You’re a beginner just starting out reading Lenormand cards. You want to know which Lenormand decks are the best ones, and don’t want to waste your money buying the wrong type of deck. Listen, I hear you! So, I am going to outline what I feel are the best Lenormand card decks for beginners.
When I first started reading Lenormand, I made the mistake of buying the wrong type of deck. I purchased poker-sized cards which were branded as ‘fortune-telling’ cards. On the cover, they had what looked like Lenormand cards. From the website preview, I could see that this deck even had multiple cards in it which were called the same thing as many Lenormand cards; it had a Woman card, a Man card, an Anchor card, and many other cards which are in Lenormand, so I ordered them. However, once they arrived, it wasn’t a Lenormand deck, so it was a complete waste of money.
Not only can you spend time and money which you will later regret, but by buying the wrong deck for beginners, you can also cause yourself unneeded drama and confusion.
Many decks which are not right for beginners include extra cards. If you’re new to Lenormand, you might second guess yourself and wonder what the roles are of these extra cards, and not know what to do with them. Also, some deck creators rename certain cards so it will be a struggle for you to tell which should be which. (If you’re unsure which cards should be in your deck I have a list of Lenormand cards on a post on this website)
Another thing you should watch out for if you’re a beginner is how busy the artwork on your deck is; the busier the artwork, the harder it will be for you to read with your deck. If you’re a beginner to Lenormand, you might want to only stick to decks which include artwork which is obviously the card it is supposed to represent, or decks which have minimal artwork.
Finally, for beginners card size is important. Traditionally, Lenormand card decks are supposed to be playing card size, but some deck creators have chosen to make their cards the same sized as Tarot decks; this can make it difficult to perform Grand Tableaus. If you’re a beginner, you might not even realize that you’re not reading with the right card deck size. For Lenormand, this is important, so make sure your deck is the correct size.
With the above points in mind, I have selected 5 Lenormand decks from my extensive card collection which I feel are well suited for Lenormand beginners. If you’re just starting on your Lenormand journey, you might want to give these decks a bash.
Lenormand, 36 Orakelspielkarten mi Kartenbildern
This deck often referred to as just ‘Lenormand,’ is what most Lenormand card readers would refer to as being a classic Lenormand card deck. From what I have observed, this deck is the deck which most Lenormand card readers begin with when they start learning how to read Lenormand cards.
An advantage of learning with this deck is the fact that a lot of both printed and online resources have included illustrations of this deck. So, if you’re a beginner, you will find that reading with this deck will help you to absorb a lot of the information which you read about Lenormand.
The artwork on this Lenormand deck is quite old-fashioned because it is a vintage deck. Some readers prefer the ancient look, but others prefer something more modern. If you do not like your decks to look 1800’s, this may not be the deck for you and you should look for an alternative such as;
Tattoo Lenormand by Paris Debono
The Tattoo Lenormand was one of my Lenormand first decks. Of all of the Lenormand decks I have owned, this one probably gets the most comments and attention on social media, so if you’re keen on documenting your Lenormand journey on social media or through your blog, this deck will be right up your street.
The Tattoo Lenormand ticks all of the boxes for an ideal beginner’s deck. This deck is the right size, has 36 cards, and the artwork is both amazing and obvious. Although the artwork is rather minimal, the attention to detail is incredible; for example, the playing card inserts look like they are little bits of artwork in themselves.
Although I love this deck, a disadvantage is that you cannot order it through the website. To order it, I contacted the creator on Facebook and sent the money through PayPal which was worth it, but a bit inconvenient.
Lo Scarabeo’s Lenormand
If you would like the convenience of ordering a deck online, then you cannot go wrong with a Lo Scarabeo deck. Lo Scarabeo make their decks available pretty much everywhere so if you’re a sucker for next day delivery, their decks are the ones to go for!
My first deck was their Lenormand deck, which is just called, ‘Lenormand’ and is known as Lo Scarabeo’s Lenormand. The reason why I ordered this deck (I’ll be honest) was because I needed it the next day, had Amazon Prime and there was no mistaking the fact that this was indeed a Lenormand deck (after accidentally ordering the wrong deck type previously I didn’t want to make that mistake).
To begin with, I didn’t like the art of this deck. However, not being keen on the artwork showed me that you don’t need to love a deck to get it to work. Over the years, this deck has supplied me with some of my best readings, and I still use it even though I have other decks who’s illustrations I find more attractive! Therefore, I always recommend this deck.
All that being said, there are drawbacks to this deck. I understand that a lot of Lenormand beginners do not like to use playing card inserts, but some of them do so may find it confusing why there are no playing card inserts on this deck. So, if you use playing card inserts, this deck may not be for you.
The Destroyed Dondorf
The Destroyed Dondorf deck is a Lenormand deck with the same artwork as Lenormand, 36 Orakelspielkarten mi Kartenbildern. The difference, however, is that this deck is a reproduction of a ‘destroyed’ historical Lenormand deck from Budapest which (although aged) was found intact. This deck has been reproduced with the scribbles, ink blotches, and wear included.
I love this deck, and I think that it is ideal for beginners to Lenormand. The Destroyed Dondorf deck bridges the gap between ancient and modern. The artwork is historical, but the graffiti and writing on the cards give it an up to date feel, although these editions were done a long time ago.
You can find this Lenormand deck online from different sellers. However, some have included extra cards (but it depends on the seller) so be mindful of this when you order the deck.
The Seeker’s Lenormand
Finally, on our list of card decks which are good for beginners, we have The Seeker’s Lenormand. Brought to us by the creators of The Wooden Tarot and The Earthbound Oracle, these cards include the amazing, beautiful artwork of A.L. Swartz.
I have only recently owned this deck myself, but it reads very well. The deck doesn’t include playing card inserts, but this doesn’t bother me as I do not use them. Therefore, if you’re a beginner who doesn’t read with playing card inserts or doesn’t know what they are, this deck will be good for you.
It is very rare to find a deck with artwork this modern which will be suitable for a beginner, so I am surprised to find that a deck like this one makes our list. Other than the artwork, the only ‘modern’ edition to this deck is the rename of the Lady (Feminine) and Man (Masculine) cards. However, because feminine and masculine are also traditional keywords for these cards, this slight change means that this deck is still suitable for a beginner.
Also, I should point out that the Lady and Man cards of this deck remain gender neutral (they have symbols, not people) and LGBTQIA+ sensitive without sacrificing the Lenormand tradition. I feel this is something which other decks have tried to do by including extra Lady and Man cards, but these editions have unfortunately confused many beginners; if they have never handled a Lenormand deck and are not confident, newbie diviners can get overwhelmed by the surprise of extra cards. Therefore, the Feminine and Masculine cards are a nice alternative which hopefully other deck creators will adopt.
So, that’s it for my top 5 decks which are great for beginners! And, if you’re reading a Grand Tableau and you’re struggling to interpret what your cards mean in each of the houses, be sure to check out the Grand Tableau Reference!
Below you can grab yourself a free Lenormand for beginners PDF guide. This guide is fun, free and available on mobile, tablet and computer.