The Traditional NY Lenormand
is OUT OF STOCK
But the NY Lenormand with Tarot inserts
is IN STOCK
The NY Lenormand is a recreation of an historic Lenormand oracle in two versions: one with traditional playing card correlations and one with the equivalent Tarot cards. but only the one with Tarot correlations is in stock.
U.S. customers may order the deck by following this link:
The deck is $20 plus shipping – $10 in the US, $30 for Canada, or $42 for other countries. Shipping is the same for one to six decks. You can send the payment with PayPal to this email address, or contact me to receive a PayPal invoice or for other arrangements
The inspiration for this deck came when I bought an original copy of The Mystic Cards of Fortune, a Lenormand oracle deck that was published by McLoughlin, in New York, in 1882. These cards were based on one of the oldest German Lenormand decks, the Hoffmann and Kroppenstedt cards, published in Berlin, in 1854. Each card was redrawn but followed the original closely with some changes. For example, the Ship card depicts an American brig flying the American Flag instead of a German ship.
My copy has the line drawings without color (which would have been hand painted) and the box at the top, meant to depict a playing card, was left blank. I decided to reproduce the deck in its colored version and to add cards at the top. The coloring is transparent as the original watercolors would have been. I made two versions of the deck, one with a 19th century style playing card on each (designed by me) and one with the equivalent Waite Smith card on the top.
The Waite Smith cards that I have included are the black and white line drawing for the pips and royal cards that are the equivalent of the original playing cards with French suit symbols. These were first published in The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A. E. Waite, in 1910, and I have used them before in my book, The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination. The Waite Smith cards offer a figurative image designed for divination and provide one interpretation for the cards included with each image. The Waite Smith interpretation is rooted in French occultism and the teachings for the British occult society, the Golden Dawn, and are not necessary the same as the German associations for these cards. At times they offer a pertinent comment on the image and at times they seem to be going in a different direction. However I have also found that the playing cards originally included with each Lenormand subject do not always seem to be in harmony with the image. I originally offered this deck with either the Waite Smith cards or the French/German playing cards included so that the associations may be observed and studied, but also, to further the divinatory possibilities.
The cards are printed on an off white paper with square edges and a blank back, as was the original. They measure two and a half inches by three and a half inches, and come in a white linen drawstring pouch.
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Very exciting. I shared it on Facebook, where I commented that the Man and Woman cards do not face each other, as in most of what we think of as traditional Lenormand decks. I notice also that the boxes for the card inserts seem quite large. The fact that they were blank is fascinating. Were users meant to draw in the correct playing card themselves? Some other image?
The box with the traditional playing card is the original size. I had to make the box taller for the Tarot cards. I don’t know why it was left blank but I suspect that the playing cards were printed on them from a separate plat and that for my copy they left it blank to make the deck cheeper. They are printed on an inexpensive deep pink paper.
Your drawings for the playing card deck are beautiful.
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These are brilliant. I love your Alchemical Tarot, but the Lenormand decks really fit my divination style. I want to share them with my students, and with myself.
Why did you combine Lenormand and Tarot?!
It doesn’t even make any sense to compare them!
I didn’t combine Lenormand and Tarot.