Book of Interest—The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook

Sep 19 2014

Destiny Books

Is this the definitive guide to Lenormand?

Searching for a pre-electronic oracle that would take her out of the modern world of lush and sophisticated oracular imagery, Matthews went back to the roots of cartomancy. Her subsequent exploration of the “petit” decks rejuvenated her interest in divination. Of course, one of the petit decks which captured her attention was the newly-popular Petit Lenormand. While the origins of the Petit Lenormand remain shrouded in mystery, it has become clear that the Madame herself had nothing to do with its creation. Nevertheless, the deck continues to popularize the Madame and the divination style which she made famous.

Those of you who are used to reading more complexly illustrated oracle cards in fixed spreads, might find that you’re initially uncomfortable with this less specific form of divination. Not to worry. Matthews walks us through the transition with clear instructions and thoroughly-explained examples.

Chapter 2 provides detailed information for interpreting each card, including key combinations with other cards and how Lenormand symbolism varies from traditional tarot symbolism. Each subsequent chapter adds another layer of nuance, i.e. reading pairs and triplets, using significators, the effects of each card, and reading tableaus. By the end of the book, readers will be thoroughly schooled in the advanced subtleties of this highly complex divination system. Throughout, Matthews encourages readers to develop their own techniques and to make the cards their own.

This is the most complete reference on Lenormand I’ve come across to date. It’s also very clearly written, well-organized, and intriguing. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—The Five Agreements Games

Sep 07 2014

Findhorn Press

Are you ready to embrace the truth?

It will set you free but it can be a scary ride. Adding a tongue-in-check touch to a serious subject, Olivier Clerc makes a game out of uncovering the subconscious dimensions of our relationships. He combines the knights of medieval times with the Toltec Path to create a journey behind our daily masks and role playing into the realm of who and what we really are.

Carlos Castenedas popularized the Toltec teachings in the 1960’s with his fictionalized Teachings of Don Juan series. More recently, don Miguel Ruiz and his son Jose Luis have updated that introduction with modernized versions of the Toltec practices.

Now Clerc and his co-authors ask readers to access the power of games theory and commit to a plan of group self-discovery through the exploration of our relationships. Drawing from the Swords of impeccability, the Shields of depersonalization, the Chalices of honest questioning, the Banner of fullout commitment, and the Helmet of inner listening, each round of play brings you closer to your personal truth and liberation.

What you thought you believed may not be what you truly believe in your heart. How can you know for sure? Choose a group of trusted participants and play The Five Agreements Game! SHOP FOR THE DECK
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Deck of Interest—The Halloween Oracle

Aug 28 2014

Llewellyn Publications

How do you contact the dead?

Just in time for “Trick or Treat” season, Stacey DeMarco, partnering once again with mystical illustrator extraodinaire Jimmy Manton, has created a 36-card oracle deck which pays homage to the ancient roots of the end-of-October rituals and is sure to captivate the imaginations of modern day esoteric enthusiasts.

DeMarco’s concise history (in the 80-page companion book) of the Day of the Dead rituals in the Americas and the growing popularity of modern Halloween in her native Australia is superb, as are her musings about each of the cards and the symbolism contained within them. But the true power of this deck is the artistry of the visual images. The symbolism of each card, executed perfectly by Manton, moves this deck into the realms of higher metaphysics. My favorite cards are the “skull cards”. DeMarco eases us into that world with DEATH and its introductory skull masked by Manton’s blue mist. Then we have two subdued skulls, attached to their skeletons in ETERNAL LOVE, followed by the bandaged skull in MUMMY. In SKELETON we get serious, showing both the skeleton and the separated skull, That card leads us in to the deeper realms with SKULL of DARKNESS, SKULL OF LIGHT, SKULL of FLOWERS, and SKULL OF STARS. Finally we arrive at my personal favorite, the skull with oozing pomegranate in THE UNDERWORLD.

DeMarco includes Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies for the younger generation. On the surface this deck appears to be a perfect Halloween novelty item. Underneath that veneer is a treasure filled with esoteric symbolism for even the most astute practitioner. All together a very delightful package, no matter what your intent. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Under the Roses Lenormand

Aug 22 2014

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Have you met the Madame?

As popularity for Madame Lenormand’s signature form of cartomancy increases, U.S.Games has released this evocative 39-card version of the Petit Lenormand, which was released in her honor after her death. Visually, the cards echo old-fashioned illustration and border design, but the use of soft color with vibrant highlights adds a distinctly modern-day edge. The energy emanating from each of the pictures is palpable and dynamic.

The 56-page companion booklet contains brief introductions to Sub Rosa and the Petit Lenormand, keyword interpretations of each card, sample spreads, and advanced techniques for working with the cards.

There are esoteric layers to each of these cards. Once novices have built up confidence doing card readings by mechanically following the instructions, they will find themselves instinctively allowing their intuition to add meaning beyond what they have read in the book. Advanced readers will of course, move directly to the inner realms to communicate directly with the cards and — perhaps — with the Madame herself. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Cherub Angels for Children

Aug 08 2014

Hay House

What are the Cherubs trying to tell you?

Angel Lady Doreen Virtue has lent her special expertise to creating this 44-card deck for and about children. Every thing about the deck is young-people-friendly, even its smaller size. The 72-page companion book is written to be understandable to all age levels. Don’t, however, be misled by the simplicity of Virtue’s interpretations. The power of this deck lies in its purity and innocence, and Virtue calls upon that power to offer us a less complicated window onto the soul.

The highly creative and lively illustrations by Donna Brooks are delightfully endearing and filled with positive emotions. The set is beautifully packaged. It makes a perfect gift, whether for a special child in your life, or for your own inner child.

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Ancient Animal Wisdom

Jul 25 2014

U.S.Games Systems Inc.

Will the lion speak to you?

The energy and esoteric wisdom of 38 animal spirit guides from Africa are captured in this exotic deck. The symbolism is also aligned with traditional numerology, increasing the power of each card for use in both meditation and divination.

The illustrations hint at the powerful primitive art of Africa, but are infused with an astral realm imaginative stream which transports them out the physical realm and into the world of spirit. Each image speaks from the card, challenging the observer to delve into its insightful world and look for the secrets that are hidden from the self-aware consciousness.

It’s an exciting new deck for novices and seasoned oracle readers alike. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Inner Realms Tarot

Jul 11 2014

Schiffer Publications

What mysteries lie within you?

These 78 beautifully illustrated cards have been designed to bring us into deeper realms of awareness and insight within ourselves. Saleire managed to capture the intense colors of the astral realm (aura) as she explored the tarot and brought its symbolism into her personal world. In the 128-page companion book she shares the wisdom which she uncovered as she brought this beautiful deck to life.

She encourages us to make the deck our own, as she has done, whether we are using it for meditation or divination. She has added keywords to the illustrations which serve as prompts to understanding the traditional messages of each card. The words are subtly incorporated, however, and can be easily overlooked once you begin developing your own interpretations and vocabulary. This is a unique deck which is extremely well executed. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Oracle of Visions

Jun 13 2014

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

What will you see in these images?

Successful creator of the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, Legacy of the Divine Tarot, and The Gilded Tarot Deck, Ciro Marchetti indulged his personal visual passions in order to create this energetic and highly imaginative deck.

Having explored traditional tarot imagery to the saturation point, he was looking for a new challenge. He decided to throw out preexisting formats and create an open-ended oracle deck that would allow individual mindsets to have as much to do with users’ interpretation as with his intention. The resulting 52-card deck comes alive with fantasy, theatricality, and a hint of Steampunk.

The 140-page companion book provides Marchetti’s perspective on his images and an account of his personal journey through the deck. He encourages readers to take his creations into their own hands and glean from the deck what is best for them.

My favorite cards? I am soothed by the beauty of Card 48 (Choice), drawn into the intensity of Card 8 (Dedication), stopped cold by the melancholy of Card 15 (Closure), and laughed out loud at the staunch silliness of Card 2 (Assimilation). This is a deck you will enjoy! SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Lenormand Cartomancy

May 23 2014

Schiffer Publishing

Have you met the Madame?

I said in my review of Butler’s The Son Tarot that in the thirty years since he first discover the tarot in a James Bond movie,“his personal journey through the cards has culminated in a new, creative, and highly-informed expression of tarot truths”. That statement continues to resonate with his latest card deck venture.

Butler begins the companion book to the deck with a history of Madame Lenormand and the Petit Lenormand deck that became famous after her death. He acknowledges the fact that the deck was spuriously attributed to her after her death but also suggests that Lenormand, first and foremost a masterful showman, would relish the fact that it has so successfully continued to enhance her fame.

In updating the Petit Lenormand images, Butler does not believe that he is passing on the secrets of one of the greatest fortune tellers in history. Instead he intends to pay homage to her memory and her legend — and this he does brilliantly. The cards in this revised deck are modern, edgy, and visually stimulating. One can’t help but think that this is a deck which the great Madame would have acquired and utilized with gusto were she alive today. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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Deck of Interest—Ukiyoe Tarot

May 17 2014

U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Have you visited the “Floating World”?

Koji Furuta was hand-picked by tarot guru Stuart Kaplan to merge the world of Japanese Ukiyoe artwork with the traditional 78-card tarot deck. The resulting imagery captures the delicate, yet powerful, Ukiyoe style, while the end product is amazingly modern. Then again, that has always been the strength of Japanese art — spanning the ages.

Ukiyoe is a perfect medium to convey the ancient wisdom of the tarot. The Magician is poised like a samurai, ready to take action.The High Priestess peers out from behind her elaborate makeup and costuming to let querents know that her word is law. The Hierophant gazes sadly at his quizzical proteges. Justice looks over her shoulder to make sure no one is being left behind. And a boddhisatva beckons from a heavenly lotus as the gravestones tumble in Judgement.

The more you know about the tarot, the more you will find in each illustration. If tarot is new to you, each card offers much to explore. This lively and intricate deck is a terrific oracle and, of course, it will prove valuable for meditation as well. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks.com

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