Recently, I discovered the Astro Mythological Lenormand deck. As I was first attracted by its wonderful symbols and pictures everywhere, I started doing some readings with it. However, it was pretty hard to gather data about it from the Internet. Curiously, english tutorials about Lenormand were kinda lacking… (the Astro Mythological one, not the small deck which has tons of tutorials ’round there) So I hope this brief introduction from a Grand-Lenormand amateur will help you.
Why The Grand Lenormand?
Why would you learn the Grand Lenormand Deck? Some people think it’s too hard for them, while others would answer they don’t need it or Tarot is enough. Let me give you my opinion: this Deck is not really more powerful than Tarot. You can do pretty much with Tarot alone. However, you would miss an opportunity to use a very specialized tool : while I wouldn’t use it for philosophical / spiritual questions, it seems to be very useful and accurate when you need precise answers to concrete, everyday problems. It can give a fairly detailed view of what’s going to happen to a person, or what is the relationship between Anna and Max, or what would happen if you sold your house and left your job to organize a huge trip all around the world.
Basically, the Grand Lenormand Deck (also called the Astro Mythological Lenormand Deck) contains 54 cards: 52 “classic” playing card games and 2 cards representing a male and a female querent. They can be divided in 5 categories :
- The Conquest of the Golden Fleece, which represents Business.
- The Trojan War, representing the Right of the Strong over the Weak.
- Hermetic Knowledge (basically alchemy stuff), which represents Marriage, and more generally relations between people.
- The Zodiac Cards, representing an amount of Time.
- The Unexpected.
Here’s a link showing where each card can be found.
Here’s how each card looks like :
As you can see, it has a lot of data on it (and that’s what repelling most people). However, as a starter, you should focus mainly on 3 elements : the Main Picture, the Left Picture and the Right Picture. You’ll have to focus on the meaning of one of these images depending on the position of the card in your readings. All the other elements are miscellaneous symbols contributing to the card’s meaning, but you’ll have the occasion to learn these afterwards, I guess. I’ll add some useful links for you at the end of this.
So now, to the main topic : the reading itself.
A standard reading
Here’s how I do it, with my most basic spread :
- Think of a question that follow these rules. You should focus on it for the next 3 steps, it’s very important if you want to have a nice reading.
- Shuffle your cards.
- Cut your deck with your left hand (some people care about that).
- Take 5 cards with your left hand, and put them on a line. You can draw only 3 of them for a faster reading, or with more for a more detailed one, but I strongly advise to use an odd number of cards to have a central theme (this is important).
If you have no “querent” card in this reading :
- Read the center picture of the central card. This should be the main message the reading conveys. You can also use the flowers/constellations/letters/geomantic figures for a deeper meaning.
- Interpret the symbols and left pictures of the cards at the left of the central one. These tell about the querent’s intellect and morality.
- Interpret the symbols and right pictures of the cards at the right of the central one. These speak of the querent’s desires, dreams and goals.
The querent card
If you have a “querent” card representing a person of the same gender, it is the central card, so you should interpret the reading accordingly. If it depicts a person of the opposite gender, then it’s someone that is pretty important to the querent’s life.
Here are some websites that should be giving you some additional insight regarding this deck :
And… that’s all !
Please be indulgent, this tutorial is still evolving… Hope that helped !