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The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook


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Table of Contents


Introduction The Return of the Traditional Oracle

Part One
Learning the Craft of Lenormand

1 Learning the Language of Lenormand
2 Lenormand Lexicon
3 Creating Sentences with Pairs and Triplets
4 Storyboard
5 Taking the Portrait

Part Two
The Playing Card Insets

6 Waking the Pips
7 The Art of Cartomancy
8 Secrets of the Lenormand Universe

Part Three
The Art of the Grand Tableau

9 The Piquet Tableau
10 The Grand Tableau of Nines
11 Near and Far Method

Part Four
Lenormand in Practice

12 Expanding Fluency
13 Becoming the Storyteller

Appendix I Key to the Practices, Spreads, and Studies

Appendix II Order of Practices, Spreads, and Studies

Appendix III Quick Reference





About the Author

About the Author

Caitlin Matthews is the creator of 4 tarot decks and 5 oracles, including The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle, and the author of more than 60 books, including Walkers Between the Worlds. An influential teacher of divination methods, she is a cofounder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies. She teaches internationally and lives in Oxford, England.


"Anyone interested in Lenormand--beginner or seasoned reader--will find this book essential reading. It is wise, wonderfully structured, and written in a voice that makes one feel as though the author is sitting at your side, offering inspired advice and support. Here is a guidebook to not only the Lenormand world but also the symbolic, storied, readable world around us." * Ari Berk, Ph.D., professor of folklore and mythology at Central Michigan University *
"An outstanding, definitive handbook for both beginners and experienced readers that gives a `big picture' view of the Lenormand deck! Caitlin starts where most others leave off, exploring the original cartomantic tradition and combining it with modern techniques connected to those roots. As someone who appreciates the classic wisdom of the Grand Tableau, I'm so happy to see it taught this well, step by step, so anyone can use it." * Mary K. Greer, author of 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card *
"This book is a sublime source that will provide handy inspiration for anyone interested in the Petit Lenormand cards. The content will satisfy the novice, the journeyman, and the expert alike. Essential for your shelf!" * Bjoern Meuris, creator of the courses Lenormand for Beginners *
"The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook by Caitlin Matthews is a wonderfully comprehensive and practical Lenormand guide. Matthews does a thorough job of presenting the history of the oracle to give the reader a solid sense of the deck's development over the centuries. Matthews has created an inspirational manual for Lenormand that can be a companion to readers at all stages of their cartomantic career." * Anastasia Haysler, cofounder of Tarot Media Company *
"Caitlin Matthews brings a unique perspective to this wonderful book on Lenormand cartomancy. She is both a scholar and a shaman/magician, and at the highest level of both. Whether describing the symbols and techniques or the deeper levels of cartomancy, she is warm, witty, and always clear. This book is above all useful, especially in its exploration of the playing card symbols in the corners of the cards and the ways the Lenormand deck can open to deeper, even archetypal meanings without abandoning the tradition. This is a book I will come back to again and again." * Rachel Pollack, co-creator of The Burning Serpent Oracle *
"Wide in its scope and detailed in its depth, this is the go-to book for the Lenormand novice and expert alike. Crammed with knowledge and insight, examples and exercises, Matthews has created that rare beast: a clear and well-structured manual to navigate the paradox of simplicity and complexity that is the Lenormand Oracle." * Alison Cross, joint chair of the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) *
"Caitlin's historical insight, exceptional practical instruction, and groundbreaking revelations of the `Lenormand Universe' will ensure this book becomes a guiding light in the global Lenormand community for readers, students, and teachers in the twenty-first century." * Linda Henery, president Tarot Guild of Australia *

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