I’ll be showcasing six Lenormand deck recommendations, each one different from the others in art style. Four of them are indie and two are traditionally published. These are decks that have been sent to me and for these types of collection showcases, I typically choose only from the decks sent to me for my collection.
Let’s take a look at how the Lenormand is illustrated in six different art styles. The first is what I’ll call contemporary kawaii cutecore; the second is Western European medieval art; the third is inspired by the Italian Renaissance; then the Lenormand in a black and white Victorian illustration style via digital collage; children’s picture book fairytale art; and fin-de-siècle, rendered through digital collage of illustration works by Pamela Colman Smith.
If you haven’t jumped onto the Lenormand bandwagon quite yet and you’re interested in learning a bit more about the system, I have a nutshell summary write-up from seven years ago, here (“The Lenormand: Nutshell Summary of the Petite Lenormand, from History to Practice“).
Sparkly Lenormand by Kimberly M. Tsan
If you’re into cutecore, you’re going to love this deck. There’s a pop art kawaii aesthetic that reminds me of Asian stationary stores. Even bad news feels easier to digest when told to you through the Sparkly Lenormand.
The cards are in a matte finish with a matte pastel pink edging. Try to look through these card images and not smile ear to ear! They’re so adorable and heart-warming.
The Friar’s Delight Lenormand by Rabbit’s Moon Tarot
This is one of those decks on my shortlist of decks to use in professional Lenormand readings. The Middle Ages aesthetic feels atmospheric and really sets the mood. Joan Marie’s design choices are on point here. The solid black background balances out the ornate borders. The illuminated manuscript font style is perfection.
I love the absolute matte finish, the thick, sturdy cardstock, and the overall production quality here is luxe and beautiful.
Golden Venetian Lenormand by Eugene Vinitski and Elsa Khapatnukovski
If you prefer art that feels a bit more decadent, finished in a high gloss with gilding, check out this Renaissance-inspired deck, the Golden Venetian Lenormand, a companion deck to the Venetian Tarot. You can read my past review of the Venetian Tarot here, and a closer look at the Golden Venetian Lenormand here.
Lua Lenormand by Maree Bento
Here is another Lenormand companion to a tarot deck, the Lua Tarot by Maree Bento, which I’ve reviewed here. The Lua Lenormand is a black and white (or more precisely, grayscale) deck inspired by Victorian Era illustrations and steel engravings.
Purchase your copy of Bento’s Lua Lenormand here, and while you’re on her shop page, check out her other beautiful tarot and oracle deck offerings.
Fairy Tale Lenormand by Lisa Hunt and Arwen Lynch
For a nostalgic deck, the Fairy Tale Lenormand by Lisa Hunt and Arwen Lynch is like a cherished children’s picture book. The exquisite detailing in Hunt’s illustration work is unsurpassed. Psst… I think a republishing of the Fairy Tale Tarot is in the works!
The Fairy Tale Lenormand is still in publication by U.S. Games. While we wait for the re-release of Hunt’s Fairy Tale Tarot, get yourself a copy of Hunt’s Fairy Tale Lenormand, done in collaboration with Arwen Lynch Poe.
Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand by Edmund Zebroski
Also by U.S. Games is Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand, a deck created from fin-de-siècle illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith. There is an aged newspaper papery feel to the cardstock, which I love. The coloring is subtle in saturation and values, which gives it an antiqued or vintage feel.
I love the organic pairing of tarot and Lenormand, where deck creators will come out with a tarot deck, and then release a related Lenormand deck in the same style as its tarot counterpart. Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand is a posthumously done companion deck to the RWS Tarot, compiled from PCS’s works in the public domain, and makes for a great introduction to Lenormand for RWS readers.
Note: None of these decks are sponsored and I am in no way compensated for sharing deck reviews or showcases. However, the decks were gifted to me by their deck creators. Everything I say about the decks represent my sincere opinions.