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The Egyptian Lenormand Hardcover – February 28, 2015
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Dr. Khepri's studies focus on the spirituality of ancient civilizations and she has applied this to The Egyptian Lenormand. A Tarot and Lenormand reader with over thirty years experience, she provides a valuable guide that will help readers learn to interpret Lenormand and use their decks for healing and magic.
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Artist/Author: Nefer Khepri, PhD.
Publisher: Schiffer Pulishing, Ltd.
Cards are approximately 2.75 x 4 inches with a gloss finish and are easy to shuffle
Companion book measures approximately 8.5 by 5.75 inches
Nefer brings her expertise of the Ancient Egyptian Culture and divination together to create a colorful and insightful deck and book set that brings a fresh new look to traditional Lenormand.
Being a fan of Cartomancy in all its forms whether it is Tarot, Oracle Cards, or Lenormand, I’ve awaited the release of Nefer Kephri’s newest masterpiece, The Egyptian Lenormand. The bright colors and images captivate your imagination and get your card-reading juices flowing.
The companion book is 175 pages and includes: Keywords, Playing card association, traditional meanings with descriptive commentary including the author/artists thoughts on that particular card, and Ancient Egyptian Meanings. There is a section on how to read Lenormand cards with spreads and examples - a section which discusses in-depth the process/ritual of Activation of the deck for healing and magical purposes. There is a section covering Health and Healing with Health associations for each card. For example: Card 6 – Clouds: The Clouds card represents the lungs and respiratory health in general. The section on the Power of Magic for Manifestation covers What Magic is and is not; Magical Ethics; Intention, Focus and Directed Thought; and Magical associations for the Cards. An example of this would be the meaning for Flowers: Joy, happiness, gifts, healing. Nefer has also included a table which pairs up the Egyptian deities associated with the cards, as well as a sample of how these subjects can be easily integrated.
This is not your Grandmother’s Lenormand, it’s Lenormand with lots of options and the information needed to expand your cartomancy knowledge as well incorporating concepts of healing and magic into your reading experience. I highly recommend this deck to anyone who has an interest in Egypt, Lenormand, beautiful art cards, and card reading in general. Khepri’s easy style of writing is both enjoyable and informative. Kudos!
First, let me say that some readers of Lenormand Oracle cards would say that since this is not a "traditional" Lenormand deck, that it shouldn't carry the Lenormand name. Since it has all the traditional cards in it, (though in a somewhat altered form) I am perfectly happy to call them Lenormand.
The illustrations are playful and vibrant, drawn in vivid colors with a joyous freedom. I have a strong sense of viewing them as if living in an Egypt not yet ancient, when the pyramids were an ongoing part of everyday gossip. I imagine stone-masons drinking the still beer of the time, while a Sybil reads a petite tableau for them at an adjoining table. Of course this is pure fantasy, not only because these are modern times and I am not in Egypt- ancient OR modern- but also because the Lenormand Oracle cards are far too young for any such scenario. Never the less, the image persists in my imagination. Sun-soaked awnings shade a rough open-air taverna, perfumed with the smells of barley beer, river water, cooking millet and wood smoke. The air is ringing with male laughter, and market-place criers hawking their wares in the distance. Colorful cards are spread on the table, and the reading begins.
As in many modern Lenormand decks, there are two cards for the Lady, and two cards for the Man- but these cards are differentiated as Priestess and Goddess, Pharoah and God. I see these as representing us in our highest manifestations as beings who are in the process of realizing our highest potential, or as seekers searching for truth. I like having these possible expressions of roles we play in our life experiences, because we change- we learn, we grow- sometimes we rise, and sometimes we fall. At times we shine, and other times we show our feet of clay. These cards allow for those ups and downs to show up in our readings.
There are other differences also- we have the Cat as well as the Dog, the Ibis instead of the Stork, the Sacred Cow instead of the Bear, the Obelisk instead of the Tower, and the Djed Pillar instead of the Cross. Never the less, the meanings translate with relative ease, and the changes add flavor to the distinctive personality of the deck. Interestingly, the traditional meanings of the card images fall pretty much in line with their Egyptian equivalents. This could be for the very simple reason that all people everywhere and in every era have shared the same basic concerns, interests and problems.
Beside these relatively minor changes, there is something extra- the Activation Cards. As far as I know, this has never been done before- this is the addition of another level of meaning that is notably and deliberately absent from other Lenormand decks.
Readers of the Lenormand Oracle are often insistent that this is not a "psychic" divination method, that the cards are cut and dried, and very "muggle-like" in their orientation. In my experience, that is somewhat true- the readings tend to have an earthy focus on practical, everyday concerns, and almost never delve into the subtleties that Tarot has become known for in the last couple of decades. There is hardly ever a reading about manifesting your highest potential, or self-realization. Inquiries are much more likely to be about steady employment and relationships, rather than personal transformation or the analysis of karmic burdens...but this deck has a built in option to take it where only Tarot has gone before. (Well, that's not strictly true- Psycards and some other oracle systems go there too- but those are subjects for another time.) This deck is designed to be usable for spellwork, an exciting option that is normally outside the realm of this normally businesslike and blunt card system. The book gives simple and clear instruction about how to use focused intention in combination with the cards to manifest desired changes in your life. There is a brief but pithy section on magical ethics, and two extra Activation Cards for the express purpose of creating changes in your personal reality. In my opinion, this makes this deck a valuable addition to any collection where the reader is seeking to expand their effectiveness with greater breadth and depth.
On a more basic note- the cards are beautiful, colorful and unusual in their design. They are borderless, with strong graphic images. The printing is high quality, on good sturdy cardstock with a glossy finish. The book is nicely produced, with an attractive design motif running throughout. There are full color illustrations of the cards throughout, muted slightly by the beige color of the paper they are printed on, and also because the images are somewhat less saturated, so some of the vividness of the cards is lost. You can still easily see the defining features of each card, so that is really not a problem.
Each card is simply defined, with a clear explanation not only of the meaning, but of how it was selected and how it compares to its equivalent in the Egyptian culture.
The writing is quite good- you can tell the author has done her research on the culture and spiritual practices. In fact, Nefer Khepri has a Master's degree in Anthropology, as well as being an accomplished artist, which adds a certain cachet to the innovations designed into her deck.
The packaging is the signature classic glossy box that Schiffer Publishing is known for, with ribbon hinges and a fitted compartment to hold the cards.
Thank you Nefer, for creating this lovely deck, and thank you Schiffer, for making it available to the general public.
I received this deck directly from the publisher, specifically for review purposes.