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 – Fairy Tale Spreads

Fairy Tale Tarot Spreads

Author: Stephanie Arwen Lynch
Artist: Lisa Hunt
Independently Published
2013

“Fairy Tale Spreads” is a collection of ten Tarot spreads developed by Stephanie Arwen Lynch, based on fairy tales. A bit of background about Arwen – she began to read the Tarot for friends in 1980, and currently reads the Tarot professionally, as well as teaching it. She views the Tarot as seeing things that need to be seen, and her approach is Jungian based. Her readings are aimed at helping the Seeker take charge of their own life, and making their own decisions.

This is an awesome little e-book, with delightful spreads accompanied by artwork from Lisa Hunt. The spreads are as follows:

  1. Mirror, Mirror – A self-exploration spread.
  2. Big Bad Wolf –  A finding the villain spread.
  3. Princess on a Glass Hill – A goal spread.
  4. Rapunzel’s Tower – An escape plan spread.
  5. Sleeping Beauty Relationship – A relationship spread.
  6. The Four Dragons – A problem solving spread.
  7. Cinderella’s Victim Spread – A victim spread.
  8. The Ugly Duckling – A finding yourself spread.
  9. The Three Little Pigs Career – A career spread.
  10. The Emperor’s New Cloths – Breaking Habits Spread

For each spread there is an explanation of the purpose for the spread, a list of positional meanings, and a graphic of the layout. I am going to use the Relationship Spread as an example, as we all get a TON of questions on relationship! 😉

The Relationship Spread

A Relationship Spread

Like Sleeping Beauty, we are sometimes not as aware of potential partners as we could be. This is a spread to help you wake up to what is closer than you think. Imagine the spread is you lyikng down. What will it take to wake you up?

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  1. Why are you asleep to a new relationship?
  2. What walls do you have up that are keeping potential relationships away from you?
  3. What do you need to know about your dreams of romance?
  4. What or who will awaken you to romance?
  5. What will they need from you for romance to work?
  6. What will you need from them for romance to work?
  7. What will be the final outcome?

I drew the following cards from the “Steele Wizard Tarot”:

  1. Five of Pentacles
  2. Knight of Wands
  3. King of Pentacles
  4. The Universe
  5. Four of Cups
  6. Six of Pentacles
  7. Seven of Swords

Note; The Universe is an extra card that Pamela has added to this deck. It represents our ability to access the creative forces of the Void.

Images from the “Steele Wizard Tarot”, Pamela Steele, 2006.

To keep current with Arwen’s upcoming books and workshops, go to   http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/ .

I loved these spreads – thank you Arwen for sharing them! This little e-book serves as a great example of what can be done by an Indie to help promote their own work. It is well thought out, done with a sense of humor, and leads back to Arwen’s blog and future offerings … as a book like this is intended to do. Pay close attention to her disclaimer … You Go Arwen!

“Fairy Tale Spreads” can be purchased here – http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/?page_id=9768.

© 2002 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

February New Moon Journey

I did my February New Moon journey this am – as usual, I am amazed at the wisdom that comes through on these journey’s. 🙂 So now I am sitting here with my morning coffee (I chose to not work last night – so this “is” my morning coffee!), a dish of fruit salad and a plate of spaghetti (made yesterday – it will last for days!). Trying to calm my mind and set down a few words.

I want to give thanks to two ladies that I consider friends – even though we only know each other through the Internet. The first lady is Leisa ReFalo (www.tarotconnection.org). Leisa carries a line of Elemental incense on her site that I have been using consistently for a couple of months now in ritual and journey work – it helps ground me and get me beyond the physical plane to where I need to be. Those who know me well know that I have been whining about allergies for a couple of weeks now – the incense does not affect me in that way – it is a quality product. I also smudge with white sage – and that did not affect me in any way.

The second lady that I owe thanks to is Lisa Hunt (www.lisahuntart.com). I gifted myself with a commissioned drawing for Christmas, and have used it as a focal point for more than one journey. My “self” in this drawing is well beyond my “self” on the physical plane – part and parcel, yes,  but so much more! Lisa – you are one gifted lady!

This am’s journey allowed me to come to terms with some things that have really hit me hard.  I am fine with my decisions, and know the directin that I need to go in.

Wishing each of you a Blessed day!

© February 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Fantastical Creatures Tarot

The Fantastical Creatures Tarot

Author: D.J. Conway

Artist: Lisa Hunt

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

2007

”The Fantastical Creatures Tarot” was a Top Ten Deck for its year of publication (2007) – for good reason! This is a magickal deck – a portal into other worlds. The basis for this deck is the theme of mythical/fantasy beings, and the myth and lore surrounding them. From the “Fantastical Creatures Tarot” site:

“ Mythical beings have been around as long as there have been humans inhabiting the Earth. Stories of their magical and spiritual powers have existed for thousands of years. The images of some of these fabulous entities were placed in temples, sacred places, and, in miniature, on home altars, where they were expected to act as protectors, guides and spiritual counselors. ~ D.J. Conway”

In the introduction to the LWB (Little White Book) it is noted that images of these mythical beings were placed in temples, sacred places, and on home alters in order to seek guidance, protection, and spiritual counsel. They are referred to as a kind of “middleman of the astral realms”. It is also noted that mankind has fallen away from connecting with these entities, and that now is a good time to reconnect with them.

The deck follows the traditional 78 card structure. The Major Arcana titles remain the same, with the following exceptions: Hierophant/High Priest, and Chains/Devil. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The Court cards are entitled Page, Knight, Queen and King. Note: In this deck, Swords are associated with Fire, while Wands are associated with Air.

The LWB is text only (no scans), providing information on the mythological background and magical powers for each creature, as well as the divinatory meaning and magickal purpose. From the book:

“IX The Hermit (Old Lady of the Elder)

Described as an elderly, wrinkled woman, the Old Lady of the Elder is usually seen during a full moon as she hobbles about, balancing herself with a staff made from a gnarled elder branch. She is considered to be very wise in healing and magick. The Old Lady of the Elder is a solitary creature, using the silent, reflective time to spiritually strengthen herself. She quietly shares her knowledge with those open to her gentle teachings.

Divinatory Meaning: This card suggests that the inquirer needs a time of peace and quiet to contemplate decisions. Don’t make hasty choices, but ask advice of a knowledgeable person you trust. If poor health is involved, the Hermit points to a period of much needed rest and recuperation.

Magickal Use: The Hermit card can be used in a spell to add patience when searching for the knowledge to make a correct decision. It is also good to include in healing spells.”

There is a discussion at the end of the book on how to best use the deck. Some of the suggestions are to choose a card symbolizes the energy that you need to manifest a desire, and to place it in your sacred working space when doing magick. You can choose a card and meditate on its personal meaning (its meaning for you), or you can choose to draw a card a day as a symbol for that day. The cards can also be used for divinatory purposes.

This is a 78 card deck, with two additional cards – Quick Reference Guides to the Major and Minor Arcana.

The card box opens from the top, with an image of Strength on the front panel, and an image of the Star on the back panel. The cards are of good quality card stock, 2 ¾” by 4 ¾”. The backs are cream colored, with a central circular motif, leaving the backs reversible. The face of the cards has a ¼” cream border, surrounding an inner border that resembles intertwined twigs. For the Major Arcana, the card number is at the top, in Roman numerals, and the card title across the bottom. The Pips (numbered cards) show the number (in text) and the suit across the bottom of the card. The Court cards show the card title and suit across the bottom of the card.

The artwork is done in a gentle, very detailed fantasy style, using watercolors. There is a mystical, other-worldly feeling to this deck that just draws you in! I was incredibly excited to get this deck –it was a from me/to me Christmas present, and came wrapped so beautifully that I left it unopened on my credenza until Christmas morning (we open our gifts on Christmas Eve – but I wanted to make opening this one special, and it was!).

Lisa’s art is so good, on so many levels – it is hard to know where to begin! One of my favorite things are the winged creatures (and human figures) – the High Priestess as a winged serpent, the Emperor as a winged horse, the winged lion on the Sun, the winged Centaurs on the Chariot, the winged female figure in the Star, the winged figure on the Four of Wands, the winged Queen of Wands, the winged Knight of Wands, the winged Nine of Wands, the winged Page of Pentacles, and the winged High Priest.

Other noteworthy cards are the Eight of Wands (showing Odin’s great horse running full out), the Ace of Swords (showing Thor’s goats), the King of Pentacles (showing the Lord of the Greenworld), The Empress (Morigan), the Queen of Pentacles (Danu), the Magician (Winged Cat – with front paws firmly on his wand!), the Page of Swords (Werewolf), and Strength (Oriental Dragon).

The detail in this deck is very well done – each time you study a card you see something new and different! I feel that this deck would appeal to those with a basic understanding of Tarot who wanted to work with a fantasy theme, those who are attracted to fantasy themes/artwork, or those who wanted a gentle alternative/comparative deck. This is a wonderful deck for ritual, meditation or journeying.

© January 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Christmas With Fantastical Creatures!

One of my “from me, to me” Christmas presents this year was Lisa Hunt’s gorgeous “Fantastical Creatures Tarot”. It literally came wrapped as a Christmas present – so I kept it on my credenza, to be opened on Christmas Day (although our tradition is to open presents on Christmas Eve).  Somehow I knew that this deck needed sacred space – to be opened with a sense of honor and respect. I was sooooo right!

Lisa’s art is breathtaking! It is not simply talent – although heaven knows Lisa has that in abundance! It is that through her art she reaches levels of wisdom that deserve attention and respect. Her art is more than high quality, more than good spacing, more than esthetically  pleasing – it is a journey, and every time you take that journey, you learn something new.

The Fool becomes a two headed serpent (Amphisbaena), seated atop a barren tree (the Tree of Life, perhaps?). The Magician is a winged cat, seated with front paws on his/her wand! The High Priestess is a powerful winged cobra (Ua Zit). The High Priest, portrayed as the Arabian Ruhk (a very large bird!). This is one of the strongest interpretations of the High Priest that I have ever seen! The Chariot is portrayed as two Centaurs in the night sky.

This deck took my breath away. I feel that it was meant to come to me now – at a time when I am going through enormous changes and need an “envelope pushing” deck to walk with me.

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Holiday Specials

Lisa Hunt is one of my favorite people – an artist with incredible sensitivity, and someone who understands the worlds of music and words well. Very much a renaissance lady! She has some wonderful specials going on for the 2009 holiday season!

She has signed copies of her “Fantastical Creatures” Tarot available – with elegant packaging and a custom drawn gift tag!

A truly unique gift idea is the original watercolor paintings that Lisa did for “The Fairy Tale Tarot”. Lovely winter themed paintings that can be custom framed upon request.

Last, but not least, a signed, fully illustrated copy of her “Celestial Goddess” meditation guide -  which comes with a free print of the goddess of your choice.

Her work can be seen here – http://www.lisahuntart.com/holiday09.html. So many choices – so little time!

 

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet