There has been a great deal of debate in the USA about how Lenormand should be read and it has gotten ugly. There doesn’t seem to be as big a problem in Europe, where these cards originate. I don’t know why readers think they can re-define a deck already in use for nearly two centuries…two centuries of use, tradition and results. It pains me to write this because I was once a very avid fan of a blog whereby the author recently published a list of reversal meanings for Lenormand. I have been following it for two or more years and am shocked she would do such a thing. Did she drink the Guru kool-aid? I don’t know. She could well design her own deck using reversals, for sure, as she is very knowledgeable. This I could see being very good. Reversal meanings for Lenormand- not so good.
There is no known historical basis TO MY KNOWLEDGE THUS FAR that Lenormand has ever used reversals. The cards have an orientation that is left side/right side and up/down. One can read a GT diagonally also. (I tend NOT to employ this technique, however). There simply is no cultural or historic proof in the instructions outlined in the deck recently discovered by Mary K. Greer in the British Museum whereby the images are said to come from coffee reading and no hint of reversals in the original Lenormand Dondorf deck. To my knowledge at this point in time, coffee reading is oriented to the cup’s handle and how far away the images appear both up and down the sides and toward/away from the handle. I have never heard of coffee reading using reversals in the images found in the cup.
As for reading the pictures of traditional fortune telling decks without knowing the traditional meanings assigned to the cards, I pass on this to you:
When I began reading Lenormand I gave a deck of Gypsy cards bought by mistake to an acquaintance with the recommendation that she learn the traditional meanings first. Instead of listening to me, she decided to use them then and there using only her intuition, which was normally very good because she was the leader of a group working on developing intuition. She asked a question about the lover she was pursuing at the time, and flipped over the “Argument” card. Instead of looking up the meaning of the card in the book provided, she read it using her “intuition.” Her interpretation was flowery, positive, and hopeful. In the end, and in just a few weeks, she would have deep irreconcilable differences with the person and what had been a hopeful relationship turned bitter and sour.
Now if someone has information to pass on to me that says otherwise, I am glad to listen. Until then, I am opposed to anymore confusion in reading Lenormand cards than has already been put into the public realm. These cards require enough focus and learning as it is and certainly, until someone can justify reversals and intuitive reading of pictures without knowing the meanings, I will be staunchly opposed these methods.