After my first post on wanting to learn to read the Lenormand cards, I had some success. But, as time went on, other shiny, pretty things (Tarot decks) caught my eye, and I left my Lenormand books and decks behind.
Now, three years later, my interest and desire to re-connect with the Lenormand has surged. I took part in an online class and had even more success! By session 2, I read my first Grand Tableau for a friend who confirmed everything I saw in the cards! I wanted to learn more!
After doing some research, I realized that the class I had completed was not the traditional style of reading Lenormand. While I learned quite a bit from the class, I knew I wanted to learn the traditional Lenormand reading techniques. I learned that there are various “schools” of Lenormand tradition, and that it is not recommended to mix schools. Three years ago, I was trying to combine the French and German schools and did not succeed.
Now, I am a student in Andybc’s course at Cartomantes’ Cabinet. It is a self-paced, traditional approach to learning the cards. All that is required is that you select a school and stick with it throughout the course. Andy offers a list of meanings from several schools (German, French, Russian, Dutch-Belgian) for prospective students to use. I am using the German school, to build on what I learned in my earlier studies.
The course is also part of an online forum, where students can learn, ask questions and practice with each other. It is a very supportive environment, for those who have the discipline for self-study. I am amazed at how quickly my learning has progressed. The course is well designed and each new skill builds on what has been learned previously and sets the stage for the next set of skills. Students begin by compiling a list of personal meanings for the cards (based on the school they have selected). Then, practical exercises teach the skill of card combining, the very essence of successfully reading the Lenormand cards. Also covered in the course are how to incorporate the playing card insets into readings, how to read a line of 5 cards, and how to read a block of nine cards, called a 3 x 3. These skills prepare students to read the Grand Tableau, a large reading using all 36 cards!
Now, my shiny-pretty distractions are new Lenormand decks! I have collected quite a few decks, both traditional and modern. One of my new favorites is the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Lenormand, a perfect choice to use here in the Southwest where the holiday is a popular and important part of the culture.
I have also created and printed my very own deck that I call the Lenormand Moderne. It is composed entirely of photographs, with no computer enhancement or manipulation. I am using it along with the Piatnik Lenormand for my card studies to great success.
The Lenormand is quickly becoming very popular in the U.S. now and I am excited to be a part of the community, as I am becoming a more proficient and confident reader. I am excited to be involved with a group of people who share my enthusiasm for reading the Lenormand cards. We have created a Meetup group, called the Sibyls of the Southwest, to hone our reading skills and share techniques that we have come across.
I haven’t even picked up a Tarot deck in several months!