Lenormand is another divination tool with a similar history (and purpose) to that of the Tarot. It is a 200-year-old system from the heart of Europe; a deck of 36 cards that has held its place in the living rooms and salons of France and Germany for several generations.
Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772–1843), the creator of the system, was a French professional fortune-teller of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. In France, Lenormand is considered the greatest cartomancer of all time, highly influential on the wave of French cartomancy that began in the late 18th century.
Lenormand card images are simple – a clover, a bear, a key, etc. This simplicity leads to the cards not being read based on the picture or the symbol. Instead, the meanings tied to the cards are fairly literal, such as luck for the Clover and success for the Key (unlike the philosophical meanings often ascribed to tarot).
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