Review – The Fairy Tale Lenormand

Fairy Tale Lenormand

Author: Arwen Lynch
Artist: Lisa Hunt
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-157281797-5

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The Fairy Tale Lenormand” is a traditional 36 card deck, with two extra Lady and Gentleman cards (for personalized readings), bringing the deck to 38 cards. It comes in a beautiful metal tin, with a 120 page companion book. The theme for this deck is that of Fairy Tales – stories that we remember from our childhood, stories that entertain, while presenting us with life lessons. The world of fairy tales is a magical world, and there is no better artist than Lisa Hunt to bring this world alive for us.

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Donnaleigh de La Rose, in her foreword, talks about peering into our own life fairy tale. We know that we all have our own stories, but how many of us regard them as fairy tales! She talks about seeing mirror images of familiar childhood fairy tales in our own lives. Another point that de La Rose makes is that in creating a Lenormand deck, it was necessary for Hunt to simplify the imagery from her usual detailed style. To the point that de La Rose feels that in the Fairy Tale Lenormand  there is a perfect fusion between theme and functionality.

In her introduction, Lynch talks about fairy tales serving as teaching tales, and how in the Fairy Tale Lenormand these myths are woven into the Lenormand structure to help readers learn to associate the cards in a more meaningful way. Where meanings are more concrete than in the stories themselves. (In the Lenormand, as opposed to other divination systems, the card meaning holds fast – i.e. it is not open to interpretation by the reader).

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Each card is presented with the card title, playing card association, the associated fairy tale, and an explanation of how the tale fits into the card meaning. For example, card number 2 Clover carries the keywords luck, creativity, and serendipity, and is associated with the fairy tale “Thumbelina”. Card number 6 Clouds carries the keywords depression, confusion, and sadness, and is associated with the fairy tale “East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon”.

 Spreads presented include an explanation of fan-type spreads, the Crossroads Spread, the Tower Spread, and the Happily Ever After Spread.

 

 

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The cards are 2 ¼” by 3 ½”. The backs are done using a gold background, with a black scrolled border, and a black  central image. The cards are reversible. The card faces show a gold border around a central image. The card number is in the upper let hand corner, with the associated playing card number and suit in the lower right hand corner. The card title is centered on the bottom of the card.

The artwork is done largely in pastels, and has a fantasy, “otherworld” quality to it.

 

 

 

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The fairy tales presented are multi-cultural, which brings a certain depth to the deck. The artwork is fascinating – for me it brings back memories of these stories from my childhood. Time spent with this deck is well worthwhile! Each time you read a card, more symbols become evident – there are levels upon levels here!

© November 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Publication prohibited without written permission from the author.

Review – The Maybe Lenormand

Maybe Lenormand
Fortune Telling Deck

Author: Ryan Edward
Artist: Ryan Edward
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-1572818330

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The Maybe Lenormand is an expanded version of the traditional 36 card Lenormand deck, with an additional 16 cards that are “borrowed” from a tangent lineage of diverse fortune telling decks, with the aim to complete a 52 card playing deck. The cards come with a 69 page guidebook. The card box holds the deck in two piles, with the guidebook on top. The box opens from the side, and has a magnetic closure. The cover is done in black and white, with red binding, and carries an image of card 29 (Lady, the female significator).

In his introduction Edward talks about the Lenormand borrowing from German cartomancy, as well as tea leaf and coffee ground symbol reading. The Grand Tableau is said to give an overview of the Seeker’s well being, or a detailed answer to a specific question.

In his section on reading the cards, Edward includes the Grand Tableau, three card strings, and a five card daily line.

The card presentation includes a small color image of the card, a primary keyword, a short discussion of the card, who the card may represent as an individual, and additional keywords. Additional cards (cards 37-52) include Lion, Bacchus, Rapiers, and Sick Bed. At the end of the guidebook Edward presents the Tres Grand Tableau (a reading using all 52 cards), followed by several lined pages with which to take notes.

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The cards are 2 ¼’ by 3 ½”, with a white outer border, followed by a black inner border. A stylized eye looks out from the middle of the card. The backs are reversible.

The card fronts show a white background, with a thin inner black border The card number, and a picture of the associated playing card, are centered at the top of the card. A stylized color drawing is centered at the bottom of the card. The images follow traditional symbolism.

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Ship (3)10 of Spades

The primary keyword for Ship is Distance. Appearing in a reading, it can indicate a vacation, a prosperous global business venture, or a person foreign to the Seeker’s location. Other keywords include travel, trade, foreign, water, and longing.

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Scythe (10) Jack of Diamonds

The primary keyword for Scythe is Cut. Appearing in a reading, this can refer to broken relationships, broken contracts, or loss of hope. Other keywords include danger, slice, harvest, edit, autumn, and abrupt.

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Book (26) 10 of Diamonds

 The primary keyword for book is Knowledge. Appearing in a reading, Book refers to secrets, to things not known, or to things that the Seeker is working to know. Other keywords include secrets, projects, lesson,  hidden, occult, and information

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Lady (29) Ace of Spades

 Lady is the significator for a female Seeker. Appearing in a reading for a male, it indicates an important female in his life.

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Rose (40) 3 of Spades

 The primary keyword for Rose is Allure. The Rose represents romance, attraction, and beauty. In a reading, it represents beauty and the arts. Next to the Letter, it refers to poetry. Other keywords include charm, art, romance, seduction, captivate, and tender.

Clearly the deck name, Maybe Lenormand, comes from the addition of the extra 16 cards. While they can add information to a reading, they are not traditional to the Lenorand style of reading. Also, this deck does not include extra cards for the Lady and Gentleman significator. If you are looking to read within traditional Lenormand structure, it would be easy to just set the extra cards aside.

© May 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited wihtout written permission of the author.

 

 

Review – Dreaming Way Lenormand

Dreaming Way Lenormand

Author: Lynn Araujo
Artist: Kwon Shina
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
2016
ISBN #978-1-57281-758-6

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The Dreaming Way Lenormand is a traditional 36 card deck, which comes with a 91 page companion book. The artist, Kwon Shina, is the same artist that did the artwork for the Dreaming Way Tarot. This is a gentle deck, with whimsical artistry.

The companion book is a LWB, 2 ½” by 3 ½”, with a sturdy, full color cover. The image on the front of the book is that of Garden, and shows a golden watering can containing green plants, purple flowers, and a bird perched on one of the plant leaves.

The introduction is about the Dreaming Way Tarot, and its connection with the Dreaming Way Lenormand. The presentation of the cards is text only, giving the card name, number, and playing card association, with a short write-up of the card, and keywords. There is a short section on reading with pairs of cards, and then reading with a five card line of cards. The spread presented is a ten card Spiral Spread.

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The cards are 2 ½” by 3 ½”, of sturdy cardstock. The card backs sow a series of three houses, flanking each other, with several images of the same figure floating throughout the card. The figure is dressed somewhat like a clown, with a butterfly head. The card faces show the card number at the top, and the card title and playing card association across the bottom. There is no border on the cards.

The imagery is done in watercolors, in pastels. The artwork is very whimsical, which adds to the ease of connection with this deck for reading purposes. Steam rising from a cup of coffee becomes clouds, a full grown fox lies draped over the shoulder of a woman in formal dress,    the Rider is riding his horse through the clouds, Snake is winding itself around a female figure that is standing, the mother bird in Birds carries her birdhouse with her. I love the imagination that comes through in these cards, which are indeed of a very dreamy nature.

Some of the cards that I found most interesting were:

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Ship (3) 10 of Hearts

 Here we see a masted ship, floating in a small container of water There are clouds above the ship, and rain coming from the clouds. The ship represents adventures and journeys yet to be taken. It also carries the energy of freedom of choice. Keywords are travel, transportation, adventure, exploration, and journey.

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Clouds (6) King of Clubs

Being a coffee lover, I adore this card, which shows steam rising from a cup of hot coffee, forming clouds above the cup. The image of the clouds warns us not to become enmeshed in a false sense of security. Keywords are sudden troubles, confusion, daydreaming, issues, challenges, and distractions.

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Mice (23) 7 of Clubs

I think mice are cute, so I absolutely adore the two little fur people in this card as they carry away a rather large piece of cheese. Mice warns us to be aware of thievery, including things that drain our time and energy. It can also indicate that we are running out of time and/or options. Keywords include theft, loss, destruction, erosion, and deterioration.

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Book (26) 10 of Diamonds

 Here we see a dark pink book, with gilt edges, against a lighter pink background. The back cover has a little door cut into it, which makes one want to peek inside! The doorway is symbolic of how books open our minds to information and knowledge. The Book can refer to formal or informal learning. Keywords include knowledge, wisdom, information, learning and seeking.

The Dreaming Way Lenormand is a lovely deck that I enjoy reading with. Not truly versed in Lenormand, I am sticking to the smaller spreads for now. One thing that I was not fond of was the smaller size of the cards. When I brought this up to Lynn Araujo, she gently reminded me of the nature of the Grand Tableau and Petite Lenormand spreads, which require a number of cards. Smaller cards make laying out the reading easier, and, of course, smaller cards are easier to carry with us! This is a lovely deck that certainly has its place in the Lenormand world.

© May 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the author.