Review: The Magic Moon Lenormand Oracle

The Magic Moon Lenormand Oracle

Author: Heather Mendel
Artist: Heather Mendel
A Word of Art
2018
ISBN #0-9710976-2-3

“The Magic Moon Lenormand Oracle” is presented as two decks (2 ¾” by 4 ¾”, and 2 ¼” by 3 ½”), a beautiful lavender mesh bag to store them in, and a 191 page workbook. Where to start! A good place to start is with Heather herself. I met Heather a few years ago at a Tarot conference. She is a joyous, lovely lady – a South African born mystic and intuitive counselor. Her previous work includes “The Sacred Mandala Tarot”, “The Sacred Mandala Lenormand Oracle”, and “The Syzygy Oracle”. I fully admire the manner in which Heather brings together Kabbalah, Tarot, women’s spirituality, sacred geometry and mythology into her interpretations as a tool for self-awareness and self-empowerment.

Why two decks? Does one just go in our purses with us for on the run readings? It is a bit more complicated than that (yet not really complicated at all). It gives the reader a choice of sizes for regular readings, and an easier layout for the Grand Tableau. In a full reading the larger deck is laid down for the Houses, then the smaller deck is shuffled and set out over the larger cards, leaving the relevant House card information visible.

Note: There are four bonus cards giving added choices for Man and Woman: a male and a female figure, and the iconic male and female symbols that can be read for masculine and feminine energy.

The color black is used as background for both the front and the back of the cards, representing unknown mystery, from which intuition springs. The backs show two quarter moons in white, with female figures sitting on each of them, facing each other. The backs are not reversible. The card faces show the card number and title across the top of the card, and the card number across the bottom. At the top of the card, under the card title/number, there is a white quarter moon and female figure, with the emblem of the associated suit and playing card to the right. The card image is under this – strong, clear images in a bright color palette. The border designs are color coded – yellow, blue, green, and pink: yellow for Diamonds (associated with Wands/intuition), blue for Spades (associated with Swords/thought/being), green for Clubs (associated with Coins/physicality), and pink for Hearts (Cups/emotions).

The workbook is something that I am really impressed with. It functions both as a workbook, and as a companion book. In her introduction, Heather talks about oracles as being a portal to the intuitive surrounding us. She also talks about her time in South Africa, and her move to the United States. She talks about us being a global family, and the increasing need for intuitive awareness and skill.

There is a Keyword Chart, including the Lenormand card number and name, the associated playing card and suit, along with keywords. Each card is then presented with a black and white scan on the left hand page (with space for the reader/student to makes notes), and card information on the left hand page, including Name and Number, Keywords, Theme, Tone, Time Frame, Significator, Mindfulness, Added Meaning, Grand Tableau, Meanings (Literal, Symbolic, Metaphoric, Spiritual, Noun, Verb, Descriptive (adjective and adverbs), People, Spectrum, and Advice.

This is followed by a section that addresses the cards as a story, including the Lenormand, Kabbalah, and the Hero’s Journey. Techniques are given for reading single cards, two card combos, three/five/seven card combos, a nine card spread, and the Grand Tableau. The final section of the book is magic – a compendium of two card combinations, and how to read them.

I am fairly new to reading the Lenormand, but I highly recommend this deck (large and small version), and the workbook. Through this work we can open ourselves to our intuition, and begin to grasp things that we may have never thought of before!

© May 2018 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.

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Review – The Sacred Mandala Oracle

The Sacred Mandala Lenormand Oracle

 Author: Heather Mendel
Artist: Heather Mendel
Independently Published
2014

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For someone that does not really read the Lenormand, I seem to be collecting a lot of them! Lovely things end up in my mail box, including the Sacred Mandala Lenormand Oracle! I loved Heather’s earlier work (the Sygyzy Oracle), and fell in love with the Sacred Mandala Lenormand Oracle as soon as I had it in my hands. I also want to thank Heather for including me in here dedication to this deck – I find myself in awesome company!

This is a 36 card deck based on the Lenormand tradition. It allows the reader to look beneath the obvious, and see the concealed in the synchronous patterns of possibility surrounding them. Here we see how interconnected our reality really is! The deck comes with a 15 page companion book (a more extensive, color illustrated version can be downloaded from her website).

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The cards are 2 ¾” by 4 ¾”. The backs show a black background, with narrow colored lines inset ½”, and a second set of inset colored lines surrounding a central mandala, which is also in color. The card faces show a black background, with a fine white lined border inset ½”. The card number is in white at the top, with a playing card suit icon on the bottom, with the corresponding card. There is a beautiful mandala on the top half of the card, with a line drawing of the object representing the card on the bottom half.

 One of the reasons that I am so drawn to the Sygyzy Oracle, and to the Sacred Mandala Lenormand Oracle, is Heather’s work with the sacred feminine. She encourages us to use our intuition as a reliable source of information. Too often I find that individuals are aware of their intuitive thoughts, but then choose to second guess them. In her introduction, Heather talks about the Lenormand as offering an “instant, panoramic snapshot of the rippling circumstances in which we are enmeshed, constantly unfurling as we create our own futures”.

We are encouraged to become familiar with each card number, its assigned symbol, and its playing card association. Charts are included in the companion book for the card number and symbol, and for the playing card suit and number association.

Heather is a very gracious lady, and includes references to videos and other material done by others that will help individuals to learn how to read the Lenormand style with ease. She also encourages us to “practice, practice, practice”!

Under “vocabulary”, Heather lists the card numbers, symbol, playing card association, and keywords. For example, card number one has a rider as a symbol, is associated with the 9 of Hearts, and has the keywords arrival/news.

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Card number 3 shows the symbol of a ship. It is associated with the 10 of Spades, and carries the keywords travel/foreign connection. The mandala is done in a beautiful pink and green.

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Card number 6 shows the symbol of clouds, with the sun peeking out from behind them. It is associated with the King of Clubs, and carries the keywords uncertainty/confusion/ambiguity. The mandala shows a pink center, surrounded by green.

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Card number 26 shows the symbol of a closed book. It is associated with the 10 of Diamonds, and carries the keywords mystery/secret/learning/study/education. The mandala is a beautiful pink pattern.

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Card number 30 shows he symbol of a lily. It is associated with the King of Spades, and carries the keywords wisdom/maturity/support/elder/healing.

I truly enjoy working with this simple, yet profound deck, and I think that you will too!

© 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.