Submerina has been working with her Lenormand deck lately, which inspired me to bust out mine. Here’s the first Lenormand-style deck I ever got (not counting my Gypsy Witch cards that I’ve had since I was 10). I’ve had it for years, and I understand this particular version is somewhat hard to come by these days. Made me not want to take the plastic off it when I read that. Yes, I just today removed the plastic that was around the cards, they are mint and pristine. For years I had been thinking I had the “Blue Owl” deck, not sure if that’s what it is or not. From what little I’ve read about them, it seems to be the Dondorf style with the verses printed on the cards rather than pips. Also, the verses are in English. German and French versions can still be had, but the English version is out of print, from what I gather.
Despite my small collection of Lenormand decks, I’ve never gotten around to learning to read with them. I understand it’s all about card placement, which cards are next to eachother. Unlike Tarot, it’s not open to interpretation, but I’m sure there are readers out there reading intuitively with these cards. If you want to read that way, the card police won’t bother you. Here’s a source for Lenormands, but it’s in German. Shouldn’t be too hard to figure out, though, and you can at least see pictures of several Lenormand decks. Also, this page at the same site lets you play with some readings and decks and start learning some of the card meanings.
So for my first read with this deck, I pulled two cards, kind of “What’s Happening?” and “What Do I Need to Know?”
The Child is a good card, signifying being held in high esteem by friends and colleagues. The Scythe indicates danger, but if surrounded by good cards this can be mitigated. Forewarned is forearmed and all that. So, there’s danger, but my friends can help keep me safe? Feel free to chime in if you’re up on these cards and can shed some insight.