The purpose of creating the Antiquarian Lenormand was because I wanted a personal reading deck of my own design with an antique aesthetic. My focus at first was the late 19th and early 20th centuries but I strayed from this at times.
I first began looking for antique playing cards that I could use as the card inserts you see in historic Lenormand decks. I searched for a deck from the late 1800s or early 1900s. My search ended with the 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. It took about seven months to assemble the 36 cards, plus the extra Fox card. (I liked both, so included both in the pack. Pick the Fox you prefer to use in your readings and leave the other out.)
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a tarot reader and deck creator who enjoys studying the stars and using astrology in her readings. She was born under a Sagittarius Sun with Libra Rising and Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts deepened her intuitive abilities and inspires her approach to tarot, creativity, and divination. Music, dancing, poetry, and lemon balm tea are her current well-being aids.
She's a Portuguese-American who loves to travel and connect with family, friends, & animals. She lives in Pacific NW with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante, who perpetually reminds them to laugh and play and take walks in nature, whether rain or shine.
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