Lenormand Cards are named after the famous French reader Mademoiselle Lenormand, who was said to have such a great reader than Napoleon Bonaparte himself sought her out.
Despite the name, they are actually based off of a 36 pack of German playing cards. Not French at all, not having anything to do with Lenormand herself.
In any case, they have quickly become my favorite pick for divination.
They are much different than the tarot so many are used to. Lenormand is less about interpreting the images and more about knowing what the each card represents and then applying that to the context of the reading as well as its position and proximity with other cards. The cards are almost never read alone. They are always read in pairs to paint a more complete picture.
If you are trying to use these after being hooked on tarot, prepare to pretty much discard so much of what you know. By that, I mean don’t try to apply tarot rules or spreads to Lenormand. I tried with really bad results. Readings were incomplete or totally muddled. Very little sense. But I do recommend others to at least try these decks. There are many beautiful ones out there! To help you along, here are links to articles and videos that are immensely helpful.
Basic Three Card spread:
Nine card spread:
Meanings and correspondences:
(Note that certain cards can have totally different meanings depending on the reader. For example, the Bear could represent a protector, attacker, or related to management/employment. This is where you should actually feel what works best for you and makes the most sense)
I hope you guys find this helpful!