What I do : What is a Lenormand
In 2010 I brought some copies of my Melissa Lenormand to the Readers Studio. The reaction I got from nearly everyone who purchased one was, “What the hell is that? I want it anyway!” or “I’ve heard of Lenormand cards before… but aren’t they supposed to be boring?” I left a little discouraged, but mostly unphased (you know it takes a lot to phase me). I wrote up a proposal to teach a study group in 2011 at the conference, which was happily accepted. So last year at the conference I taught about two dozen people how to tell fortunes with Lenormand cards. At the urging of one of my study group attendees, I created my Lenormand classes – as a platform to get this workshop out to as many people as possible. It’s been slowly, steadily blowing up since then, thanks to the amazing modern Lenormands being published here in the States and elsewhere.
My audience here on this site doesn’t always overlap with the folks in-the-know about the Lenormand stuff — so consider this my “introduction to Lenormand” entry.
What is a Lenormand deck?
- A Lenormand deck (the Lenormand deck — that is the Lenormand divinatory system replicated with the most frequency) has 36 cards.
- Each card contains a symbol — a picture like a dog.
- Each card also contains a number and a corresponding playing card.
- Some decks contain a small verse that gives a clue to the meaning of the card — this is more uncommon.
- Lenormand cards are typically sparse — modern exceptions being decks like my own.
- They are read in lines. The story that the cards tell is the metaphorical narrative of the querent’s life.
- They are easy to learn. The symbols are modern and we still speak this same language today (whereas the language of the tarot might be considered lost in antiquity).
How do you accomplish a Lenormand reading?
- Find a Lenormand deck.
- Shuffle the deck and lay the cards out, face up, in four rows of nine cards each.
- If you identify as a man, locate the man card. If you identify as a woman, locate the woman card.
- Using however many cards you find to the immediate right of the man or woman you chose, form a sentence that will speak of your immediate future.
Lenormand readings work independently to the images of the cards. In this manner, a Grand Tableau that looks like this:
Will be read the same way as this one:
How can I learn more?
Everything you need to learn about Lenormand cards you can find for free online. There are many fabulous blogs and websites dedicated to this form of cartomancy. I have quite a bit of information you can crawl through on my site as well (check the Lenormand classes page or the free lessons I’ve made available). Dedicate yourself to your study. It’s easy to learn, I promise.
The video course I offer is more of a guided kick-in-the-pants. Designed to get you in and out the door, reading cards as quickly as humanly possible. If you’re having trouble synthesizing what you’re reading in other sources or you just can’t get your brain out of “tarot mode” (or you never really experienced any kind of “psychic mode” anyway) – you’ll probably have good luck with my class. Many folks have had their Lenormand aha! moments by watching my videos. I also host webinars you can attend for a small ticket fee – think of those like taking a workshop on a certain topic though. If you have little to no experience with Lenormand, 101 is for you.
You might also stop by the Tarot Tribe’s Beyond Worlds radio show Saturday night – as I’ll be a guest! I’ll be chatting with host, Donnaleigh de LaRose, about getting into the Lenormand cards — the hows, whats, wheres, whens and whys.
And I promise, of course, to say all kinds of Sh*t Lenormand Readers Say…