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The English Lenormand

The English Lenormand [Kindle Edition]

Mary Greer , Tali Goodwin , Marcus Katz

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The original English language instructions from 1796 for reading what is now called the Lenormand Deck. In this piece of ground-breaking research, discovered by Mary K. Greer, you will learn the simple roots of this fortune-telling tradition, in English, by an anonymous author, who claims to have read them in Germany, from a Latin translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs!

This booklet also contains definitive proof for the first time that the Lenormand deck was created from a selection of coffee grind reading symbols, and the Lenormand methods such as dark/light, near/far, reading in a line, etc., are all cartomantic versions of coffee-grind reading methods. There are TWO fully worked examples of what is now called the "grand tableau", one for a man and one for a woman. These are incredible in that they could be written for contemporary times in their interpretations (other than a few perspectives that are now outdated).

We have also provided additional commentary from the cards themselves, and comparison to "The Spaewife" and "Flamstead and Partridge", two other very early english-language chapbooks of fortune-telling.

Furthermore, we show how the Hechtel version of the deck - which became "THE" Lenormand, 50 years after his deck publication, added several images from another symbol list, in German (thanks to the researchers at It is probably only a matter of 'choice' that our Lenormand deck of today doesn't include a Flag card, a Double Eagle, or a Grapes card. We can now also see how Hechtel merged a couple of cards from this version (possibly) and added four additional symbols to create his game deck.

Although fundamentally a piece of research, this booklet has a FULLY PRACTICAL use too, in that these instructions - originally in ENGLISH - are the most authentic instructions that have been discovered to date, for all the cards (we have borrowed 4 card meanings not originally included from a list of the same time) and their method of reading. This booklet contains the full set of original meanings and instructions. We suggest too that in some cases, "reversals" might have been considered, for example, the Key being very different if upright or upside down.

So, for the first time, we can read exactly as readers of the time would have read ... in an "english" (language) method.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forge Press (10 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGOEC28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars if you are looking on a practical way to deal with this cards 15 Sep 2013
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this is just an updated version on the real book that resides at The British Museum. The most important thing about is that it is must reading if you are into Lenormand History.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T SPEND THE MONEY! 4 Feb 2014
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The description of this e-book made me think I was getting the instructions to both the Allemandes deck and the Game of Hope. Only the instructions for the Allemandes deck are given, and this can be seen on the British Museum website. The coffee reading list is on, too. There are typos and the numbers of the grand tableaus do not line up, which makes the translation very difficult to follow. The description also says they have evidence that reversals were used in early Lenormand. The only evidence they have that reversals were used in this publication comes from coffee reading, not card reading. I found this to be a very sloppy, slap-dash piece of research which had the potential to be good but failed to deliver. I bought it because Mary K. Greer is listed as an author. She must have played a minor role because I have books by her and they are much better than this waste of money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet. 7 Jan 2014
By Mitzy G - Published on
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A very interesting quick read if you are interested in the history of tarot and Lenormand. Worth a look and worth the price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Jun 2014
By Cheryl - Published on
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Always love Mary work.
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