Monday, December 29, 2014

Deck Review - Under the Roses Lenormand

Under the Roses Lenormand
If there is one thing that has taken the card reading community by storm as of late, it is Lenormand cards!  Simple in imagery, complex in the ability to reveal details, these little cards are not something new, yet they are new for this generation.

Lenormand cards are a system attributed to Madame Lenormand, a French cartomancer in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  She was famous for giving advice via her cards to many people, some of them famous, including Empress Josephine and Tsar Alexander I.  That's a pretty illustrious history!  Today, readers the world over have fallen in love with the system, and where there are readers, decks are being produced to keep up with the demand of voracious readers who love to collect decks.  Today I am reviewing Under the Roses Lenormand by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Under the Roses Lenormand
Lenormand cards are usually found in playing card sizes, and these are no different.  2.25 x 3.5 inches makes these cards a small handful, and easy to shuffle.  The deck includes the traditional 36 cards, with two extra cards depicting an extra Gentleman and Lady, to accommodate same sex and interracial couples.  There are also two choices for The Child card, both little girls.  You can choose to leave each card in your deck, or go old school and remove one of each to have exactly 36 cards.  They come in a flip top tuck box with a 55 page Little White Book to convey the meanings of card and share some very basic techniques to read the cards.  This is probably not going to be the end all, be all of your Lenormand learning, but it is an adequate starting point, from which you can jump off to the vibrant online communities and many books, both new and old, to enhance your Lenormand education.
Under the Roses Lenormand

The artwork is beautifully wrought in twilight colors, sepia toned with a Victorian feel.  The LWB informs us that Under the Roses is a euphemism for buried secrets, and the atmosphere is slightly gothic and romantic.  It is easy to imagine buried secrets in the ethereal Under the Roses World.  Each card is labeled with an unobtrusive title, an Arabic Numeral, and the correlating suit and number for the playing card correspondence to the card.  The artwork is deceptively simple while providing plenty for the reader to attach meaning to.
Under the Roses - Back

Under the Roses Lenormand is available wherever you usually buy your decks, and at less than half the cards and size of most tarot decks, these little gems tend to affordable to collect.  You can also get the deck directly from U.S. Games.
Under the Roses Lenormand

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