Petit vs Grand Jeu Lenormand

Mlle. Marie-Anne Lenormand (27-05-1772 to 23-06-1843) is beyond any doubt one of the most influential cartomancers and fortune tellers of all time. Shortly after her death, several card games were named after her, even though they had never been used by her. This was of course a clever example of 19th century marketing. The two most famous “Lenormand” games are undoubtedly the 36-card “Le Petit Lenormand” and “Le Grand Jeu Lenormand” with 54 cards.

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The most popular one, Le Petit Lenormand, is much older than Le Grand Jeu and has its origin in Germany. It is a divination game that first existed under the name “Das Spiel der Hoffnung”, the Game of Hope, and which originally appeared on the market in 1799. After Mlle. Lenormand’s death, this game was re-released under the name Wahrsagekarten Mlle. Lenormand and was soon taken over by other card manufacturers in Germany, Belgium and France, who all released their own editions. This deck can be used for small readings but its traditional purpose was to be laid out in a Grand Tableau, using all 36 cards.

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In the same period, the renowned French card maker Grimaud published “Le Grand Jeu Lenormand”. This extremely complex but interesting card game is completely different in structure and method compared to any other card system. Each card contains a mix of images which refer to different forms of divination: playing cards, astrology, geomancy, flowers and letters. Furthermore, in the middle, on the largest image, there is a story from Greek mythology. The small images below depict daily life scenes from the 19th century.

Different layouts can be used when consulting the Grand Lenormand. The images of one card are then connected to those of the other cards. The cards are packed with information and surprising storylines and they provide beautiful, comprehensive and accurate readings.

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These cards have clearly been inspired by the authentic method and interests of Marie-Anne herself. In many of her books you will find proof of her fascination for Greek mythology, and her knowledge of flowers and astrology. Testimonials from customers explain how she used large painted cards that contained astrological signs, flowers and letters.

Every true Lenormand fan should have Le grand Jeu Lenormand in their collection. While Marie-Anne never truly revealed the details of the cards she worked with, this system comes definitely closest to what she used two centuries ago.

Björn.

 

 

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Grand Jeu Lenormand tells it like it is…

One of my female clients wanted to know what the future perspective was for her relationship.

My motto is always: “don’t let the cards decide how you should live your life but don’t ignore what they are telling you either”. This might be a dual statement, but that’s really how I see it.

I think a reading should always be evaluated in terms of usefulness of the information. A prediction or analysis, whether it is good or bad in your eyes, should always be weighed against the probability of what the cards are showing you. This allows you to claim control over your own life while also making use of what the cards have to offer you.

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When looking at the answer that the cards are showing us, it is clear that the relationship will never be what you want it to be.  The focus card  8♠, as well as “the small sujet de gauche” on the Lady , are reflecting unhealthy feelings of anger and resentment. The flowers on 8♠ give us a message of disaster for the strong as well as for the weak. Should you be able to win a battle today, you will lose double over time …

The “small sujet de droite” on 4♣  indicates that there is flirting. Whether the latter is already happening or not I can not say. Has this already played a role in the past and does it cause feelings of revenge? That is something only the lady can answer for herself. It could be a warning for the future along with the other information, which inevitably leads us to the conclusion that it is not a positive outlook.

Not exactly an uplifting reading but nevertheless important information for the querent to consider and assess in terms of probability.

Björn

Le Grand Jeu, coup de trois about love

I often consult Le Grand Jeu when I need a quick but detailed answer to a specific question. One of the last readings I did was for single lady who wanted to know if and when she could expect to find true love…

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The querent is represented by the female person card in the deck (Lady).

The “grand sujet” on the central Ace of Diamonds card shows a meeting between Mercury and Harpocrates. It depicts an atmosphere of utter discretion and confidentiality. The flower meaning warns for indiscretion surrounding this particular situation.

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This is connected with the lady shown on the “sujet droite” of the 10 of Spades card to the left who is abusing someone’s trust by stealing something from a drawer.

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The police officer on the “sujet de gauche” of the Five of Diamonds is keeping a close eye on the situation though…

This card also has an astrological correspondence (sign of Scorpio) and serves as a time indicator; it refers to a period of 240 days or an age between 50-55 years.

Conclusion: the answer is yes, the lady will find true love, albeit in a rather unconventional way. It looks like circumstances will prevent her from acting freely.  The cards are advising her to be discrete, which could point to a relationship that might need to be kept silent for one reason or another. Other people might pose a threat (♠10) and there might be legal implications (5). The 50-55 time indicator (between the age of 50 and 55) shows that this is the period in her life that she needs to focus on. In that vein, the coming 240 days will be significant towards the unfolding of the events described by the cards.

Björn