Lenormand is such a wonderful and direct system of divination that I love so much that I have created my own deck. But Ciro Marchetti's deck is the gold standard -here is a review of the deck in all of it's glory (yep, I am soooo in love with this deck!)
The first thing I delighted in was the clever box that this Lenormand deck comes in. At first, it looked like it should slide out like a sleeve but to my amazement, it actually flips up and opens like a treasured book. The front of the flip lid is the beautiful picture of the Birds card, numbered 12 and is beautifully accented with gilded scrolling and highlighted imagery. This was my first hint of the absolute treasure inside!
The cards themselves number from (1.) Rider, to (36.) Cross, a standard number for a Petit Lenormand and have breathtakingly shiny gilded edging! The backs are a lovely dual red and burgundy checks with decorative golden colored scrolling and border effects. Unlike Tarot, Lenormand is not read with reversals so this would be an awesome Lenormand introduction for beginners to start out with. The card stock is the same high quality that sets U.S. Games decks apart from the all others. The deck itself is a tad larger than traditional Lenormand decks at 2.75” x 4.125” and shuffles amazingly.
The imagery here is pure Ciro Marchetti at it's best, with the lush and bright digital paintings that we have all come to known and love. The colors really pop off the card, and the shiny texture to the cards really highlights that color pallete. I really just adore this artwork so much that one of the photographs I took of the cards on a table is actually now the main image on my Wells Fargo debit card! It really gets attention and people are always asking about it.
The one thing that I noticed is that when you have your question in mind and are shuffling and laying out two or three cards, the answers you get are quite clear and understandable…as well as outright blunt, but I admire in the deck. Answers that are somewhat hazy as with some Tarot decks , are perfectly clear with gorgeous Lenormand! For instance…(32.)Moon+(27) Letter can indicate that you will get a letter of recognition or an award from your boss or a love letter from your sweetie arrives.
Unlike Tarot cards, these cards come with keywords, playing card inserts and can be learned in just a few short weeks. There are some wonderful Lenormand study groups and blogs out there to help if you want to know all the little tips and tricks. The Gilded Reverie can be read using the keywords for each card or along with the inserts as well to add a slightly different dimension to the answers that it provides. There is a LWB (little white book) that comes with this deck that gives intriguing insights into what the card means, layouts that you can try, and a brief history of The Lenormand as used as an oracle.
If you need an example of how easy and direct the lenormand is to divine with I invite you to check out the blog post about the reading that just blew me out of the water! Read Lenormand and The Loa (link opens in a new window)
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