I’m working in several projects at the same time, giving live to different decks. One of them is a present for you. I wanted to thank you deeply for your support. So, the best thing that I could do to thank you is designing a very cute deck! But… what type of deck? What could I do that it would be both nice, and free?
One of my favorite techniques are collages. In fact, I love simple & cluttered collages that use vintage images. So, I came up with the idea of creating a simple deck with vintage images. But, which type of vintage images? Should I use very old ones? Should I try something else? And then, I decided to use postcards and posters. I collect vintage postcards with artwork that I like. I like the images, the artwork, the idea behind. I started to collect those in Japan. Almost all of those belong to promotion posters: soap, bicycles, drinks, airlines… So the idea popped up! What about a free Vintage Poster Lenormand with a free explanation file? Sounded great! So I decided to silently give it a try.
While you can find many sites with vintage posters, you might not find the ones that tune with you. And it might happen that you will end up hunting for a long time for those images that best go with the idea you just had. It is difficult to find images that match your idea, given the images that you can use, or image that you find in the net. So, I came up with a collection of possible usable images. Some, really cute, others… well, just interesting.
This deck has been made entirely for educational, research, and entertainment purposes only. Cards will come with a free explanation file, with layouts and other learning exercises. This means that the deck is created as a free deck, and the target is to make it remain so. No commercial uses are allowed. It is just for you to learn the Lenormand, research the Lenormand (and the images if you like to search for the story behind them), and for you to enjoy the Lenormand. The information file is also for you to learn the Lenormand, research it and enjoy it.
Choose your cards!
The problem with the Vintage Poster Lenormand has been the amount of cute images that could be used for a certain card. Above, you can see two different riders: a man and a woman. I was unable to choose because I love both images. So, I decided to ask in dePepi Facebook page and several groups. “Which one do you like?” It turns out that both. I will follow your advice and choose both so that you can choose the one you like to use at each moment. Maybe you prefer just the man rider, but maybe another day you prefer the woman rider.
I’ve decided to do the same with the “snake”.
On the left you have a very blue woman, almost poisonous. It came to my mind as the perfect snake for this deck. However, I also thought that having the traditional “snake” card would be awesome. I ended up with a card with two snakes! I will follow the advice for the rider with the snake too. So, this deck is going to have two different cards for the snake.
Please note that the Snake is coupled with the Queen o Clubs. The Queen of Clubs is usually a dark-haired and confident woman, who might give you good advice, but who has a fierce temper. Lose it and you might lose your head! The Snake is temptation, cunning and also distraction. That’s why the blue woman looked to me as the Snake.
And, the same goes with the “flowers”.
Both posters have a bunch of flowers on them. The one in the left, a woman surrounded by flowers. The one on the right, well… it’s very “Spanish”. It’s a couple dancing flamenco, who seem to have been successful and thus, got lots of flowers around them. I thought it fitted the “flowers” meaning. So, I decided to use that too. Results: two different card flowers.
Note that the Flowers talk about happiness, gifts, friends, having a good time. So, the card with the two Spanish dancers fit to this description. When I saw this vintage poster I decided to use it as one of the Flower possibilities in this deck.
The tricky “birds”.
The “birds” card was tricky. On the left you have a German Poster with the eagle. It’s a poster which promotes music. It says “Germany, a land of music”. In fact, the eagle is an organ. The “bird” in this case, plays music around, and with the music, the news and the excitement goes. If you take the negative aspect of the card, well, you can say that the eagle is pretty scary. (This card might not make it till the end though. Scary.)
For this reason I took also a postcard with two small birds on it. This is closer to the “birds” Lenormand card than the musical eagle at first sight. But both are, in fact, the same. Both are birds. (The design of the eagle is the only one thing that might put her out of the deck.)
Cat and dogs. The “dog” card.
Being a cat lover, I needed to add a cat card. So, while you can find a Cat in one card, you find not only a dog, but many dogs in another version. The “dog” Lenormand card is all about loyalty and friend(s). Usually you find just a dog in the card. But since I found this wonderful pic with many dogs, I found it interesting to have a “dogs” card instead of a “dog” card.
While the cat can be a more independent friend, the dogs are more about a group of closer friends. Mind you, I don’t take the cat with a bad meaning. I would do so with the Sybilla cards, but still, I am reluctant to do so because cats are so cute, and good guys too. I don’t feel cats are “bad” per se.
The “stars”/ “universe” card.
Here I had a really hard time. While I found a poster that matches the stars (on the left), I also found a second one that really gathered my attention (on the right). Since one of the meanings of the “stars” can be “the universe”, I decided to use it the card calling it “universe”. In my readings, the stars have been also talking about the “internet”. So, having a world depicted in the card also makes sense if you connect it to “the world wide web”.
I know it’s a little bit “alternative”, but I decided that you were right: let people choose the one that they do like. This is one of the cases.
The “tree”/ “trees”.
On the left you have a Hannukah Menorah, while in on the right you have some trees. The tree of life has 9 branches instead of 7 (I think), but since I found this poster promoting traveling to Israel, I thought it was a nice possibility.
Please note that the “Tree” Lenormand card talks about health, time, body. It also talks about the environment. It is coupled with the 7 of hearts. That is related to peace, peaceful surroundings, but also lovesickness.
I’m still working on the cards and on the information file, which, I believe, is going to take me a while to complete (I want to do it cute). Please note that not all the cards have duplicates, just some of them. Also note that some of the proposed cards might fall from grace and not be included in the final selection.
Anyway, I just hope that you enjoy this project It will be available for download as soon as I finish the collages (still some cards to go), and finish the information file.
About the images used in the collages:
I was doubtful about which images to choose. There are many around, and some are really cute. All the images can be found out there on the internet in different web sites. Please note that I do not own the copyright on any of these images. All posters, postcards, retro art prints and vintage images copyrights belong to their respective owners. According to the websites I fished from these images, these are images that “are into the public domain”, or are “believed to be so”. So, you can use them “within our rights according to the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Act (title 17, U.S. Code.)” However, if you think that any of the images is infringing your copyright, send me a message to pepi @ depepi . com with a description of the work, a link to where the image is located, and state that the use has not been authorized by you, your agent or the law. Also include your signature.
About the purpose of the deck and the information file:
Both the deck and the information file are entirely for educational, research, and entertainment purposes only. They are also free and non-commercial. While I do not own the copyright on the images used, I do on the sequence and design itself (deck), and the information file. It is my wish to create a totally free deck with its information file, for non-commercial use. Again, both files (deck & information file) are for you to enjoy the Lenormand, and educational & research purposes (the Lenormand and the artwork of the images used).