Celtic Lenormand brings elements
of nature-based paganism to the
Lenormand divination system.
~Quote from the back of the box
Title: Celtic Lenormand
Author: Chloë McCracken
Illustrator: Will Worthington
Publisher: U.S. Games System
- The Celts have something to tell you, heed their messages.
- The Celtic Lenormand features 45 cards (yes you read correctly). I know what you may be thinking, “it’s unusual for a Lenormand deck to have 45 cards, I thought they had 36 cards?” Well, you thought wrong. Despite that there are 45 cards in this lovely deck, 9 cards are alternative versions for the original cards of the Lenormand deck. For example, included the Female Horse-rider, a Holly tree, a Shedding Snake, Chickens and Owls (alternative to the birds), A Female Child card, a Cat (alternative to the Dog card), and an alternative Male and Female cards that are peasants. Of course, included are the following cards, Male Horse-rider, an Oak Tree, Fierce Snake, The Birds, Male Child, the Dog, and the Male and Female cards that are royals/nobles. What more could you ask for?
- Card number 8 is called the Burial Mound (known as the coffin). In this card you will not see a coffin, instead you will see some kind of temple that has a dark entrance. The sides of the entrances are decorated with engraved lines that twirl all around. This temple stands on a grassy filed and on top of this temple, there are red plants. When the Coffin card appears in a reading, it is telling you that things will come to a final end. Anything and everything will die and there is no chance for it to come back.
- Card number 20 is called the Meadow (known as the garden). In this card you will find tall yellow meadows and a caldron on top of a fire. In front of you are different foods such as vegetables and fruits along with jugs that obviously contain drinking fluids in them. All of these sit on top of a green carpet, and the carpet sits on top of a green grassy filled. When this card appears in a reading, it is an indication of social gatherings (parties, events, etc.). It is also a meaning that there is lots of connectivity between you and people.
- Card number 21 kept its original title, the mountain. Thought you won’t see an actual mountain with snow or grass and touching the skies. In this card, standing tall and a bit in the distance is a cliff that stands between the ocean and the sand, where gray clouds pass through it. It’s very beautiful to look at, but yet feels lonely. When this card is drawn in a reading, it tells of loneliness and times where people feel alone.
- Surprisingly, the backs of the cards are reversible and consist of two colors, a pale and brownish yellow. At the upper and lower edges of the cards is a brownish yellow half of circles and on the left and right side of the cards is also a brownish yellow vertical lines. In the center of the card there is a circle and inside this circle is a beautifully illustrated Celtic cross. Very nice touch!
- The sizes of the cards are small of that of a small Lenormand deck and are approximately 2” by 3”.
- The texture of the cards is wonderful and very flexible. They have a matted feel; they don’t stick together, and shuffle beautifully.
- The box where the cards are stored is a two-piece box. The box is a bit big for a small Lenormand deck, but don’t be alarmed, the Lenormand cards are small. Regardless, the size of the box is a very nice touch and compliment for this deck.
- I can’t say anything but good things about the companion. For being a small book, it is very well written and very informative! The small companion booklet is written by Chloë McCracken and contains 188 pages. The book starts off with the Table of Contents, an Introduction. It also contains seven paragraphs titled, What Makes This A Pagan-Themed Deck, The Goddess and Goddesses, Additional Cards, The Spiritual Traditions in Lenormand Readings, The Wheel of the Year, Dark and Light, Affirmations, Playing Card Association, Lenormand Numbering, and finally, The Celtic Lenormand Card Meanings. In the pages that explain the meaning of the cards you will have the Keywords that are attached to the card, the Timing, an archetype/description of a Person, Playing Card Number Association, a Description of what’s going on in the card, the Meaning of the card, a Spiritual Reading and Dark and Light interpretation. Also, how a particular card can be used for a Spell work, Affirmation, and best of all, which deities are represented in each card! After the Meaning of the Cards, there are sections called combining the Cards and a total of 8 card spreads. So this companion book is jammed packed and worth reading.The beautiful, soft, and rich illustrations are done by Will Worthington. The mediums for these illustrations are non-CGI and appear to have been done by hand using blend of color pencils and/or acrylic paints that are very remarkable and easy on the eyes.
- I’m simply blown away by this Lenormand deck. I’ve never known of a Lenormand deck that has had a good quantity amount of cards and with an easy to follow companion book until I discovered the Celtic Lenormand. I don’t know much about Celtic culture, but from what I can see, it is beautiful. What got me the most was that there are a series of deities that are attached to the cards. Also, the traditional playing card game divinatory meanings are attached to the cards as well. If you are looking for a fantastic Lenormand deck that offers a sufficient amount of information in a companion booklet in order to help you start learning and reading, I recommend this Lenormand deck. It’s worth it. to acquire it, click here!
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