Clair de Lune Lenormand
Artist: Ana Tourian
Author: Ana Tourian
The Clair de Lune Lenormand is a 38 card Lenormand deck that follows the traditional 36 card Lenormand structure, while adding a second version of both the Man and Woman cards (one version if a side view, the other is facing forward). The background is black, with the images etched as line drawings in blue and yellow, giving the impression of being in the light of the moon. The black background, and minimalist but detailed imagery is what drew me to this deck. I am most definitely a night person! The cards and accompanying companion booklet come in a lovely black metal box, with red felt on the inside bottom. It came wrapped with a beautiful blue bow – quite elegant!
The companion booklet is of good quality stock paper, antique looking, with a lightly colored line drawing background. It is 18 pages, done in fold out style, consisting of an introduction, commentary on the deck, a bio, and a presentation of each of the cards, including a small scan of the card, along with keywords/meanings. The cover shows a scan of the Rider.
In her introduction, Tourian talks about the Lenormand system being non-esoteric in nature. She notes that the images in the Lenormand are taken from everyday life, and speak to the essence of the question or issue at hand. She states that each card carries a very direct message, not one that is interpreted by the reader. The cards are read in combination, and not singly. Tourian recommends that the reader begin their journey into the Lenormand by doing daily two card combinations that answer basic questions, and give a general view of the day. For more advanced readings, Tourian recommends the Grand Tableau.
In her section about the deck itself, we find that the deck is true to the Lenormand tradition, with 36 cards (note: there are two optional/extra cards, one for Man, and one for Woman, making a total of 38 cards), and symbols that stand true to the system (House, Rider, Man,Woman etc.). Tourian goes on to state that the elements and subjects within the cards have been placed within the context of a common setting – the light of a full moon. Her aim was to create the qualities of mystery and fairy tale within these cards – I feel that this was accomplished admirably! Tourian has also included resources for reading the Lenormand, including videos and books.
The cards are 2.25″ x 3.5″, with a black background front and back. There is a beautiful circular image on the card back, with the card front showing the card number in the top right hand corner, and the card title centered across the bottom. The image fills the card – there is no border. The artwork is done in a technique termed etching, which was then transferred to the computer and digitally colored.
Card number 1. News, messages, something new entering the Querant’s life, short term visitor.
Card number 27. Written news, communication, message received or given, documents.
Card number 15. Protection, protector, mother, grandmother, dominant individual, boss, power, strength, weight.
Card number 5. Health, general well-being, ancestry, karma, karmic connection, things from the past, spiritual evolution, long lasting.
I don’t often work with the Lenormand, but I love this deck. I am strongly considering adding it to my All Hallow’s Eve reading this year! It is a deck that keeps its promise to add a bit of mystery and fairy tale quality to readings.
The Clair de Lune Lenormand can be purchased here: http://clairdelunelenorma.wixsite.com/clairdelune.
© September 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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