A Short History of the Deck

The deck of 36 playing cards now referred to as the Petit Lenormand is based totally on a deck of playing cards originally designed for a parlour game via Johann Kaspar Hechtel from Germany and later named after the well-known French fortune-teller Marie Anne Lenormand. While we have no proof that Lenormand used this specific deck, the association along with her name no doubt boosted the recognition of the deck and ensured its survival long after many other historical cartomancy decks have been forgotten. The history of the deck is printed within the timeline underneath, with a few feasible Lenormand card institutions proven in brackets.

1771: Johann Kaspar Hechtel became born in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany.

1772: Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand changed into born in Alençon, Normandy, France.

1786: Lenormand left Alençon for Paris wherein she could grow to be famous for reading cards for the elite of French society, such as Joséphine de Beauharnais.

1789: The storming of the Bastille prison in Paris through rioters on 14 July symbolized the start of the French Revolution, a period of political and social upheaval all through which the French monarchy turned into overthrown and plenty of humans had been accomplished via guillotine which includes the Bourbon King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

1796: Joséphine de Beauharnais married navy fashionable Napoleon Bonaparte.

1798/nine: Various works by Hechtel along with Das Spiel der Hoffnung (The Game of Hope) had been published by using Gustav Philipp Jakob Bieling of Nuremberg. Das Spiel der Hoffnung is a parlour sport that consists of a deck of 36 numbered playing cards* illustrated with number one symbols and corresponding miniature playing cards from a French-desirable deck and a German-ideal deck.

1799: Hechtel died aged 28 in Nuremberg at some stage in a smallpox epidemic.

1804: Napoleon Bonaparte and his spouse Joséphine have been proclaimed Emperor and Empress of the French.

1810: Napoleon Bonaparte divorced Joséphine as she had not given him an heir.

1814: The House of Bourbon was restored to energy in France.

1814: Lenormand took up a 2nd career as a writer.

1843: Lenormand died elderly seventy one in Paris.

1846: Reiff, a German writer in Coblenz, took the liberty of using Lenormand’s name on a fortune-telling deck and lots of different European publishers later followed in shape publishing comparable decks. These decks have the same card numbering, primary symbols and playing card institutions because the playing cards in Hechtel’s Das Spiel der Hoffnung game, however the German-suitable miniature gambling cards are no longer covered.

*The deck has makes use of in the sport clarification:

1) whilst organized in a 6×6 layout it turned into used with cube for a race sport, and

2) while arranged in an 8×4+4 format it became used for fortune-telling entertainment. The name of the game derives from card 35 (Anchor, a conventional symbol of wish) that is the triumphing role in the race game.


Suit Associations

The Lenormand deck is based on a conventional German-appropriate deck with 36 cards equal to a French-perfect deck stripped of the 16 pip cards numbered 2, three, four and five. The German suits of hawk bells, hearts, leaves and acorns correspond to the French suits of diamonds, hearts, spades and golf equipment respectively. The meanings of the Lenormand suits differ in some respects from the meanings of the French suits and are fine explained by the ancient meanings of the German fits.

The German suits have been related to the social classes of the medieval feudal device as follows:

♦ hawk bells: the Aristocracy

♥ hearts: clergy

♠ leaves: agricultural landlords, burghers (loose residents)

♣ acorns: unfree serfs (peasants, labourers and home servants)

Traditional German-proper cartomancy systems consist of the subsequent in shape institutions evident in the Lenormand deck:

♦ hawk bells: money and lottery winnings

♥ hearts: love and happiness

♠ leaves: completely satisfied, great activities

♣ acorns: evil, infection

In this Lenormand deck we’ve got used suit symbols which incorporate the shapes of the usual French healthy symbols and colorings related to the corresponding German fit symbols. This hybrid in shape gadget turned into inspired by the fits presently utilized in German Skat tournaments as a compromise among exceptional decks utilized in unique regions of Germany.

The meanings of the Lenormand fits may be extensively summarized as follows:

♦ diamonds (orange-yellow): employer, fortune and misfortune

♥ hearts (red): love, relationships and family

♠ spades (green): society, authorities and tour

♣ golf equipment (black): survival, difficulty and problem


Card Dictionary

The meaning of a card in a analyzing relies upon on, amongst other things, the possible meanings followed for the card through the reader, the context of the question asked, the placement of the card inside the unfold and different cards within the unfold.

Lenormand iconography lends itself to interpretation in numerous methods and occasionally there are a couple of layers of that means in a reading. Apart from the literal and pictorial interpretation of a card, a card’s fundamental image can be interpreted as a concept with the aid of traditional association (primarily based on its symbolic meaning) and as an object or person of comparable shape (based totally on how it manifests). The court docket cards related to some of the playing cards will also be used to symbolize or describe human beings in a reading.

Some viable card meanings by way of association and shape of the cardboard’s important symbol are indexed beneath. Cards representing cash, work and intercourse range through system and these meanings are therefore protected in brackets.


1 (nine♥): Rider, Horseman, Cavalier

Catchphrase: “Breaking news”

Association: information, statement, shipping, coming near near alternate, renewal

Form: fast, uniformed, good-looking, tourist, messenger, horse, motorcycle


2 (6♦): Clover, Cloverleaf

Catchphrase: “Stroke of good fortune”

Association: success, hazard, opportunity, providence, optimism

Form: fleeting, green, grass, herbs, health complement, sweetener


3 (10♠): Ship

Catchphrase: “En path”

Association: journey, tour, adventure, distance, foreign place

Form: vehicle, open container


4 (K♥): House

Catchphrase: “Home sweet home”

Association: domestic, own family, household, consolation area, actual estate

Form: rectangular, small building


5 (7♥): Tree

Catchphrase: “Picture of health”

Association: life, health, fitness care, increase, improvement

Form: green, herbal, family tree, religious symbol


6 (K♣): Clouds

Catchphrase: “Grey area”

Association: confusion, uncertainty, ambiguity, instability, gloom

Form: grey, smoke, dirt, pollution


7 (Q♣): Snake, Serpent

Catchphrase: “Out of order”

Association: hassle, hassle, problem, betrayal, contention

Form: winding, twisted, detour, scenic direction, river, hosepipe, cable, plumbing


8 (9♦): Coffin

Catchphrase: “End of the line”

Association: finishing, cancellation, vacancy, extreme contamination, death

Form: black, closed container, container, drawer, waste bin


9 (Q♠): Bouquet, Flowers

Catchphrase: “Sugar and spice”

Association: splendor, appeal, pleasure, delight, present

Form: multi-coloured


10 (J♦): Scythe

Catchphrase: “Clean break”

Association: termination, separation, end result, risk, surgical procedure

Form: sudden, sharp, metallic, knife, device, weapon


11 (J♣): Whip, Birch, Rod, Birch Rod, Broom

Catchphrase: “Action drama”

Association: dialogue, argument, discord, warfare, hostility, (intercourse)

Form: rapid, loud, repetitive, cleansing system


12 (7♦): Birds, Owls

Catchphrase: “Chit-chat”

Association: communicate, smartphone call, date, interview, negotiations

Form: couple, siblings


13 (J♠): Child

Catchphrase: “Kids’ stuff”

Association: baby, younger man or woman, pupil, newbie, immaturity

Form: small


14 (nine♣): Fox

Catchphrase: “Street smarts”

Association: trickster, detective, intelligence, resourcefulness, discernment, (work)

Form: small animal


15 (10♣): Bear

Catchphrase: “Brute energy”

Association: strength, power, brawn, safety, assets, (money)

Form: huge animal


16 (6♥): Stars

Catchphrase: “By design”

Association: readability, guidance, plans, destiny, skills

Form: silver, outer space, night sky, electronics, badge, medal, religious image


17 (Q♥): Storks

Catchphrase: “Going up”

Association: exchange, development, merchandising, relocation, being pregnant

Form: skinny, lengthy legs


18 (10♥): Dog

Catchphrase: “Man’s high-quality buddy”

Association: friend, acquaintance, loyalty, support, recommendation

Form: home animal


19 (6♠): Tower, High Tower

Catchphrase: “The powers that be”

Association: authority, authorities, institution, employer, regulations

Form: tall, big building


20 (eight♠): Garden, Park

Catchphrase: “Out and approximately”

Association: assembly vicinity, public, society, organization, party

Form: outside, inexperienced


21 (8♣): Mountain

Catchphrase: “Uphill battle”

Association: task, obstacle, conflict, put off, state of being inactive

Form: bloodless, grey, solid, rock, crystal


22 (Q♦): Crossroad, Road, Paths, Ways

Catchphrase: “Multiple choice”

Association: direction, junction, options, preference, decisions

Form: multiples, menu, vote, survey


23 (7♣): Mice

Catchphrase: “Toxic danger”

Association: robbery, loss, harm, nuisance, illness

Form: small creatures, viruses, parasites


24 (J♥): Heart

Catchphrase: “Object of preference”

Association: love, desire, affection, generosity, compassion

Form: vital, crucial, rhythmic, pink, crimson


25 (A♣): Ring

Catchphrase: “I do”

Association: marriage, partnership, agreement, dedication, duty

Form: circular, continuous, gold, jewellery


26 (10♦): Book

Catchphrase: “The complete tale”

Association: information, knowledge, training, secret, investigation

Form: document, task, newspaper, deck of playing cards


27 (7♠): Letter

Catchphrase: “You’ve got mail”

Association: submit, message, correspondence, file, writing

Form: black-and-white, article, pamphlet, invoice, certificates, prescription


28 (A♥): Man, Gentleman

29 (A♠): Woman, Lady

Catchphrase: “His and Hers”

Association: Cards 28 (A♥) and 29 (A♠) are the primary significator cards in Lenormand, historically representing the enquirer and the enquirer’s great different. (Note that a few decks consist of additional significator cards for enquirers in identical-intercourse relationships.) These playing cards may want to however represent other people depending at the context of the studying.

Form: male and lady


30 (K♠): Lily, Lilies

Catchphrase: “Fleur-de-lis”

Association: peace, information, maturity, culture, elders, (sex)

Form: white


31 (A♦): Sun

Catchphrase: “Rise and shine”

Association: victory, fulfillment, vitality, strength, illumination

Form: orange-yellow, electricity


32 (8♥): Moon

Catchphrase: “Work of artwork”

Association: emotions, creativity, arts, enjoyment, reputation, (work)

Form: cyclical, silver, religious image


33 (eight♦): Key

Catchphrase: “Eureka!”

Association: answer, answer, discovery, significance, reality

Form: access, code, password, passport, visa


34 (K♦): Fish

Catchphrase: “Ka-Ching!”

Association: organization, commerce, commercial enterprise, transaction, change, (money)

Form: bendy, fluid, water, rain, alcohol


35 (9♠): Anchor

Catchphrase: “Safe haven”

Association: patience, intention, stability, safety, sea, (paintings)

Form: heavy, army image


36 (6♣): Cross

Catchphrase: “SOS”

Association: struggling, sacrifice, disaster, depression, faith

Form: non secular symbol