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)

lenormand card 1 the rider

1. Rider: News.

lenormand card two clover

2. Clover: Luck.

Lenormand card 3 ship

3. Ship: Travel overseas.

Lenormand card 4 house

4. House: Home. Family.

Lenormand card 5 tree

5. Tree: Your Health.

lenormand card 6 clouds

6. clouds: Confusion.

Lenormand card 7 snake

7. Snake: Deception.

Lenormand card 8 Coffin

8. Coffin: Endings.

Lenormand card 9 bouquet

9. Bouquet: Happiness.

Lenormand card 10 skythe

10. Scythe: Surgery.

Lenormand card 11 whip

11. Whip: Arguments.

Lenormand card 12 birds

12. Birds: A couple.

Lenormand card 13 child

13. Child: New beginnings.

Lenormand card 14 fox

14. Fox: Your Job.

Lenormand card 15 bear

15. Bear: Mother, Boss

Lenormand card 16 stars

16. Stars: Dreams.

Lenormand card 17 stork

17. Stork: relocation

Lenormand card 18 dog

18. Dog: Friend, loyalty.

Lenormand card 19 tower

19. Tower: Authority, power

Lenormand card 20 garden

20. Garden: Social life.

Lenormand card 21 mountain

21. Mountain: Obstacles.

Lenormand card 22 crossroad

22. Crossroad: Choices.

lenormand card 23 mice

23. Mice: Problems.

Lenormand card 24 heart

24. Heart: Love.

lenormand card 25 ring

25. Ring: Relationship.

Lenormand card 26 book

26. Book: Education.

Lenormand card 27 letter

27. Letter: Messages.

Lenormand card 28 man

28. Man: You if male.

Lenormand card 29 woman

29. Woman: You if female.

Lenormand card 30 lily

30. Lily: Retirement.

lenormand card 31 sun

31. Sun: Success.

lenormand card 32 moon

32. Moon: Romance.

lenormand card 33 key

33. Key: Importance.

Lenormand card 34 fish

34. Fish: Business, money

lenormand card 35 anchor

35. Anchor: Stability

Lenormand card 36 cross

36. Cross: Worry

 

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).

petit lenormand house system