Today, I wanted to share with you all a review of one of my Lenormand card decks. The deck which I am going to focus on today is the Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand Deck. This Lenormand card deck was created by Edmund Zebrowski and published by U.S. Games. I’m excited to share this deck! I am sure that Tarot readers will love it as much as I do.
I believe that the Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand is the best Lenormand deck for Tarot readers. You can grab your copy here.
The art featured in this Lenormand deck is based on artwork created by Pamela (Pixie) Colman Smith. Smith is the artist behind the Rider Waite Smith Tarot. I think that this concept behind the deck is extraordinarily cleaver. If you love your Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck, you may want to add this deck to your Lenormand collection.
The card stock of this deck is rather good. In fact, it is superior to most Lenormand decks. I am not usually a weirdo when it comes to card stock. However, even I noticed that the stock of his deck is rather exceptional. This is especially true when compared to other decks.
The deck which I got comes in a tin. I am not too fond of this to be honest. This is my first ‘tin’ deck. I usually prefer my decks to come in a box. However, I understand that this is a personal preference. There is a little bit of room in the tin so if you like to put herbs or other small objects in your tin you can, especially if you remove the book which comes with the deck.
Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand: Great For Tarot Readers
A lot of the artwork in the Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand is very similar to the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck. The artwork will be familiar to Tarot readers. The deck is fun to look at because you can start to play a game of, “What card did that come from?” For example, we have the same Sun from the Rider Waite Smith Sun card on the Lenormand Sun.
For some cards, I do not think that the addition of similar symbols between the two decks was a good idea. But, I see why the deck creator made these choices. For example the star on the Rider Waite Smith Star card is the same as the star on the Stars card – this may give the wrong impression to people who are coming from Tarot to Lenormand. Despite this, I would still say that this was a excellent beginner’s deck.
One thing which I hate, is when Lenormand cards are marketed as beginners decks but are not the traditional ‘Lenormand’ size – this is not the case with Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand. I then have to spend a lot of time explaining to people that poker size is the traditional Lenormand size! These cards are the right size for a Lenormand deck, so that is a plus in my book!
Also, the deck does not include any extra cards which (again) makes it a very good deck for beginners. Extra cards can often cause confusion among newbies – Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand contains none which is good. Obviously, if you like additional cards this may put you off.
Another thing which makes me think that this is a beginner’s deck, is the fact that it contains playing card inserts, but they are not obvious. In fact, I had been using the deck for weeks before I noticed them! Playing card inserts are not often used by beginners. Although I am an experienced Lenormand card reader, I do not use playing card inserts so this does not bother me but it might bother you if you like to use them.
The artwork chosen for the deck is clear enough that you know exactly what each card is suppose to represent – this is a major concern not just for beginners but for experienced readers also. The deck is interesting without being too busy.
My only criticism with the artwork, is the Letter card (pictured below). I understand that the creator only had Smith’s artwork to work with, but I really wish that there was not a person on the Letter card (when I first observed this card I thought it was the Lady). However, that is my only real criticism of the deck, everything else from the card stock to the images and even the book are all well done.
There is a little book which comes with the deck and it is more of a small book as opposed to the little white books which you get inside Tarot decks.
From reading the book, I get the feeling that the author had a lot more to say than he had space for, which is a shame! The book is large enough that he properly explain the card meanings but not large enough that he can properly explain the Grand Tableau. For this reason, I wish the book was larger.
I also wish the book was larger because he gives good tips for what it means when a card is next to another card. He only does this for some of the cards, such as the Mountain, which although interesting may be confusing for some beginners.
So, in some ways the deck is good for newbies but the guidebook makes more sense if you already have experience in Lenormand. Some of the things he said in the book were quite interesting and (I do not say this often) but he should really write a full Lenormand book. I got the impression that he really knows what he is talking about when it comes to Lenormand – this deck was more than a ‘money-making’ project for the creator.
Finally, I got a good reaction to the deck when I posted pictures of it to my Instagram and Facebook accounts. So, if you often share your readings online you can rest assure that this deck will be a hit!
Or, you can download a free Lenormand for Beginners PDF guide. It is fun, free and instantly downloadable on mobile, tablet or computer. Grab it here.