Lenormand Cards-The Coffin
Why I love the Lenormand Deck
The Lenormand deck was created for a French clairvoyant in the 1800's. From my understanding, she didn't even use them! I fell in love with her history and background as well as her highly regarded reputation.
Marie Anne Lenormand. Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772–1843) was a French professional fortune-teller of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. In France, Lenormand is considered the greatest cartomancer of all time, highly influential on the wave of French cartomancy that began in the late 18th century.
The oldest deck dates from 1799 or 1800 and is currently housed in the British Museum in London. "The Game of Hope" as it was originally called, it was once but a parlor game (much like Tarot). But as time passed, the images proved themselves useful esoteric purposes.
The deck is very easy to use, straight to the point and can go into depth without any issues. It's a great deck for everyday tangible issues. Everyday issues we encounter can easily receive solutions with this deck. It's less intense than the Tarot, and just quicker to use when doing reads. Especially for people that lack patience and don't want to do spreads that take up a lot of time. The symbolism is straight forward. And yes or no questions are no problem for this deck.
The Petit Lenormand deck consists of 36 cards, that typically have simple easy to understand imagery. There are many different styles and types in circulation. I have yet to see one that is not beautiful. It is a 200-year-old system from the heart of Europe; that has held its place in the living rooms, parlors and salons of France and Germany for several generations.
The cards are generally read in pairs or groups. They can also be read in a Grand Tableau which utilizes all 36 cards in a spread. If you know general French cartomancy you can read them that way as well. You can also use this deck for simple yes or no questions, similar to a pendulum, but much faster and with the ability to extract further detail quickly and accurately.
I really don't use cards often, but this is my go-to deck when I do. It's quick, easy and cuts right through the bullshit. You can pair it with psychic clairs if you become stumped during a psychic reading, and you can do it quickly without disrupting an energetic link with your sitter. If you've never heard of this deck, or simply like to try different oracle decks, I strongly suggest giving this one a place in your home.
Now instead of carrying on and on about the history of the deck, let's get to the reason you've found this article. To learn about it and grow in knowing yourself better and providing information for people you care about! A series of articles will be written detailing each of the 36 card meanings. I hope you find my interpretations helpful to assist your love for the Petit Lenormand deck.
The coffin in the Lenormand deck is the equivalent of the Death card in the tarot. Not to say this means an actual death but it can mean that. Card readers should never attempt to predict actual death, so please don't do that. Usually, this is a card of endings and transformation, depending on what it is paired with or mirroring.
This card really does not focus on a specific type of person. It more relates to an event, item, or emotion. In a career sense, it would associate with any type of funeral worker or possibly end of life service provider, possibly even hospice.
Lenormand takes the meaning of cards a lot further depending on the question or issues you are working out with them.
- Actual coffins
- Jobs-morticians, coroners, undertakers
- Emotions-dead end, completion, depressed, weak, unhappy
- Events-funerals, burials, cremations, end of life services
- Places-cemeteries, graveyards
- Health-terminal illness, physical death, MRI, bones, skeleton
- The color associated with the card-black
- Associated with the day-Wednesday
- Yes or No questions-this card is a No.
- Month associated with this card-no month, time frame is immediate
- 9 of diamonds- dispute or break up.
- Holiday association-Halloween, Day of the Dead
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