As my Lenormand deck collection continues to grow along with my experience, I thought it would be interesting to recap my journey so far.
My first deck was Ciro Marchetti’s Gilded Reverie (bottom row, second from right), which I used for around a year before buying Laura Tuan’s large-format Lenormand Oracle and then the poker-sized Piatnik (top left), both much more traditional versions. Ciro was criticized by traditionalist for departing radically from the standard images on a few cards (such as the Rider above), but his Lenormand is a solid working deck. Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand was an impulse buy (and another capable reading deck) because Edmund Zebrowski was a forum-mate at Aeclectic Tarot, and Robert Place’s Burning Serpent Oracle (top right), an even more extreme make-over than the Gilded Reverie, rounded out the “middle period” of my Lenormand acquisition cycle.
Early last year I picked up the Golden Lenormand, a gold-foil-enhanced, large-format deck, and the Blue Owl, which along with the Piatnik and the Golden is probably my oldest deck design. After another year I once again became interested in new decks and purely by accident came upon Rana George’s Lebanese-themed companion deck (bottom left) to her popular book, The Essential Lenormand, after having taken it off my wish-list some months earlier. Then I sought out Lynne Boyle’s stained-glass-inspired Heloise Lenormand (bottom right) after joining her “Lenormand, Kipper and Tarot Toolbox” Facebook page last month. Several of these decks have been featured in my previous blog posts.
I’m pretty much set for Lenormand decks at the moment, although I still intend to get one of Lauren Forestell’s excellent restorations sometime soon. The Gilded Reverie remains a client favorite, but I personally prefer the simpler images of the more traditional decks. The key to successful Lenormand reading is to be able to instantly recognize the cards on the table, so the more straightforward the imagery, the more efficient and effective the interpretation becomes. I’ve just embarked on an adventure with the German “Kipper” cards, but there is really only one deck needed, the Original Kipper Wahrsagekarten, and I just bought that.