The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook

Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards
By (author) Caitlín Matthews

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The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook
Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards
By (author) Caitlín Matthews

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Pages : 416

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9781620553251

Imprint : Destiny Books

On Sale Date : September 22, 2014

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : Full-color throughout

More than 200 years old, the 36 Lenormand cards are an oracle combining standard playing cards with images from the everyday world. This book explains the meanings for each card; details how to lay spreads starting with 3 or 5 cards and building to the Grand Tableau spread; and delves into the history of cartomancy to reveal the mythic blueprint that underlies this deck.
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About The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook

A full-color guide to fortune-telling with the Lenormand oracle

• Explores the meanings of the 36 Lenormand cards and their playing card insets to help build a resourceful, interpretative vocabulary

• Provides instructions for many spreads, starting with 3 or 5 cards and building to the Grand Tableau spread, which uses all 36 cards

• 416 pages and full-color throughout

• Reveals the origins of the Lenormand oracle from both coffee-ground symbols and playing card cartomancy

More than 200 years old, the 36 Lenormand cards are an oracle combining standard playing cards with images from the everyday world, such as key, book, animals, and flowers. Their simple, predictive, and non-esoteric nature opens the realm of fortune-telling to all, offering a traditional cartomantic divination where card combinations fuse together to give clear answers.  

In this complete guide to Lenormand card reading, Caitlín Matthews explains the multiple meanings for each card, providing keywords so the reader can quickly build an interpretive vocabulary for Lenormand fortune-telling. She details how to lay spreads, starting with 3 or 5 cards and building to the Grand Tableau spread, which uses all 36 cards. She explores the significance of the playing card pips and suits on each card and how cards combine to create a variety of meanings. Matthews enables readers to learn the Lenormand card keywords so they can both read for themselves and express their interpretations to clients. Providing real case histories for readers to interpret, she also includes self-tests and practice exercises with answers to check at the end of the book.  

In addition to her comprehensive practical introduction to the Lenormand oracle, Matthews delves deeply into the history of cartomancy to reveal the mythic blueprint that underlies this simple deck, the key to which lies not in their imagery but in their connection to playing cards.
Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Introduction The Return of the Traditional Oracle

Part One
Learning the Craft of Lenormand


1    Learning the Language of Lenormand
2    Lenormand Lexicon
3    Creating Sentences with Pairs and Triplets
4    Storyboard
5    Taking the Portrait

Part Two
The Playing Card Insets


6    Waking the Pips
7    The Art of Cartomancy
8    Secrets of the Lenormand Universe

Part Three
The Art of the Grand Tableau


9    The Piquet Tableau
10    The Grand Tableau of Nines
11    Near and Far Method

Part Four
Lenormand in Practice


12    Expanding Fluency
13    Becoming the Storyteller

Appendix I Key to the Practices, Spreads, and Studies

Appendix II Order of Practices, Spreads, and Studies

Appendix III Quick Reference

Notes

Bibliography

Resources

Index

About the Author

Author Bio
Caitlín Matthews is the creator of 4 tarot decks and 5 oracles, including The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle, and the author of more than 60 books, including Walkers Between the Worlds. An influential teacher of divination methods, she is a cofounder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies. She teaches internationally and lives in Oxford, England.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

“Anyone interested in Lenormand--beginner or seasoned reader--will find this book essential reading. It is wise, wonderfully structured, and written in a voice that makes one feel as though the author is sitting at your side, offering inspired advice and support. Here is a guidebook to not only the Lenormand world but also the symbolic, storied, readable world around us.”
Ari Berk, Ph.D., professor of folklore and mythology at Central Michigan University

“An outstanding, definitive handbook for both beginners and experienced readers that gives a ‘big picture’ view of the Lenormand deck! Caitlín starts where most others leave off, exploring the original cartomantic tradition and combining it with modern techniques connected to those roots. As someone who appreciates the classic wisdom of the Grand Tableau, I’m so happy to see it taught this well, step by step, so anyone can use it.”
Mary K. Greer, author of 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card

“This book is a sublime source that will provide handy inspiration for anyone interested in the Petit Lenormand cards. The content will satisfy the novice, the journeyman, and the expert alike. Essential for your shelf!”
Björn Meuris, creator of the courses Lenormand for Beginners

The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook by Caitlín Matthews is a wonderfully comprehensive and practical Lenormand guide. Matthews does a thorough job of presenting the history of the oracle to give the reader a solid sense of the deck’s development over the centuries. Matthews has created an inspirational manual for Lenormand that can be a companion to readers at all stages of their cartomantic career.”
Anastasia Haysler, cofounder of Tarot Media Company

“Caitlín Matthews brings a unique perspective to this wonderful book on Lenormand cartomancy. She is both a scholar and a shaman/magician, and at the highest level of both. Whether describing the symbols and techniques or the deeper levels of cartomancy, she is warm, witty, and always clear. This book is above all useful, especially in its exploration of the playing card symbols in the corners of the cards and the ways the Lenormand deck can open to deeper, even archetypal meanings without abandoning the tradition. This is a book I will come back to again and again.”
Rachel Pollack, co-creator of The Burning Serpent Oracle

“Wide in its scope and detailed in its depth, this is the go-to book for the Lenormand novice and expert alike. Crammed with knowledge and insight, examples and exercises, Matthews has created that rare beast: a clear and well-structured manual to navigate the paradox of simplicity and complexity that is the Lenormand Oracle.”
Alison Cross, joint chair of the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI)

“Caitlín’s historical insight, exceptional practical instruction, and groundbreaking revelations of the ‘Lenormand Universe’ will ensure this book becomes a guiding light in the global Lenormand community for readers, students, and teachers in the twenty-first century.”
Linda Henery, president Tarot Guild of Australia
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DIVINATION

“Anyone interested in Lenormand--beginner or seasoned reader--will find this book essential reading. It is wise, wonderfully structured, and written in a voice that makes one feel as though the author is sitting at your side, offering inspired advice and support. Here is a guidebook to not only the Lenormand world but also the symbolic, storied, readable world around us.”
--ARI BERK, PH.D., professor of folklore and mythology at Central Michigan University and author of The Undertaken Trilogy

More than 200 years old, the 36 Lenormand cards are an oracle combining standard playing cards with images from the everyday world, such as key, book, bouquet, and various animals. Their simple, predictive, and nonesoteric nature opens the realm of fortune-telling to all, offering a traditional cartomantic divination where card combinations fuse together to give clear answers.

In this complete guide to Lenormand card reading, Caitlín Matthews explains the multiple meanings for each card, providing keywords so the reader can quickly build an interpretive vocabulary for Lenormand fortune-telling. She details how to lay spreads, starting with 3 or 5 cards and building to the Grand Tableau spread, which uses all 36 cards. She explores the significance of the playing card pips and suits on each card and how cards combine to create a variety of meanings. Matthews enables readers to learn the Lenormand card keywords so they can both read for themselves and express their interpretations to clients. Providing real case histories for readers to interpret, she also includes self-tests and practice exercises with an answer key at the end of the book.

In addition to her comprehensive practical introduction to the Lenormand oracle, Matthews delves deeply into the history of cartomancy to reveal the mythic blueprint that underlies the structure of this deck, the key to which lies not in its imagery but in its connection to playing cards.

CAITLÍN MATTHEWS is the creator of 4 tarot decks and 5 oracles, including the Enchanted Lenormand Oracle, and the author of more than 60 books, including Walkers Between the Worlds. An influential teacher of divination methods, she is a cofounder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies. She teaches internationally and lives in Oxford, England.

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