Under the Roses Lenormand, created by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill, is one of the most fascinating and captivating Lenormand decks I’ve found. As I search through the deck I am pulled into another world with a touch of Charles Dickens whimsy, mixed with gothic mystery and Victorian Romance. There’s a subtle hint of something epic happening beyond the faces of the pictures.
The distinct illustration style makes the deck feel alive and personal; these aren’t static images on cardstock! The portraits are illuminated and vibrating. You feel as if you could step into the images… they characters almost turn and speak. At times I think I can hear the deck whispering, “Step into our world and discover your story.”
Under the Roses Lenormand is mostly gentle, always direct, with a slight shadow that hangs over every card. The dark side of the deck seems to cast an air of truth. My sense tingle with the invisible glances of looming figures that lurk in London. If you are looking for a Lenormand deck with presence… Under the Roses is for you.
—Shaheen Miro Insights
The phrase, “under the roses” comes from a Roman phrase, “sub rosa”. The rose was symbolic of confidentiality and “under the roses” indicates secrets. That is exactly what you will discover when you start to use The Under the Roses Lenormand. Secrets will come to light. The color scheme consists of antiqued sepia tones with a color palette of yellow, green, white, orange, read, pink, brown, and gray. The colors give the deck a very old world look to them and they are quite charming. The background of each card resembles tea-dyed paper. The Under the Roses Lenormand is a delightful deck.
—Nefer Khepri, Magickal-Musings Blog
This is a lovely deck that largely follows the Petit Lenormand tradition. The artwork is beautiful: simple, yet attractive. The style is an interestingly modern take on old-fashioned, with dark sepia tones and Victorian-looking clothing and objects. There are plenty of roses in the cards as a wink to the title, which itself is a wink to the Roman phrase sub rosa, meaning “confidential”.
The biggest change that has been made from traditional decks is that there are two Lady and two Gentleman cards, one each of European and African descent. However, both versions retain the original numbering. So, you can choose which card to include based on the ethnicity of your client or on personal preference. You can also use either two ladies or two gentlemen if reading for a same-sex couple. Or else leave all four cards in if there are a lot of people involved in the situation.
The changes don’t end there, though. Some of the cards have also been renamed. The Tower becomes the Clock Tower while, the Heart becomes the Locket, a lovely way of treating this image. So, too, the Coffin becomes the Grave—in some ways a clearer, more striking depiction that fits better with modern sensibilities. The Book becomes the Journal, which I think is my favorite change. It gives that sense of things being hidden, but also of study, really nicely. Finally, the Scythe becomes the Sickle: easier to handle, I guess.
Nevertheless, the cards are fairly clear and easy to read: you can tell what each card is at a glance. There is a lot of charm and a touch of cute to these cards, with their slightly dark tones, yet sweet images. Altogether, this is a very pretty, accessible deck, which will appeal to established Lenormand readers as well as beginners.
—Inner Whispers Blog
Under the Roses Lenarmond is one of the most beautiful Lenormands out there. I love the manga-like artwork of the cards, the sweet vintage-like colors, its freshness and its sweetness! It’s a perfect deck to enchant any reader around. It’s a good deck for beginners, for pros, for those who collect decks, for traditionalist, for “unconventionalists”… In short, it’s a gorgeous deck for anyone who wishes to read the Lenormand.
You will find romantic cards, like the Locket or the Bouquet; sexy cards, like the Whip; shiny cards like the Sun and the Moon; and sweet cards like the Child. You will fall in love with each of the cards for one reason or another!
This is a must-have deck, which will enchant you in a way no other deck will! It is modern and yet vintage, it is dreamy and yet realist, it is soft and yet hard, it is sexy and yet victorian, it is traditional and yet unconventional.