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Buy it quick before they catch on.
on 3 October 2015
Absolutely beautiful deck beautifully presented. The box contains a 39 card deck including an extra man, and extra woman and a card for The Diviner. The cards are small (85mm x 55mm) which I found to be a perfect size for easy handling. The artwork by Virginia Lee, is a genuine masterpiece of design. Each picture appears as if in a crystal ball in an apparent frame of twigs with a little playing card at the top above the crystal ball and an apparent 3D representation of the suit symbols in each corner.. You would think that with all that on such a small card it would seem cramped, but the genius of the design is that it doesn't seem cramped at all. Nothing has been sacrificed or made inconveniently small to save space. In fact you get the impression that Ms Lee had all the space in the world and used it to get all the lovely things she could think of into it.
The book, by Caitlyn Matthews, is a small paperback (170mm x 120mm) of 160 pages. Each card has its own double page spread with a hires colour reproduction of the card on it. The keywords are voluminous and divided into categories: Impact, Keywords, People, Love, Work, Finance and Business and Well Being; a section called Compare lists cards that are opposites or related eg 17 Stork is changes that happen to you whereas 22 Path is choices you make; Playing Card is a sentence or two about the significance of the playing card; [card] in Story points out folkloric and cultural references of the card. Finally there is a list of a dozen of more combinations of the card with other cards.
There are a number of useful spreads leading up to the Grand Tableau, including sections on Knighting, Mirroring and the use of significators all concisely explained. Then there are Playing Card Meanings, the use of Houses in Timing, mnemonic rhymes and summary card meanings. Caitlyn Matthews has packed it all in just like Virginia Lee has.
You may regard this book as a distillation of the divinatory parts of the author's Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook. This book however is quite enough not only to get you started but to keep you going for years as well. Unless you want to delve into the intellectual world of Lenormand practice you really don't need anything else.
There is also a large printed sheet which opens out into a paper reading mat for laying the cards out in the Grand Tableau, in which the entire deck is laid out for general readings. Each House (where each card is laid) is decorated like the card itself but with a number in the crystal ball instead of an image and a blank playing card above it. As with most such mats the cards obscures these numbers when laid out but beginners will soon get used to that.
The cards are so utterly usable and convenient in size, that it is a pity they don't have a box of their own that you can use to take them with you separately in a pocket or handbag. I found a lovely silver cigarette case in Camden Market into which they fitted exactly but a box in the style of the cards would have been nice.
I am not going to deduct any stars for that. I only thought of it because the beauty and cleverness of the cards had completely spoiled me. Only the most ungrateful beast in the world would give this deck less than five stars.
I don't want to put ideas into the publishers heads but in my opinion this deck is worth fifty pounds of anybody's money so buy it quick before they catch on.