Here is one of my favorite tasty little treats of a deck, Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand. Created by artist Edmund Zebrowski by layering together already existing images created by famous Tarot Illustrator, Pamela (Pixie) Colman Smith. He is also the creator of the previously reviewed, Day of the Dead Lenormand!
Edmund seamlessly pulled together images hidden within Pixie’s illustrations to give us a vibrant, working deck of traditional Lenormand symbols. These cards have a presence about them, like the Rider-Waite Tarot, that demand a certain respect. Here we have the same sense of foreboding wisdom, but spoken in the simple vernacular intrinsic in Lenormand cards.
The deck is composed of 36 cards, plus a nice little pamphlet with keywords for each card. I would hazard to guess that the cards are bridge size making them ideal for casting the Grand Tableau. The card stock is average and they shuffle nicely. The real juice is in the images, and the color quality is stellar!
I find using this deck really enjoyable, and the readings are right on! This is one instance when I am fond of the borders around the cards. Pixie’s bold illustration style is perfect for reading with because the messages are clear and to the point. There is no nonsense here!
My one complaint is that a few of the images, the Stork in particular, are a bit contrived. You can tell they were collaged, which isn’t consistent with the art-style of the deck as a whole. Other than that, the deck is delightful! I would recommend it to readers, beginner or seasoned.
I have to admit that I am a bit envious because Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand 1st Edition came with alternate cards that appeared to be beautiful! Maybe Edmund will do another run of that series in the near future.
© Shaheen Miro 2013