Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Lenormand Oracle

The "Lenormand Oracle"... what comes to mind when you hear that name? Ancient Oracle? Gypsy Tarot? Playing Card Fortune Telling perhaps? ... or maybe you have never even heard of it!

This oracle is named after Mlle Marie Anne Lenormand, a famous French fortune teller of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, considered by many to be the greatest cartomancer of all time. The accuracy of her predictions spread her fame and drew a large clientele from the rich nobility of France even including Josephine de Beauharnais who later became the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

But her name is all that connects Mlle Lenormand with this oracle. Mlle Lenormand did not design her own cards but used the Tarot and other decks commonly available at the time. Nor, despite being a prolific writer in her later years, did she ever describe her method of interpreting the cards.

So why does this oracle bear her name? Mlle Lenormand's fame had created enormous interest in cartomancy. In 1845, two years after Lenormand's death, an enterprising publisher, Grimaud, produced a deck of cards called "Le Grand Jeu de Mlle Lenormand" from information claimed to have been disclosed by a supposed student of the late fortune teller. The deck comprised of 54 cards rich in symbolism. The cards showed scenes of Greek mythology, star pictures, geomantic symbols, 22 letters (Kabbala), 7 talismans, playing cards and flowers!

Over the next few years several decks bearing the Lenormand name and containing various numbers of cards were produced by different publishers. A "Petit Jeu" of 36 cards was produced as a concise version but was still intricate in its symbolism.

Around 1850, decks of a much simpler design were published in Germany. These decks consisted of 36 sequentially numbered cards each bearing a single mnemonic image. It is thought that these were based on a deck design published in Nurremberg around 1800 that used the numbered cards for a running game played with dice. Small images of regular playing cards were set into the larger picture and the decks were marketed under the Lenormand name together with a small instruction booklet for reading the cards.

The simplicity and immediately recognisable symbolism of this design made it extremely popular in Germany and it has subsequently spread throughout Europe and the western world.

So what makes the Lenormand different from Tarot? The Lenormand taps into your natural psychic ability, which Tarot fails to do so. I know, I have read Tarot since I was a teenager and the readings, although very accurate, are superficial. The Lenormand does not only give you a single card meaning it delves deep into the finer threads of life that Tarot can only touch upon, as each Lenormand card incorporates surrounding cards to form an in depth story.

The cards are very easy to follow, for example, what does the image of a dog portray to you? Obviously an actual dog, but what else? Consider the characteristics of a dog - loyalty, companionship, protection. This image could easily represent a trusted, loyal friend as well as a domestic animal or pet.

It is this simple yet powerful symbolism that makes the Lenormand Oracle so easy to read. Unlike Tarot cards, whose esoteric meanings must be learnt, the everyday imagery of the Lenormand cards is immediately intuitive. You do not have to be psychic to read this oracle - the cards really do "speak"!

You can consult this oracle on any matter - from financial prospects to affairs of the heart - and you will receive an answer. You will gain a greater understanding of the factors influencing the matter, how these interact, and the potential outcomes.

The Lenormand Oracle is incredibly reliable and accurate. Learn to read it and you will have an invaluable skill that will give insight into your own life and enable you to help and guide others.

If you wish to know more about the Lenormand, I've written a special interactive program that makes it easy to learn the Lenormand Oracle.

You can download it FREE of charge here:

Sandy Cristel is a life long practicing seasoned Traditional Witch and will do anything to get the job done, hence, she is not Wiccan. She offers spells, healing and card readings via her website:

Not only is this gifted English lady a psychic healer, a medium and a spiritualist, she is in constant communication with her own spirit guides and dedicates her time to helping others enrich their own lives through universal energies and natural forces.

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