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on 2 May 2015
This is the fourth Lenormand book/course that I've bought and it was a lot better than I thought. The book is 237 pages long, is written in a nice easy to read font of perfect size, the book size and quality are satisfying.

I didn't hear much about the book author Sylvie Steinbach and I was surprised to see that she is a successful psychic from France living and working in Los Angeles, US. The author dedicated this book to her aunt who was a Lenormand expert and a psychic too.

The book consists of 7 secrets - different chapters. First chapter introduces card meanings and has concise list of card combinations, starting from Rider and ending with Cross. A separate page is dedicated to each card and it includes keywords/meanings, descriptions, astrological reference, associated Lenormand playing card, special features and body connection. I found the astrological reference (that includes planet ruler of the card, astrological sign, element and month) new for me I never used them before.

After receiving this book, I read it in one sitting. The written language was very easy, the paragraphs organized very neatly and everything made an absolute sense. The author nicely balances traditional part of Lenormand with the not so traditional - psychic part where she introduces her own created "no layout method" (which is pretty much fun actually and is not something so surprisingly different and unique as I have had imagined before). The author teaches what she has experenced to be more useful and more effective in Lenormand for her, what worked for her and she encourages learners to refer to the "old school" theory as well as open up for one's psychic abilities (she even has some visualization techniques in the end of the book).

I really loved this book and I am amazed at why I haven't bought it earlier. This book is really good for beginners as well as those who are interested in Lenormand cards and want to read about one more way to read them. "The Secrets to the Lenormand Oracle" offers some really good examples about how to do relationship, love, pregnancy (number of children), people description readings that are so popular. Sylvie Steinbach also has a chapter called "The 10 Psychic Commandments" where she explains the ethics for those who want to work professionally. I felt these to be really useful as many people would often not know if they should charge their readings or not, whether they should read for relative, themselves or not - the author explains everything.

The other things I loved about the book was that it was written in a very blunt, short and clear style where only neccessary things were introduced and everything that was not so important seemed to be ommitted. Although I wished the book could have been thicker, it makes a really great referrence and a book to carry around for short look ups and exercises. It also was great to feel that the author is someone who really reads the cards for work and talks about things from her own experience as a reader. Everyone who reads cards can really understand what sort of challenges is she writting briefly in the book. I am really happy to find answers to some of my important questions such as: why is GT so tedious, why Moon comes up in love readings so often, why do Paths card come up in location description readings (when I thought it meant decision only) and so on.

"The Secrets of the Lenormand Oracle" has a very nice chapter on timing as well. In short, I love this book. It can be a little short - the only disadvantage I could think of. It also doesn't focus on traditional Lenormand reading techniques and it only quickly goes through a Great Tableau, without really teaching it. Instead the author focuses on the "no layout technique" which is very simple. I recommend this book for those who are beginners or want a short and concise summary about the fundamentals.
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on 30 June 2011
I bought this book a while ago and I can't believe I forgot to review it. This book is fantastic. It's absolutely jam packed with helpful information to help you get to grips with these cards. Sylvie is a fantastic teacher and a very talented woman all round. I had never ever read or owned Lenormand cards before, so this was a first for me.

I bought the Mystical and Sylvie's book SLO, and I'm not lying when I say within under an hour I could do a basic reading with the NO LAYOUT SYSTEM. The no layout system is a quick easy no nonsense way to read. Sylvie's meanings for the cards have been updated somewhat too which I think is a good thing, as this brings the cards into the NOW, and there's nothing wrong with that.

I have simply amazed friends with readings. I still have tons of information to learn and I'm sure I will enjoy every moment of this experience. Sylvie gives up her time on forums and radio etc, to help students everywhere to get to grips with this system. Although I don't know her in person, I can say that she is one of the most generous people with her time and patience I have ever known

She also does workshops to help people learn this system to which the people that attend think are fantastic. I just wish I could afford to go to one as I think it would be an excellent experience. The last ones I know of have been in New Zealand...lucky people who had the chance to work with her! I can't reccommend this book enough. If you're thinking about it or mulling it over DON'T just go buy it!!! I love it!
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on 8 November 2008
Very full of information with Card Meanings including time scales and planetary correspondances, card combinations (keywords for every two card combination listed!), the no layout spread and the art of interpretation with examples. There is a section which give example readings in certain life subjects such as love and business which are especially helpful and help to 'put together in your mind' the card combinations and the use of 'key cards' in spreads.

Its a good book, but then again there is only one other prominant book on using the Lenormand cards available! There is a lot more room and need for a more detailed and advanced learning resource on the Lenormand Cards.

I ordered this book from 'Booksurge' in the 'Used and New' Section in Amazon Market place for £10.93 plus £2.75 Postage! I got the book in less than a week which is great considering that BookSurge is an Amazon Company in the USA which publishes book and is printed to order. So USA to UK in 7 days for cheap postage is excellent!

Order this book from BookSurge!
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on 26 February 2013
The book is the first that i have read that details a method of reading the Lenormand Oracle.And yes you can be up and running with this system,in a short time.What i would have liked is a bit more information as to how this way of reading is more accurate than a more traditional method.But overall a good book for a person new to the Lenormand.
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on 19 December 2012
Rushed as I ma at the moment, I skimmed through this new book - I haven't had time to actually read it yet. But from the skimming I'd say, that Sylvie has written a very complete book, with a wealth of information on the Lenormand deck. I look very forward to sitting down and working with this information she has added to the current available info on Lenormands. Should I have anything more to add, I'll have to do that at a later date, KInd regards, L.B.
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on 7 November 2017
Really good book written on Lenormand cards, lots of information and easy to understand
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on 14 September 2014
Excellent book, actually goes into great detail on combinations, cannot fault this work of art. If you are new to lenormand this is the only book u will need to begin - to the point no faffing around to pad it out. Would recommend
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on 24 September 2017
A brill book
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on 16 April 2013
I've moved on from her method of reading and would have liked more background on readings, but I found the card combinations helpful - not for the meanings as much as for seeing a working method of combining them. I've lent this to a friend now, as 'm doing Andyb's superb free online course.
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on 6 February 2015
The card combinations the author talks about in this book give a depth to any reading and food for thought for further action or divination.
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