Hey home skillets and frying pans! I don’t know how it is where you’re reading this but where I’m sitting, it is hot outside and I’m trying to hide from it by hiding in a local Starbucks. I’m also sipping on this amazing Very Berry Hibiscus to hep with the inside cooling while the outside cools down a bit. Mmmm very berry. And hibiscus like!
I’m writing to you from this day of days and bringing to you a review of the Dreaming Way Lenormand Deck.
For those of you who are not familiar with Lenormand, it is a cartomancy system that has been around since roughly about the 18th century, has 36 cards, and is currently on the rise throughout various communities. Unlike tarot or oracle cards, lenormand is always read in pairs and is famously blunt. Also unlike tarot or oracle cards, one needs to have a specific question in mind when using a lenormand deck. For more information, there’s a ton of sites you can check out as well as many prolific lenormand blogs, such as Mary Greer’s wonderful blog available here for your reading pleasure. Pretty cool stuff, so check out your local metaphysical store to see if they have a deck or, even better, classes on lenormand there!
The Dreaming Way Lenormand is illustrated by Kwon Shina with a helpful book written by Lynn Araujo. It comes with it’s own little box that you can keep all of it in one nice little package. The size of the cards feel slightly smaller than your usual deck of playing cars so that means good news for those with small hands and/or those who work in tight and confined spaces.
Shina’s artwork lives right up to the name Dreaming Way as she tends to use beautiful and soft watercolors to illustrate each card. I’ve pulled the Lady and the Rider as two cards to illustrate how each card is presented.
The name of the card has a legible font and is presented at the bottom of the card along with the card number and the card suit. The focus of the card are the images themselves. The colors and artwork run all the way to the edge of the card and they have a laminate coating that makes them a little more travel friendly. They’re a little slippery but easy to shuffle. When I say a little slippery, I mean keep an eye on your cards because they will be sliding and slipping about if you’re not careful.
The art is whimsical, as I’ve mentioned earlier, but Shina keeps it pretty simple as possible. Most of the cards portray exactly what the card is. The woman is a woman, the rider is quite literally just the rider on a horse. The imagery she uses are placed right in the center of the card. Usually, there are no frills surrounding the image, which makes it easier for beginner lenormand readers to really learn the system.
The backing of the cards is also as whimsical as the rest of the deck. It’s a little on the abstract side but nothing that would throw you off too terribly. There isn’t too much going on that it would distract reader or querent.