There are Tarot decks. There are Oracle decks. Then there are the Lenormand cards. Although you can find many versions of this cartomancy system, the one touted as the top seller is the Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl. It was published in the 1920's.
An interesting fact about the Lenormand cards is that the first deck was actually published after Mademoiselle Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (Alençon, 27 May 1772 – Paris, 25 June 1843), aka Mlle Lenormand, died. It is said that she read for more than 40 years. By her own accounting, she read for Robespierre, the Empress Josephine and even Czar Alexander among others. She lived through the French revolution. She did see some prison time but only short terms.
Though this is a French deck, the country where it is the most popular is Germany. Mlle Lenormand claimed that she got her first deck of cards from Gypsies when she was a young girl. She designed her own 36 card deck and those images still grace many of the Lenormand decks.
This Blue Owl version is one you want to own if you are a Lenormand aficionado. And even if you aren't, try your hand at this intriguing system. The meanings of each card change by where they are in relationship to the person card that is being read for. Many Tarot enthusiasts study this system as a companion to Tarot.
Mary K. Greer shares a bit about Madame le Normand and the cards here. Liz Hazel did an astrological chart for Mlle Lenormand that is fascinating. You can see that in the comments on MKG's blog. We here at U.S. Games Systems, Inc. are delighted to announce that you can now get this famous little deck.
Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl deck is the English language version of the famous fortune-telling deck used by Mlle Lenormand.
The 36-card deck is packaged in the traditional tuck box with its original Blue Owl design. The pack includes a small instruction booklet with a brief explanation of each key card and sample readings.
In a reading, meanings are determined by the relationships between cards in a spread, as well as by individual cards.
Mlle Lenormand rose from humble beginnings in 19th century France to become the most prominent fortune teller in Europe. Her clients included Napoleon, about whom she made bold and astonishingly accurate predictions.
Her card-reading methods are still popular today.
Are you a Mlle. Lenormand fan? Want to become one? Check out the Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl deck at your local retailer. If they don't have it, send them to U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Here are a few images.
If you like online oracles, check this Lenormand one out.
© April 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.