I have been interested in learning about the Lenormand oracle and reading system for a couple of years now, but have not ventured further than admiring the many decks available, and lusting after a couple. As I have had a few weeks of more or less study freedom I thought I may try to get started. I decided the best way, (not to mention the most economical and potentially rewarding), would be to get an ordinary playing card deck and make my own.
I took a playing card deck, a packet of OHP permanent markers, a fine permanent black Sharpie and a roll of white correction tape. I got my details and keywords for the cards from the Learn Lenormand website.
I numbered each card and wrote the name on the top of the relevant cards from the playing card deck. So for the Rider, card number 1 in the Lenormand deck I used the Nine of Hearts. I screwed up on this card so had to bastardise another heart card to replace it! The words were written randomly with the fine Sharpie. I found that using the correction tape worked great for mistakes, and also for making white space to write the meanings on the court cards. You could also use white gouache.
I found a lot of meanings for some of the cards, and now believe it would have been better to have one main keyword in large letters and a few in smaller writing. Anyway this is just the beginning, it can always be improved upon and developed. Katt, a fellow member of Aeclectic Tarot told me they use three decks so there are three of each card with an alternate keyword on each. In this way, when you lay out the cards you get a scaffold, if you like, of a sentence and you just have to fill in the blanks.
Anyway, I am sure I will have fun playing, and making this deck gave me a lot of insight into the cards, in the same way that making your own Tarot Deck does. Lenormand is that bit easier to tackle as it only has half the number of cards! Another advantage of making your own deck is that ot gives you a basis to review other decks on the market before buying. Like everything in life it is ogod to have a go yourself in order to appreciate what goes into something.
I am happy :) I shall make it a bag now… a cute wee one!