Discover Lenormand tarot deck and find out the meaning of each card.
Mademoiselle Lenormand was the author of two famous divinatory card decks: one made of 54 cards and one composed of 36 cards that can be easily used also by beginners and are sometimes found as vintage cards.
These cards, designed during the Napoleonic era have an intuitive symbology that often recalls the classic Marseille deck.
The deck is illustrated with lovely images that give a special feel to these vintage tarot cards.
Without any doubt she is one of the most famous cartomancy readers of all times.
This legendary card reader was born in 1772 in Alençon, France. She was orphaned at an early age and educated in a convent school.
All historical information about her life and her achievements are actually very controversial because she was especially skillful in promoting her image and abilities with extensive writings.
It is said that her fame started when Josephine Beauharnais, Napoleon's wife, became a habitual client and was predicted that her husband would become emperor.
Lenormand was also a chiromancer and her reputation soared when she told Bonaparte about his secret wish to divorce his wife. This indiscretion costed the fortune teller her imprisonment in 1809.
Nevertheless the time in jail of the resourceful lady didn't last long and actually the episode further added to her fame as a clairvoyante.
In her forty years career Mlle Lenormand, who had no direct descendants, amassed a considerable fortune that she left to a nephew.
Here are the main meanings of these vintage tarot cards.
1 The Rider
News, travel, movement and positive change.
2 The Clover
Luck, hope, small gains.
3 The Boat
Long trips, nostalgia, a destination or goal to reach.
4 The House
Very positive card: indicates help and support, family and friends.
5 The Tree
Mental and physical health, protection.
6 The Clouds
Daily worries, unforeseen circumstances.
7 The Snake
Negative card: treason, betrayal.
8 The Coffin
Negative master card that changes the meaning of surrounding cards: radical transformation, end, painful situation.
9 The Bouquet
Achievement, good news, young love.
10 The Scythe
Negative card: sudden changes, suffering and loss.
11 The Broom and Whip
Arguments and fights.
12 The Birds
Worries, stress and gossip.
13 The Girl
Positive card that changes in meaning with the surrounding cards: pleasant news are on the way, the future.
14 The Fox
Negative master card the modifies the meaning of the reading: lies, fabrications, manipulation.
15 The Bear
Good investments, healthy finances.
16 The Stars
Good card that influences a whole reading: hope and prosperity.
17 The Stork
Travels and movement, changes and renewals.
18 The Dog
Integrity, loyalty, confidence.
19 The Tower
Ambition, isolation, need of protection
20 The Garden
Pleasant social life, new contacts.
21 The Mountain
Obstacles, delays and blocks
22 The Path
Choice, doubts, impulsive choices.
23 The Rats
Negative master card: betrayal, deceit.
24 The Heart
Positive card that represents feelings and love.
25 The Ring
Union, couple, respecting an agreement.
26 The Journal
Secret wishes, confidential information.
27 The Letter
28 The Gentlemen
An important male figure or the querent, if a man.
29 The Lady
A main female figure or the same consultant if a woman.
30 The Lily
Family, support, intimacy.
31 The Sun
Positive master card: optimism, growth, energy, great luck.
32 The Moon
Illusions, mystery, memories, dreams.
33 The Key
New possibilities, great opportunities
34 The Fish
Positive master card: good investments, profits.
35 The Anchor
Master card that heralds good fortune with matters related to work. Stability, safety.
36 The Cross
Negative master card: suffering, problems.