Friday, 3 April 2015

Jösten's Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards Review

Unpacking the Box, and German/English versions of the book
As this week's reading was with the rune-like Tarot Disks (self-published, 2015), which only cover Majors, I decided to review something different.  This is a recently released kit: Lenormand Fortune-Telling Cards (Sterling, 2014), which includes a traditional Lenormand deck with verses, and a book by Harald Jösten, a well-known German author.  Both the verses and the book are in English.

The kit comes in a reasonably sturdy box, with an insert to hold the cards, and the book on top.  I was slightly disappointed to discover that this is a translation of Jösten's book Lenormand: Liebe, Glück, Erfolg (Königsfurt-Urania, 2006).  As such, the information is a little dated, mentioning the Game of Hope as the precursor to the Petit Lenormand system, without the more recent information about the Coffee Grounds cards.  Also, the book is quite brief, compared to his Die Symbol-Welt der Lenormand Karten (Königsfurt-Urania, 2008). 

Old-fashioned verses
Nevertheless, this would be a good starter kit for someone wanting to learn the Lenormand system.  The cards are clear, the verses give some insight into traditional, and near and far, interpretations, and the book gives good, basic information.  For each card, there is a section on the Traditional Meaning, and another on Modern Symbolism.  The latter includes more modern readings of each card, as well as suggestions for dream interpretation of the Lenormand symbols.

There is then a catchphrase for each card alongside a scan that shows the image and verse.  A few questions are posed as thinking points, and then there are brief suggestions titled Tip (general advice), and Love, Luck and Success, with more specific advice for interpreting the card in relationship, money and work contexts.

Although the Grand Tableau is mentioned, the book simply shows the layout and says to read the cards around the Man or Woman, depending on the querent's gender.  There are also brief descriptions of how to use the cards drawing a daily card, a line of three, a simple cross and a line of seven, with short, sample readings.

Altogether, it's a solid starter kit, and an interesting insight for English readers into both traditional and modern ways the cards are read following a version of the German approach.


  1. They do resemble my French Cartomancy deck but the images are much more brighter. I am not sure which I do prefer though. :)

    1. To be honest, I prefer the French Cartomancy because you can see the image better without the verses. Yet, there is quite a lot to be learned of traditional interepretations from the verses, and the book is also interesting :)

  2. Interesting to read, thanks Chloe. I have the French Cartomancy set, which has always been a preferred deck for Lenorand readings, I think I prefer that to this, since I do have a Blue Owl (if that is what it is called) version similar to this, I was looking at the Pagan Lenormand in a shop the other day but I will wait until your deck is available before I pick up a Lemormand again ��

    1. Hi Steve, yes, the deck itself is pretty standard. As I say, though, the companion book is good. Hope you'll enjoy getting back into reading Lenormand again :)