What is the best beginner Lenormand deck?
There are so many Lenormand decks on the market that it's easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to choose which one you should start with.
There are traditional decks, photographic decks, art nouveau decks, themed decks, decks with verses, decks with playing card insets – anything you can think of, there's a deck to match.
And prices range from expensive privately produced decks to more economical commercially produced ones.
Whether you're just testing the waters with a Lenormand deck or are looking to become a devoted reader, you want to wisely purchase your first Lenormand deck.
Before you buy a Lenormand deck, there are some things you may wish to consider.
Guide to Choosing the Best Beginner Lenormand Deck
It's normal to pick a deck by art work alone, choosing the one that is the most appealing to you visually. But this isn't always the best idea with Lenormand.
The more colorful or creative the imagery of a deck will not help you learn Lenormand. In fact, many people who have been reading Lenormand for 10, 20, 30 years and more will steer clear of such decks because they can muddle a reading.
1. The best beginner Lenormand deck is one where you can make out the images easily. You want to be able to quickly tell the cards apart, and to easily identify each card. Clear images help you tap into your intution to know which card meaning applies; complex imagery creates delays while you spend your time trying to figure out which card is which.
When you look at the Lenormand Dog card, you want to know that it is the Dog. You don't want to have search for it. You don't want to have multiple cards with a dog on them because you'll get confused and bogged down during a reading.
Simple, clear images allow you to combine the cards, quickly learning an essential element of reading any Lenormand spread.
2. Pick a beginner Lenormand deck that has playing card insets. Traditional Lenormand decks have playing card insets on them because they are derived from a Piquet deck (an abbreviated deck of cards containing 32 cards). Many people feel that decks should no longer have the playing card insets on them because they don't use them. However, they are great for a beginner because they act as a cheat sheet, helping you to remember which cards represent people.
Aside from the obvious Man and Woman cards, there are 15 Lenormand cards that represent people. Instead of having to memorize that the Crossroad can represent a woman, if you're using a deck with playing card insets, the Queen of Diamonds is there to remind you.
3. The best beginner Lenormand deck is numbered 1-36. The cards in a Lenormand deck are referenced by the same number regardless of which deck you are using. However, when you are first learning Lenormand, it is helpful to have a deck with the card numbers on it because it makes it easier to identify cards.
A deck with numbers also makes it easier to read a Grand Tableau when first learning. There is a reading technique called houses in which the placement of a card matters. A deck with numbers can serve as a guide to help you to know which card is represented by a house by comparing the card placement to the card number. For example, if a card falls in spot 11, you can look to the numbers on your cards to quickly discover that spot 11 correlates with card 11 – the Whip.
4. Choose a deck with smaller cards. Before you buy a Lenormand deck, you should consider that one of the best Lenormand spreads, the Grand Tableau, uses all 36 cards. You want to make sure that the deck you buy is small enough to lay out all 36 cards on a table. This is why most Lenormand decks have smaller cards.
Smaller cards also make it easier to read a spread, particularly a Grand Tableau. You want to be able to quickly look at the cards to see how they relate to each other. When you start employing advanced reading techniques, you will see that every card in a Grand Tableau connects to every other card in the spread. You need to be able to see all the cards easily to make these advanced connections.
This again brings us back to the importance of clear images. Because you want smaller cards, it's even more important to be able to quickly identify the cards. You want to be able to tell the difference between the Bouquet and the Lily, the Tower and the House. You don't want to be using a new interpretive deck where you have to figure out if a bridge crossing is the Cross card or if an airplane is the Birds card.
Traditional vs. Modern Decks
Some people think the best beginner Lenormand deck is a traditional deck. I disagree.
The card meanings don't change from deck to deck, so a modern deck will have the exact same meanings as a traditional deck.
I will admit that most traditional decks are easier to read. The images are much clearer and to the point, while many modern decks have a theme or artists have tried to reinterpret the cards.
There are even some modern decks where the deck was created by artists unfamiliar with or very new to Lenormand. Sometimes this shows in the imagery. The decks may mix images (such as a dog on more than one card) or the images might mix up card meanings (such as connecting the Snake card with imagery related to death or imagery related to bad luck – walking under a ladder, broken mirrors, and the like).
Such decks can be confusing for beginners.
However, there are modern decks that make great beginner Lenormand decks, and there are more coming onto the market.
Suggested Beginning Lenormand Decks
Here are some decks I suggest for beginners. It includes both traditional and modern decks.
|1. The French Cartomancy Deck available at Amazon and Book Depository. This is the largest deck on the list, but I've never had a problem laying all 36 cards out in a Grand Tableau. They have easily fit on every table I've used. This deck has been a good friend since I first started using it.|
|2. Piatnik Lenormand available at Amazon and Book Depository – This was the deck I learned Lenormand with, and I still use it regularly. I could see it lasting for another 10 years or more, even with regular use.|
|3. Blue Owl Lenormand available at Amazon and the Book Depository – This a great beginner Lenormand deck. It's a stunning and beautiful deck with high accuracy, showing it has stood the test of time for a reason.|
|4. Under the Roses Lenormand available at Amazon and Book Depository – This is a modern deck that works very well for beginners. It offers a clean, modern design with all the elements of a deck that will help you quickly learn to read Lenormand.|