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The Melissa Lenormand divination deck
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About Melissa Melissa Hill lives in Indiana with her two children, Sullivan and Freyja. She reads and collects cards, makes art, crafts, writes, cooks, gardens, and plays ukulele. http://sassysibyl.com http://mjhill.net On facebook: http://facebook.com/sassysibyl -1-
And it seemed to me that you would have to look up the meanings in the book. I’m not a historian and I probably wouldn’t get it right. So it wasn’t a bad thing that I did after all—just a little different. You would shuffle. I’m also grateful to Aaron –my husband and business partner in our publishing endeavor – Karmic Egg. A note about the Lenormand I could have started this little white book with a discussion on the history of the Lenormand cards. I just couldn’t imagine memorizing all those different possible meanings! (This comes. I’m grateful to my fans on Facebook and the members of the Aeclectic Tarot Forum for all the generous encouragement and enthusiasm. If you do some research on the internet about the history and use of the Lenormand oracle. My first Lenormand deck came with a book that offered different spreads to do with the cards. After I worked up courage to post my images on the internet. I realized very quickly that I had to throw all that out. of course. throw the spread. VERY slowly over the last ten or so years…) What I recommend with this deck: Spend your first few meetings with the deck just examining the pictures. and then. Sullivan and Freyja – for being such lovely muses. Maybe even make notes. very. I won’t. But what I also realized as I went through this process. who has learned to understand the meanings of the cards very. I made conscious decisions about what to include and what to not include for a reason.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. The other thing that I won’t do in this little white book is guided spreads. It’s useful for me to find meaning in the symbols – reading intuitively by looking for relationships between the images and the situation I’m reading on. you’ll find different schools of reading. In a nutshell. And I want to thank my beautiful children. based on the position of the card in the spread. The meanings are typically more prescribed than the meanings of a tarot. Some will offer specific meanings that are devised from combinations of cards. I’ve purposely layered the artwork the way I did. That’s a very un-Lenormand like thing to say. Consider the way certain cards make you feel. Take in the different cards slowly. from a tarot reader. was that people who do find it useful to read with an over-arching system in place can layer those meanings on top of what they intuit based on the imagery I’ve chosen. It’s not useful for me to memorize the answers and try to make them meaningful. it would have a different meaning. -2- . interest and support for a finished and printed deck began pouring in. When I started my journey into reading the Lenormand.com The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill From Melissa – I began work on the Melissa Lenormand in 2009 as a way to better understand Lenormand cards and meanings. Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand was a famous fortune teller who read cards for Napoleon and Josephine and the 36 set of cards that became known as the Petit Lenormand are based on cards that she purportedly used.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. Some will offer specific meanings devised from the position of certain cards in certain spreads. The cards use symbols that are direct and simple.
What will change I think pulling two cards will give you practice at finding relationships between cards – and the cards. Thank you for making my cards come alive. – if you have a 45 card version of the deck. One way to make it manageable is to start with daily draws. I’m very proud of my little deck of cards and I’m so thrilled that you’re now a part of this process too. lady. Understanding energy relationships between two seemingly different aspects of our lives allows us to make better use of the dynamics that would naturally arise out of those situations. future or mind. Three card readings are quite popular. The cards are nothing without a reader.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. If you’re interested in learning those. the Melissa Lenormand will always be my first set of personal cards. You can also join the discussion on Lenormand cards. are all about relationships. I hope that you find the cards useful. With you they can come alive and they can tell stories. inspiring and helpful. like people. While tarot will always be my “first love” in terms of cards. other oracle decks and tarot packs at Aeclectic. you will have more options!) The relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be between two people either. Use a spread like – past. picking up an oracle was a breath of fresh air for me. etc. present. understanding the relationship between our dream desires and the obstacles that stand in our way (perhaps the Fish and the Mountain) might help us take those first steps toward realizing our wishes. woman. or another card). I designed the following spread specifically for use with my Lenormand. Cold. Suggested Spreads Learning a new deck can be daunting. What is happening 2. Read the two cards as: 1. but they can also be adapted for use with tarot. While you can certainly get lots of great insight this way. dead printed cardboard. Pull them and set them aside. insightful. For example.net – and learn from people who have much more experience and insight than I could offer in one little white book! However you choose to read your oracle. body.com There are a few different systems that you can employ when reading Lenormand cards. Shuffle the remaining cards and pull 13 additional cards to surround the two signifiers: -3- . The first step is to determine those signifiers though (man. Some books suggest one card a day. The ML Relationship Spread Pull the signifier cards from the deck for the two parties involved (Woman. I suggest you pull two. eBooks and courses available. After reading tarot for many years. Lady. spirit – to gain insight into any situation.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. I suggest you search the internet for more resources. books. Man.
a year later.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. hidden or subconscious. -4- . What did you find to ring true? What did you find had changed? What happened in an unexpected manner? After doing spreads like this (or the simple two or three card spreads) for awhile. Write down your initial reactions and then come back tomorrow. events and obstacles that are in the first person’s past.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. a week later. The middle row represents issues. The bottom row represents issues. consider the relationships between the past.com X X X X X X 1 X 2 X X X X X X The top row represents issues. events and obstacles that are unknown. present and future – and how those relationships might influence the actions and choices of the parties involved. For the second person. the third column (from the left) is the future of the relationship. When you read these cards. events and obstacles that are known & understood on a conscious level. you will be able to add your own personal experiences of the cards to your understanding of their meanings. The forth column is their present experience and the fifth column is their past. Imagine that middle column as where person 1 and person 2 come together and meet. The third column is the future of the relationship for the first person. events and obstacles that are demanding attention. The first column represents issues. For example. The second column is what the first person is experiencing now. how might a known Coffin in the past affect the unknown future of the relationship? How do those cards interact and what direction do the surrounding cards send those energies in? Which direction do the chosen signifiers seem to be gazing? What cards are they looking at? Why are these cards significant? Spend some time with each spread – don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the answers you were hoping to see.
Home life. I used a lovely vintage woman trick rider on a horse and a male rider on a steam-punkish swan-cycle (I don’t even know where I found that clip!) to represent that even though many things change in our lives – human nature remains the same. we should not rush foolishly into anything. As a non-traditional captain of a ship. House: King of Hearts. Navigating your life. The palette with the painting suggests using our gifts to create meaning and the shipping tag is a warning that even though you may be excited to begin. but in the background.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. Considered a positive card. Rider: 9 of Hearts. The little girl in the foreground is from a vintage St. Deepening spiritual growth. 2. -5- . Dreaming and dreams. Getting rewarded for your hard work and effort.com Card Meanings 1. but she does so with joy. Going on a soul journey. The Pegasus represents our spirits rising to any occasion and the sunflower represents our ability to bloom. family relationships. The little cottage in the foreground of the House card is from a vintage greeting card. ties to this world. The clovers in the background are from an old botany text book. messages. Having hope that things will work out. She labors. This was the first card I designed for the deck. It may look lovely and provincial. 4. special places.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. Can also represent your intuition and invention. Good luck. The rider represents news. ideas and thoughts. Clover: 6 of Diamonds. you see the outline of city buildings – reminding us that a “house” can take on many forms. The bluebird shows that wherever we find the most happiness on this world – that is our home. Patrick’s Day postcard. I used the image of a female helmsman at the wheel of the ship to indicate the possibilities of a more intuitive approach. Making acquisitions (or taking losses). the woman also represents taking a new direction. ties to the past. Ship: 10 of spades. Being confident that our toils aren’t in vain make the daily grind so much more bearable – even enjoyable! 3.
I chose this image because it represents. Many books on tarot and other divination decks try to gloss over the unfortunate cards in a pack – but death. or is it a warning that you yourself must become the snake? 8. for me at least.com 5. Renewal. We also are very physical beings – and we must tend to those physical needs if we want to be wholly healthy. dark desire. dying. It represents temptation. Snake: Queen of Clubs. Misunderstandings. prepare yourself for a period of mourning. Health matters. -6- . or is it someone offering a helping hand? This card is a sign that you might want to wait on making any big decisions or taking hasty actions until you can see the whole picture. The tree that you see in the background of this card is from a vintage sheet music page. hardship. It can also represent cunning though – so is the card telling you that you are being out-smarted. Clouds: King of Clubs. What is that shape on the horizon that you can barely make out? Is it a shadow monster out to get you. The coffin is a card of transformation and represents the end of a cycle or situation. Temptation. We cannot just live this metaphysical existence. Death. Fear. 7. the dark side of enchantment. seduction.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. Being connected. The photograph in the foreground is a depression-era photo of a man working with a horse-drawn plow. having a sense of duty about the world. Natural environment. If the Clouds obscure your goals. The passage of time. using all your cunning nature to overcome an obstacle. Transformation. It may say Clouds. but maybe it would be more helpful to think of this card in terms of being in a fog. Shit hitting the fan. Endings. Situations coming to a head. The truth being obscured. Painful revelations. Doubts. being out-witted. We can chose to try and hold back the inevitable or we can attend to these events with an understanding that without the shadow times. the Snake is a card that intentionally distracts you from achieving your desires. 6. The physical body. cunning.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. Coffin: Nine of Diamonds. and renewal are all parts of life. Tree: Seven of Hearts. we would not celebrate in the light. Growth. Knowledge of good and evil. seduction. When this card comes up in a reading. Secrets revealed. Feeling overwhelmed.
A necessary painful period of time. The Whip card points to a kind of duality. happiness. consider getting a “birds-eye view” on the situation at hand. The image below is from a reconstruction-era family-tree meant for freed slaves who were now able to track down lost family members. it’s one of those cards that help to balance out the oracle. being happily paired or coupled. love. abundance.com 9. try asking yourself – what is being offered? Is it tangible? Is it intangible? Does it come with a price? Is it priceless? What are the implications of receiving it? OR. seeing things in a different light. In this card we see that the actions we’ve taken toward a certain goal are now producing results – for better or worse. The large whip on the top of the card is from an old book on medieval torture. what is the universe asking ME to give? A gift is a connection made. Scythe: Jack of Diamonds. Gifts. The left side shows them in the slave state and the right side shows them lounging around at a picnic. New vision. Prepare yourself for a bit of judgment and if you can. Are you resisting those connections for some reason? Or are you making them in vain? 10. Purging. Giving & receiving. Whip: Jack of Clubs. but this bird carries a human companion on her back.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. In my notes I wrote this card can be used to represent education. Taking inventory of a situation. Typically the card would have two birds (and it’s called The Birds). emotions. excitement & nervousness. Choices made and verdicts handed down. Arguments and heated debates. 11. Bird: Seven of Diamonds. The images used in this card are from vintage birthday cards. Reaping what you sow. enjoying each other’s company at leisure. Flowers: Queen of Spades. but like the coffin. but when it comes up in a reading. A cleansing time. try to accept the consequences of your deeds with grace. The Bouquet may seem like a simple card on the surface. When this card comes up in a reading.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. friends. Consider – what will carry you to the heights you need to achieve? -7- . The Scythe is a sort of foreboding image. The smaller woman with the broom is from a vintage advertisement. The bird in my card is a re-colored illustration from a vintage grade-school reader. 12.
powerful energy & spirit. Above the photo of the girl is a paper doll. gossip. happy times. childhood is a time of feeling powerless and youth can be a source of angst. Consider whether the woman is being carried along by the strength of the bear or whether she's controlling the bear – using his strength to achieve her own goals. a younger person or someone who acts immature or naive. Bear: Ten of Clubs. The universe. Be vigilant. it represents how we navigate our lives and make choices based on our predictions. I included a woman and a fox engaged in what looks like a dance in the background. While my first inclination is to see this card as a positive sign. Fox: Nine of Clubs. heaven. Cunning like a fox. else find yourself out-witted by another. strong words.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. She looks sad and sweet sitting there by herself.com 13. 16. Or it can represent all these aspects of your own psyche. cosmos. 14. having a new mind. a fling. dancing around the situation. An Astrolabe is an astronomical tool used by astronomers and astrologers that dates back to 150 BC. something done behind your back. metaphysics. blank slate. it may also be pertinent to remember that typically. The beautiful little girl in this card holds a basket of cherries in her hand. 15. childlike behavior. obediently holding a bouquet of flowers. What are those predictions rooted in? Fact? Opinion? Faith? -8- . On the Star card. I re-colored and layered the image – but otherwise left it in-tact. The fox serves as a warning. Child: Jack of Spades. The images used on the Bear card are from a vintage primary reader. positive results in business and money matters. The child can represent an actual child. The Melissa Lenormand Fox card features the fox and the raven from Aesop's fable having a contest of wits. friends. She smiles sweetly at the camera poised to take her photo. Strength of character. watching over or being watched.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. being overwhelmed by a dispute or conflict. Stars: Six of Hearts. In order to bring balance to the meaning. A child.
structure and infrastructure. be prepared for coming changes. escapism. safer and more at ease. loyalty. Beginnings. 20. hiding away. events. The woman and the dog are from a vintage postcard. Having a dog around just makes us feel better.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. 19. it represents a high point of human innovation and is a fitting representation of the Tower meanings. finding your groove. enlightenment. Dog: Ten of Hearts. To me. gifts and new ideas. industry This was a card I went back and forth with in terms of imagery. enjoying oneself in the world The image is taken from the cover of some vintage sheet music. planting seeds. spiritual insights. 18. feeling satisfied and happy. Companionship. The stork is a symbol of birth and new beginnings. When this card comes up in a reading. some special place that you share with someone you love.com 17. parties. civilization. Giving something. Finally I settled on a rather famous image – the Eiffel Tower being struck by lightening. secluded hide-away. It is an important card as it puts nearby action cards into effect. Starting something. Garden: Eight of Spades. Socialization. On the card is an infant seated on a lily pad. discovery.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. birth. It’s the romantic notion of a garden escape – not a place where you go to toil and pull weeds! Think. -9- . Tower: Six of Spades. What can we say about Man’s Best Friend? If you’re a dog person. going above. People who own pets are said to live longer and suffer less health problems. you probably immediately resonate with the happy smiling woman and her beloved companion. Innovation. growing. Stork: Queen of Hearts. The begging pooch on the lower right hand side of the card is from an old advertisement. company. or that feeling you get when you’re with special people anywhere in the world.
“What did I do? What do I need to atone for?” and “Who do I need to apologize to?” Did you tell a lie or keep the truth hidden? If you want to get rid of this infestation. work & creative pursuits keeping you busy I chose the vintage photograph of the train going through the mountain pass (the mountains in the background were collaged into the image also) because to me it added an element of balance to the symbolic mountains – that is – even mountains can be blasted through with enough determination and strength of will. self-confidence and grace The boy in the heart-tree is from a vintage valentine. poisonous thoughts. . family. Mice: Seven of Clubs. Love. The two playing cards are from a vintage deck. building momentum. 23. romances. smoke-free boy becoming a doctor.10 - . friendships. while the kid that indulges ends up a bum – I had to use it. the wheel of fortune. Mountain: Eight of Clubs. wishes coming true. lies that are coming back to bite you When this card comes up in a reading. These two images of the court of hearts just stuck with me though and ended up in this card. I was just so tickled with the image of the clean. Problems and obstacles that must be dealt with. Path: Queen of Diamonds Having choices.com 21. but couldn’t get a full-set of scanned cards I could verify were in the public domain. One side shows the path to success and the other illustrates the path to ruin. I have to ask myself. debts and financial problems. 24. but the smaller pictures on each side are from a vintage boy's health book. Problems and mistakes. I tried to locate a full deck of cards to do proper playing-card insets on my Lenormand. not knowing what is the best way The cross-road sign is a contemporary image. Hearts: Jack of Hearts. sweetness. you’ll have to begin by acknowledging its existence.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. 22. our path in life.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg.
com 25. Whether the relationship is for love or money. Letter: Seven of Spades. marriage.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. 26. intentions. contracts and agreements. Cycles. Journal: Ten of Diamonds. a period of waiting. 27. Books. but it’s necessary for growth. When this card comes up in a reading. history. figuring things out The two girls at the bottom of the card share a letter. school The background text in this card is one of those fill-in-the-blank journal pages that is about going to the school dance. Ring: Ace of Clubs. Sending letters is a dying art. In the age of electronic communication.11 - . exchanges. correspondence. consider those selfish acts we take that are for our own improvement. payoffs for work done The image used for this card is from a vintage advertisement. those that we enter into in good faith and with careful consideration tend to be the most successful. it’s a decision that one should not take lightly. What do your choices say about you that your words don’t? . News & new information. education. secrets unearthed.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. I chose it because all of the different rings on the page represent a choice being made. hidden knowledge. A lovely hand-written card is stamped with the finger diagrams of a vintage typist’s manual. an actual ring. Learning and understanding can take time and attention from other real-life situations. The woman lounges with her book in the framed image above – daydreaming of what is to come. When you enter into a relationship. diary or journal. lessons. I chose to title this card Journal rather than Book because I felt like it could be made more personal. A journal is a book we keep for ourselves – not for anyone else. even sending a coherent email is becoming more and more rare! Consider how you communicate – what kinds of messages you’re saying and also how you’re communicating.
Masculinity. A specific man. When I did the Man and Woman/Lady cards. a bouquet of lilies and in the background. Emotional understanding. where I want to stand and how best to get there. Man: Ace of Hearts. The man is good looking. but also smug. As the opposite end of the spectrum from the man card. I would try to take stock of my love situations and figure out where I am standing. it’s not altered.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. What does he know about the situation? The card is tense – intentionally because relationships can be tense. untouched and natural places that we either choose to let fallow. what is “man-made” and the environments we create (both external and internal – as our lives become more complex and digital). Forceful mastery over a situation. but other than that. Feminine receptiveness. When I saw her face. choices.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. A specific woman. Lily: King of Spades.12 - . Use the card to represent a specific woman in a reading. the pond and garden in the background represent wild. Outward focusing power. That was certainly the case with the Man card. you can use this card to represent a certain person or an aspect of yourself that you hope to empower or uncover in your readings. I began by pouring over old photographs and images and ended up using the ones that seemed to call to me. The machinery in the background represents an industrial revolution. The Woman is from a vintage advertisement (I believe it was for fur coats). above him. sex. Passion. power structures. Woman: Ace of Spades. As a signifier. or manipulate to our will. Intuitive knowledge of a situation. she seemed at once strong and wise. When this card comes up in a reading.com 28. The image of the two women kissing is from an odd series of World War II postcards that depict what women would do if men weren’t around to take care of them. appreciate for their natural beauty. love. . understanding relationships The Lily card features a handsome man seated in the lower right hand corner. or use it to represent “womanly” aspects of yourself – however you might interpret that. I re-colored and layered the image. 30. 29. two women kiss. Physical exertion.
sum knowledge. The ultimate source of power. Her phases are my phases and I can track my moods by her waxing and waning. or is he shutting it to keep you out? What doors are you closing on yourself? What doors do you open for others? Finally. the shadows. universe. Opening doors. you see the keys of a safe-deposit box. hidden places.13 - . a pivot point I love the idea of a skeleton key – that can open any door. Is he opening it for you. I’ve come to the understanding that the moon pretty much rules every aspect of my life. What do you keep locked away from view? Is it for the best? What should you lock away? . The sun in the foreground is from an antique book on astrology – when astrology and astronomy were considered one and the same.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. a new beginning. She’s been re-colored and layered with some moon charts from an old astronomy/astrology book. intuition It was impossible to not pick that beautiful vintage image of the woman and the moon. instincts. spirituality. 32. etc Layered in the background is a vintage advertisement from Mexico. When this card comes up it’s time to start thinking about what you believe is fundamental to the universe. nightmares.com 31. Key: Eight of Diamonds. spirit. Find that skeleton key in your life and the possibilities are limitless.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. The moon represents those shadow desires we have within us. 33. goddess/god. but it’s a soul-level understanding that it speaks of. unlocking meanings/secrets. Listen to and acknowledge those voices else risk moonsickness (that crazy manic feeling some get when the moon is full). turning the page. coming to an understanding. Sun: Ace of Diamonds. The card is a card of knowledge. In the background of this card is a photograph of a small boy peering out of a doorway. but also because there was something suggestive of ancient times in the image. Unseen realms. insight. Moon: Eight of Hearts. I chose that layer because of the great shining star in the background. dreams.
Consider how far you’ve come for that quest. Don’t get carried away and don’t cave to peer pressure. In the background is a corner of a photo frame that is layered in (the fish spilling down the currents). The merman appears to be begging the fishes for something. It’s long been a symbol of good luck for a reason. heaven and earth. don’t we try to find out!) – but we do make decisions that affect the course of our histories. excess. indulgence The images in this card are from vintage advertisements. If you’ve been thinking about starting a family or buying a house. Fate. The way you take care of yourself today will affect the way you feel tomorrow. . maybe now is the time. Now isn’t the time for flights of fancy – you can be happy at home if you’re with people you love.14 - . Anchor: Nine of Spades. I don’t necessarily personally believe in fate. history Everyone needs something to anchor them in reality. work and career. The nurse is so benevolent in her posture. but I do know that you get out of life what you put in. But with all that success comes some danger of indulgence. The ultimate dream for so many people is to have their family taken care of. wealth and success. Security. Cross: Six of Clubs. sickness and health Absolutely one of my favorite cards in the deck. Asking.com ©2010 Karmic Egg Publishing http://karmicegg. wishes coming true. karma. Fish: King of Diamonds. What do you ask of the world? This card is an indication that you should expect to snag that awesome job or raise you’ve been wanting.The Melissa Lenormand by Melissa Hill http://sassysibyl. 36. family ties. having a successful and comfortable job or relationship. questions. knowledge of good and evil. putting down roots. We can never really know what is going to happen in our lives (but boy. 35.com 34.
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