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Brief and Clear Book on How to Read Lenormand Cards - Great for Beginners
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.