- Cards: 160 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD; Cards edition (10 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780285981
- ISBN-13: 978-1780285986
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 6.1 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle Cards – 10 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Caitlin Matthews is a writer, singer and teacher. She runs a shamanic practice in Oxford and teaches ancestral traditions around the world. She has written over 60 books including The Celtic Wisdom Oracle, also for Watkins. Virginia Lee studied Art and Design at Exeter College, UK, followed by a degree in Illustration at Kingston University. After graduating, Virginia worked as a sculptor on the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. This is her first collaboration with Watkins.
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I'll deal with the cards first. There are the 36 illustrated playing cards that make a petit-Lenormand deck, along with three additional cards that are regretfully advertised as being "part of the deck" i.e. 39 as above. They're not per se.
True to the traditional workings of the method we call Lenormand, these cards feature the traditional, with some very minor variances, symbols. Virginia Lee has worked these in an aesthetically pleasing manner, placing them in a sphere, without detracting from the instant recognisability of ciphers. Laid out in a tableau, one can easily see what is far, near and so on.
There is a soft but not overtly feminine quality, similar to pastel work of the late XVIII and early XIX centuries. They're printed standard issue cardstock, as such they'll soon scuff and warp - I cannot hold that against them, as it's the same with all fortune-telling cards now that aren't released as "premier" edition. Plus cards are meant to be used, not revered as icons.
For me the book is the wonderful resource to recommend. I've been reading these cards for twenty-years, and it's frustrating not to be able to recommend an English resource of true "traditional" methodology. What does this mean? As Caitlín shows it's not the cards' pictures, or even meanings, but how we read.
The first book in English was Erna Droesbeke von Enge's "The Oracle of Mlle Lenormand", which sadly went out of print. Caitlín Matthews' scholarship is encyclopaedic, more complete than Ms.Read more ›
There has been talk above about the quality of the cardstock. I honestly don't get this. The cards are fine; I don't know what readers are doing but there are no signs of fraying from where I'm divining. The cardstock is stiff and glossy, but they don't seem cardboardy or flimsy or fraying or anything. I shuffle normally and they really are fine...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful set. Well presented in a solid box for storage and well protected ease of access to cards and book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Musicat
Absolutely beautiful deck beautifully presented. The box contains a 39 card deck including an extra man, and extra woman and a card for The Diviner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony Scott
laid out the cards look good. They are a little small and some of the images are a bit hard to see but it's not bad at all and the card stock is very goodPublished 6 months ago by H M Fahey
Very different to my angel cards and I love them . So far the practise I have done with them , always makes sense . Recommended to me by a lady I did a psychic reading for . Read morePublished 12 months ago by mrs teresa van nuil
A lovely deck that would have been perfect but for the fact the Cross has been replaced by crossings - on what authority can you do this, the tradition is a cross and political... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Only downfall is that the cards are truly toooooo small. .
For some it will be very difficult to handle these cards. Read more
The illustrations on the cards are beautiful and for that reason I am pleased with my purchase. The book seems just a rehash of other more detailed books but in an abbreviated... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tissie
This could be such a great deck, but i was a little disappointed when i bought it.
The cards are thick and have a shiny finish. Read more