OK, so I promised myself multiple times that I will stop. But every time I see another Lenormand deck that tickles my fancy, I kinda feel like this:
In any case, the last addition to my Lenormand collection is Brittas Wahrsagekarten, by a German Lenormand teacher and author, Britta Kienle. Initially, when I saw online images from this pack, I wasn’t sold right away. But when a Lenormand Facebook Group moderator offered to have a collective purchase of the cards, to lower costs and split international shipping charges, I decided to go for it. One of my self-justifications was the fact that it looks very different from the rest of my Lenormand collection. And indeed it does!
I was really surprised seeing and holding this deck in person — I discovered that I enjoy it much more than I anticipated initially. The art is very interesting and mostly pleasing to my eye; I am especially attracted to the choice of pastels that came through vividly via the printing process. The stock quality if fabulous too; it reminds me how the Mystical Lenormand feel, and I purposefully take a long time to shuffle because I enjoy the buttery and relaxing sensation of manipulating these cards in my hands.
However, the cards are also quite busy and detailed. In addition, it seems like some of the cards are paintings, while others include a collage element too. Hence, I am intimidated to draw a long strand of cards or a GT with this deck. Maybe if each card was slightly larger, it would be easier to take in all the details making it less overwhelming.
Britta’s cards have a few unique features added onto the traditional images. Several of the cards have a little stopwatch or a little eye icon drawn on the top, right corner — replacing the predominating B monogram. On her website it states:
Britta’s deck of Madame Lenormand-style destiny cards Britta’s uniquely beautiful deck of these famous destiny cards was designed according to Britta’s wishes and ideas, and come with additional and unique features, such as time- and future symbols to help you recognize further meanings of the respective cards.
Apparently these unique additions are covered in Britta’s course. I got short explanation from my FB group mates is that the stopwatch cards are cuing the reader into the importance of timing, while the eye cards hints in regard to future events. Since I haven’t studied Britta’s method, I am not sure how I feel about these.
On the other hand, I was very surprised to see that several of the cards I have the most negative associations and have trouble seeing in a different / positive light (due to divination experiences and personal life associations) look so lovely in this Lenormand deck. For instance: A Snake can represent a treacherous co-worker, but also the ‘other’ woman, or simply a clever female (often with eyesight issues). And I really appreciate how these certain cards are depicted in Brittas Wahrsagekarten because I am deeply committed to delivering stigma-free readings to my clients. I find this deck to have a refreshing take on symbols I personally struggle with.
All in all it’s a fun deck. Clearly, I am not the only one enjoying it in our household 😉