It can be a challenge to buy the best Lenormand deck, especially if you’re just starting with Lenormand.
Tarot, on the other hand, focuses on the images on the cards – the colors, the symbolism, faces, actions, and impressions – to create the story. This allows Tarot cards to tell a different story from one deck to the next.
It’s not the same with Lenormand. The Rider will always mean a message or someone coming to see you, regardless of the deck. It doesn’t matter whether the Rider looks like he’s going into battle or like a rider for the Pony Express. The meaning remains the same.
With the popularity of Lenormand on the rise, so are the number of decks. Unfortunately, many of the decks are being created by artists with little to no experience with Lenormand, hoping to create fast money from Lenormand’s popularity by charging you $30 a deck. Others are being created by people who are trying to create decks to help them learn Lenormand themselves, and then selling the decks despite many errors in the design.
That isn’t to say that none of the new decks on the market are good. It just means that you have to be really careful.
If you’re new to Lenormand, it can be hard to identify a well-designed deck. It’s easy to pick the “pretty” deck, only to realize that it’s hard to learn Lenormand with it because it wasn’t created by someone who understands Lenormand.
So which Lenormand Deck is the best to buy?
- It’s best to stick with a simple and clear deck, especially if you’re just starting out. You want a deck that will allow you to focus on the meaning of the cards, not on whether a ladybug sitting on a blade of grass looks happy.
- Pick a deck with numbers on the cards (1-36). Numbers are helpful for quickly writing down a spread (22-34 is so much faster than crossroad-fish – yes, you will learn the numbers quickly ) and for learning advanced techniques like houses.
- Pick a deck with playing card inserts. The playing card inserts are like a little cheat sheet to help you remember which cards, like the Clouds, can also represent people.
- Most importantly, pick a deck that you like. Hopefully, you’re going to be using your Lenormand deck for many years to come, so buy a Lenormand deck you enjoy
Recommended Lenormand Decks for Beginners
French Cartomancy – This deck is slightly bigger than the deck above by Piatnik. It’s also a little less sturdy, but should still last you quite some time. The Little White Book that comes with this deck deviates from traditional Lenormand and includes reversals. For that reason, I recommend tossing the book and learning Lenormand properly.
Lenormand Orakelkarten – blaue Eule – This is a classic version of the Blue Owl deck that has stood the test of time. The Little White Book is in German, but you can find all the information you need to learn Lenormand on this site for free.