on 27 October 2013
Merging the Tarot and the petit-Lenormand cards is not the easiest of tasks. It's doable, certainly.
After all, Tarot is just a set of playing cards, or pips, with a series of trumps and the petit-Lenormand 36-French suited "ordinary" playing cards i.e. pips.
Nevertheless, each has their own nuances and inherent individualism in how they are read. I couldn't say Mr. Dunn understood the petit-Lenormand.
The petit-Lenormand is not just a series of cards with individual meanings, different to the Tarot's pips, but a whole system with its own little rules: distance, combination. Lenormand really isn't the deck, but the precept of reading a deck. Within his book a lot of this groundwork is streamlined, or rather ignored, to the manuscript's detriment in terms of being a real learning tool.
Mr. Dunn is certainly more within his comfort-zone when discussing Tarot, which is dealt with in the Golden Dawn schooling mostly with the stereotypical nods towards the psychologist, Carl Jung. It would have been far more refreshing, and useful to the reader, had he attempted to look towards the more continental methods where there is, already, a stronger vein of correlation present and viable to working these systems together. It seems rather banal to utilise the Tarot's pips with an additional pip deck. On the continent you'd more likely see the trumps and Fool + the petit-Etteilla, and the latter could be exchanged for the petit-Lenormand.
Overall, this is not a bad book. It's, however, far too short for its subject matter and woefully inadequate to someone not versed in the petit-Lenormand. Or even Tarot. If you're interested in both methods, and at least an intermediate level student within the Lenormand-system, you may enjoy this book. As a teacher of both systems, I'd advise a green-student to avoid it.
I also had some issues getting this book well displayed on my Kindle Fire. I ended up reading a lot of it on the PC application where it was displayed much better. Andy Boroveshengra.
on 27 June 2013
The divinatory philosophy of this book is well considered but, on Kindle, the formatting is so bad that it is impossible to see all the cards displayed. They are over stacked so that any examples are impossible to see at a glance.It would have been better to have the cards names or numbers set out so that the reader would have some sense of what they were seeing. The mixing of Lenormand and Tarot, two complete systems in themselves, is not to my mind possible in a book of this length: it needed many more examples for the beginner to understand. The formatting of the counting round system is poor in the extreme, with a lack of tabulation, and insufficiently explained. The text entries for each Lenormand card do not align with the card image. I would recommend a new edition with careful attention to the formatting. This is just NOT good enough!
on 27 June 2013
I have to totally disagree with the review left by Caitlin Matthews (mind you, I believe she has a Lenormand deck and book set coming out soon so she is obviously more of an expert than me).
For what it's worth, I have this book on the Kindle and have no issues with the formatting whatsoever. The book is written in a friendly and engaging style with a sense of humour coming through regularly and is an absolute delight to read.
It's a great introduction to working with both the Lenormand and the Tarot and feels a little like attending a workshop. You don't just read the book, you experience it and I would hate to be without it. I feel there is something in there for both new and experienced readers.
In fact, I like it so much that when the paper version comes out I will be buying that as well for quick reference.