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Attractive Deck, But Room For Improvement
on 1 December 2014
Lenormand oracle cards are gaining in popularity and a variety of versions with diverse artwork to suit differing tastes are now available. If your preference is for rich colours, contemporary imagery, and a glossy finish, then the Gilded Reverie Lenormand most likely will meet your requirements. However, there are some features I feel are worth pointing out. Unfortunately in the deck I purchased several of the cards have slightly raised burrs along the edges, which detract from the tactile pleasure one should experience when handling any deck of cards. My irrational impulse is to rub the edges smooth with a nail file, which clearly is not a good idea at all. I am afraid I shall have to live with this minor nuisance and hope that frequent use will eventually soften the edges.
As to the artwork, the Gilded Reverie Lenormand is largely faithful to traditional Lenormand imagery. There are two exceptions, however: Number 1 card, “The Horseman” has been replaced with a young lady riding a fairground carousel horse, and card 22 “The Crossroads” depicts an ascending staircase diverging near the top. My own preference is that the traditional images should have been retained, but that is a subjective point and I am sure that on the whole the Gilded Reverie Lenormand will have its devotees.
Finally, it might be worth mentioning that I spent a couple of minutes trying to open the box in the same way one would slide open a matchbox, only to discover that the box actually has a raised lid which is fastened along one edge by a concealed magnetic strip.