Working with a topic for your daily readings is a great way to get more detailed information about a specific event or aspect of your day.
In that case the top cards are showing the topic that will be further explained by the three cards below. Here we can see that there will be information (n ° 1, the Rider) that is worrisome (n ° 23, the Mice).
Two possible scenarios… (or perhaps a mix of both).
1 * – The worrisome news will be about a threat (n ° 10, the Scythe) to my reputation or status (n ° 28 + 32, the Man + the Moon).
2 * – The worrisome information might also be concerning certain risks / dangers (n ° 10, the Scythe) in my work situation (n ° 32, the Moon as a life area card for work).
Do you want to learn how to work with the Petit Lenormand cards or get new insights to improve your current reading techniques? Join us next Monday for the Lenormand Level 1 Workshop!
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.
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.
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.
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.
An argument (n° 11) that encounters resistance (n° 21).
Another option: a rather hostile (n ° 21) outburst (n° 11) or “hate speech” in a different context …
The options are endless and depend on the specific context of the question.
The exact authentic and traditional meanings and methods for the Petit Lenormand can be found in the Petit Lenormand Encyclopedia! Do you also want to learn how to work with these cards and read them as they should be read? CLICK HERE!
Lenormand roots are linked back to Das Spiel Der Hoffnung which was a popular Parlour Game in the late 1700s and early 1800s, the game consisted of 36 Cards each with a simple Symbol and a Playing Card assigned to each card. The aim of the game was to be the first to get to the Anchor Card in spot 35. Along the way the Players found their way through auspicious and inauspicious cards which either catapulted them forward, hindered their progress or in the worst case returned them to the beginning of the game.
If you are interested in exploring the grass roots of Lenormand and the Game of Hope, I can highly recommend to take Toni Puhle’s workshop. Not only will you receive original translations of the German Instructions, you will also gain an insight into the techniques that live on in Germany today.
In this workshop you will visit the instructions that are held by the British Museum (ca.1800-1850) and learn how these can influence your favourite Lenormand Deck using early techniques.
These techniques have been learned from generations of German Readers who trace the system back to the Game of Hope and who stick very closely to the techniques of the 19th Century!
Not only will you be discovering meanings for your cards that highlight their roots but you will also be learning the method of directions that was originally used in Germany and is still very much alive today!
Take a step back in time and respect the origins of the Lenormand System.
Students receive a Certificate upon succesful completion of the Examination.
Apart from the usual person cards and the ones that depict court card inserts (King, Queen, Jack), there are some other cards that could also represent people.
Especially in readings centered around “love” it is interesting to see where the Rider or the Dog are positioned.
When they fall close to the Heart, they may warm your heart and whether that will be of a temporary or more serious nature, will be confirmed by the other cards.
The Dog and the Rider are distinct personalities, usually with different physical characteristics and will each have their own “style” of influencing the Heart (n ° 24).
N ° 1, the Rider is often the man who causes ladies look in the mirror to check if their hair and décolleté are still on point.
He is the attractive (athletic), proud, well-dressed, charismatic guy.
At worst he can be vain and arrogant on his high horse and display a real lack of “Dog properties”.
N ° 18, the Dog is usually the type of man, ladies with a Rider partner are longing for.
He is the loyal and patient one who willingly sacrifices himself for his object of affection.
At worst he doesn’t possess any Rider characteristics and may be too boring and unattractive.