The 1969 Grimaud version of the Grand Lenormand cards (Grand jeu de Mlle Lenormand) with the accompanying 176 page English booklet is one of my treasured decks. These cards are huge by today’s standards and that’s what I like about them. They measures 3.5 inches by 5 inches. They aren’t the easiest to shuffle. I usually lay them across the table and randomly select the cards I need for a ‘small’ layout. The card stock is thick which is another bonus. Sometimes, I don’t even know what I decks I have tucked away until I stumble upon them. Usually, I have some question in the back of my mind while searching for other things.
The first 52 pages describe the playing cards, main top illustration, bottom left and right scenes and the meaning of the flower (another bonus). This booklet is a valuable source of information. There is a wealth of instruction in the remainder of the book about layouts but I won’t get into that today. The card descriptions are quoted from the accompanying booklet. Also, I have included some of Lenny Jeton’s interpretations – link below to the informative website.
The set includes 52 cards plus 2 significator cards = 54 cards. If you used this deck for a reading it would give you a wildly comprehensive reading. There would be umpteen combinations in a 3-card layout which I will be doing.
The cards I chose for the reading are the 3♠ Queen ♠ and 4♦
Recommended website detailing the 54-card Grand Lenormand
Lemegeton interpretation: “This card represents a danger to your financial or emotional stability. It’s important for you to be wary of an intruder or newcomer in your relationships.”
FLOWER: Boxwood, laurel, Cyperus, Papyrus Lemegeton interpretation: You truly need to slow down the pace, a one year sabbatical would be welcome. Therefore, give yourself a little time to rediscover sources of inspiration.
Top scene: The three fates. Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos. Meaning: Insecure existence.
Bottom left: Lachesis spins the thread of life. Meaning: Long and peaceful life.
Bottom right: Atropos cuts the thread of life. Meaning: Premature death.
Letter: U. Lemegeton interpretation: “Dedication & Comprehension”
Queen ♠ Desertion or widowhood.
FLOWER: Butcher’s broom, fern, acadia, holly. Meaning: the suffering this card foretells will be difficult to remove. In other words, faith or even exorcism 😵 are required. Lemegeton interpretation: “Whether on a professional or personal level, you should be discreet because of a risk that some information now revealed may return to be used against you.”
Top scene: Weeping Isis is searching for her husband whom she finds dead under the bush. Meaning: A woman weeps the loss of her husband.
Bottom left: A man filling an oil lamp. Meaning: Loss of a friend.
Bottom right: Isis is being visited by an old woman. Meaning: Consolation.
Letter: U. Lemegeton interpretation: Generosity, Sincerity, Spirituality
4♦ Through love you will acquire glory and riches.
FLOWER: Nettles, Indas tree, bryony, Judas tree. Lemegeton interpretation: “You will most certainly find someone who will help you enormously in a very difficult time in your life. New connections will likely be made.”
Top scene: Medea, the beautiful and famous magician, giving Jason a phial and little package of powder. Meaning: Powerful protection.
Bottom left: Jason throwing water on the enraged bull. Meaning: Fear
Bottom right: Jason throwing power to the dragon. Meaning: Self-confidence.
Letter: O. Lemegeton interpretation: “Willpower, Obstinance, Comprehension”
Now, to unlock the reading 🔐. This should be an interesting process. 😁 If you click the image you will be taken to Lenny Jeton’s YouTube channel where he describes the Grand Tableau- highly recommend! I may watch it again.
So where do you we start? Let’s look at the playing cards first.
3 ♠ Serious illness. Danger of death + Queen ♠ Desertion or widowhood + 4♦ Through love you will acquire glory and riches. This trio talks about the possibility of a serious health condition for a man thus leaving the woman alone although in the end love will prevail. These cards could mean many other things as well.
Let’s look at the top scenes. You blend the three scene meanings into some sort of prediction. Insecure existence + A woman weeps the loss of her husband + Powerful protection. The three meanings point to some rocky situation that could leave the woman without a partner but through it all she is protected. 😜
Let’s look at the first cards’ bottom right + middle card’s bottom left + bottom right + last card’s bottom left. We cannot combine the first card’s bottom left or the last card’s bottom right because there are no cards beside them. Ok, here it goes.
I like Lemegeton’s (LI) translated interpretations better than the booklet, lol.
Premature death (LI:You surely want to change everything now. In every way, a radical change is needed, a 180 degree about-face. This is the only way for you to find peace and quiet.)+ Loss of a friend (LI:The loss of a friend or confident plunges you into a time of solitude. You must prepare yourself for this possibility. Know that sometimes it is not detrimental to find yourself alone.) + Consolation (LI:You will be assisted and helped by an aged person. This person will give you very good advice. (S)He will console you in these difficult times.) + Fear (LI:You doubt, even worse, you have fears and frights. They’re not justified because your problems will rapidly resolve themselves. Fear nothing and reprove yourself, save your energy for the victory.) Well, some changes will be approaching. This could involve some bad news whereby the female will need emotional support (is this me?). I suppose the last part is advice to me. Take this reading lightly.
Reading LI’s flower interpretation:
“You truly need to slow down the pace, a one year sabbatical would be welcome. Therefore, give yourself a little time to rediscover sources of inspiration. + “Whether on a professional or personal level, you should be discreet because of a risk that some information now revealed may return to be used against you.” + “You will most certainly find someone who will help you enormously in a very difficult time in your life. New connections will likely be made.”
The message of this 3-card reading contains some serious warnings. Are they for me personally or is it for someone close to me or it is just the luck of the draw? 😬