We all look for different things when choosing our Lenormand decks. Whether it’s clarity of imagery, a sense of tradition, beauty of the artwork, or psychological depth and nuance, we’re looking for the cards that most speak to us.
Here are ten of the best and most popular Lenormand decks out there. Click on the images for more info or if you’d like to buy one. (Please note, they do contain affiliate links, but be aware I ONLY ever recommend decks I’d happily use myself).
As you can see, they will appeal to different readers for different reasons.
Which would be your favourite of these decks and why?
This is one of the decks I use day-to-day, and the one you’ll see I’ve been using here in some of my readings. I first chose it because I was attracted to the design. The deck is broadly traditional, but the designs (see the pics at the top of my blog for examples) are clear and simple, with no playing-card insets, and nothing fussy to distract you. With this deck, what you see is what you get in terms of meaning. As such, it’s a great deck for beginners.
This German Lenormand deck is a classic; the original go-to. It has traditional 18th century-style artwork, as well as playing card inserts to show the corresponding playing cards. Again, the clear, uncomplicated designs make this an ideal deck for beginners.
This one totally does it for me in terms of design, and is one I use myself. There’s something very Victorian/Edwardian about the imagery that really speaks to my aesthetic. It includes additional Lady and Gentleman cards, and is also multi-cultural. Keywords are included in the background of the cards. Please note, some of the cards are given different names: The Locket instead of the Heart, for instance, the Journal instead of the Book. Their principle is the same, but some readers may find that relabelling unnecessary and/or confusing.
For a lush and expanded take on Lenormand, how about this richly illustrated deck by artist Ciro Marchetti? This deck is probably one of the best-looking Lenormand decks out there – gilt-edged and absolutely gorgeous. It comes with an extensive handbook, as well as eight additional cards: Time, Bridges, Dice, Mask, Well, Compass, Labyrinth, and Magnifying Glass (you can take them out of the deck if you don’t wish to include them) Plus it has extra Gentleman and Lady cards to add to your readings. The cards are also larger than usual, so it may not be the ideal deck for Grand Tableaus.
Another beautifully illustrated Lenormand deck, this time incorporating the myths and imagery of classic fairy tales. Illustrated by Lisa Hunt with a booklet by Arwen Lynch, the deck also includes additional Lady and Gentleman cards
If you’re a fan of the Rider Waite Tarot deck, the style of this deck may be for you. It is designed to match the Tarot deck exactly and the look of the images will seem very familiar. Again, the meanings of the cards are clear and simple, and there are no playing card references. If you are planning to use the Lenormand alongside Tarot, this may be the deck to use.
Here’s another absolutely beautiful Lenormand deck with a rich, luxurious feel. Rana George’s imagery draws on her Lebanese heritage and the artwork is gorgeous. (You may be familiar with Rana from her detailed guide to Lenormand – if not, I can recommend the book, it’s excellent.) These cards also incorporate the corresponding playing card references. As well as extra Man and Woman cards, the deck includes four additional cards: Spirit, Incense Burner, Bed and Market. It’s perhaps not a deck for beginners, but if you are already very familiar with the cards, it would make a lovely addition to your collection.
This is an interesting, nuanced version of the Lenormand cards, by Chloe McCracken. It’s a beautiful 46-piece deck, with two versions of a number of the cards for increased personalisation and some additional cards. The cards include a great deal of extra information and interpretations. I’d say this deck probably isn’t one for beginners due to the nuance, but the options the deck gives you would be great for personalising your readings.
Here’s a beautiful, whimsical Lenormand deck, illustrated by Kwon Shina, who has also illustrated the Dreaming Way tarot deck. The Lenormand deck includes the traditional 36 cards only. The pastel designs may not be for everybody, but because of the dreamlike quality of the images, these cards are known to be particularly good for stimulating reader intuition and psychic senses when using.
And finally, back to a traditional deck. Again with classic 18th century illustrations, these lovely cards include both playing card insets and descriptive verses. The deck is playing-card size for easy handling, particularly useful when you are using a big layout like the Grand Tableau. A solid classic here.
Of course, none of these may do it for you, or you’re not looking to buy a deck at all. You may prefer to make your own cards, which in itself has many benefits.
If this is you, check out the post about Making Your Own Lenormand Cards.