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Lenormand and Tarot

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on May 2, 2013 | Comments (3)

This past weekend at the Readers Studio, I noticed that some of my fellow attendees are becoming very interested in Lenormand decks. They like that Lenormand gives very specific, very clear readings. Once familiar with the cards, which have specific meanings rather than a range of meanings like tarot, and the reading method, usually but not always the Grand Tableau, they can answer questions with little ambiguity. Tarot, on the other hand, has become more and more vague, with a focus on spiritual teachings and a presentation of possibilities.

Tarot has not always been what it is now. Card meanings have grown, evolved, and deepened over the past decades, with an emphasis on a spectrum of meanings for each card, from positive to negative. In Lenormand, although there is some “tarotizing” of the cards in some circles, cards are usually good/positive, bad/negative, and neutral, which is part of the simplicity and elegance of the system.

The dichotomy seemed so prevalent to me this weekend. This expansion of tarot meanings (with the downside of vagueness) opposite the simple clarity of Lenormand. This desire for broad strokes and empowerment (tarot) versus a need for more specific fortunetelling/predictions (Lenormand). I’m not sure what I think of it or where I think it will lead, but it is interesting. I do think that the role of oracles (all types) throughout history reflect cultural mores, belief systems, and a people’s experience of reality. And perhaps we will not be able to put this trend in historical perspective; perhaps that will be the job of others who have some distance from this moment. But still, we can think about it and speculate.

And so, I’m interested in your thoughts, whether you use tarot only, Lenormand only, or a combination of the two.

Reader Comments

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Written By Elizabeth Kay
on May 3rd, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

Hi Barbara,
I have been using tarot for years and I am currently trying to learn the Lenormand system. I have to admit that my initial attraction to these cards was simply that I found them visually charming.

I haven’t very much experience with the Lenormands but I am finding it a bit challenging because I am very much an intuitive reader of the tarot and haven’t yet gotten into a groove with my Lenormand cards. I feel this may be because I am intimidated by the simplicity of the cards and I am at a bit of a loss when my intuition tells me something different from the traditional meaning.

I feel I have to make a choice: whether I want to go with my gut or the “correct, traditional” meaning (when they don’t agree)- something I never felt I had to do with Tarot!!

I would love to hear what you and any other readers think about this!

So, I guess, I would like to hear from others too!

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