I set out to create the Antiquarian Lenormand because I wanted to have a personal reading deck of my own design that had a hand-made antiqued aesthetic. My focus at first was the late 19th & early 20th centuries but I strayed from this at times. All of the key images were gathered from various places and are in the public domain.
I began by looking for an antique playing card deck that I could use as the playing card inserts you see in historic Lenormand decks. I was searching specifically for a deck from the late 1800s or early 1900s. My search ended with a late 19th century Les Modes Godey Nasco Playing Card Co deck that I found at a flea market for $5.00!
Each of the original cards are handmade 8.5” X 12” collages upon which I applied various techniques to create its distressed appearance. Some of the elements didn't need to be aged, like the letter from the schoolgirl in the Letter card & the circa 1890's playing card inserts themselves! It took seven months to assemble the 36 cards, plus the extra Fox card. I love both & so included both in the pack. Pick the Fox you prefer to use in your readings & leave the other out.
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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