It isn’t often that you find a near-pure folk tradition these days, but somehow Lenormand managed that. There have been some slight changes over the centuries, some additions, but for the most part you have something that’s remained intact somehow, and surprisingly consistent, in spite of the regional variations.
You’d think people would be falling over each other to catalogue this. It’s important, like Childe Ballads, dirty blues, and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The main book I’m watching for in 2013 is by Andybc, you can see his blog here, it’s wonderful. He gives you Lenormand intact. (Another good source is Waldfee, a german language site.)
A lot of what I see online is cause for alarm, though. Newcomers are pouring in, trying to reinvent Lenormand, to redefine it, to add to it, to leave some kind of “mark” on it even before they’ve comprehended it.
Uhhhhh…isn’t “marking” what dogs do to utility poles? Or the corner of your couch, if you neglect to take them outside?
It takes – at the very least – five years to become fluent with this deck. Sure, you can read before then, but I mean really fluent. And you keep learning after that. You keep learning all your life. “Lenormand for the masses” means “whoever has money they want to spend on it”, I suppose. But Lenormand isn’t FOR everybody. It’s a very verbal system, it’s finding just the right keywords…I notice that a lot of the best readers are also writers in at least some capacity. Everybody’s wired differently, we don’t all have the same aptitudes. I love music, but I can’t play. That’s ok, I belly up to the stage every chance I get and just soak it up. I don’t have to be ON the stage. 😉
Some people just aren’t meant for Lenormand. They might do great with Tarot, or intuitive-type oracle decks, or some other system, but they just don’t have that peculiar wiring that makes a Lenormand reader. Rather than trying to force-fit Lenormand to their shortcomings with add-ons, crutches, and alterations, shouldn’t they be working someplace they can shine? As Chanah once said, “Not everybody can read. And that’s actually okay, and not everybody needs to.”
I totally concur. 🙂