is the founder of World Tarot Day, celebrated on May 25th worldwide.  You can check out her official site for World Lenormand Day here.  Her whole idea was to just have FUN with Lenormand, an idea that she & I have carried on over to Facebook where we co-administer both a Page and a Group for World Lenormand Day.

At first it was a toss up as to which birthday we would choose on which to celebrate World Lenormand Day, but after some discussion and asking friends what they thought, we all settled on May 27th due to the strong name recognition of Mlle. Lenormand with the Lenormand divination system, although she herself never used Hetchel’s deck of cards, as far as anyone today can determine.  She did use playing cards, however, and several decks combined for her readings, as well as astrological correspondences. I’m sure receiving a reading from her was a very interesting experience.

Den and I welcome you to celebrate World Lenormand Day with us at the Page and also at the Group.  The Page is public and is set up for announcements & promotions of the Lenormand and NON-Tarot projects of those who have liked the Page.  You can have your work promoted there for FREE.   The Group, is set to Closed for now as it’s for private exchanges among Group members & sharing information, but there you can also share your Lenormand and NON-Tarot related projects there as well, and also for FREE.  We will never charge a fee for sharing as we wish to promote everyone’s work equally.  Just please don’t spam the group.  We ask you limit sharing links to once a week for now as we don’t want the Group or Page to be over-run by advertising.  Thanks for understanding.

PAGE Link

GROUP Link:

How will you celebrate World Lenormand Day today?  I’m celebrating by starting a new project!  It is debuting here & in the World Lenormand Day Group and on the World Lenormand Page today, so if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to in my spare time since yesterday, do please like the Page & join the Group where I will be posting more as more comes to me.  Den and I look forward to seeing you all there.  In the meantime, get out your favorite Lenormand deck, or your entire collection.  What the heck, right?  The more the merrier!  Celebrate by giving yourself a reading, a friend or loved one, even your pets.  I’ve read Sheila’s Lenormand cards before, she’s our dog.  She always receives The Birds card, which I find very funny since her entire motto is, “if it flies, it dies,” but never fear. She has yet to catch a bird, though a month ago she came really close!  She also receives The Dog card all the time.  Gee, makes perfect sense, don’t you all think?  She also receives Heart a lot, and she is a very loving, sweet dog, so that also makes perfect sense.  It also proves you can use Lenormand to read for people and even animals, so have fun and give your pets a reading today.  Let us know in the Group or on the Page what their cards told you today.

The most important thing is to always remember to have fun with Lenormand.  It can be as serious or as fun as you’d like to make it.  And now for a bit of sharing of the fun that I began to have with it just yesterday.  Newly created and debuting here on my blog, my latest Lenormand project.  It does not yet have a title.  I am tossing a few around.  It’s meant to be fun with a bit of whimsy, but still a traditional Lenormand deck.  I will be sticking strictly to traditional imagery this time, but done in a style I hope you all will enjoy.  Here are the first three images that are now complete.  The first two were created so they fit together.  Design permitting, I will try to make it so that every image has one partner.  We’ll see how that goes since the best laid plans of mice & men …, well, you probably know the rest!

Rider.  (C) Nefer Khepri, 2013
Rider. (C) Nefer Khepri, 2013
Clover public
Clover (C) Nefer Khepri, 2013.

Yes, I am now at work on yet another project, not forgetting about my Magickal Musings Tarot that has been languishing since I began work on my Egyptian Lenormand deck last September & completed on February 14, 2013, what would have been my mother’s 87th birthday.  That deck is dedicated to her memory & for those who have purchased it & read the PDF you know why.

I am using watercolor pencils, Copic line markers, & Caran D’Ache is used for the backgrounds.  I also decided to incorporate the card numbers directly into the design.  I debated about also doing that with the card name, but decided against it.

My chief goal is to create something FUN that I enjoy creating & later using.  I also wanted something very bright since I love bright colors.  The idea here was to quickly create the images so they were drawn with MARKERS, I did not first draw these with pencil then erase repeatedly

Coffin (C) Nefer Khepri, 2013
Coffin (C) Nefer Khepri, 2013

until I got it right.  If there are little mistakes, so be it.  I want the images to not only be simple & fun to create, but to also look simple & uncomplicated.  I also did not want to spend a lot of time on each image. I created these 2 cards, plus the Coffin in a single day.  I’m hoping the rest don’t take very long.  They shouldn’t since the imagery is very simple, and intentionally so.  I am also including doodles here & there.  I create those with the Copic line markers.  I may add more into each card, it all depends.  I’m still debating that since I do not wish for the images to look too cluttered.  Simplicity and ease of creation are the two main themes at work here.

The Egyptian Lenormand. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2014.
The Egyptian Lenormand. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2014.

In other Lenormand-related news, I have saved the best for last.  If you are among my Facebook friends then you are always aware of the news, unless you managed to miss the numerous posts to Facebook I put up on Saturday.

On Beltane, 2013 I submitted a proposal to Schiffer Books for “The Egyptian Lenormand.”  On my 19th anniversary, May 22nd, I heard back.  I am very pleased & proud to announce that “The Egyptian Lenormand” will be published for the mass market by Schiffer Books in the fall of 2014!!!  I am over the moon about this & there was much yelling, dancing, & rejoicing at my house.

If you can’t wait for the fall of next year, I do still have some self-published signed & numbered decks available for immediate shipping.  They are borderless and are exactly as what is pictured above.  Ordering information is located at the official website.

I am grateful & honored beyond comprehension that my deck will be available in large numbers to the public at large. Creating a deck has been a dream of mine since I first saw Lisa Hunt’s “Celtic Dragon Tarot” in 1999.  I have told myself repeatedly over the years, “I can do that!”  Now I have, so what’s next?  Well, another deck, naturally!

Wishing you all a FABULOUS World Lenormand Day!!!

Many Blessings,

~ Nefer

WEBSITE:  Lenormand & Tarot Readings, Visionary Art, Candle Work

EGYPTIAN LENORMAND

CONTACT YOUR SPIRIT GUIDES

DAYS 11 – 13 of Pepi’s Lenormand Challenge

  • Day 11. What spread do you use the most? Why?
Stars, Nefer Khepri, Ph. D.  Contributed to "Le Petit Eclectique Lenormand", 2012
Stars, Nefer Khepri, Ph. D. Contributed to “Le Petit Eclectique Lenormand”, 2012

Well, it certainly won’t be the Grand Tableau, which requires all 36 cards of a Lenormand deck.  I can’t even begin to imagine doing one of those daily!

It depends on how much information I’m looking for, but I waiver between the 5-card Line of 5 reading and the 3X3, or Square of 9.   The Line of 5 is good for getting to the answer quickly and concisely.  Almost all the information contained within the spread is related to your question.  You can decide ahead of time on a significator card, or not.  That’s up to the preferences of each individual reader.  Sometimes I will pre-select one, sometimes I like all the cards to be randomly chosen.

For example, let’s say you are hoping to sell your house within a certain time frame.  So you can ask your deck, “will I sell my house by such-and-such a date?”

Pre-determine that the House card will be the significator.

Now, you can do 1 of 3 things in regards to the significator card. You can pull it out of the deck and lay it on the table.  It will then be the center card of your reading.  You then shuffle and cut in whatever manner you use, then draw the 4 surrounding cards:  2 prior to the House card & 2 that follow it.  That is then your reading.

Or, you can keep the House in the deck, shuffle and cut as is your custom, then start to turn the cards over one by one until you find The House.  Then take the 2 cards in the deck prior to The House and the 2 cards that follow it.  That is then your reading.

Or, you can do it a third way, which is to keep the House in the deck, shuffle, cut, and then just draw 5 cards off the top of the deck and that is you reading.

All methods work equally well, I have found.  However, the only catch is that you MUST decide ahead of time which method you will use and you cannot change it in mid-stream of shuffling the deck.  Otherwise you end up with a reading that doesn’t make much sense.

The other spread I enjoy using the most is the 3X3, or Square of 9.  This consists of 9 cards laid out in 3 rows of 3 cards each.  Now, the same ideas for the significator card also apply to the 3X3 spread.  You can pre-select it & lay it on the table in the center where it will become Card 5 of the spread.  Or, you can pre-determine it, but leave it in the deck while shuffling, then use the counting method as outlined above to choose the 4 cards preceding the significator card in the shuffle and the 4 cards that follow it.  Or, you can predetermine what the significator will be, but draw all 9 cards at random & if the significator appears then that card position will have added importance.

I prefer the 3X3 for questions that deal with a more complicated situation, especially if more than one person is involved or there may be a number of possible outcomes or alternatives.  The 3X3 provides a great deal more information than a Line of 5 because you read the rows first, then the columns (which represent Past, Present & Future), then there are also additional patterns that can be read if you so choose to glean additional information from the cards.  The 3X3 gives a very thorough reading and basically covers all points related to the question.

Now, on to the next challenge:

  • Day 12. Have you ever created a spread? Do you think it’s effective?

As a reader who has been reading professionally since 1998, yes, I have created many spreads over the years.  Some have worked very well while others never panned out so I abandoned them.  However, I use self-created spreads for my Past Life Karmic Tarot Reading, my Temple of Love relationship tarot reading, and I will often create a spread that suit’s a clients specific question.  Regarding the Lenormand specifically, yes, I have created one spread that is a 6-card spread based upon the Stars card of the Lenormand.  The cards are arranged in a star pattern with Card 6 being the card in the center.  This spread works very well with both Lenormand and Tarot cards, but I did specifically create it with Lenormand in mind.  However, I am discovering more and more how Tarot spreads can be easily adapted to use with Lenormand cards.

Next challenge is …

  • Day 13. For what purposes you use the Lenormand? (Meditation, guidance, recreation…)

I use the Lenormand for guidance and divination.  I’m now thinking up ways of using them in magic as well, but that is so reliant upon the imagery of the specific deck used.  Some look like they would lend themselves very well to magical use, while other types of Lenormand would not.

That was short.  I thought of answering one more challenge, however, the next one is a doozy and a topic that is not without some controversy, so I will save that for next time.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in ordering a Lenormand reading, please visit my site.