What an absolutely lovely deck! Ray’s vintage-looking illustrations bring a sense of peace to those reading with them. The neutral color background creates a “safe place” for the reader and the client (which is not at all surprising, since Ray is a psychologist). This is a traditional 38-card deck, with two versions of the Lady, and two versions of the Gentleman (allowing personalization in readings). It is accompanied by a 92-page companion book.
Ray begins with a short history of the Lenormand deck, followed by commentary on reading with it. He points out the simplicity of its reading style and the fact that symbolism is kept to a minimum. Ray also gently insists that the reader respect the system – that there are subtle forces behind the cards that should only be used for really important matters. He also goes through the do’s and don’ts of asking the cards questions. At the end of the book two spreads are presented (the Open Book Spread and the Nine Witnesses Spread).
The backs have a neutral color background, with floral images in each of the four corners, with the deck name across the middle, and imagery above and below it.
I love working with Lenormand decks, and I find this one to be gentle, easy to use, and one that clients can relate to well. Two thumbs up!
— Bonnie Cehovet, Certified Tarot Grand Master