I was introduced to Lenormand when I was watching a Tarot reader on Youtube do a pick-a-card reading with a Lenormand deck instead of a Tarot deck. I had never heard of Lenormand before so I searched online and found some brief information and a few decks, one of the decks being the Cute Little Lenormand. I was quickly drawn to this deck because of how cute it was and saw that it came with a whole book on Lenormand so I decided to purchase it. Most of what I know of Lenormand comes from the Cute Little Lenormand and Lenormand Reader on Youtube.
I’ve found that Lenormand is much less well-known to most people which is why I decided to share it with you all in this post. Lenormand is similar to Tarot as both are a form of cartomancy (fortune telling to divination tool using a deck of cards) but a Lenormand deck consists of fewer cards than Tarot. This post isn’t going to teach you how to read Lenormand, but if you would like to see more on that, let me know. In this post, I’ll be explaining what Lenormand is and the differences between Lenormand and Tarot.
History of Lenormand
The Lenormand cards were named after a French fortune-teller Madame Marie Anne Lenormand. Madame Marie Anne Lenormand is said to have predicted numerous events such as the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon. Her predictions made her suspicious to the public landing her in prison serval times.
It’s not clear what cards Madame Marie Anne Lenormand used in her readings. However, after Madame Marie Anne Lenormand’s death, a former student of hers helped developed a deck with information the student learned through Madame Marie’s teachings, this has never been a proven fact though. However, thanks to the alleged student we were presented with the Le Grand Jeu de Mlle Lenormand (translates to “the big game”) a 54-card Lenormand deck, and the Le Petit Jeu de Mlle (translates to “the small game by Mlle Lenormand”) a 36-card Lenormand deck, this is what is commonly used today.
Why use Lenormand?
To receive guidance. Sometimes we need an unbias opinion about a question and divination tools (astrology, tarot, oracle cards, Lenormand, etc), can help us address these questions or give us a source of inspiration to help us navigate our issues. Personally, I’ve been drawn to cartomancy as a way to help strengthen my intuition, learn more about symbolism, and as a form of self-care.
Lenormand vs Tarot
– Lenormand has 36-cards and Tarot has 78-cards
-Both are a form of cartomancy (fortune telling to divination tool using a deck of cards)
– Lenormand is less known than Tarot
– Lenormand cards have more basic symbolism than Tarot, making Lenormand easier to read
– Takes less time to memorize the meaning of Lenormand cards due to fewer cards
Lenormand cards are split into three sections, positive, negative, and neutral cards
-Lenormand cards work best when connected with more than one card
-Depending on the placement, the Lenormand cards will have different meanings
– Lenormand layouts (such as a Tableau) give you multiple meanings in a reading
– Traditional Lenormand cards contain a playing card insert on the card
Have you ever heard of Lenormand?