Review: The Essential Lenormand: Your Guide to Precise & Practical Fortunetelling
I first heard about the Lenormand in 2012 at Readers Studio in New York. I saw little groups of people (Rana was among them) gathered at tables gazing over cards I never seen before. These were not Tarot cards nor where they oracle cards. These were Lenormand cards. What the heck is this? I thought to myself. Someone took the time to explain the cards to me and do a sample reading. I was skeptical and wary of trying to learn another divinatory system, “Ain’t nobody got time for that” as I thought to myself.
The spread of Lenormand within the Tarot community was apparent. Groups were forming and growing online. New books and decks began to be published. The famed artist Ciro Marchetti (Gilded Tarot, Legacy of the Divine) created his own “Gilded Reverie Lenormand” which is the deck that got me to look into Lenormand. However, it is Rana George I can give credit for teaching me the Lenormand and now I see its real value.
The Essential Lenormand is the first book you should purchase to begin your Lenormand journey. It may even be the only book you will ever need. Rana is the perfect teacher for the subject, a dependable expert in the subject. Rana has been reading Lenormand practically her whole life. If you are going to learn something from someone it better be from someone who has being doing it for many years. Rana is this person. Her knowledge is vast and her ability to convey the Lenormand is effortless. Learning the Lenormand like any divination system is not easy, you need to practice but Rana’s gives you the ability to start reading Lenormand right away.
I have two other books on Lenormand but Rana’s has that “it” factor about it that makes it an enjoyable book to read and learn the Lenormand. Rana teaches that with the Lenormand when interpreting the cards, it is essential to keep your question in mind and answer only the question. Something I have to learn to do! Do not deviate into different subjects. The question is so important; it must be worded specifically to get a specific answer. Form questions that allow for concrete and descriptive answers.
Rana breaks down each card into different contexts for easy application of the meanings in a reading. Here is the breakdown,
Woman or Man
Health, Body and Spirit
Time and Timing
Advice or Action
Objects and Areas
Rana also shares with you’re her personal knowledge which she has learned over the years. She uses nuances, themes or tones that certain cards appear to group into. Rana lists four Action, Portrait, Mood and Time. I would say these are kind of like elements in Tarot, Water, Fire, Earth and Air. When you see a certain nuance appear in a reading you can see what sees to be the main focus of tone. Much like elements influences the theme of Tarot reading.
Within each chapter of a card you will see meanings for all the contexts, which I listed above. Rana will also share with you a personal story about that card. She explains the card as it might mean within the Grand Tableau (the celtic cross of the Lenormand world, a spread which uses all 36 cards). Rana also gives you examples of card combinations, which is very helpful.
Rana includes nine Lenormand spreads. Rana spreads a whole section on how to use the Grand Tableau. This is a spread which while large can be an amazing experience.
I have to say that I think I finally found a system to explore my fortunetelling side. Being a Tarot reader I try not to use tart for fortunetelling. I think Tarot is not a good tool for fortunetelling in the traditional sense. It is more psychology dealing with the consciousness, subconscious, archetypes and spiritual lessons. Lenormand on the other hand is a fortunetelling system through and through. All the questions regarding the future that I would not use Tarot for is perfect for Lenormand.
Tarot and Lenormand pair up very nicely as well. You can use both systems together in a reading; Rana explains how to do this as well. You will find this under the Appendix section.
After reading The Essential Lenormand and putting the cards into action I quickly got direct and specific answers to my questions and validations of some concerns. Rana has made a convert of me. This Tarot guy is now riding the Lenormand train.