Just saw a nice article from Barbara Moore (“Tarot for Beginners,” among many others) about the upswell in Lenormand practice among Tarot readers. I’m part of that wave, and I’ve acquired four Lenormand decks in the last month. I’m certainly taken with the literal nature of the cards, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them better.
I don’t believe there is any competition between the two, any more than I think there’s competition between Tarot and Numerology, or even Tarot and Angel Cards. Different people get drawn to different ways of perceiving the Universe, and each divination type creates a window into a different facet.
I recently got this wonderful, fun deck and started playing around with it. The deck is divided into 5 categories:
Topic (Green cards)
Character (Orange cards)
Influence (Blue cards)
Within each category, different cards further refine what the spread will reveal. It’s easier to show you than to tell you. Here’s a picture of a spread my friend Michael created in about one minute by picking one card at random from each of the categories.
As recommended by the detailed guidebook that comes with the deck, the first card he picked was the Topic: Friendship. The second card was Influence: Cons. Next came the Timing Card: What to Take from the Past, followed by the Character: Partner, and finally the Outcome: Advice. It was really eerie to see how these randomly picked cards all came together to make a great spread! We used our own deck, The Ultimate Oracle, to pick the cards to go with the positions and created a great reading!
We created a spread by picking spread cards randomly, but you can be very deliberate about it. For example, you could create a spread about your business or career by choosing the Career topic card, two Character cards of You and Co-workers or Partner, nearly all of the Influences cards (Clarification, Attitudes & Thoughts, What is Hidden, Surprise, What to Know, Pros, Cons, etc), Timing Cards, and the Advice or Lesson cards from the Outcome category. The hardest part of using the deck is choosing the category cards to use! But wait – there’s more! If you don’t find what you’re looking for with the cards provided, there are even blank cards in each category for you to create your own.
Verdict: 2 Thumbs Up – Whether a beginner or long-time Tarot enthusiast, go get this deck from your favorite indie bookseller!