Learn the Lenormand Card Meanings
The Lenormand consists of 36 cards. Click on the cards to see the card combination in the Grand Tableau (read more about the Grand Tableau at the bottom of this page).
What is Lenormand
The Lenormand card deck is named after Marie Anne Lenormand who interestingly never used this deck. After her death her name appeared on many decks, including the 36 card deck we see today. The 36 lenormand cards were published in 1799 as part of a bigger production called the game of hope by Johann Kaspar Hechtel. The Lenormand is often referred to as the illustrated Petit Lenormand card deck.
How to read with Lenormand cards
Reading with the Lenormand cards are different from reading with the Tarot cards in that the Lenormand is a method of reading the card combination rather than looking at individual cards in a spread, the latter being the Tarot approach. It is easier to read with many cards together in Lenormand and look at the card combinations they create.
The Petit Lenormand House system
The rumour has it that this is how Ms. Lenormand read her cards, not using the Petit Lenormand, but with ordinary playing cards (the ace, the king, the queen, the jack, the ten, the nine, the eight, the seven and the two of hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs). The cards are laid out in a 9 x 4 fashion called houses. The houses are similar to the 12 houses in the Zodiac tarot spread. Each position has a meaning and the card that falls on a certain house gives it it’s interpretation. For example heart in coffin position can mean end of a relationship. The stork in the house position can mean a relocation. This method is called the Grand Tableau. If a card falls in it’s own house it means the energy is intensified. For example whip in whip position can mean the arguments will be many and retribution harsh (unless you change course of action).