Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lenormand's Astro-Mythological Cards

I've collected Tarot and other fortune-telling card decks over the years, but one of the strangest of all the decks I've seen is one of the first I ever purchased -- the "Astro-Mythological" deck credited to Mademoiselle Lenormand. Like many of my early acquisitions, it was made by B.P. Grimaud in France; the cards are oversized, on very heavy card-stock, and printed in full color. As with other Lenormand decks, cards depicting a man and a woman are used to represent the querent, but this deck has numerous correspondences: each card shows a standard paying card, a constellation, a flower, and an illustrated scene -- on this card, a man in red (a cardinal) is shown in his study next to a clock and a magnetic dip-circle.

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