Marcus Katz (England) is a tarot teacher and co-director of the Tarosophy Tarot Association. He has studied and taught tarot for thirty-five years and has delivered more than ten thousand face-to-face readings. Marcus has coauthored several books, including Around the Tarot in 78 Days and Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot.Tali Goodwin (England) is a tarot researcher and co-director of the Tarosophy Tarot Association. She is responsible for the Cards of Antiquity campaign which set the ground for the return of Lenormand, Kipper, and other antique decks in the mass market. Tali is the coauthor of several books, including Around the World in 78 Days and Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot.
Davide Corsi is an illustrator based in Italy.
The fairies take up Lenormand and the affect is charming! These larger than usual cards showcase enchanting scenes of fairies visiting traditional Lenormand images, leading us on a merry chase through discovering our own futures.
Lenormand purists may not be pleased with the deck. Let's just get that right on the table so we can move on. Traditional Lenormand decks are small (playing card size or smaller) so that all 36 cards can fit on the table. Lenormand readings are very predictive. Lenormand readers train not to read the symbols in the card but rather to know what the card means well enough to focus on the relationships between the cards. In traditional Lenormand, the cards are not read individually but in relation to the cards around it. This is why the symbols are simple and clear. The reader does not "read" the symbols. The reader reads the relationship between the cards in the spread, usually a Grand Tableau (which uses all 36 cards of the deck).
The Fairy Lenormand is larger (3 x 5) and the images are more complex. To me, that is a drawback. However, the positive side is that the larger size makes it easier to appreciate the images, which really are quite enchanting. In fact, they seem quite perfect for people who like the rich and wonderful world of the fae. I particularly love that the Rider is a winged female fairy on a absolutely beautiful stag. There are plenty of lovely surprises hidden in these images and, for the most part, the fuller illustrations do not make the cards hard to identify, as with some of the other newer Lenormand designs.
The cards have the traditional number but not the name. In addition, there are insets of the playing cards that correspond to the specific Lenormand card. The artist, David Corsi, created the little portraits for the royalty cards, the Jacks, Queens, and Kings, and the are charming. The only problem is, for someone like me who does not know all the correspondences, I cannot tell the Kings from the Jacks. But that's not such a big problem since it is not necessary to know the playing card associations.
The book that comes with it really packs a lot of clear and easy to understand information about how to read the Lenormand cards. Unlike most little booklets that come with decks, only four pages (out of 69) are devoted to the card meanings. With Lenormand, this is not a problem at all. The rest of the book explains how to actually read with the cards and builds the skills one at a time so that putting it all together in a Grand Tableau seems fairly easy. Katz and Goodwin actually provide two variations on the Grand Tableau, which I've not seen before. As usual, these authors provide content that is both solid and creative.
Name of deck: Fairy Lenormand
Reviewer's Byline: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Creator names: Marcus Goodwin & Tali Goodwin
Artist name: David Corsi
Name of accompanying book/booklet: Fairy Lenormand
Number of pages of book/booklet: 128, 69 in English
Authors of book/booklet: Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Yes
Does it have extra cards? If yes, what are they?: No