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Discover the Lenormand Mystery : Meaning of the 36 Cards !

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INTRODUCTION

First of all, it is possible to see the (Petit) Lenormand as an easier system to learn than the Tarot. Because the (Petit) Lenormand has only 36 cards instead of 78 and they have a basic and clearer symbolism than the Tarot. However this impression of ease must be qualified, because reading the Lenormand can be made difficult in 3 ways:

  • The cards do have simple symbolism (the coffin, the key, etc.) but can have surprising meanings (Commerce for The Fish, and work for The Fox). Fortunately these subtleties are few and far between.
  • The deck is very polarized with some very positive and some very negative cards. When a negative and a positive card come out in the same draw, it can be tricky to interpret both at the same time and give a coherent version. For example, what about The Heart and The Whip coming out in the same draw?
  • Without even talking about positive/negative aspects, the symbolism of one card to another can also be opposed. It is especially the associations between the cards that can put the reader in difficulty. For example, what to think of The Ship or The Stork (start) and The Coffin (end) coming out in the same draw?

Certainly, it takes some agility and adaptation on the part of the reader to make the interpretation of conflicting cards consistent and clear. The interpretation grid that follows, first gives a classic and standard view of the Lenormand cards to give a solid foundation to start with. Then I give my personal interpretation in order to broaden the meaning of the cards and make their association easier for the beginner.

Summary
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NOTE
Do you know the difference between the Petit Lenormand and the Grand Lenormand?

The Petit Lenormand, more widely known, consists of 36 cards and is perfect for both beginners and experienced cartomancers, thanks to its simplicity and its ability to provide clear insights on everyday questions.

On the other hand, the Grand Lenormand is a deck of 54 cards, much more complex, filled with symbols and references to Greek mythology, astrology, and geomancy. Each card is an invitation to detailed exploration, offering rich readings for those who wish to deepen their practice.

So, whether you are looking for concise answers or esoteric knowledge, the Lenormand decks each have their unique way of guiding you. It's up to you to choose the one that will resonate with your life path and personal quest!

In this article, I speak only of the PETIT Lenormand ...
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1. The Rider : Quickness, Dynanism

1. The Rider : Quickness, Dynanism

Classical interpretation

In the classical interpretation of the Lenormand, the Cavalier has several meanings : an idea for a trip. For example, a person coming to you. Or the arrival of a message or visitor (as if the rider were the letter carrier) which can extend to receiving a phone call, an email, a text message, etc.

Associated with the 9 of hearts, a card is also synonymous with joy of life and love.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the Knight card is a woman ! In fact, the card has a positive aspect, indicating favourable communication and exchanges, where the interlocutors are open and receptive.
The horse is that of a merry-go-round, evoking nostalgia, the past of childhood, and also a form of carefreeness or happiness reinforced by the presence of the rainbow. The rainbow also symbolises hope, and the treasure that is hidden at its foot in legends (perhaps illusory).

My interpretation

Forget the association with the 9 of hearts, joy of life and love is the business of the 24 - Heart card.
Some cartomancers suggest that the 1 - Knight card is associated with short journeys and the 3 - The Ship card with longer journeys. Keep it simple, attach the notion of travel and journeys only to the card 3 - The Ship.
Forget the notion of receiving messages with this card, this is rather the function of card 27 - The Letter.
In the end, remember only one main idea for this card: QUICKNESS. This card speaks of a quick action, which happens quickly, which starts quickly.

In combination with other cards

This card speeds up everything it touches. Everything becomes fast. For example, with card 8 - The Coffin, the end becomes imminent and brutal. With card 22 - The Way, the decision must be made quickly. With card 12 - The Birds, a matter must be communicated as quickly as possible. And so on.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : Everything is going too fast for the consultant, he/she may find it difficult to deal with the situation. If not, he/she must instead move and get moving in order to get out of a certain lethargy.
  • Love : Perhaps the consultant wants to move too fast in the new relationship, the partner needs time. On the other hand, the partner may be detached because the consultant lacks energy and drive.
  • Work : The consultant must speed up the progress of his/her projects, or on the contrary slow down the pace to better complete them. Otherwise, the consultant should speed up his/her job search and increase the number of applications.
  • Upside down : The consultant is stuck or blocked in a situation from which he/she cannot escape.
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2. The Clover : Luck, Opportunity

2. The Clover : Luck, Opportunity

Classical interpretation

In the classic interpretation of the Lenormand, the Clover is a positive card announcing that good luck or success is on the way, which will happen even after a series of problems or setbacks. In this way, the card can act as a 'totem of protection' or, more classically, as a 'lucky charm' for the whole draw, even with the presence of negative cards nearby. The tide will eventually turn, and the troubles will eventually fade away with time.

Associated with the 6 of Diamonds, the card can also announce small profits.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the image shows a complete bouquet making The Clover a prosperity card, favorable to money and finances. But because happiness never comes alone (according to this card), the happiness evoked by this card also applies to the areas of love, health and work. The Gilded Lenormand Clover is THE protection card bringing luck and happiness.

My interpretation

The card 2 - The Clover is the card of luck, but more globally of the opportunity to be seized, don't we say 'seize your chance'. When this card comes out, the consultant is warned that he/she has a real opportunity to stand out, to succeed, and that it is up to him/her to be master of his/her life, and to transform the situation in a positive way.

In combination with other cards

This card shows that the neighboring card or cards are the key to the solution. This card emphasizes that the means are in the hands of the consultant and is shown in the nearby cards. If the cards in the draw are not favorable or do not express a means to an end, the card indicates a positive ending through a lucky chance, a 'fluke' or an unexpected but favorable situation.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : There is an opportunity to be seized. The consultant must look around, observe the situation and find the levers to use. Just as he/she must detect and find the four-leaf clover among the abundance of three-leaf clovers. He/she can count on luck, but must still remain in action and vigilance so that the clover remains favorable. Because it should not be forgotten that this plant with 4 leaves is ephemeral, rare and fragile.
  • Love : The new meeting is promising and the consultant must be available and committed to make the relationship work. If this one is already in place, The Clover can simply mean that the agreement is solid and durable in time.
  • Work : The consultant can get a promise of employment on an interesting position or on the desired one. It can also be the possibility to make a good deal, or to sign an important contract. In short, the professional activity is flourishing.
  • Upside down : The Upside Down Card 2 - Clover is like a wilted flower. The opportunity has passed, it has not been seized. The card can take on one of the qualities of this plant : ephemeral duration, rarity, fragility. It makes the situation tricky to manage and to reverse.
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3. The Ship : Movement, Change, Open-mindedness

3. The Ship : Movement, Change, Open-mindedness

Classical interpretation

This card is usually about travel, about escape. Of course, it's not just about shipping, but often long distance travel. It's time for a new beginning, and it's an auspicious one. You can try your luck elsewhere. Much like the 2 - The Clover card, there is a great opportunity here to go.

The card is associated with the 10 of spades which is synonymous with speed (but not as fast as the 1 - The Rider card).

The Gilded Lenormand

The Ship of Gilded Lenormand flies in the sky, evoking the absence of borders and the immensity of the possible paths offered to the consultant. We are invited to conquer new horizons. With its wing-like sails and its propeller, this flying ship also speaks of imagination, inventiveness and evolution.

My interpretation

Card 3 - The Ship can naturally speak of physical movement, but I think we really need to broaden this notion, and speak of movement in general. Indeed, the card can invite the consultant to distance him/herself from an event or a situation. The card can also speak of a newfound freedom of movement or of the need to get out of a blockage. It can be about shifting one's center of interest, that is to say nourishing new desires, seeing differently, shifting one's "spiritual" center of gravity and following new ideals. I advise you to see through this card, the opportunity to evolve, to reinvent yourself, to discover new horizons, to meet new people, to integrate other social circles.

In combination with other cards

With this card, you have to change your mind ! Literally, the Ship can 'sweep' the neighboring cards, i.e. it indicates what to move away from and distance yourself from. Alternatively, nearby cards can indicate ways to leave and change air. A juxtaposed card can also be the destination that the consultant should aim for. It is necessary to contextualize the drawing and to determine if the cards close to the Ship are its allies, its opponents, or the objective to be reached.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is stuck in a situation, he/she has to get out of it, abandon his/her bad habits, look for a new job, leave his/her partner. He/she has to break with his/her monotonous life, his/her locked-in daily life, he/she has to renew his/her desires, give himself/herself a new vision, a new hope.
  • Love : The consultant may need to re-evaluate his/her interest in continuing a relationship to which he/she may be attached. Is he/she still happy with it? Even if the relationship has only just begun, the card invites the consultant to already ask himself/herself the question of continuing the date. If the consultant is alone, the card suggests that he/she should reconsider his/her way of doing things, change his/her habits, try to meet someone else.
  • Work : The consultant must ask himself/herself if he/she wants to continue in his/her current job. Perhaps, it is even necessary to consider leaving his/her current place of residence, to move, to live and work elsewhere ? Or perhaps it is necessary to associate with foreign people ? It may also be a question of changing one's current work methods and being inspired by methods that are far from one's culture and knowledge. The Ship can also propose to imagine and invent new concepts, new solutions.
  • Upside down : There is an accident, an unforeseen event that blocks the change. It is difficult to accomplish a transformation, the evolution is slowed down. The neighboring cards allow to know more about it
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4. The House : Achievement, Bonding, Security

4. The House : Achievement, Bonding, Security

Classical interpretation

Card 4 - The House is an easy card to understand, in fact it symbolizes everything related to family and home. The card speaks of family and family ties as an anchor. It can also refer to settling down, moving into a new life, or in a very concrete way buying or renting a new place to live. In a more general way, the House can carry a dream, a hope, an ideal that can be linked to the card 3 - The Ship. In order to interpret it correctly during a drawing, it will be necessary to be interested in the cards which surround it.

The card is associated with the King of Hearts who is a benevolent character, which can represent a head of the family, a husband, a father or a grandfather.

The Gilded Lenormand

The House of the Gilded Lenormand takes on the appearance of a little piece of paradise. It seems to be a haven of peace, a safe place, a secure and prosperous place for one's home and loved ones. The Gilded Lenormand version does not bring anything new or original compared to the classic card. However, perhaps the House can be seen as idealized and reassuring. It invites to create a little corner of paradise and it can reflect a desire to make a 'cocoon', to redecorate its interior, to arrange a garden or even a vegetable garden, etc.

My interpretation

If the symbolism of the House is simple to understand, when this card appears in the drawing, it does not bring any particular clue. Indeed, family is important for everyone (or almost) and everyone wants to have a nice home. The symbolism is therefore vague and often, reading this card ends with the question "but still? So besides the fact, contextualize the House with the neighboring cards. It is necessary to systematically specify its field of interpretation, for example :

    It can speak of the realization of the individual on a material and personal level. It can signal an important moment in the life of the consultant, a life choice that must be assumed, a life project that needs to be realized.
  • It may emphasize that the consultant needs security in his life, in his work, in his love life. The nearby cards will indicate how to do this.
  • It may alert the consultant to current family events that he/she should be aware of.
  • It can talk about the individual's family history, or look for the origins of the current problem.
  • It can reflect a project, an ideal that one wishes to achieve, although this is more the role of card 3 - The Ship.
  • More broadly, it can be about strong emotional ties, the presence of close people without them being part of the family.
  • The card can be a reminder of the sources, of the origins. To return to essential aspects of one's life that one had put aside.

In combination with other cards

Either the neighboring cards will bring details about the consultant's 'ideal house', if this card is seen as being in the center of the drawing. Otherwise, it will indicate that a nearby card should be part of the consultant's 'ideal house'. That is, an aspect of the reading represented by a card , but considered by the reader to be peripheral or secondary, should instead be a priority or central element of his/her life. In short, the card 4 - House, radiates all around it, and brings everything that surrounds it and that is on its territory, to something central, important, necessary in order to reach a true realization or simply to feel in comfort, or in security in its life.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : Focus on the most intimate and personal aspects, on his deepest convictions, on his foundations. How and why are his foundations as an individual shaken? How do you stabilize and secure them? Look for the answers in the neighboring cards.
  • Love : The current relationship is stable and lasting enough to consider going further : living under the same roof, marriage, etc. If the meeting is new, it starts on a healthy basis. The House can also invite to be more interested in the other person, in what he/she wishes as a life project, what are his/her roots. The consultant is encouraged to verify that he or she shares the same values or objectives with his or her partner: to start a home, to have children, etc.
  • Work : On the professional side, the House can evoke a financial problem (bringing home enough money) or job security (having a stable life). Here again, the neighboring cards can help to understand the origin or the solution of the problem.
  • Upside down : As a reversed card, the House can speak of a family conflict, of a painful past or childhood, of a law of silence among relatives, of a family secret, of a feeling of insecurity. It may speak of the difficulty of delving into one's memories, one's roots, of resuming a dialogue with people close to one's heart. The blade can also underline the fact that it is time to have a goal in life, to build a life, to have a reasonable and balanced life.
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5. The Tree : Patience, Energy, Growth, Transmission

5. The Tree : Patience, Energy, Growth, Transmission

Classical interpretation

In its classical interpretation, the Tree is a card that evokes energy and health (and therefore disease). In a broader interpretation, the Tree can be a symbol of patience, fortitude, and a conquering spirit. As an aside, the card can also reflect an outdoor location, in the middle of nature.

It is associated with the 7 of hearts, a card with happy feelings and a real positive connotation.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand version has many specific details. First the tree appears in its glory, with thick roots, strong branches, dense foliage, reinforcing the idea that the card is rather positive. We can see birds that seem to have nested in the branches of the tree, but also mushrooms at its foot. These symbols indicate that the Tree is a protective place full of vitality and spreading its energy to others. It is like a guardian. The rainbow can lead one to believe that the Tree is located in the Garden of Eden or in a pristine, peaceful and prosperous nature. Finally, the poster of the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah visible on its trunk, means that the Tree is wise, it is the heir of a lineage of knowledge.
The Gilded Lenormand Tree is therefore wise, protective, prosperous, radiant, and full of vitality.

My interpretation

First of all, forget the classical interpretation concerning health. Because questions about health are few and far between, and usually very tricky to answer (don't be a doctor!). In my opinion, the card 5 - The Tree can evoke the following topics :

  • Of course, it can be about energy, physical and mental strength, but mostly about growth. The need to improve one's daily life, to aim for a more ambitious professional job, to enroll in a new training, to participate in new activities, etc. You have to spread your wings like a tree spreads its branches.
  • It can also be a question of healing past wounds, of accomplishing a work of resilience, of retaining a moral, a wisdom of the ordeal that one has just lived.
  • It may be a question of recharging one's batteries, finding a healthy and balanced life, finding a more harmonious rhythm, taking on new habits more in line with one's life plan.
  • In the same theme, there may be an invitation to "go green", take a vacation, rest, regain strength, take care of yourself.
  • Of course, it can also be a reminder to be patient, to make a constant and lasting effort to obtain the fruits of your labor. Take the long view, rather than the short view.
  • The Tree is the perfect symbol of the cycle of life and nature, changing appearance with the 4 seasons, growing and dying with the rhythm of its life.

In combination with other cards

In association with neighboring cards, the Tree can :

  • Be the opportunity to train in one of the areas mentioned by a juxtaposed card.
  • Signifying the need to heal from the wounds caused by a negative card next to it.
  • To indicate that it is necessary to take care of, welcome and protect the people around you, symbolized by another card.
  • Evoke that a nearby card must be perceived and experienced in a global cycle, with a beginning and an end. That this card must be repositioned in a larger and more sustainable framework.
  • To find in the annexed cards, the means to resource and revitalize oneself, which is what the Tree calls for.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must refocus, take care of him/herself first and foremost and forget for a while the worries of others. He/she cannot take all the misery of the world in his/her hands. Or on the contrary, he/she must show empathy towards those around him/her, give his/her energy and get involved for people who need help. He/she must make a difference.
  • Love : For a relationship that is already well established, the tree is a rather positive sign, confirming that the relationship is lasting. It may, however, signal that adaptations need to be made, that habits need to be broken, just as one prunes the vine every winter to reinvigorate the plant, and to ensure the next harvest. In short, we maintain the vine and the fruit trees, just as love is maintained and renewed. For a new or upcoming meeting, the consultant must speak from experience, show that he/she is anchored and well established in his/her life, show his/her serenity, his/her benevolence and his/her generosity.
  • Work : The consultant must use all his/her experience to succeed in his/her work. He/she must use his/her seniority. He/she has to pass on his/her talents by taking a trainee or an apprentice for example who could help him/her in his/her tasks. If the consultant is too young to do this, perhaps the Tree means that he/she should look for a mentor, an experienced person able to pass on his/her know-how, or even look for training to complement his/her current skills.
  • Upside down : The consultant may experience fatigue, overwork, lack of strength or vitality. He/she may refuse to listen to the wisdom of the elders, or to the good advice given to him/her. He/she may have difficulty healing past wounds, and anchoring in his/her present life. If he/she is a man, he/she may have difficulty assuming the role of a father. He/she may feel uprooted, needing to return to his/her deepest roots.
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6. The Clouds : Confusion, Anxiety, Uncertainty

6. The Clouds : Confusion, Anxiety, Uncertainty

Classical interpretation

Card 6 - The Clouds speaks of a coming storm, a delicate situation that the consultant will experience or is already experiencing. If he/she already feels like he/she is being drowned in a deluge, the Clouds can predict a clearing. In addition to evoking a temporary problem, the card can also indicate that the consultant is agitated, rebellious and urges caution, lucidity.

This card is associated with the King of Clubs, a disturbing, unpredictable and austere character.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the image shows rays of sunlight breaking through the clouds, making this card less negative than in a classical interpretation. This clearing reminds us that bad weather is always fleeting. We also see birds, symbolizing freedom and flight (in the Lenormand system, the card 12 - Birds is more about communication). Finally, there is a tree, indicating that even when nature is unleashed, the tree and the forest remain a safe place. The symbol invites us to remain courageous and unperturbed in the midst of a storm.

My interpretation

Card 6 - The Clouds is probably one of the least interesting cards in the Lenormand system. Indeed, the consultant wants a reading because he/she has a problem, and does not know what to do, navigating in a fog. Also, the Clouds informing of a problem, a storm, a turmoil, a lack of visibility, does not teach the consultant anything. Also, you could remove this card from the deck, it wouldn't change much, except probably for the Great Lenormand Chart.

This being said, you can put aside the interpretation of the coming storm or clearing, and perhaps insist on the lack of visibility of the situation. By this, the card even means that the consultant refuses to see the truth, that he/she is voluntarily or unconsciously keeping himself/herself in the fog. There is therefore a need for introspection to seek the truth within oneself, or to listen to what people have to say. In the opposite sense, one could venture to say that someone, in the consultant's entourage, is trying to smoke him/her out, to manipulate him/her, to keep him/her in the fog.

In combination with other cards

It is obvious that the card 6 - The Clouds must be accompanied by one or more cards to be able to draw a real information. What is hidden by the Clouds can be a neighboring card. Conversely, a juxtaposed card can cause the Clouds to emerge. Ultimately, the Clouds can mean that the consultant lacks lucidity, and has a biased or truncated opinion about at least one neighboring card. Another card in the draw can also represent the means to break through the Clouds and thus shed new light on the situation.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant may feel agitated or express anger. Perhaps they are even targeting someone, like lightning striking the tree. If this is the case, the consultant needs to release his or her anger, and a card can help to do this. If not, the consultant is blinded by the situation he/she is experiencing and needs to take a step back as soon as possible in order to fly over the Clouds and understand where he/she is exactly.
  • Love : A conflict is brewing in the couple. It is the calm before the storm. There may be a secret between the two partners that needs to be uncovered. If the relationship is starting, maybe it's not going anywhere. Maybe the consultant should not commit further until he/she knows his/her partner better.
  • Work : The consultant may be navigating his or her business blindly. He/she could obtain the expertise of an outside consultant who could help him/her to make clear-sighted decisions. The market can be uncertain and unpredictable requiring to advance with prudence and to remain on assets and sure values. Otherwise the consultant may be stubborn in a job that will not bring him/her anything for the rest of his/her career.
  • Upside down : In its original sense, the card is not the most positive, so what if it is perceived in reverse? I am not one of those cartomancers who consider that the negative of the negative becomes positive. I consider that the Clouds become a declared storm, and that it is urgent to bring back the sails, that is to say to save what can be saved, to keep a course, and to hold on.
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7. The Snake : Healing, Rebirth, Transformation, Clairvoyance

7. The Snake : Healing, Rebirth, Transformation, Clairvoyance

Classical interpretation

In the classic Lenormand system, the card 7 - The Snake carries a symbol of betrayal, lies and jealousy, or even cheating. Obviously this is a card with negative connotations. It speaks of betrayal in business or emotional deception, or extramarital relationships within a couple. Generally speaking, this card encourages distrust of those around you and invites you to be very careful. The Snake can also evoke a rival, a false person, and in matters of love, can represent the mistress or the lover.

The card is associated with the Queen of Clubs, seen as a deceitful and evil woman.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand Snake represents a viper (not a snake) showing its fangs, about to attack. The danger seems imminent. Interestingly, the author has placed the snake in a tree and surrounded it with apples. The evocation of the original paradise, of the desire aroused by the snake in Eve, and of the fall of Eve and Adam from the Garden of Eden are obvious. Thus the Gilded Lenormand version really nuances the initial purpose of the card, by recalling the original sin, which made the first woman and the first man, mortal beings. This representation thus refers to the humanity to see the weakness that there is in each individual.

My interpretation

First, forget about the association with the Queen of Clubs. In fact, very few associations with the 36 cards of the classic deck make sense in the Lenormand system. Forget also the very negative aspect of the card which speaks of wickedness, betrayal, jealousy. This framework of interpretation is far from the modern divination borrowed from psychology and positive management.

For my part, I interpret the snake according to its classical and universal symbolism, which is more promising and interesting than that of the Lenormand system. Thus, in my drawings, the snake is, for me, a symbol of fertility, healing, rebirth, sexuality, clairvoyance and transformation. Indeed, throughout the world, many cultures see this animal as a powerful totem that represents the source of life. We can also see through this animal that Nature's creations are neutral. What is poisoned can be eaten, integrated and transformed into knowledge with the right state of mind. The snake's shedding of its old skin for a new one symbolizes transmutation, the manifestation of the cycle of life and death. Like the ouroboros, the ancient symbol of the snake biting its own tail in a circle.

The symbolism of the snake is therefore very vast, and seeing it only through the prism of the Lenormand system is reductive. Also, you can consider with this card :

  • That the consultant must heal from an aspect that is eating away at him/her. To accept failure, betrayal, to bounce back, and to achieve resilience.
  • That he/she needs to renew him/herself. To make something new out of something old. To end a cycle and start a new one.
  • That he/she must evolve, accomplish a transformation, become someone else in order to grow.
  • That he/she must accept his/her passion, his/her desire (not necessarily sexual) and manage it, and see how he/she can satisfy it, and how he/she moves forward with it.
  • That he/she can be clairvoyant, that he/she must seek and find the truth. By probing, by going deep, by searching within.

In combination with other cards

In my opinion, the card 7 - The Snake is central in a draw. However, it covers such a vast field of interpretation, that when this card comes out, it must be systematically associated with other cards in the deck. These neighboring cards will modulate and direct the interpretation of the Snake. Thus a juxtaposed card can speak of the nature of the healing that must take place, of the true desire that the consultant nourishes, of the type of evolution that he/she must accomplish, or even where he/she must look for the truth that refuses to be found for the moment.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must find an inner strength that must lead him/her to either heal, transform, find his/her truth or fulfill his/her desire. This inner strength can be revealed by an adjacent card. The consultant may also be faced with a deceptive illusion. This card is also an invitation for the consultant to slide down the river, to go from one meander to another, before arriving at its mouth and tasting the immensity of the sea. He/she must let him/herself be carried along by the river of life.
  • Love : The consultant lives a passion or an overflowing desire, perhaps even uncontrollable. Be careful not to burn his/her wings. He/she must learn to channel his/her libido into creative energy. The relationship can have a sadomasochistic character, that is to say introducing a power or a domination on the other, or on the contrary one of the partners nourishes a state of mind of victim or submission. More globally the relationship can be harmful for the consultant.
  • Work : The consultant can develop an ambition which is not relevant or can prove to be counter-productive for his career. The consultant can also give in to the sirens of the facility and engage in a way bringing an immediate result, but which on the long term can prove to be a bad investment. Otherwise, there can be a malpractice in the contract that one is about to sign, or there can be a failure somewhere. A field investigation, a thorough diagnosis is perhaps necessary to avoid unforeseen damage or to appease a latent conflict.
  • Upside down : The consultant may deny the need to change or the ability to do so. Perhaps he/she is paralyzed by fear and refuses to leave his/her comfort zone? The consultant is locked in a framework of thoughts, in a normalizing but locking schema. The consultant refuses to give up a part of his/her current identity.
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8. The Coffin : End, Lockdown

8. The Coffin : End, Lockdown

Classical interpretation

Card 8 - The Coffin announces an end in itself, not naturally a death. This end brings about a rupture, a radical change in the life of the consultant. This end can be a major financial loss, a sentimental rupture, a professional failure, an illness. This end announces a rebirth or a new beginning after the ordeals suffered. The Coffin can also be a stop, an impediment, an aborted achievement, a decline.

The Coffin is associated with the Nine of Diamonds card which speaks of delays, but also of time coming to an end.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand Coffin represents a sarcophagus and Anubis, the God of death and embalming, of mummification, in Egyptian mythology. In itself, the presence of the God does not fundamentally change the meaning of the card. It immerses the card in an atmosphere of mystery and legend. The Egyptian atmosphere of the blade, can evoke the eternal rest of the pharaoh, the life in the afterlife, and more metaphorically that life on this earth is a passage, a transition to another type of existence.

My interpretation

On the psychological level, the Coffin can really weigh on the consultant, living an oppressive moment, a blockage, or even a confinement. Without speaking of an abrupt end, the blade can speak of a difficult moment, where one can find oneself imprisoned, turning endlessly in an old circle, and from which it is necessary to deliver oneself, without having to sacrifice or abandon a part of oneself.

The second aspect of the card is that it can indicate to the consultant the difficulty of detaching from the situation. All things are ephemeral, and we may find it difficult to put an end to certain situations that we think are beneficial to us. This blade can speak of a kind of psychological mourning to be accomplished, in order to free oneself from one's attachment, to bounce back, to find a new momentum or balance.

In combination with other cards

This card probably deserves to be contextualized by a neighboring card that will indicate what has died, another card that will explain the nature of the link that one had with what one has just lost. Another card may also suggest a way to mourn and finally accept the situation that may be imposed on the consutant with a certain brutality. If the Coffin is perceived as a prison, a juxtaposed card may suggest a key to escape.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : Naturally the card can speak of a sudden stop that the consultant will experience or is already experiencing without really controlling the event. But the card can warn that the consultant is locked in a situation that is harmful to him/her. The Coffin can also try to convince the consultant to give up something that is dear to him/her, but which no longer brings him/her anything, and which he/she must get rid of in order to move forward. The Coffin can also be a reminder of memories or past events that hurt the consultant and that unfortunately impact his/her current life by putting him/her on the defensive.
  • Love : Within a couple, the Coffin can speak of an imminent or already installed conflict leading to a definitive rupture. It can also indicate that it is necessary to get out of the ground certain files that one had buried. Abandoned desires, because of the spouse who was in disagreement, and that it is however time to accomplish. The Coffin is perhaps a real warning of the need to dialogue, to renew the relationship at the risk of seeing it end, because both partners can become locked into a routine. The couple may have to give up a common project, which had required investment from both partners, but which in the present situation cannot be completed.
  • Work : The consultant must perhaps separate from a collaborator, give up a market, abandon a part of his activity to concentrate on the essential of his know-how. The consultant must perhaps carry out a diagnosis of his professional situation and give up certain aspects of his job, because of physical, psychological, financial considerations, or simply of availability.
  • Upside down : As already mentioned above, I am not in favor of making positive a card perceived as negative because it is upside down. In reverse, this card is not necessarily more harmful, because the work of mourning, of detachment, of renunciation is already arduous enough, not to make the interpretation more imperative than necessary.
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9. The Bouquet : Surprise, Attention, Interest, Ephemerality

9. The Bouquet : Surprise, Attention, Interest, Ephemerality

Classical interpretation

The 9 card - Bouquet can naturally presage a gift, a surprise (rather pleasant), or even a happy ending. That is, after a series of bad cards, or following an uncomfortable situation for the consultant, this card symbolizes the end of troubles, and therefore by extension, leaves room for success and fulfillment. Generally, the Bouquet is seen as one of the most positive cards in the Lenormand system. As a secondary meaning, the Bouquet can represent spring.

Associated with the Queen of Spades, the card reinforces the concrete side of the situation. Even though the Queen is a rigid, solitary character, she is nonetheless pragmatic and does not live in her dreams. She has the ability to get what she wants.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand the Bouquet is composed of red tulips and is accompanied by a message. This image is a representation of an ideal love. The tulip is also a symbol of elegance or royalty or at least an idea of luxury. Thus, this card in the Gilded, offers a very positive version, adding an idea of abundance and prosperity. The color red adds a notion of passion, ardent feelings, possibly a form of sensuality or an invitation to pleasure and enjoy life.

My interpretation

In the Bouquet, there is surprise, joy and satisfaction. This makes it a very positive card at first impression, but it must be qualified. First we can speak of a benevolent intention that you receive or that you have. This gesture of the heart expresses the generosity of the person. However, this intention, as sincere as it may be, may be short-lived, because we all know that a bouquet of cut flowers will fade in a few days. Also, we can appreciate the gesture but have no illusions, perhaps we can suspect a possible falseness of feelings behind this gesture that may be self-serving. In this, the Bouquet is perhaps more ambiguous or nuanced than the card 25 - The Ring which speaks of a true alliance.

But because flowers fade and a bouquet is always ephemeral, it invites to be replaced. One bouquet calls for another. So it is with love, which must be nurtured and renewed each passing day. This card can therefore speak of an attention that is given to us or that we must give, which must be durable, installed in the daily life, and which must not be transient.

Just as flowers perish, the Bouquet can be the evocation of a nostalgia, of a past joy, of a happy moment of one's life, that one regrets, that one would like to relive, that one seeks to reproduce or to renew. Just as we would secretly like to be offered a bouquet of flowers again.

In combination with other cards

The Bouquet can make the events or actions evoked by other cards seem surprising, impromptu, improvised. Likewise, these same events or actions may have no real significance, being a shot in the dark. Just as it is surprising to receive a bouquet for no particular reason and it invariably ends up in the trash. The cards in the vicinity of the bouquet can also be tempered by suggesting that the author of the bouquet may not have as benevolent, committed and profound an intention as it appears. Perhaps this Bouquet is part of a simple game of seduction revealed by the other cards. The Bouquet can emphasize a pleasant or comfortable aspect of a situation, but it can be impromptu, punctual and especially very ephemeral. The Bouquet can emphasize the real attention and vigilance of a person, but ultimately having a superficial or non-committal behavior.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The turn of events can be surprising and rather pleasant, but it is necessary to keep a cool head, because the Bouquet can quickly fade, and finally the pleasure or the happiness obtained was only an illusion. You must take full advantage of the moment but remain cautious about the future.
  • Love : A meeting can be made today, or simply the relationship of the consultant can be boosted by a sudden evolution of the desires and the common desire. The consultant can fall asleep in his or her relationship, it is time to spice up and renew his or her desires. It is important to maintain love as one maintains his garden. Of course, the consultant may also be the object of a seduction game or be tempted to seduce someone.
  • Work : Good results can appear unexpectedly. A financial or human help can relieve the consultant in his work, but it should be kept in mind that this help is perhaps temporary. If it is the case, it is necessary to take care to perpetuate his activity, at least to feel more at ease and more fulfilled in his job.
  • Upside down :

    In reverse, the Bouquet can fade much faster than expected and be just an illusion. One must be wary of good news that is not good news and that precedes a bad period. Similarly, the hand extended to help the consultant could be self-serving or even underhanded. Is the Bouquet a poisoned gift? The consultant could feel indebted of a help that one brings to him/her? Finally, nothing is ever free in this world.

    If not, the bouquet may escape you, like the bouquet that the new bride throws behind her to the unmarried women. You have to grab the bouquet on the fly and not let the opportunity pass you by !

    Finally, the consultant may receive a gift or favour that makes him/her feel uncomfortable because the relationship is one-sided or because feelings are not shared.

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10. The Scythe : Injury, Breakage, Detachment, Recovery

10. The Scythe : Injury, Breakage, Detachment, Recovery

Classical interpretation

The scythe is a sharp tool, so naturally the card is synonymous with breakage, sudden end, or even injury or accident. In short, we can consider that the 10 - Scythe card is the card of danger, and that caution is required ! The Scythe can also appear with a certain suddenness, a real speed or as unexpected. But it can also mean that the consultant needs to break with an aspect of his life or needs to make a decision.

The card is associated with the Jack of Diamonds, representing a messenger, a letter carrier, a military man or a rather austere, rigid man with a cold demeanor. In fact, if the card announces news, it may seem to fall like a knife.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand card depicts a sickle with ears of wheat and a setting sun in the background. In fact, it does not appear to be truly negative. The image suggests that it is time to harvest. The message seems clear: now is the time to reap the benefits of your efforts.

My interpretation

As long as one does not stop at a simplistic interpretation of the Scythe with a notion of danger, of a warning, or of a twist of fate, the blade proposes a rather broad reading grid :

  • About a wound, The False can signal a wound that has never healed, or that has reopened. And that a work on oneself must be done in order to heal completely.
  • The Gilded version is relevant by proposing a sickle evoking the possibility of reaping the fruits of its work.
  • But the Scythe can also signal to the consultant that it is time to make a decision, that it must be clear-cut and not be taken lightly or subtly. The decision must be radical. The point of view is not implied, it must be asserted.
  • The Scythe can also evoke an end (more or less happy) and especially a link, an aspect of his/her past with which the consultant has difficulty in breaking. The card can therefore speak of a difficult or delicate moment to live during which the consultant must take courage, assume his decision, and end a situation (uncomfortable), a habit (bad), a relationship (harmful).

In combination with other cards

If the scythe speaks of an injury, the nearby cards may well speak of the object of the injury, its origin, or the means of healing it. If it's about a decision that needs to be made, the nearby cards may specify the stakes and consequences of the decision. Otherwise, if the Scythe speaks of an expected harvest, the juxtaposed cards can speak of the positive aspects and how to take advantage of it, by what means. Finally, if the Scythe speaks of a break-up, the cards next to it can evoke what the consultant must separate from and move away from, what he/she must be wary of, or how he/she can manage to detach from the situation or the person.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is prey to an inner emotion from an unhealed wound. Or it is time for him/her to claim what is due. Finally, he/she must make a decision quickly and not put off the deadline at the risk of losing everything.
  • Love : The Scythe can confirm a break-up in the couple that must be made, even if it is painful, above all because it is necessary. The Scythe can also evoke a link with a former partner that was never really cut, and that, for one reason or another, comes back to the surface. It can also be a fruit to be eaten together.
  • Work : The consultant may be at a turning point in his/her career. Maybe it is time for him/her to leave his/her current job and look for a more balanced and fulfilling position. Or perhaps he/she needs to part with an overly intrusive partner or an incompetent employee. It may be a contract that needs to be broken, because the client is in bad faith or a bad payer.
  • Upside down : In reverse the Scythe can indicate a decision that should be made, and that the consultant refuses to make. It can be a wound that does not want to heal, because the consultant is not in renunciation or detachment. The Reverse Scythe can speak of a disappointing harvest, that the fruits of the work are too few or rotten.
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11. The Whip : Conflict, Devaluation, Harassment

11. The Whip : Conflict, Devaluation, Harassment

Classical interpretation

The Whip is an instrument for punishment. In all cases, this object is associated with physical violence, a painful situation, or anger. The card is a source of disputes, tensions in the close circle. It can also foretell chronic illness, aches and pains, flu or even fractures.

The blade is associated with the Jack of Clubs, usually represented as a military man or soldier. He can be seen as a fiery and reckless young man.

The Gilded Lenormand

The image of the Gilded Lenormand shows a rod but also a whip. It can be concluded that the card can also evoke a feeling of intimidation or domination because animals can be trained with a whip. So it can be about relationships that are not violent or hostile, but at least tense or complicated because of a relationship of power and influence between people.

My interpretation

The Whip card is probably one of the least interesting cards in the Lenormand system because it offers few nuances in its interpretation. To the evocation of conflicting relationships with one's entourage, of a power game in the middle of which the consultant finds himself/herself, one can add the following interpretations :

  • The Whip can speak of a pain that is all the deeper because it is repetitive. Just as the penitent scourges himself repeatedly, the consultant may have a similar state of mind where he persists in hurting himself, in repeating bad habits, in replaying over and over the same harmful encounters.
  • It can also be a consultant who is aware (or not) of his or her authority or power, and can thus harass his or her neighbours, by putting people under pressure, by making them bend under work, injunctions, urgent requests. If the consultant is more of a victim, he/she may experience a feeling of insecurity, overheating, frantic pace, hyperactivity leading to exhaustion.
  • The Whip can evoke the combativeness of the consultant, his attitude to defend his rights and his thought, his courage and his tenacity to keep the course. In short, this card can also be an asset in a drawing.

In combination with other cards

Since the card 11 - The Whip is rather generic because it speaks of the conflict without specifying its nature, its cause, its effects. It is precisely the other cards in the draw that will allow us to explain more about the different aspects of the conflict by specifying, for example, the origins of the tensions and the different ways of calming or resolving them.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is experiencing a moment of uneasiness or insecurity. Perhaps he/she should stop having such a negative vision of him/herself. He/she should look at him/herself with more consideration.
  • Love : There seems to be a lot of tension within the couple. It is probably time to re-establish a dialogue, and to admit to the real reproaches that you have made to the other, to say why and how you feel hurt, or to make amends.
  • Work : Perhaps the consultant is a victim of a disrespectful hierarchy that has created strained human relations. It is undoubtedly time for him/her to leave this atmosphere which is not conducive to his/her development, and to speak to the competent authorities if this is reprehensible harassment.
  • Upside down : The card 11 - The Whip already announces a real problem, no need to add to it with an even more negative reversed version. However, it may be possible to speak of "endless" repetition or abuse of the effects of the Verge on the consultant. If you are a proponent of the "negative from negative becomes positive" viewpoint, then you can speak of a conflict that has been resolved or is being resolved, a problem that has found its solution.
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12. The Birds : Information, Communication, Negotiation

12. The Birds : Information, Communication, Negotiation

Classical interpretation

The Card 12 - The Birds evokes endless chatter, much like the chirping of birds during the day. By extension, the Birds may speak of rumours, gossip, gossip or announce news by telephone or in person, unless they bring inspiration or dreamy thoughts. The card can also announce small excursions, or a fairly short journey (in contrast to card 3 - The Ship which predicts long journeys).

This blade is associated with the 7 of diamonds, which is concerned with communication, discussions and negotiations.

The Gilded Lenormand

There are two Number 12 cards in the Gilded Lenormand game. The first version shows a feeder and birds with different coloured plumage. One of the birds spreads its wings and flies or lands. The second version shows two owls, one perched on a branch, the other flying, under the light of the moon.

In its first version, with the feeder, the card evokes the multiplicity of opinions, as each bird has a different plumage. There may also be a need to share, and not just opinions, through the presence of the feeder which provides food for all the birds. The scene can be an allegory of a work meeting, or also of a family meal.

In the second version, the scene takes place at night, so the author wanted to evoke confidential or even secret talks and negotiations. Perhaps there is even an idea of plotting or scheming. The owls could also play the role of spies or at least have a very discreet but vigilant presence.

My interpretation

The classical interpretation of this card is unsatisfactory (gossip, gossip, news, travel) but revealing of another era. Because of the psychological dimension and the coaching approach of modern divination, make the Birds card the communication card.

The consultant's problem may be seen as one that can be solved through dialogue. Perhaps it is necessary to try to reconcile, or to position oneself as a mediator between two people or two camps. Otherwise, the consultant can convince those around him/her by confronting opposing views and providing strong counter-arguments.

Still in terms of communication, perhaps the consultant should talk about his/her personality, say who he/she is, what drives him/her inside, to better present his/her work. Maybe he/she needs to be more kind and friendly towards others so that those around him have a better opinion of him/her.

The Birds can also express a certain anxiety on the part of the consultant who feels nervous before an interview. Perhaps he/she is afraid of a heated exchange, of a power struggle, of negotiations that may be complicated ? Perhaps he/she is afraid of not being convincing enough ? Or simply that it is impossible for him/her to make his/her arguments heard in a hubbub, in the middle of a group.

Last but not least, the card 12 - The Birds can be a warning to listen better to others, to take their opinions into account, to be open, or to accept conciliation.

In combination with other cards

If card 12 - The Birds is about communication, then the cards next to it may talk about what is at stake in the discussion, what arguments will need to be made, what opposing arguments may be put forward. The juxtaposed cards may also indicate how best to prepare for a confrontation, or perhaps predict the outcome of the discussion. The other cards in the draw can also indicate whether a negotiation is possible, whether an agreement is possible or whether, on the contrary, the other person is sticking to his or her position.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : Le/la consultant peut devoir travailler sur sa communication, peut-être choisir une autre manière d'envisager les choses et essayer de défendre son point de vue avec d'autres arguments. Peut-être la carte lui conseille de ne pas écouter son entourage, et de faire selon sa propre volonté. Au contraire, de mieux écouter les autres. Les cartes voisines permettent de mieux saisir le sens de la carte.
  • Love : The consultant needs to listen better to his/her partner and dialogue better with him/her. Perhaps he/she should not listen to gossip about the couple and establish a real dialogue in order to resolve current tensions. The Birds may also indicate that dialogue within the couple is its strength, its cement. Or perhaps there is a form of gossip or idleness between the two partners, and there is no real sharing.
  • Work : Perhaps the consultant has a remarkable elocution which makes him/her charismatic with his/her colleagues. Or, on the contrary, he/she may need to work on his/her communication skills in order to be better heard and respected. The Birds may also evoke an atmosphere of rumours, deceit, betrayal, in short the workplace may be a real basket of crabs.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Birds may speak of a planned interview being postponed or cancelled. The consultant is given advice he/she did not ask for. Or on the contrary, he/she ignores a wise advice. Perhaps the consultant doesn't want to bother and chooses to skip the communication stage, when there is a need to maintain the dialogue.
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13. The Child : Kindness, Spontaneity, Trust, Innocence, Joy

13. The Child : Kindness, Spontaneity, Trust, Innocence, Joy

Classical interpretation

Card 13 - The Child evokes birth, a new beginning brought by confidence, hope and joy. The card represents the goodness of a person. The card also speaks of innocence, freshness, sensitivity, youth. The Child is therefore rather positive. More broadly, the card can signify the arrival of a baby in the family, or focus attention on a family problem (as would card 4 - The House).

The card is associated with the Jack of Spades who has a bad reputation, the character speaks of an encounter with someone who is bad company, selfish and deceitful.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand's Child is probably in his room, since the image shows a scene taking place indoors, with a window behind the figure. In front of the child is an open book from which emerges an imaginary castle, a rainbow, a doll or puppet, a spinning top, and dice or cubes with lettering. This illustration evokes childhood toys. It can broaden the initial meaning of the card by talking about the imagination and curiosity of children.

My interpretation

I don't really agree with an interpretation of a new beginning with the card 13 - Child. Because the infant in its cradle is more synonymous with birth, with departure. What's more, such an interpretation overlaps with the meaning of card 17 - The Stork which is the symbol of birth par excellence. So stay focused on the qualities of childhood, and avoid the trap of leaning towards the symbolism of the Stork. Especially as the theme of childhood is already vast enough :

  • First of all the card naturally invites the consultant to approach the situation with confidence and hope. To be open and available in the way he/she conducts his/her actions.
  • Of course, the Child can also talk about the need to do things with joy, with zest. To do things with spontaneity, without thinking too much, without thinking about the consequences. To lead with innocence, as if each new day were the first day of one's life. The Child is an invitation to put failures behind you and to move forward in your life as if everything were possible and accessible.
  • The Child is also a player. Without doubt, the consultant must be mischievous, naughty, perhaps a prankster, or at least have a sense of humour.
  • Finally, the Child is of course a being full of vitality and energy. The consultant is invited to recharge his or her batteries, to rediscover his or her energy and appetite, and to take a bite out of life.

In combination with other cards

Card 13 - The Child covers a vast field of interpretations that the other cards in the draw can clarify. A neighbouring card can express the quality of the Child that should be remembered: his joy (example: Bouquet), his innocence (example: Lily), etc. The card can also mean that one must look at the other cards of the draw with the eyes of a child or with a new look. Put energy where there is breathlessness, put humour where there is bad humour. The Child rejuvenates the neighbouring cards, gives them joy, energy, spontaneity. Either The Child will transfer his energy to the other cards, or The Child will become the centre of the draw, and link the neighbouring cards, just as the child makes the toys around him his own, uses them and mixes them to his taste.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant behaves like a child, both in a good way and a bad way. The juxtaposed cards will clarify the situation. Perhaps the consultant needs to grow up a bit, or on the contrary, he/she needs to find the eternal child within, in order to perceive the situation from a new angle.
  • Love : The consultant or his/her partner may lack maturity in his/her relationship with the other person, as if he/she were looking for a father or a mother through the other person, because he/she missed the father or mother figure during his/her childhood. The consultant or his/her partner may want to live in the moment, without projecting him/herself, in a form of entertainment or fun, without really wanting to build a lasting relationship. Otherwise the two partners may be united by the same innocence, the childlike soul that they have managed to keep deep inside them, and that this is the cement of their couple.
  • Work : The child has little place in the professional world. It is therefore necessary to question the reasons for its presence. The card may indicate a lack of experience or a lack of desire, requiring a rethink. The Child may also indicate that a career as an educator or teacher, or more broadly in the field of childhood is possible. It may also indicate the idea of cultivating the qualities of the child (joy, imagination, creativity) in artistic or other occupations, where these qualities are sought after or needed.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the blade can mean that the consultant is nostalgic about his or her childhood. Perhaps he/she regrets a failure, a project that did not come true. A memory from the past may come back to him/her. The mischievous and playful side of the Child may become malicious. The Child's boundless energy may become uncontrollable ardour. The Child's carefree attitude can become a real unconsciousness in the face of responsibilities that one is running away from. The Child can refuse to grow up, remain in his illusory dreams, not wanting to assume his past actions, not wanting to take his responsibilities. The Child may be unserious, immature and inexperienced. There may also be confusion between the roles of adults and children within a family.
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14. The Fox : Cunning, Boldness, Distrust, Caution

14. The Fox : Cunning, Boldness, Distrust, Caution

Classical interpretation

Card 14 - The Fox is the card of business, of commercial transactions, and personifies the malice and cunning that must be shown to sign juicy contracts. The Fox can also be bold and use its charm to achieve its ends. The Fox can also be one step ahead of his opponents. In a broader sense, the card is therefore related to the world of work. In the opposite direction, the Fox can become deceitful, deceptive and thieving.

The card is associated with the 9 of Clubs which, in fortune-telling, symbolises success at all costs

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand version, the Fox is depicted in an alert posture, ready to pounce, looking back as if wary of a dog or hunter after him. Not far away, a rooster is perched on a post, possibly preying on the fox, but also indicating the need to remain vigilant and observant when the fox is prowling around. Finally, the image shows a farm in the background, which may evoke the relationship to work that the card symbolises, but also the object of the Fox's covetousness, which would seek to break into the premises.

My interpretation

The fox is an interesting animal because it can be seen as positive or negative, unlike the wolf which is rarely a positive symbol. However, if I like to associate the card with cunning and malice, I find it difficult to make a clear connection with business and the world of work. The fox is above all a predator, far from being a workaholic as the ant can be, and concerning business, one would see it more as a pilferer and opportunist, not as a killer like the shark.

So personally, I keep the idea of a daring, clever, cunning, undoubtedly cautious fox, ensuring its back. Of course the animal can become a real thief with deceptive stratagems.

In combination with other cards

The Fox can transmit cunning and malice to neighbouring cards. Thus, with regard to the other cards in the draw, the Fox suggests to circumvent the problem, to look at it with another eye, to seek a less dangerous, more pragmatic alternative. Alternatively, the Fox may speak of the risks involved in attempts and undertakings made through the neighbouring cards. Thus the Fox can encourage caution and distrust of neighbouring cards. In another interpretation, the Fox could be the consultant or someone close to him/her, and be like the wolf in the sheepfold or among the sheep, i.e. coveting the adjoining cards, trying to get hold of them.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is like a fox using mischief, cunning and daring, but is he/she using his/her talents wisely or maliciously? The fox may question the consultant on the validity of his or her objectives as they may be selfish. The consultant is advised to watch his back before embarking on any venture that might jeopardise his present comfortable situation.
  • Love : The consultant or his/her partner behaves like a fox in the relationship. That is, he/she may lack honesty and perhaps manipulate the other to achieve his/her own ends and satisfy his/her own desires before the other. The Fox always invites caution within the couple, because nothing is ever definitively acquired, everything can change at any moment, the history of the love relationship is constantly being written, day after day.
  • Work : The consultant must behave like a true military strategist in his or her business and profession. He/she has to ensure the day-to-day running and viability of his/her work, and at the same time always look for new business, new projects, and not be afraid to be daring. He/she may also have to use cunning and guile to outwit the competition and win the contracts in front of them. On the other hand, the Fox can signal to the consultant to put down his/her arms, to trust his/her collaborators and partners, and to stop being afraid and distrusting everything.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Fox can be naturally deceitful and deceptive. But even worse, the card can become oppressive and install a kind of ambient paranoia, damaging love and business relationships. The Fox could become totally devious, a traitor even, for is it not so in the world of business and commerce, where true friends are rather rare. The reverse Fox can predict a failure in a project, an aborted attempt, just as the predator returns empty-handed from the farm.
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15. The Bear : Strength, Courage, Savage, Solitude, Hibernation

15. The Bear : Strength, Courage, Savage, Solitude, Hibernation

Classical interpretation

The Card 15 - The Bear is a massive and solid animal. It therefore embodies strength, stability, resistance and courage. It can be a powerful helper, and is an imposing and reassuring figure, so the card symbolises money, abundance, comfort. The classical interpretation invites to stay away from greedy and envious people. But the Bear can also be a formidable predator. It is usually difficult to escape from him !

Associated with the 10 of clubs, the Bear card is related to money, symbolising prosperous finances. This financial base can be a source of envy. The 10 of Clubs also speaks of moving.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand Bear is a polar bear with a white coat, making it less wild, with a form of purity. Moreover, his coat is not completely white, its colour has a green tinge, making the bear perhaps spiritual. Behind the bear, we can see ice ornaments with a transparent, crystalline appearance, amplifying the symbolism of purity.

My interpretation

I find it hard to associate the Bear with money, or even abundance, his great stature does not make him a symbol of profusion, on the contrary the bear hibernates and lives alone in the mountains, he is almost a hermit, at least of sobriety, little to do with abundance and money.

I don't really like the Gilded Lenormand's version of the bear, which is ultimately very beneficial and positive. Such a representation of the animal, makes it difficult to qualify, because this version does not take into account the wild side of the animal and the fact that it can be dangerous for man.

So in my interpretation of the Bear, I naturally retain the idea of its strength and resistance. In a reversed interpretation, I think the Bear symbolises risk, danger and adversity. Finally, I like the idea that the Bear can also be a symbol of solitude, of adventure through its life in the mountains, and a symbol of sobriety and withdrawal through its hibernation.

In combination with other cards

Because of its rather neutral appearance, the Bear deserves to be surrounded by cards that will suggest a direction of interpretation. The symbolism of the neighbouring cards helps to better interpret the Bear and to know if it should be perceived as a protective ally or on the contrary as a strong opponent. Conversely, the Bear can also spread its symbolism through the juxtaposed cards. He can transmit his tenfold energy, his vigour, his strength to less powerful cards. He can isolate a neighbouring card as the Bear is a solitary being. He can also hibernate the cards around him, make them less active, or delay their effects. The Bear is an imposing card in the game, for example much more so than card 14 - The Fox. So considering that the cards that touch the Bear, are in its territory, the Bear is the master.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant may have tenfold energy, take vigorous action, or show authority. But is this strength legitimate, benevolent ? The consultant should not be seen as a savage or angry person. But on the other hand, perhaps this strength is something that is missing in the consultant and he/she needs to develop this quality in him/her.
  • Love : Perhaps the consultant is like the bear, living alone on top of the mountain and finding it difficult to meet other people. Perhaps it is his/her untamed, savage side that scares others. Perhaps the consultant has too much character and lacks sociability, even if he/she is already in a relationship.
  • Work : The consultant may lack energy and courage at work, probably because of a lack of motivation. The consultant should become more aggressive and combative. Alternatively, the consultant may show real strength at work, but perhaps he/she is overdoing it, perhaps he/she is not leaving enough room for his/her collaborators or colleagues. Maybe communication is not the consultant's strong point, and doing things by oneself is no longer enough, maybe he/she has to learn to delegate his/her workload.
  • Upside down : The Upside Down Bear may have great strength but it is totally counterproductive because it is misplaced, devoted to undertaking futile or useless actions or projects. The animal could therefore waste all its energy, or be angry, becoming uncontrollable, to the point where no one would be able to reason with it. The Bear could become torpid and blind, so obsessed is it with a specific subject or goal.
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16. The Stars : Hope, Serenity, Faith, Dream

16. The Stars : Hope, Serenity, Faith, Dream

Classical interpretation

The card 16 - The Stars speaks of hope, progress and self-confidence. It is therefore generally perceived as a positive card, a good omen, bringing success when the consultant is patient and persevering. The Stars can also point to a time of calm, peace, a climate of serenity. Because the card speaks of evolution and the future, it can also be synonymous with success, social elevation and prestige. The card can however be disturbed by clouds.

The card is associated with the 6 of Hearts representing the simple pleasures of life, tenderness and memories of the past that allow for a smooth transition into one's present life.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Stars of the Gilded Lenormand version are first of all a Star which takes the form of a compass. On this compass are inscribed the symbols of the 12 signs of the zodiac. The compass is in the middle of a starry sky. The central star forming the compass seems to indicate the four cardinal points, as if to trace the consultant's path towards his/her destiny, or at least to lead him/her towards the success of his/her projects.

My interpretation

The standard interpretation of the card seems relevant to me, except that I wouldn't let card 6 - The Clouds interfere with it. And I'm not convinced that the Stars can represent prestige in the way that, for example, card 30 - The Lily (associated with royalty) can. I like Ciro Marchetti's idea of the compass concept. Even though it is strange to have integrated a compass in this card, and to have extended the basic game with several new cards including card 42 - Compass. Doesn't this duplicate the game ?

Personally, I keep the notion of hope and progress, but also the climate of calm and serenity that the Stars convey. I also add the faith, the fervour and the multiple beliefs that are associated with the notion of hope. For it is well said to "believe in your star". Finally, the Stars could also represent dreams (always connected to hope), but also the world of the night, and the idea of a starry sky showing us a vast and even infinite universe, where everything is possible. In any case, the Stars remind us to follow our deepest convictions and be ourselves.

In combination with other cards

The Stars can transfer hope to other neighbouring cards. In this way, the actions implemented through the cards juxtaposed to the card 16 - The Stars can follow the right direction and be successful. The Stars can also soothe and calm down other cards in the draw, temporising their negative aspect. The Stars can thus say that all cards around them are possible leads, that no card should be put aside. The Stars can be a beacon in the night, a rallying point, towards which the cards in the vicinity must converge. That being said, the Star shines alone in the sky. So, if it is indeed a landmark, it may remain isolated from the other cards, remain inaccessible, like an illusory and vain dream.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The card 16 - The Stars can force the consultant to question his/her deepest convictions. Is he/she following the right star, the right direction? Perhaps it is time for the consultant to take stock and check that he/she is not going down the wrong path. The card can also be an invitation to continue the efforts in spite of the difficulties, the consultant can reach his objective if he believes in himself. Finally, the card 16 - The Stars can also signify to the consultant that he/she may need to change course, to refocus on his/her deepest aspirations, and to pursue a path or a project that will allow him/her to achieve a harmonious life, in accordance with his/her principles. That it is time for him/her to realise his/her dreams.
  • Love : With card 16 - The Stars you may have to hope for something from the current relationship, or perhaps tell yourself that it is illusory. The card may invite both partners to build a long-term project together, but if there is not enough love and sharing in the relationship, it may be better not to continue. The Star is not the card of passionate love and the fulfilment of all desires, and that perhaps celibacy is better for the consultant.
  • Work : The card 16 - The Stars promise a bright future for business if the path is taken with lucidity, competence and a real vision of the market. Other cards in the draw could qualify this approach and make the Stars say that the consultant has an illusory faith in a type of product, a segment of the market, or the signing of a contract. The employee may believe in a good promotion in his or her job, but it may be a matter of him or her reorienting his or her professional career and changing jobs.
  • Upside down : As already mentioned, Reverse Stars can signal an illusory hope and force the consultant to question the relevance of persisting in the current path. After all, the star only flickers in the night, it certainly does not light up like the moon and the sun. It is perhaps a small hope, a faint possibility that has been nurtured and nourished by a kind of blind will. We must not lose touch with reality by focusing on an unattainable ideal. We must ensure that the dream does not become a utopia.
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17. The Stork : Departure, Birth, Fertility, Creativity

17. The Stork : Departure, Birth, Fertility, Creativity

Classical interpretation

Card 17 - The Stork is synonymous with change, just as this bird migrates to new horizons. This card can therefore speak of long journeys, but also of lasting changes such as a move, or more globally, a change in the house or in daily life. Of course the card can also announce the birth of a child, so it also evokes fertility, motherhood, foresight.

The card is associated with the Queen of Hearts, representing a loyal and good advice character. It embodies confidence in those around it and in the future.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand version shows a pair of storks, one of them holding a twig in its beak. The two storks are sitting on an empty nest. The sun shining behind, just above the twigs in the nest, could symbolise an egg of light. The card is about building a home.

My interpretation

The card has the merit of not being polarised and of being fairly neutral. The classical interpretation is in line with the symbolism of the stork. I extend the symbolism on the birth of the child to make card 17 - The Stork the card of "departure". Card 3 - The Ship, is the card of change, movement, and adventure par excellence. So with regard to the Stork, I focus not on the journey (migration) but on birth. In my interpretation of the Stork, I can talk about the arrival of a newborn of course (especially if card 13 - The Child is also present), but I will mostly talk about the need to make a new start with all the risks, the unknown factors that such a change entails.

In a sense very close to birth and fertility, generally I also make the Stork the card of creativity. Indeed, the departure that the Stork speaks of can be seen as creating change, creating a new situation, creating a new enterprise, well beyond creating through arts or crafts, which remains a valid option of course. The formula that would summarise the main idea of the card could be: "Create to make a new start".

In combination with other cards

Card 17 - The Stork can be the consequence of the neighbouring cards. Indeed, the juxtaposed cards can speak of the consultant's current situation and speak of a blocked situation in which he/she can turn in circles or feel powerless. The Stork will then invite to provoke a break with the current situation in order to make a new start and to get out of this frozen situation. In the continuity of this interpretation, other cards close to the Stork can support this new departure, and speak of the means, the tools, the objectives to be fixed in order to accomplish this rebirth.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant needs to rethink his/her current life and move towards a path that will be more meaningful to him/her. Perhaps he/she has already done this and even started this shift in his/her life, but he/she does not see the results. The Stork confirms the path of renewal, and even if the results are not yet there, they will come. The consultant must persevere on his/her path.
  • Love : Naturally, if the consultant is young and in a relationship, the Stork may indicate good fertility and that there are no obstacles to having a child. If a baby is not in the couple's plans, it may be the idea of having a joint project, which could go as far as settling under the same roof and eventually founding a home. If the consultant is alone and looking for a meeting, the Stork indicates that there is hope and that a meeting may happen soon. He/she should remain open and seize the opportunities.
  • Work : The consultant is invited to look for a new job, to look for new clients, to set up new services or to design new products. Or in a more global way, the Stork advises the consultant to review his/her business management strategy, or to change position or even to reorient his/her professional career.
  • Upside down : The long-awaited novelty may be delayed. The move or project may be postponed or cancelled. The consultant may have to backtrack. The consultant may also lack the originality and creativity to implement his/her new vision. Perhaps he/she even has difficulty in developing a new vision.
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18. The Dog : Friendship, Fidelity, Loyalty, Trust

18. The Dog : Friendship, Fidelity, Loyalty, Trust

Classical interpretation

The 18 - Dog card symbolises sincere and solid relationships, where one shows fidelity, loyalty and trust towards the other. The Dog card can also evoke family reunions, outings with friends, moments shared together. The Dog can also be a symbol of protection of the home and family, just as the dog can guard the home of its masters. If the card is far away, then one should become suspicious and guard the house well.

The card is associated with the 10 of hearts, which is a lucky card in clairvoyance, capable of reversing the negative effects of nearby cards. The 10 of hearts is like a protective shield.

The Gilded Lenormand

The dog in the Gilded Lenormand version appears to be young or even a puppy. The animal is shown inside a house, with a leash in its mouth and a ball on the ground. This dog is clearly playful and wants to go outside, or at least demands attention. This is interesting because it indicates that to have a shared relationship with your dog, and to make him a loyal and faithful friend, you have to take care of him and share moments with him. This illustration is also a reminder that while friends are there to support you in difficult times, you should also share fun and festive moments with your friends.

My interpretation

The card 18 - Dog has an undeniable place in a divinatory system like the Lenormand. The Gilded Lenormand version also reminds us that being friends is also about celebrating together. We could also add that the dog's loyalty can also be a real devotion or even a sacrifice, for example, when it is a question of saving someone from drowning at the risk of his life. This sincerity and reliability could become a weakness, if the other used and abused it. The leash in the dog's mouth is a reminder that the dog is enslaved to its master. The card may speak of a harmful dependence on something (alcohol, drugs, etc.) or on someone. The consultant may be in a situation of control.

Finally, it should not be forgotten that the dog is an animal that has often been used by man for hunting. The dog has a good sense of smell and can follow tracks. So the card could also refer to the fact that one should lead with one's nose and not with one's logic and rationality, or perhaps that one should be on the hunt for something ? In another sense, the card may mean that one should stop hunting and stop chasing a deer that will always manage to escape. The hunt may be futile or lost.

In combination with other cards

In the first place, there is probably reason to ask what the Dog represents, an inner aspect of the consultant or a person in the consultant's entourage. The cards around the Dog may indicate to whom or what the Dog is faithful and loyal. In the cards around the Dog, look for the card that might represent the master. The cards juxtaposed with card 17 - The Dog can also evoke the needs and interests of the Dog. In another sense, the Dog could indicate that the consultant is suspicious (rightly or wrongly) of the cards in the vicinity. In this case, the 17 - The Dog card may not represent the current situation but a goal to be achieved.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant may be bound or subject to something or someone that interferes with his/her freedom and judgement. He/she may have a desire to get out of the house, to get some fresh air, to do new activities, to see people. He/she may need to be rescued, without him/herself being aware of it. The card can also warn the auctor that someone close to him/her needs him/her.
  • Love : The Dog could be very positive in talking about a couple and indicate that both partners are faithful and loyal and that they share a lasting relationship. However, the Dog may invite the consultant to consider whether he/she or the partner is too dependent on the relationship, having blind loyalty and love. If the consultant is lonely, the Dog may speak of a feeling of loneliness or sadness, like a stray dog without a master. In another sense, the Dog could be an invitation to go out more, to enjoy life, not to "chase" and let chance and spontaneity of encounters operate.
  • Work : The consultant may have to surround himself with a loyal team and he/she has to maintain a group cohesion with friendly human relations. Alternatively, the consultant may have to hunt for new clients in new areas. Perhaps the Dog is telling the employee that he/she should stop moving from job to job, that loyalty to a company can lead to progress and an interesting position.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Dog can mean an absence of support, help that was expected and will not come. Alternatively, a friend may not be as faithful or loyal as one thinks. The consultant may not see that he/she is submissive and subservient to someone. That is, he/she idealises a person who does not deserve it or give anything in return.
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19. The Tower : Authority, Power, Foundation, Stability

19. The Tower : Authority, Power, Foundation, Stability

Classical interpretation

Card 19 - The High Tower is a stable and solid building that can represent buildings such as a courthouse, a prison, an administration, any institution that can embody a form of authority. If the card refers to an administration with which the consultant is confronted, the card may be synonymous with a long, tedious process, a heavy administrative burden, lengthy delays, etc. Otherwise the High Tower can represent the weight of the hierarchy, but also the ascension in this same hierarchy, whether it is professional or social. The card is sensitive to the Clouds in the vicinity, the High Tower then announces illness.

The card is associated with the 6 of Spades which means complications, disputes or danger ahead.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand version does not show a single tower, but rather three large towers in the middle of lush vegetation, as if these three towers were part of a long abandoned site only accessible to brave explorers. These buildings, with their spires rising to the sky, seem to be religious buildings or royal residences. This illustration suggests that the High Tower is not an easy place to conquer.

My interpretation

The classical interpretation is convincing, but we can add a few more nuances :

  • The High Tower clearly rises from stable and solid foundations indicating that the building is still there for centuries and centuries. The consultant can evolve in a favorable, propitious and sustainable environment. He/she has the knowledge and resources necessary to develop and build his/her project and bring it to completion.
  • The high Tower could also be synonymous with domination. The consultant could be at the foot of it with no possibility of entering or climbing it. He/she could be subjected to the authority of the occupant of the High Tower.
  • On the contrary, the consultant could live in the Great Tower and observe the outside world from the top floor. He/she could be cut off from the base, from realities. He/she could be isolated in an "ivory tower" as if sitting on a throne, but limited by a reduced or illusory capacity for action, like a king without power or disconnected from the needs of his people.

In combination with other cards

The first question to ask when the High Tower is present in the draw is who lives on its top floor? A nearby card may be the answer. The High Tower can also impose its power and influence on the cards around it and dominate them. The neighboring cards can also represent means, tools to storm the High Tower and conquer it. In a contrary meaning, the High Tower could be seen as a fortress protecting the neighboring cards from its authority and strengthening them with its stability and solidity. In most draws, the High Tower is likely to be at the center of the interpretation, radiating out in some way to the neighboring cards. If the High Tower is not physically positioned at the center of the cards (which is likely), one must try to understand why the High Tower is far from its center of gravity, why it is off center. Unless it is some sort of isolated hermitage in a corner, on the periphery of the draw.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant profits from a true base and authority in his entourage. He/she must ask himself/herself if he/she uses his/her influence wisely. If not the consultant can be victim of a report of domination, he/she has to find the way not to undergo the will of the other. The consultant has the solid bases to develop his project.
  • Love : The High Tower can mean that the couple's relationship is healthy and lasting. But it can also mean that one of the partners is barricaded in his crystal castle, locked in his certainties and limits. Otherwise, there may be a harmful balance of power within the couple. If the consultant is single, perhaps he/she is immersed in a form of solitude, a form of observation which immobilizes him/her and freezes him/her in inaction. Otherwise he/she dreams of Prince Charming or Cinderella, waits for and idealizes the love of his/her life, which will never come because it is unrealistic.
  • Work : The consultant hopes to climb the steps of his/her professional and perhaps social ascension. The High Tower may indicate that the dream is attainable, that he/she can reach the desired promotion. However, the card can also speak of an unfavorable opinion among the hierarchy, administrative delays, constrained budgets, waiting for the opening of a new position, all of which can slow down the arrival of the promotion.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the card can certainly speak of a delay in the progress of the project. Perhaps even the project could be in danger, like the tower that is cracking and threatening to collapse. Or the consultant's authority, standing, and comfort may be challenged, and he or she may be threatened with removal from the throne. An administrative procedure in progress could have a defect of form or a missing element, which could block all the step.
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20. The Garden : Entertainment, Prestige, Social Relations, Arts and Culture

20. The Garden : Entertainment, Prestige, Social Relations, Arts and Culture

Classical interpretation

Card 20 - The Garden evokes new encounters, walking, entertainment, parties, relaxation or outdoor activities. This card also speaks of fame, social success, especially through professional development. The Garden is therefore linked to all social and public relations. The card can therefore represent friends, family, work colleagues. The card can also symbolize the arts, cultural activities, all activities that take place in meetings. The standard interpretation also speaks of a faithful friendship that becomes false when the card is distanced.

This card is associated with the 8 of Spades symbolizes sorrow, pain, and disappointment.

The Gilded Lenormand

The card of the Garden of Gilded Lenormand is quite complete as in the foreground there is a fountain with a water jet, behind a staircase leads to a canopy. A peacock is placed on the steps. Finally, a large tropical plant is enthroned in the middle of the canopy. The image seems to be the representation of the Garden of Eden, with a paradisiacal aspect. The place seems peaceful, conducive to rest, pleasant moments, positive meetings.

My interpretation

Personally, through card 20 - The Garden, I put little emphasis on the notion of distraction and walking. I make the Garden the "sociability" card of the Lenormand system, and I focus on social relations. I therefore take into account the classical interpretation concerning social elevation, the search for prestige and comfort, and everything related to the arts and culture. I can also associate artistic creativity.

In combination with other cards

Without a doubt, the first question when it comes to interpreting the card is what aspect the Garden is talking about within the draw. Fame, social relationships, the arts, etc.? The cards next to the Garden may indicate what the Garden is referring to. Alternatively, the card may also indicate that you need to use your social network to achieve your goals. Indeed, the Garden can connect the cards around it, facilitating exchanges, sharing the same goals, the same means. Within a drawing, the Garden card can be seen as a kind of market place, an Agora, where neighboring cards will exchange values and qualities with each other, responding to each other.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant should perhaps blossom in extra-professional activities. He/she may have wanted to practice an art or a cultural activity for a long time without ever having had the time or the opportunity to do so. It is perhaps time to carry out his desires. The consultant needs to take time for himself in order to better enjoy life.
  • Love : Card 20 - The Garden is an invitation for the couple to spend time together, or it confirms that the couple is united around a true understanding. The Garden may be indicative of one partner's desire to rise in society because of the other's social standing or wealth. In any case, within the couple, there may be an ambition, a share of dreams, which is shared or not. If the consultant is alone, he/she must undoubtedly go out of the house, do the activities he/she likes in order to meet people who correspond to him/her. Maybe he/she can even rely on his/her friends to meet new people and get recommendations.
  • Work : The consultant must use his network to reach his ends. Perhaps that among his contacts and his professional relations, he can find allies able to help him to face his difficulties. The consultant has perhaps delusions of grandeur and shows himself too ambitious in his project. Or on the contrary, he/she cruelly lacks ambition to develop his/her professional activity.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the card 20 - The Garden can mean that the consultant is passive, enjoying his or her comfort and letting himself or herself become idle. He/she needs to pull himself/herself together. Otherwise the consultant may lack social connection, he/she may flee contact with others or crowds. He/she must socialize, and find people sharing passions or the same interests as him/her. Lastly, the consultant may be on the edge of burnout, and the card indicates that it's time to rest and have a good time.
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21. The Moutain : Bypass, Challenge, Surpass, Escape, Nature

21. The Moutain : Bypass, Challenge, Surpass, Escape, Nature

Classical interpretation

Card 21 - The Mountain portends obstacles, pitfalls, delays. Even more widely, the card foretells the arrival of enemies, annihilation, leading to discouragement, moral and physical exhaustion. In short, the problem seems insurmountable, just like the mountain. However, if the card is far away, you will get friendly help.

This card is associated with the 8 of Clubs and speaks of a success after many difficulties, it speaks of an inner fulfillment after a path of trials.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand version shows a mountain with a snowy peak, obviously inaccessible. A dense forest extends at the foot of the relief. A deer appears in the foreground. The animal shows that finally one can conquer such a territory. The image can also give a feeling of escape.

My interpretation

The card 21 - The Mountain in its classical interpretation appears really negative, and does not suggest any solution. The only real way out is to consider this card as the "detour" card of the Lenormand system. Namely, that the mountain is impassable, and that one is forced to go around the obstacle and take another path. In itself, the card does not teach us much, but it can sound like an alert for the consultant who may need such a strong sign to question himself/herself and accept to look for another solution to reach his/her goals. This card can therefore be a useful warning in the face of real obstinacy.

In a broader interpretation, if the consultant is not faced with any insurmountable obstacle, the card can evoke the search for a contact with Nature, a form of return to one's roots, the desire to go back to nature. The Mountain rather than representing an insurmountable obstacle, can be seen as a virgin territory, not conquered by Man, where Nature has kept its full rights and remains wild.

To another extent, the card can be perceived as the need to take up a challenge, to seek strong sensations, to test oneself, to find oneself even, to seek one's limits. The Mountain can be an encouragement to surpass oneself.

In combination with other cards

If the Mountain is an obstacle in a draw, then try to find an alternative path or other ways around the obstacle in the surrounding cards. The Mountain can also evoke a territory to be conquered and the surrounding cards can show the means to achieve this. If the Mountain is an invitation to commit oneself and to go beyond one's capacities, the juxtaposed cards can indicate the objective and explain the necessity.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is perhaps facing a real problem. He/she has the choice: either he/she prefers to do with his/her current means, so he/she has to bypass the blockage and follow another way, maybe longer but not more difficult. Or he/she takes new means, leaves his/her comfort zone, and takes the problem head on.
  • Love : The consultant may be talking to a wall, his/her partner being like an inaccessible mountain. Or between the two partners, there is like a mountain or a gap that separates them. A difference, an opposition which feeds a tension and a conflict which seems inexorable. Maybe the couple needs to find themselves by going on vacation together in a quiet and wild place. As for the single consultant, he/she certainly needs to change strategy to meet someone or he/she needs to overcome his/her shyness, his/her bad character, or his/her defects which prevent him/her from maintaining a lasting relationship.
  • Work : The consultant may be facing a financial, structural or other problem in his company. It seems that he/she will not be able to solve the problem and has to find an alternative, to recapitalize the company, to develop other products on other markets. Otherwise the consultant can be in conflict with his boss, have a real problem of competence, and his presence within the company is not assured anymore. Undoubtedly the consultant should follow a training, find another job, see his professional future differently.
  • Upside down : Card 21 - The Mountain being negative in nature, it is difficult to further support its negative effects. Some may choose to turn a reversed Mountain into a positive card. For me, I choose to consider that even overcoming and climbing the mountain (a possible option when it is upright) is a futile option when this card is upside down. The only option left is to go around it.
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22. The Way : Possibilities, Choice, Dilemma, Decision

22. The Way : Possibilities, Choice, Dilemma, Decision

Classical interpretation

Card 22 - The Way can symbolize travel by train or by road, but it especially evokes the idea that the consultant is at a crossroads in his/her life. He/she can therefore experience doubts, uncertainties, hesitations as to which path to take. There is thus a choice to be made, a decision to be taken which can become a dilemma. This decision can lead to a break, a rupture if the path that the consultant follows is a turning point in his/her life. In the strict interpretation, if the Way are close to the Clouds, they announce a misfortune, but if the card is far from the Significator (card 28 - Man or 29 - Woman) then a solution (alternative path) is possible.

The card is associated with the Queen of Diamonds who is a totally free and independent character.

The Gilded Lenormand

The illustration of the Gilded Lenormand shows a staircase covered with a red carpet, which splits in two towards two windows. The left window looks out on a yellow sky as if at dawn, while the right window shows a blue sky with some clouds. The railings on each side of the staircase seem to form a V or even a heart.

The Gilded Lenormand card seems to suggest that while the possible paths are different, they both seem valid. The image illustrates that there is no one choice that is better than another, or in other words, there is no wrong way or right way. The saying goes "all roads lead to Rome".

My interpretation

In addition to the standard interpretation, the following nuances can be added :

  • First, it may be urgent to make the decision. The consultant has been evaluating the possibilities for a long time, so much so that he/she has lost himself/herself in his/her thoughts.
  • The proposed alternatives may be fictitious. The decision will have no consequences. Perhaps the real choice is not there. It is even possible that there is no choice to be made, that the decision must be abandoned, because the decisive elements to be taken into account are not yet mature, present or available.

In combination with other cards

Of course, the cards next to the Way can indicate the possibilities available to the consultant. The nearby cards can also be arguments or elements to consider, either in favor or against one of the possibilities. One of the juxtaposed cards may emphasize the need to make a decision quickly. Or, on the contrary, a card around the Way may signal that there is no urgency to make the decision. Card 22 - The Way can also transfer the choice to be made to one of the neighboring cards, suggesting that there is a decision to be made in the area of the receiving card.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant may be reminded of a choice from the past. He/she may be dealing with the delayed consequences of an earlier decision. Otherwise the consultant can delay to take a decision, or indicate that he/she is not taking the right option. Perhaps the situation is not sitting well with the consultant because the decision was made under coercion and pressure. The situation may need to be re-evaluated.
  • Love : The couple probably has to make a common decision while each one wants to go in a different direction. The consultant should try to find a common path with his/her partner. Otherwise, the Way card could well foretell a separation if everyone thinks differently. It is better to be alone than badly accompanied. If the consultant is alone, maybe he/she has to choose between two people he/she met recently, maybe he/she has to go to a specific place, or to undertake a journey to finally meet someone.
  • Work : Card 22 - The Way can of course raise the question of professional reorientation. Maybe the consultant has to think about a new position, a new mission. Perhaps a proposal has been made by the hierarchy or on the contrary the consultant must create the opportunity of choice by proposing his/her CV elsewhere, by asking for training assistance, by registering for seminars. It is by multiplying the initiatives that the consultant will finally have the possibility of having the choice in his/her reorientation.
  • Upside down : In reverse, card 22 - The Way can warn of a dangerous or risky path among the available options. It is better not to rush the decision, or not to make it at all. Perhaps the card is signaling that a recent choice is wrong, and that it would be good to go back and undo what has been done.
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23. The Mice : Losses, Stress, Reserves, Refuge, Attention to detail

23. The Mice : Losses, Stress, Reserves, Refuge, Attention to detail

Classical interpretation

Card 23 - The Mice can foretell small losses of money, thefts by profiteers or escapes by malicious persons. All of these are reminiscent of how mice get into homes to gnaw or nibble away at supplies. This without being noticed. Mice are also synonymous with problems that are invisible or painless at first, but become important as time goes by. Thus the card can speak of stress or fear of a situation getting worse. The mouse is also a fearful animal that can succumb to severe stress. If the card is close, the lost object can be found, but if it is far away, the loss is irreparable.

The card is associated with the 7 of clubs evoking anxiety, doubt and questioning about the future.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand version features 5 mice. One, an acrobat, is clinging to a string, his paws in the air. A second is resting on a loaf of bread, a third is sniffing. In the background of the image, the last two mice seem to be exploring the place. There are nibbles of fruit, bread, a pot and a pitcher in the background. The author gives a vision that conforms to the standard interpretation, without adding other points of view.

My interpretation

As it is, the card 23 - The Mice is not very interesting. It evokes small losses that can only occasionally be associated with the consultant's situation. Concerning stress, other cards of the Lenormand system speak of it in a more precise and tangible way, such as 8 - The Coffin, 10 - The Scythe, 21 - The Mountain, 36 - The Cross. If the consultant asks for a reading, it is because he/she is experiencing an uncomfortable situation. So talking to him/her about stress, even on a daily basis, does not teach him/her anything as such. Also, it seems judicious to go well beyond the standard interpretation, by following for example the following perspectives:

  • In the same way that a mouse explores a place, searches, snoops around to find its food. The consultant must perhaps linger on the details, investigate carefully, think deeply, in any case not stop on an overview of the situation and a global reading of the facts. The consultant perhaps misses significant details which are however the origin of his problem or his solution.
  • Just as the mouse stores its food in its burrow. Perhaps the consultant needs to rationalize his finances, his efforts, his possessions. Perhaps he/she needs to save, to spend less, perhaps he/she needs to throw away less or trade. The card may speak of capitalizing on one's investments, buying instead of renting. The Mice can invite to live in sobriety and prepare for a difficult tomorrow.
  • Mice take refuge underground and live in their burrows. The card can encourage the consultant to flee from predators, to take refuge during the storm, in short to flee the light, to keep a low profile, to remain discreet, to live incognito.

In combination with other cards

If we keep the classical interpretation, the nearby cards may indicate what losses are caused by the Mice, or what are the origins of the stress experienced. If one is interested in the extended interpretation, the nearby cards could evoke the details on which one must focus. Alternatively, the consultant may need to rationalize and economize in areas expressed by the nearby cards. Finally, one of the juxtaposed cards could represent a predator or a danger from which the consultant should cautiously move away.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant can feel dispossessed of certain aspects of his life, which can plunge him into a feeling of discomfort. He/she must then try to better understand his/her stress by focusing on the origins of his/her feeling. In order to regain control of his/her life, he/she may need to be cautious, to make sure that he/she does not throw money away, to better maintain his/her possessions. Regarding the future, he/she should probably be forward-looking, consider the risks and anticipate the problems.
  • Love : The couple seems to get along well, but there may be a few areas of disagreement that don't put the relationship at risk. But over time, these disagreements can build up and become real issues. Perhaps it is necessary to anticipate and disarm future conflicts by talking openly about what seem to be minor points of disagreement, but which may hide deeper discomfort. One of the partners might have a secret garden that it's time to come clean about. If the consultant is single or has difficulty in establishing a lasting relationship, perhaps he/she lacks attention towards the other. During the meetings, perhaps he/she should have more small attentions. Otherwise, he/she could easily get carried away and lack prudence regarding the future of the relationship.
  • Work : The consultant is invited to be cautious about the future prospects of his company. Undoubtedly he/she should consolidate his/her cash flow in order to compensate for the sales in decline or the losses to come. If the consultant is employed, perhaps it is better to keep his current position rather than to take the risk to look for a new job and to find himself in a difficult financial situation. If he/she is an employee and is the object of criticisms from his/her hierarchy, perhaps it is better to remain concentrated on his/her tasks and not to pay attention to passing moods.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Mice can signal a significant danger on the "reserves" and it is necessary to try to safeguard them: to transfer the financial investments, to abandon the launching of a product, to maintain and keep a set of material. This is not a time for speculation or innovation, but for safeguarding and maintaining the existing. For a private individual, there can be a real lack of care in the maintenance and cleaning of his living space. He/she must consider maintenance work in his/her house, have his/her car checked, take care of the garden, become a real "house fairy". Otherwise, the consultant may neglect his/her family and social relationships in the same way. It may be time to visit some of the people around him/her.
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24. The Heart : Desire, Passion, Love

24. The Heart : Desire, Passion, Love

Classical interpretation

Card 24 - The Heart is naturally the card of love or friendship. The Heart eases tensions, indicates that sharing and harmony reign in the life of the consultant. Love is lasting, the atmosphere at work is good, finances are healthy. If the card represents a person, he or she is sincere, generous and honest in their feelings.

The card is associated with the Jack of Hearts, it represents a man in love or a good friend or loved one.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Lenormand gilded version shows two white swans, with a heart in the center with golden ornaments, and in the background a baroque, majestic and luxurious decoration. The two birds symbolize purity and nobility.

My interpretation

With a symbol like the heart, it is difficult to be more explicit. The panel of qualities associated with the heart is also wide. We can speak of course of romance, true love, fidelity, but also passionate desire or physical attraction. This rich symbol can also speak of generosity, kindness, benevolence and even forgiveness. The difficulty of interpretation is undoubtedly to specify the central quality that must be retained in the context of the consultant.

In combination with other cards

The Heart will have a tendency to focus the reading on emotions and feelings. If the reading is not about love, but other aspects such as work, the card indicates that you should do things from your heart, at least follow your feelings or intuition. The means to do this can be shown by the cards surrounding the Heart. But those same cards surrounding the Heart can also point to obstacles that get in the way. If the reading is about love, the Heart confirms the importance of the subject to the querent. The Heart may naturally be very supportive of the romance, but beware of an unbalanced positive opinion. The Heart's neighboring cards should temper its unfailing positivism.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : All is well or almost all is well for the consultant unless it is the opposite, that is to say that he/she is prey to an inner unhappiness, he/she may be heartbroken by a recent event. The neighboring cards can clarify the injury. In any case, the basic message remains: do things with your heart. The card can also invite the consultant to strengthen family and emotional ties, to spend more time with loved ones.
  • Love : Of course, the Heart can speak of a shared, faithful and lasting relationship. But here again, if the consultant asks a question about Love, it is because he/she is in doubt and questioning. The Heart can naturally be reassuring, but it must always be nuanced. The Heart can draw attention to a specific quality (forgiveness, generosity, tolerance, availability, etc.) that the consultant must develop.
  • Work : Without doubt, the Heart invites to put more humanity in his professional life. If the consultant is the leader of a team, he/she must take care of his/her team by installing a real dialogue and trust within the group. If the consultant works on his/her own, maybe he/she has to be more friendly with his/her client or to provide a real follow-up in his/her client relationship. If the consultant is an employee, maybe he/she has to question his/her real motivations in his/her current job. Is he/she doing the job of his/her dreams? Is he/she fulfilled in his/her work?
  • Upside down : I don't necessarily believe in turning the Heart upside down, into a negative card symbolizing a broken heart or a malicious person. The Inverted Heart can still indicate a lack of love within the couple, a lack of humanity in one's work, or a deep malaise in the person. The Inverted Heart can also speak of a suffocating love, which imprisons his/her partner. Of an almost blind absolute trust in his/her partner who can take advantage of it. In short, the Inverted Heart can speak of a person who lacks heart, but also of a person who is too kind, perhaps too candid, and whose trust or generosity is abused.
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25. The Ring : Alliance, Lien, Connexion

25. The Ring : Alliance, Lien, Connexion

Classical interpretation

Card 25 - The Ring symbolizes the marriage and union between two people. Of course the concept must be extended to an alliance between several people, an agreement within a group, the signing of a contract, the creation of an association or a partnership. Of course the Ring can represent a jewel or a precious object. Attention, the card speaks of a lasting union and confirms the fidelity of the partners when it is to the right of the Significator (28 - Man or 29 - Woman), but it speaks of a rupture if it is to the left or far away.

The card is associated with the Ace of Clubs which stands for triumph and spiritual evolution.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand version, the ring is set with gemstones, with a flash of light on the red stone, a ruby. Circles form the background of the image. In this form, the card does not seem to bring any new possible interpretations to the classical meaning.

My interpretation

I make the card of The Ring, the card of "link" and "connection". Naturally, I take up the whole of the classical interpretation, adding the following nuances:

  • In his/her questioning, the consultant forgets to link two pieces of information. Perhaps he/she needs to link two seemingly contradictory pieces of information, but which when married together could provide an unexpected answer with a different perspective on the situation.
  • The Ring may represent an emotional or spiritual bond, an attachment of the consultant to certain aspects of his/her life.
  • In a multi-card draw, the Ring may invite the connection or fusion of two other cards.

In combination with other cards

In a multi-card draw, the Ring may indicate to the consultant to ally with someone. This person can be represented by a card juxtaposed to The Ring. But if The Ring is perceived negatively, this association with the neighbouring card must be broken. The Ring can also mean that two neighbouring cards must be married. Perhaps it is necessary to "kill two birds with one stone", to "combine the useful with the pleasant". In short, one must do two actions in one in order to optimise one's chances of success, to minimise the time spent, to be more efficient, etc. If the Ring speaks of an alliance that must be concluded, the nearby cards can evoke the points of blockage, or on the contrary the points of convergence. Thus, around the Ring, the cards can represent the pros and cons of the alliance at play. If the Ring speaks of an emotional or spiritual bond, a nearby card can symbolise the object of it (a memory, a place, a person, an event, etc.).

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant needs to think about an alliance. Either the partnership is ongoing but does not seem to be successful. Or the consultant needs to reflect on the alliance he/she is about to enter into. The Ring may represent a relationship that the consultant has nurtured and needs to let go of.
  • Love : If the consultant is in a relationship, this is a first impression that the relationship is long lasting and stable. Beware of nearby cards which may temper this positive reading. The couple could also be too close, too fused, which could lead to a feeling of suffocation. If the consultant is alone, the Ring does not necessarily speak of a happy encounter to come, but perhaps of a past relationship to which the consultant is too attached and which prevents him/her from moving on.
  • Work : The consultant may need to mature the decision to sign a major contract. He/she may also have to think about finding new suppliers, to surround him/herself with new collaborators. In more graphic terms, the consultant may have to think about merging departments within his company. A craftsman might combine several types of service into one to minimise costs, offer a better rate, or get new clients. Perhaps it is time to look for another partner to strengthen the human resources ?
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Ring may simply mean that the covenant is broken or that the union is compromised by disloyal behaviour, external events, etc. For a couple, separation is possible. If the Ring speaks of a "bond", it may be too strong and handcuff the consultant from acting freely.
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26. The Book : Knowledge, Training, Research, Revelation

26. The Book : Knowledge, Training, Research, Revelation

Classical interpretation

Card 26 - The Book is considered the card of secrets, mystery and esotericism. The Book can indicate that something essential is hidden from the view of the consultant or that he/she does not have the necessary height to see it. The book can also symbolise administrative procedures, intellectual occupations such as scientific research or studies punctuated by examinations. As the card is about secrets, it can also bring about revelation or awareness when the mystery is revealed and the truth comes to light.

The card is associated with the 10 of Diamonds, which symbolises travel, escape and encounters with foreign cultures.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Book of Gilded Lenormand has ornaments such as cogs and a dial. Metal reinforcements and a hinge strengthen the book. A stack of books is visible in the background. The interpretation of the card remains classical.

My interpretation

I do not make the Book the card of secrets, but rather the card of knowledge. I do not evoke esoteric or mysterious meanings with this card, because divination is precisely the action of revealing what is hidden. It is up to the fortune teller to reveal what is secret to the consultant. So there should be no unsolved mystery with a good fortune teller !

Furthermore, I do not take into account the interpretations about the administrative procedures which are for me more symbolised by card 19 - The High Tower.

Speaking of knowledge in a general way, here are the possible interpretations :

  • Naturally the Book can refer to intellectual occupations, from scientist to writer to accountant. It is possible that the card could relate to legal occupations such as judge or lawyer, although this seems to relate more to card 19 - The High Tower.
  • The card can of course talk about education, training, the teaching profession, higher education, etc.
  • The card can symbolise research, investigation, documentation with the aim of accumulating knowledge or establishing the truth.
  • The card can refer to age and experience, an older person, a mentor, a person with knowledge.
  • On a philosophical level, the Book can represent the humanities and social sciences, learning on the path of life, spiritual progression, personal development.
  • The card may also speak of religious faith, of prayer. This area of meaning could be part of card 36 - The Cross or 30 - The Lily, but this is not the case in the standard interpretation. So why not assign the religious field to the card 26 - The Book ?
  • Finally, the card could speak of Destiny, Karma, the future written or not in advance. This area could also be the role of card 16 - The Stars, but this is not the case in the classical interpretation.

In combination with other cards

The Book has a wide range of interpretation. The neighbouring cards can help to find its axis of interpretation. For example, if the consultant is looking for a training course, a nearby card can indicate the type of training. If it is a question of carrying out an investigation, the neighbouring cards can indicate the axes of research but also the difficult points or the assistance which one can benefit from. If the Book speaks of experience, wisdom, vision of the future, the neighbouring cards can again direct the reflection, by focusing on a memory, an idea, an abandoned wish, a bitter regret. If the point of view is reversed, the Book card can transmit its knowledge to another card. A juxtaposed card could be a brake because the consultant does not understand an aspect of the situation. The Book draws attention to this obscure point which must be clarified by knowledge and experience. The Book very often speaks of a knowledge, an experience, a truth that must be transmitted in one way or another in order to unblock the situation.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must pass on his/her knowledge or truth to people in need, whether they are aware of it or not. If not, the consultant must undergo training, get help from an experienced person, conduct research and learn about a subject.
  • Love : Within the couple, there may be mutual understanding, open dialogue, but the relationship may be very intellectual, without real love or passion. Perhaps there is a need to spice up the daily routine, to stimulate the libido, to do entertaining activities? If the consultant is lonely, perhaps he/she should try to understand the deeper reasons for the loneliness, by contacting a coach. Perhaps he/she can get out of his/her loneliness by taking advice from friends, by following the example of successful couples in the close circle.
  • Work : The consultant may need to undergo training to remain competitive in the industry. If the consultant is older, the card may mean changing career direction to become a trainer. It may also mean becoming self-employed as an expert and thus better selling oneself through high value-added services.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Book could symbolise a lack of understanding, a form of ignorance, a lack of knowledge rather than a hidden truth. The Book inverted may speak of a lack of experience leading to incompetence in a field. It may also indicate to pause or end a training course that is not going well or is not bringing the consultant anything. Finally, if the consultant is trying to transmit, the Inverted Book may mean that the students are not receptive, that the one receiving the consultant's knowledge is blocking.
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27. The Letter : Message, Surprise

27. The Letter : Message, Surprise

Classical interpretation

Card 27 - The Letter talks about messages that are given or received. This news can be good or bad depending on the neighbouring cards. It can also be a contract to sign, a form to fill out, or a document to write. In all cases, the Letter represents a need to communicate. Naturally, with the rise of the Internet, the Letter can symbolise emails, SMS or other instant messages, all forms of modern communication. In the strict interpretation the news is rather good, but if the Clouds are close, it becomes bad.

The card is associated with the 7 of Spades which indicates small annoyances or ephemeral conflicts.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand version, the letter is taken out of its envelope and a feather is placed beside it. On the table are symbols and the names of the Little Lenormand cards. It is difficult to tell from the picture whether the letter has been received or whether it has just to be sent. In the case of a received letter, the fact that the envelope has been opened may mean that the news is as expected. That there are no real surprises.

My interpretation

Card 27 - The Letter is the card that gives me the most trouble in the Lenormand system. Indeed, I make card 12 - The Birds, the card of communication. Also the Letter covers the area of the Birds in terms of conversations and dialogues, even though one can consider that the Birds are more oral and the Letter more written. Then card 1 - The Rider speaks of the arrival of a message, as does the Letter. Then the Letter can speak of a document to be filled out in the case of an administrative procedure, but this can also be the domain of card 19 - The Tower, or even of card 26 - The Book. In short, in my opinion, card 27 - The Letter is partly or wholly redundant with cards 1 - The Rider, 12 - The Birds, 19 - The Tower, 26 - The Book. One may ask whether card 27 - The Letter is really useful ?

First of all we can remove card 27 - The Letter from the deck (yes, why not ? ^_^), and use only 35 cards instead of 36. However, this poses a problem when doing the "Grand Tableau" draw. Then, of course, you can keep it in the 36-card deck, and see the Letter as a duplicate card confirming the Rider, the Birds, the Tower or the Book, depending on the point of view adopted.

So I tend to make this card the "surprise" card rather than a "communication" card duplicating the Birds card.

In combination with other cards

Card 27 - The Letter speaks of a communication received or to be made. The neighbouring cards can therefore indicate the sender, the recipient, or the nature of the message. Generally the cards next to each other indicate whether the news is good or bad, as the Letter is rather neutral. If the Letter is perceived as a surprise, the neighbouring cards can indicate the nature of the surprise.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant may expect an unexpected event despite the fact that if you look at the situation in detail you can predict what will happen next, and anticipate the good or bad news.
  • Love : An external event may disrupt the couple's daily routine. Perhaps it is time to reserve a small surprise, a small gift for the other as proof of his or her feelings and attention. If the consultant is alone, the Letter may indicate an upcoming meeting, but predictable because it is in the close circle. Someone who has not been noticed but who has already spotted the consultant.
  • Work : Similarly, the Letter speaks of a surprising situation, but not so much if one is lucid and forward-looking in one's work.
  • Upside down : If the letter is inverted, it may of course be bad news: a letter of break-up, a letter of dismissal, etc. Otherwise the message may have been lost, someone may have stolen the letter, or retained information. Otherwise the message may have been lost, someone may have stolen the letter, or withheld information. He/she should not hesitate to follow up if he/she is waiting for a reply.
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28. The Man : Husband, Lover, Father, Man, Mirror, Masculine aspect

28. The Man : Husband, Lover, Father, Man, Mirror, Masculine aspect

Classical interpretation

Card 28 - The Man represents the man, the consultant himself. If it is a female consultant, The Man will represent the lover, the husband, the father or simply a man in the entourage. Whatever the relationship between this man and the consultant, he is of particular importance to the question of the reading.

This card is associated with the Ace of Hearts, speaking of family and home.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the card comes in two versions. The first card shows a bearded man sitting on a high iron chair with a red rose in his hand. A window surrounded by two columns is behind him. The second card shows a bearded man with long hair, his shirt half-open over his rather muscular torso. He is wearing a necklace with the male symbol. The fact that the deck comes with two No. 28 cards allows the "Grand Tableau" draw to be made with two Man cards instead of one Man and one Woman card. This makes the gay love draw more consistent.

My interpretation

Honestly, the Man card is only really useful in the love draw of the "Grand Tableau". In a classic draw of 3 to 7 or more cards, the presence of the Man can indeed mean the intervention of a man. But if the draw is about a financial or other matter, the Man card may have very little meaning.

Also, I like to see this card as the "Mirror" card of the consultant if he is a man. As if the consultant is looking in the mirror. What emotion is in him ? Is he asking himself the right questions ? Is he able to look himself straight in the eye, to confront his own image ? In short, this is an introspective card.

If the consultant is a woman, the card may evoke the masculine aspects of her personality. Does she show initiative? Is she a fighter ? Perhaps she is even too much of a warrior ? Is she protective ? Perhaps too much of a mother hen ? Can she speak with aplomb ? Or is she too bossy ? Is she assertive, cool-headed ? Again, this is an invitation to introspection.

In combination with other cards

If one takes the classical interpretation of the card, it has little added value. It is therefore necessary to look for additional information in the neighbouring cards. If the evocation of a man is validated, the neighbouring cards will specify his personality or even his identity. Otherwise, the Man card is so neutral and empty, don't take it into account. Unless, like me, you see it as an introspective card, in which case, ask the consultant more questions. Look for a "mirror" effect or a "male" aspect, the source of the problem or, on the contrary, the solution to the problem.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant may not be aware of the image he/she gives to others. There is a conflict between his/her actions and his/her inner convictions. Or perhaps he/she is looking for him/herself? Perhaps he/she does not accept certain aspects of his/her personality that should be assumed.
  • Love : If the consultant is a woman or gay, the Man can of course represent her lover or husband. The neighbouring cards show what he/she should think of him/her. If the consultant is single, he/she may meet a man soon. If the consultant is a heterosexual man, the Man can indicate a competitor, an adversary such as the father of his partner for example.
  • Work : The consultant may need to ask himself/herself if he/she is a good manager, a good business leader ? Is he/she too authoritarian, sectarian, arbitrary ? The consultant should question his/her relationship with power in the context of his/her work.
  • Upside down : The Reverse Man may represent a man who has fled and disappeared into thin air, leaving behind a lonely person, empty boxes, a ransacked place, damaged or lost property. The upside down card can also indicate a blind date or a change of partner.
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29. The Woman : Wife, Lover, Mother, Woman, Mirror, Feminine aspect

29. The Woman : Wife, Lover, Mother, Woman, Mirror, Feminine aspect

Classical interpretation

Like the Man, the card 29 - The Woman represents the woman, the consultant herself. If it is a consultant, the Woman will represent the lover, the wife, the mother or simply a woman in the entourage. Whatever the relationship between this woman and the consultant, she is of particular importance to the question of the draw.

This card is associated with the Ace of Spades, which is a very bad omen. In fortune-telling it is the most negative card in the deck.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the card comes in two versions. The first card shows a pensive young woman leaning over a book, holding a red rose in her hand. A window is behind her. The second card shows a young woman with long hair and make-up looking out of a window. Loose clothing opens over her bare chest. She is wearing a necklace with the female symbol. The fact that the deck comes with two No. 29 cards makes it possible to do the "Grand Tableau" draw with two Woman cards instead of one Man and one Woman card. This makes the lesbian love draw more consistent.

My interpretation

I have the same opinion as for the Man card, i.e. the Woman card is only really useful in the love draw of the "Grand Tableau". In a classic draw of 3 to 7 or more cards, the presence of the Woman can indicate the intervention of a woman. But if the draw is about a financial or other matter, the Woman card may be meaningless.

As with The Man card, I like to think of this card as the consultant's "mirror" card if she is a woman. As if the consultant is looking in the mirror. What question, what emotion comes up in her? Is she able to face her own gaze and accept her own image? In short, this is an introspection card.

If the consultant is a man, the card may evoke the feminine aspects of his personality. Is he receptive? Is he sufficiently attentive to others ? Perhaps he is too sensitive or emotional ? Is he stingy, not generous enough ? Or on the contrary, is he too generous, too kind ? Does he lack confidence? Is he or she moody ? Above all, it is an invitation to introspection.

In combination with other cards

If we take the classical interpretation of the card, the Woman can bring little information to the draw. Often, it is useful to complete the interpretation thanks to the neighbouring cards. If the evocation of a woman is validated, the nearby cards will clarify her personality or even her identity. If not, the Woman card is so neutral and empty that it should not be taken into account. Unless, like me, you see it as an introspective card, in which case, ask the consultant more questions. Look for a "mirror" effect or a "feminine" aspect that might be the source of the problem or perhaps its solution.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is not sufficiently aware of the face he/she gives to others. There may be an opposition between his/her actions and his/her deep, inner values. Perhaps he/she is searching for him/herself ? That he/she does not accept what he/she considers to be faults or weaknesses in him/her ?
  • Love : If the consultant is a man or lesbian, the Woman can of course represent his lover or wife. The nearby cards can indicate what he/she should think of her. If the consultant is single, a meeting with a woman is possible soon. If the consultant is a heterosexual woman, the Woman can indicate a competitor, an opponent, such as the mother of her fiancé.
  • Work : The consultant should perhaps ask himself/herself if he/she has good human relations in his/her work ? Is he/she too introverted, intrusive, distrustful or cold ? The consultant should ask himself/herself about the importance of human relations even in the context of his/her work.
  • Upside down : The Reverse Woman can represent a woman who suddenly has not been heard from again, leaving behind a broken heart, debts, and people in conflict. The Reverse Woman can also mean that she has made a child behind her partner's back. The upside down card can also indicate a blind date or a change of partner.
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30. The Lily : Nobility, Loyalty, Purity, Fertility

30. The Lily : Nobility, Loyalty, Purity, Fertility

Classical interpretation

Card 30 - The Lily symbolises purity, loyalty and to a lesser extent royalty (hence nobility and prestige). If the Lily represents a person then that person will be a good judge, fair, honest and sincere. Serious and dedicated, they will be capable of real support or protection. The Lily is therefore a sign of a person who can be trusted. Otherwise the Lily brings light, peace and happiness. The card also brings a certain amount of glory, making social advancement possible. In the strict interpretation, if the card is close then it is positive and speaks of a happy life, but beware if it is close to the Clouds or below the Significator (28 - The Man or 29 - The Woman) it becomes negative.

The Lily is associated with the King of Spades who is an austere man, working in intellectual professions such as medicine or law. He is a man of nobility and inspires respect.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand version, the card shows 6 fleur-de-lis, 3 white and 3 purple. Behind it, an Art Deco stained glass window gives off a soft light. In its style, the card remains within the framework of the classical interpretation without extending it.

My interpretation

I am not very comfortable with this card, because like card 27 - The Letter, I find it redundant with other cards in the Lenormand system. Indeed, the symbol of purity and loyalty of the Lily can overlap with the symbol of innocence, trust and sincerity of card 13 - The Child. Similarly, card 2 - The Clover speaks of a form of protection which can also be found in the Lily. We can also mention the card 9 - The Bouquet, which speaks of benevolence and which can be totally in line with the meaning of loyalty and nobility present in the Lily. The Lily can also bring the same calm and serenity as the card 16 - The Stars. Finally, the Lily can also speak of a dream of social ascension, of prestige, just like the card 20 - The Garden.

Moreover, I can understand that at the time of the creation of the Lenormand system, social elevation, prestige, glory were perhaps more desired values. Today, however, people would rather want personal well-being, fulfilment at work, stability and sustainability of the social circle. Therefore, the Lily seems to have less reason to be in the game than other cards such as the Child, the Bouquet or the Clover with similar interpretations.

Also with the Lily, I tend to leave the values of purity to the Child, nobility and prestige to the Garden (although the Lily is the emblem of French royalty). I can keep the notions of righteousness and loyalty which do not seem to be embodied by any other card. Last but not least, I opt for a modern yet classical interpretation of the lily, as an almost religious flower (since it is usually associated with the Virgin Mary) and therefore of fertility. If fertility can also be perceived through card 17 - The Stork, religious faith is absent from the standard interpretation even through card 36 - The Cross. So to summarise, although you can keep the keywords Purity, Nobility, Prestige about the Lily, you can focus on :

  • Loyalty, uprightness, frankness of a person. A healthy and serene situation.
  • Fecundity, fertility. A person's ability to move forward. A situation favourable to change and evolution.
  • Religious faith. Inner convictions. The fervour to fight a battle. Energy committed to a project.
  • Mourning. Indeed, lilies are often used for funerals; the serene and pure look of this flower is suitable for expressing one's feelings.

In combination with other cards

The Lily card signifies a person who is behaving in the right way, moving in the right direction within a healthy and serene situation. Also the neighbouring cards will capture this positivity and should be read as favourable or at least moving in the right direction, even if these cards seem negative at first sight. As if an evil was necessary for a good. As if failure would lead to success sooner or later. Another view is to see the Lily card as a questioning of the consultant's inner and deep values, while the cards nearby will speak of the surface of things, of immediate actions and words. In this way, the Lily can raise the level of moral debate proposed by the other cards, and encourage one to take a step back, to put into perspective the agitation of the present time.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must feel confident that his/her current situation is moving in the right direction, despite his/her lack of confidence, doubts, or lack of enthusiasm in the face of unforeseen or sudden events. The consultant must believe in him/herself and in his/her ability to create change or renewal.
  • Love : Both partners have a stable and healthy relationship. Perhaps the couple can consider conceiving a child, buying a house, or carrying out a joint project. But perhaps both partners need to behave in a dignified and loyal way towards each other during the resolution of a conflict. If the consultant is single, it is probably by adopting a form of loyalty, honesty and authenticity in his or her actions that he or she will succeed in winning over the one he or she loves. He/she should not put forward his/her sexual desire, his/her passion, his/her ardour. He/she must show a clean slate.
  • Work : In the management of his business, the consultant must behave honourably and loyally towards his business partners and not behave like a predatory shark. Perhaps he is under a court order, a guardianship order or a tax audit which forces him to observe the law to the letter. The consultant is invited to abandon his or her illegal arrangements. The Lily may also refer to the opportunity to explore a new market, change careers, or obtain a new position, where the conditions are right.
  • Upside down : The Reverse Lily could speak of dishonesty, betrayal, hypocrisy, which may be precisely the meaning of card 7 - The Snake in the standard interpretation. Perhaps this set of values is best left to the Snake. The Upside Down Lily could then speak to the idea that sometimes you have to work around the rules without breaking them in order to get your way. In other words, you have to know the laws well in order to break them. The Upside Down Lily can be a call for less rigidity and more flexibility. It can also speak of deep-seated convictions that have become inappropriate, obsolete, and no longer in tune with the times. It can also refer to a lack of creativity resulting from a consuming inner darkness, or a rigidity close to fanaticism. Finally, the upside-down Lily can of course symbolise a problem of fertility in a woman, or in a man for that matter.
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31. The Sun : Radiation, Optimism, Achievement

31. The Sun : Radiation, Optimism, Achievement

Classical interpretation

Card 31 - The Sun is the card of radiance, light, optimism, charisma. The card instills a powerful energy, a feeling of life, a joyful emotion, a sense of well-being. The Sun chases away clouds, removes problems, eliminates worries. It is a protective card that mitigates negative cards. If the Sun represents a person, he or she will be charismatic, popular, even famous, showing magnetism, but he or she can also be too extroverted, inconstant.In the strict interpretation, the Sun brings happiness but is disturbed by the proximity of the Clouds.

The card is associated with the Ace of Diamonds which is a card of achievement. In classical fortune-telling, the card also speaks favourably of the business world.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the card shows a sun with a golden face, as in the Tarot de Marseille. The multiple rays go in all directions. Below the face is a sundial with the hours, the shadow points to the number 6. In this deck, the Sun is a card of triumph, of a moment of glory, drawing the admiration of all.

My interpretation

The Sun card can be a problem in the Lenormand system because of the range of meanings of the sun symbol. This problem also exists with the 24 - Heart and 32 - Moon cards, which offer a wide range of interpretations, where the system is intended to be simple, effective and unambiguous. So, as with the Heart and the Moon, with the Sun you have to know what you are holding on to as a meaning.

For my part, I do not retain the values of happiness and success of the classical interpretation of the Sun, because they are already conveyed by the cards 2 - The Clover, 9 - The Bouquet, 16 - The Stars. I therefore stick to a traditional symbolism of the Sun which is concerned with radiance, optimism and achievement. But very clearly with the symbol of the sun, we could also speak of vitality, individuality, power to act and to emancipate, fertility, growth and development, light and energy.

In combination with other cards

Like the Lily, the Sun tends to radiate onto neighbouring cards. Negative cards see their effect diminished. The energy of the Sun unblocks situations, moves projects forward, brings contracts to fruition, and makes meetings happen. In general, the Sun brings to life what should be (positive) in the other cards. The Sun tends to be in the centre of the draw, and not a satellite of a nearby card. However, the Sun can be faulted, and a juxtaposed card can introduce a weakness in the Sun that will nuance or even counteract its interpretation. In astronomy, the sun is said to have dark spots, and neighbouring cards can represent them.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant is a person who needs to gain confidence, nurture joy and lightness, in order to reach out and help others. It is also possible that the consultant is too extroverted, that he/she overshadows others, that he/she is inconsistent, unreliable, neglecting those around him/her.
  • Love : The Sun can naturally mean that the couple is in a bright and happy relationship. However, one of the two partners may be too imposing, too paternalistic, not leaving enough room for the other to live and grow. If the consultant is alone, the Sun can reassure him/her that it is only a matter of time before a meeting takes place. The Sun may indicate that the consultant is too extravagant, too casual to be of interest to a serious person. Or the consultant may simply be so impressive in appearance and stature that he/she frightens others. The consultant seems inaccessible to others.
  • Work : The consultant can be a patriarchal figure at work which can be counterproductive. The consultant could delegate more responsibility and make his/her colleagues more autonomous. If the consultant is an employee, he/she may have made him/herself indispensable, whether consciously or not. Being at the centre of the group can have its advantages, but also its disadvantages of course. If the consultant is unemployed, he/she may have to start his/her own business, or become more self-confident and expose himself/herself and commit himself/herself more to find a new position.
  • Upside down : The upside down Sun may indicate that the consultant is idle and lacks optimism. He/she needs to recharge and regain energy. The Sun inverted can warn the consultant that he/she is on the point of burning his/her wings through overconfidence and blindness. In such a case, caution is required to return to lucidity. Otherwise, the upside down card can speak of an excess of zeal, the consultant is doing too much, tiring himself unnecessarily, his choices are out of fashion and his preferences are no longer up to date.
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32. The Moon : Sensitivity, Intuition, Unconscious

32. The Moon : Sensitivity, Intuition, Unconscious

Classical interpretation

Card 32 - The Moon has a rather special meaning in the Lenormand tradition. The card speaks of the light of others that is reflected, as the moon reflects the light of the sun. Thus the Lenormand Moon evokes recognition, honours, notoriety. When it is far away, it speaks of disappointment, sadness or even misfortune.

Many cartomancers extend the field of interpretation of the Moon to its usual symbolism, which I detail in the section 'my interpretation' below.

The card is associated with the 8 of Hearts which brings joy and care to the consultant.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the Moon is waxing with a face, just like the Sun. The picture also shows the different phases of the Moon, and underneath, what might look like an astrolabe. The author goes beyond the standard meaning about the Moon. He sees it as a card of love, romance, intuition, imagination and creativity. But he also warns that its sphere of influence is even greater. He also talks about cycles, water, and emotions.

My interpretation

I am therefore not the first to modify the basic meaning of the Moon, as it is true that honours and notoriety are not usually associated with the star of the night. Moreover, these two values could cover the field of interpretation of the cards 16 - The Stars, 20 - The Garden or 30 - The Lily, which deal with the notions of grandeur and prestige.

The moon has a vast symbolism perhaps even wider than that of the sun, due to its changing appearance. As a reminder, the moon usually symbolises: femininity, fertility, the menstrual cycle, the mother, dreams, imagination, illusion, intuition, spirituality, the unconscious, sensitivity, emotionality, shadows and mystery, nostalgia and melancholy.

You can of course use such a wide field of interpretation, but you may get lost in your reading. For my part, I do not retain the notions of femininity, fertility, spirituality that I connect more with the Lily card. Emotionality, melancholy, shadows can be represented by card 6 - The Clouds. Nostalgia can be carried by card 13 - The Child. Mystery can be embodied in card 26 - The Book. Dreaming can be seen in card 16 - The Stars, probably also imagination and illusion. Finally the values of the Moon are already induced by some cards. Also, with the Moon of the Lenormand, I usually focus on sensitivity, intuition, the unconscious which remains the essence of the symbolism of the star of the night.

In combination with other cards

If the Moon comes out in the draw, you can ask the consultant how he/she perceives the situation. The neighbouring cards may not reveal what he/she already understands or knows, but more about repressed aspects, buried emotions, latent feelings. There is what the consultant thinks he/she is, and what he/she really is. The Moon is there to warn of the difference between the perception of one's interiority and the reality of one's interiority. In fact, the dialogue about the cards next to the Moon is very important, because the consultant might think that the fortune teller is following a false direction, whereas this is not the case. It is therefore relevant to review the juxtaposed cards of the Moon through the prism of interiority or even the lunar symbols mentioned above. The Moon can spread its attributes to the nearby cards: a cyclical frequency of the phenomenon, a lunatic character, an illusory aspect, an emotional or irrational fear on a specific subject.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must carry out an introspection at the end of which he/she will have accepted certain aspects of his/her personality. He/she will finally be able to move forward, free of blockages linked to past wounds that had never healed.
  • Love : If the consultant is in a couple, perhaps both partners are going through a period of confusion, sailing at a loss. A difficult daily life, deep-rooted habits may have gradually driven the two partners apart. Perhaps it is time to return to dialogue, to speak from the heart, to rediscover the connection with the other. If the consultant is single, this may not be the right time to meet someone. He/she should first take care of him/herself, possibly healing from past break-ups or failures. The Moon can also invite the consultant to use his or her sensitivity and lyricism, and to show imagination, poetry and spirituality in order to conquer the one of his or her heart.
  • Work : The consultant should read between the lines of the contracts governing his professional activity. He/she should pay attention to the rumours in the corridors, to the confidences that can be made to him/her. The consultant should ask himself/herself if a wolf has not entered the sheepfold through a new alliance, through the enlargement of the team. If not, he/she should question himself/herself, ask if it is still reasonable, useful, interesting and motivating to continue working in such conditions, in such a framework, in such a company.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Moon can evoke a negative representation of one or more of the lunar themes discussed above. In concrete terms, it can be a fertility problem, a lack of inspiration, a depressive state as anchored as a bad habit, a chronic or degenerative disease, a hyper-sensitivity rendering the individual incapable of controlling himself, a deeply repressed psychosis, a loss of reference points, a wandering or a fanaticism leading to self-destruction.
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33. The Key : Click, Solution, Opening, 'Yes' answer

33. The Key : Click, Solution, Opening, 'Yes' answer

Classical interpretation

Card 33 - The Key is naturally one of the easiest cards to understand. Because the key opens a closed door, the card indicates success, the solution to the problem if it is close. If it is far away, on the contrary, the Key announces failure.

The card is associated with the 8 of diamonds which is a good sign for travel or work.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand Key has an intricate bit, its ring is set with precious stones. Behind it is an open birdcage. Inside is a red rose. The author is thus evoking a solution or success that may be complex to find and therefore difficult to implement. The cage and the rose undoubtedly evoke the release of a desire, made possible by the key.

My interpretation

Beyond an announced success or the release from a closed situation or a hold, the key could speak :

  • A sudden flash of inspiration, an emerging idea, a stroke of genius, perhaps even a stroke of poker.
  • A sudden opening, a situation unblocked, brakes released, new accessibility or availability.
  • Be the 'yes' card in a closed question calling for a positive or negative answer.

In combination with other cards

The Key can mean that one of its neighbouring cards will tip over, become free, find a favourable outcome. If there are several negative cards around the Key, I don't believe that the Key will resolve all the cards. Perhaps it is necessary to find the negative card that will benefit from the liberating power of the Key. One of the juxtaposed cards in the Key could be the solution the consultant is looking for. Another card close by could represent what is locked up and deserves to be released.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant has all the cards in hand to decide and act in the right direction. Otherwise, if he/she does not know, the solution is in the neighbouring cards. In any case, the solution or the evidence is there, in front of the eyes.
  • Love : If the consultant is single, he/she is on the way to understanding his/her situation, the reason for his/her failures, or to concretise a fruitful encounter this time. If the consultant is in a couple, perhaps he/she will find an agreement or a solution to a problem or a conflict with his/her partner. If the couple's life is harmonious, then it may be a common project that has been in the works for a long time and will finally come to life.
  • Work : The consultant must take inventory of his or her ideas and thoughts at the moment. Amongst the thoughts that mobilise him/her, there is probably a life-saving idea that will solve a technical problem, resolve a client's problem, enable the development of a new product or a new type of service. Or perhaps the consultant needs to organise a brainstorming meeting in order to come up with innovative ideas that will revitalise the dynamics of his/her activity or team.
  • Upside down : The Upside Down Key can be seen as a solution that does not happen despite optimism and promises. This may be even more the case if the final decision or idea does not come from the consultant him/herself. Indeed, if the consultant is dependent on someone to solve the problem, it is possible that promises made are never kept. It may also mean that the solution chosen is not the right one, that it leads to failure even if it seems promising. However, if the Key is in the draw, whether it is right side up or upside down, then the real solution is not far away.
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34. The Fish : Trade, Investment, Secret transactions, Emotions

34. The Fish : Trade, Investment, Secret transactions, Emotions

Classical interpretation

Card 34 - The Fish is related to work and money. It heralds a miraculous catch, success in business and in all enterprises. The Fish can also represent places like the sea, rivers. If the card is far away, as is often the case, it becomes a bad omen, and speaks of misfortune.

The card is associated with the King of Diamonds representing a skilful and competent person, a true entrepreneur.

The Gilded Lenormand

In the Gilded Lenormand, the image shows 3 carp at the bottom of a river covered in algae. A ray of light shines through the water. The card does not seem to provide any additional insight to the standard interpretation.

My interpretation

The Fish may speak of a big catch and mean a bountiful catch. But this good fortune is undoubtedly an unhoped-for chance, as we all know, we never know in advance what will take the bait. In the end, this success seems rather random and not necessarily linked to judicious choices, real skills, or hard work. In this respect, I find that the Fish is really close to card 2 - The Clover, they are almost a duplicate card. I would probably have preferred a symbol like the pig (with a piggy bank for example) to widen the possibilities of interpretation.

We can still suggest, because fish live below the surface of the water, that the card may represent activity, a disturbance below the surface of appearances such as bribes, secrets, unofficial information, etc. But again, with such interpretations, we are closer to card 26 - The Book.

The fish is also an animal that slips through the water, it is very difficult to catch it with bare hands because the fish slip out of the hands thanks to their scales. This card can be used to refer to a situation that is slipping out of the consultant's hands: his money, his lover, his time, etc.

Finally, Water is the symbol of tears, of emotions. It is possible to propose interpretations in this sense, to evoke the emotional state of the consultant.

In combination with other cards

In combination with other cards, The Fish can naturally convey their good fortune, and reverse apparently negative cards. The Fish can also randomise the effects of juxtaposed cards, or render them invisible at first impression, but well and truly existing, merely concealed by deceptive appearances. The Fish can totally negate the effects of a nearby card, like breaking your line, or like the landing net coming out of empty water. Conversely, the Fish's successful but hazardous fishing may be confirmed or denied by a nearby card.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must be cautious and lucid, without doubt he/she must observe around him/her, watch the winds, the currents, the seagulls, and detect where the school of fish is. The card may speak of an interiority, a maturing, which is about to come up and appear on the surface of the water.
  • Love : If the consultant is single, the Fish can announce a beautiful meeting. If he/she is in a relationship, a happy event may await both partners, unless one of them is thinking of escaping elsewhere.
  • Work : If the question is about business, The Fish can indeed speak of a juicy business and an outright success. And if the consultant is employed, a well-paid job. If not, you should consider seeing the situation as deceptive, with something going on beneath the surface.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Fish talks about a poor business, a gloomy market. Resources are depleted, perhaps because of overfishing, as if the goose that lays the golden eggs has been killed. The lack of business is not necessarily due to bad management, but perhaps to external conditions that cannot be controlled. With the inverted Fish, questions of profitability and productivity arise. Outside of the business world, the inverted Fish can indicate a missed opportunity, bad luck, or a consultant's venture that does not bear fruit. The Fish may indicate that something is slipping through the consultant's fingers, requiring great vigilance.
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35. The Anchor : Stability, Security, Loyalty, Attachment

35. The Anchor : Stability, Security, Loyalty, Attachment

Classical interpretation

Card 35 - The Anchor speaks of successful ventures in the business world and of fidelity in love. It is therefore a happy card. The Anchor can also naturally represent stability, the security of a situation. Away from it, the Anchor is the opposite, meaning an unhappy business and an unfaithful love.

The card is associated with the 9 of Spades which is a particularly negative card in fortune-telling. Between the classic 52-card deck and the Lenormand system, we are never far from a contradiction.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand Anchor floats on the waters of the sea. Two carved fish adorn the two arms of the anchor. Several seagulls fly over the anchor while clouds fill the sky. The threatening storm is a reminder that the Anchor is a strong object that can withstand the elements. The fish are linked to the card of the same name. So for the author the Anchor is also a symbol of abundance and wealth, although I don't fully understand why. Especially since he adds that in the Lenormand tradition this card also conveys hope and faith (as opposed to card 36 - The Cross which follows).

My interpretation

The Anchor is solidly made, so it evokes a safe, secure situation in the face of a difficult and exhausting trial. We can also add that the card could speak of a form of resilience or possibly a fighting spirit. In any case, it is of course synonymous with an anchoring, a deep centring that nothing seems to destabilise. It can also be seen as a call for calm and patience.

This anchoring therefore evokes a powerful force that holds things in place and together. So much so, that one could not get rid of it, could not get out of it. In such a case, the card could speak of an Anchor which becomes a kind of ball and chain, holding the consultant back or even holding him/her back. He/she could be immobilised by a dead weight.

This brings us to a very interesting interpretation of this card, which is the notion of attachment. The Anchor could therefore represent a bond so strong that it becomes a constraint, handcuffs preventing one from leading one's life with freedom and agility. The Anchor can therefore invite detachment. At some point, should we not lift the anchor and cast off ?

Finally, the anchor may recall the shape of the double hook. Isn't there something that irresistibly attracts the consultant? Hasn't he/she been hooked, trapped by something, by someone ?

In combination with other cards

In association with other cards, the Anchor can bring them together, making them solid and linked when these cards seem to oppose each other. The Anchor can thus be the center of the draw and consolidate it. One of the most interesting aspects is to guess the link that unites all the cards in the draw. On the other hand, the Anchor can invite the consultant to cut a link instead of establishing one. Also, it is necessary to get rid of a neighboring card that acts as a weight for the consultant. If he/she is in trouble, the Anchor acts as a reinforcement and assures that he/she must hold on. The neighboring cards can describe the trials in progress, but also indicate means and solutions to not give up and survive the storm.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must hold on to his/her values, mobilize all his/her resources if he/she is in the middle of a trial. If he/she feels rather stuck, handcuffed, the Anchor may be a call to step back and detach.
  • Love : If the consultant is in a couple, the Anchor probably speaks of a great bond between the two partners, of a loyal and faithful relationship. If the consultant is single, perhaps he/she must accept his/her solitude, like the old sea wolf braving the hurricane at the helm of his/her ship. Maybe he/she should stop having a woman/man in every port, and finally drop anchor. That is to say, to settle down in a lasting relationship and stop having one-night stands.
  • Work : The company's situation is solid and stable. So the job is guaranteed if the consultant is an employee, or the customers and the contracts are numerous if he/she is self-employed or a boss.
  • Upside down : In reverse, the Anchor is really that overwhelming weight that I mentioned earlier. It represents a blocked situation in which the consultant is entangled and from which he/she cannot detach him/herself. It can be, among other things, an event from the past, a memory to which the consultant keeps referring. It can also be a person who holds on to the consultant in one way or another, and from whom it is absolutely necessary to distance oneself. The Inverted Anchor can also speak of a form of instability, of impatience in front of a situation which nevertheless requires composure and perseverance. The neighbouring cards can help to better understand the problem and find solutions.
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36. The Cross : Misfortune, Faith, Spirituality, Morality, Judgement

36. The Cross : Misfortune, Faith, Spirituality, Morality, Judgement

Classical interpretation

Card 36 - The Cross announces the end of an era, of a happy period, it announces sadness, grief, torment. As always, its effect depends on its distance. The closer the Cross is, the shorter its negative effect will be.

The card is associated with the 6 of Clubs which speaks of a solution to a problem or adversity. It announces a small joy, recognition or admiration.

The Gilded Lenormand

The Gilded Lenormand cross is made of wood and has two images of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Behind it are the stained glass windows of a church through which the sun's rays shine. The image gives off a positive mood, whereas the booklet describes a card that is in line with the standard interpretation, i.e. rather negative.

My interpretation

The Cross is one of the cards with which I disagree the most regarding its interpretation. My first impression would have been that the Cross is a symbol of faith, fervour, spirituality, blessing, and therefore a rather positive symbol. It seems that originally, the passages of the way of the cross of Christ and his suffering on the cross were used to establish the symbolism of the card. However, the Lenormand system already has the card 8 - The Coffin, the card 11 - The Whip, which can be related to the notions of end and suffering. Certainly the Whip speaks more of conflict and strife rather than a kind of flogging or enduring of suffering. So the additional interpretations I offer below, which are in contradiction with the standard view, are for you to judge if they can be useful to you anyway :

  • The Cross can speak of faith, fervour, spirituality, unless you have chosen card 30 - The Lily as the embodiment of these values. This fervour can turn into prejudice, dogmatism, conservatism if it becomes extreme. This field of interpretation can be vast, nuanced and balanced.
  • The Cross can be a symbol of morality, imposing norms, typical behaviour in many situations. The card can indicate what is on the side of good and what is on the side of evil. It can have a judgmental dimension.
  • The Cross could act as a shield, a symbol of blessing and protection as could card 2 - The Clover.
  • The Cross could represent that which must be punished, sent to the stake, not to say the cross. In other words, the Cross could represent something to be sacrificed, in order to ensure the survival of something else. In this, it may be consistent with the interpretation of card 10 - The Scythe
  • Finally, in keeping with Christ's last words on the cross, which remind us of the importance of love, the Cross can invite an act of love, of self-giving, of pure self-denial and even of forgiveness.

In combination with other cards

Depending on whether you make the Cross a negative card of suffering or a positive card of fervour, its interaction with neighbouring cards will of course be profoundly altered. Because the Cross remains a religious symbol, the card tends to be the central or pivotal card in the draw. The Cross shapes minds, sets standards, and judges what is good and bad. Also within a draw, the Cross can indicate that next to it there is a good card, a bad card, a blessed card, a redemption card, a suffering card. Think of the Cross as a vindictive priest who, in the midst of his disciples, would distribute good points and bad points. Thus card 36 - The Cross judges the other cards around it or perhaps forgives.

Thematic interpretation

  • Present : The consultant must believe in him/herself, open his/her mind to other ways of perceiving and understanding the world. He/she must conduct his/her actions with honesty and uprightness. He/she must position him/herself in relation to the behaviour of a person around him/her, or on the contrary he/she must not judge him/her.
  • Love : If the consultant is in a relationship, he/she may have over-idealised his/her relationship with his/her partner. He/she may realise that he/she does not share the same life goals as his/her partner. Or on the contrary, he/she shares a spiritual relationship. If the consultant is single, perhaps he/she needs to review his/her demands on his/her partners, his/her ideals about Love.
  • Work : Either the consultant must continue to believe in his/her professional project despite the difficulties he/she is experiencing. Or, on the contrary, he/she must open his/her eyes, abandon his/her ego, analyse and understand his/her mistakes, in order to save what can be saved, everything else must be considered as lost.
  • Upside down : You can turn the initial negative aspect of the card into positive effects, such as fulfilling your destiny. Otherwise, the reversed Cross can oppose the consultant's destiny in a more or less brutal way. The luck that turns, a reversal of fortune, incessant hazards, recurring problems. There are signs that the path taken is not the best one.
CONCLUSION

The simplicity of the Lenormand cards can be deceptive. Following the classical interpretation of the cards, I think that beginners should still do some real learning of the Lenormand system to produce solid and consistent readings.

I hope that with the personal elements I propose for each of the cards, this progression will be facilitated. Feel free to comment and share your own vision of the cards.

Which Lenormand decks to use?

  • You can of course use a Lenormand deck, like the Piatnik which I review in this article: Piatnik Lenormand Review
  • Of course the Ciro Marchetti's Gilded Lenormand is a popular deck, and I review it in this article: Gilded Lenormand Review

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Comments

profilEmily, 10/22/2023
Hi, I'm Emily, and I've just started learning about the Petit Lenormand. This article is incredibly helpful for beginners like me! I loved the detailed explanations for each card. Do you have any tips on how to remember the meanings of the cards more easily ? Thanks for this amazing guide!
profilDavid from TAROTQuest, 10/23/2023
Hi Emily, thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you found the article helpful. A good tip for remembering the meanings is to create a personal connection with each card. Try to relate the images or symbols to your own experiences or feelings. This personal association can make it easier to recall the meanings. Keep practicing, and you'll get there!
profilEmma T., 11/07/2023
This article on the Petit Lenormand is wonderfully comprehensive. I appreciate the way you've detailed each card.
profilDavid from TAROTQuest, 11/08/2023
Thank you Emma for your support ! ^_^
profilThea, 01/23/2024
Wat zijn de betekenissen van de hogere kaarten? T/m 43???
profilDavid from TAROTQuest, 01/29/2024
Dear Thea, thank you for your comment and interest in the article about the meanings of the Petit Lenormand cards. I appreciate your engagement with the content. I understand your inquiry about the meanings of the 'Gilded Reverie' cards. In the upcoming weeks, I plan to enhance the article by including the interpretations of the bonus cards from the Gilded Reverie Lenormand deck.
profilSk, 01/28/2024
I got number 1 and number 27 as pair is it boycard
profilDavid from TAROTQuest, 01/29/2024
Thank you Sk for sharing your spreading card. In a psychological interpretation, when the Rider (Card 1) and the Letter (Card 27) come together,this combination could signify a period where messages, perhaps even unexpected ones, play a pivotal role in your connection with him. The Rider card, often associated with news or swift developments, could indicate a sense of excitement or anticipation in your feelings toward this person. The Letter card emphasizes the importance of meaningful communication, suggesting that written or heartfelt expressions could deepen your connection. Of course, individual readings can be highly personal, so consider the surrounding cards and the specific context of your question for a more nuanced understanding. Feel free to share more about your experiences or if you have any further questions.