The Egyptian Lenormand


Nefer Khepri, PhD.

Gallery of Card Images

Extra Man & Woman cards

Extra Woman & Man cards. These are 2 separate images, but designed so they form a single composition.  They will be two separate cards in the final deck. This is the self-published version. I re-drew all cards for the Schiffer edition to give them brighter colors.  See below for comparisons.


The images below were taken with an iPhone camera or scanned at low resolution.  The actual images are much crisper & the colors are more vibrant in real life.  The Schiffer edition was created at a much higher resolution (300 dpi) than the images here.  I'm using lower resolution here to dissuade pirating of my art on which I worked very hard.  Therefore, a bold copyright notice is also included across each image.   

A typical Lenormand deck has 36 cards.  All cards have their corresponding number (as in The Clover, for example, is Card No. 2, The Birds is Card No. 12, and so on), title & playing card association printed in white. Playing card associations are given in shorthand; such as, A and a S to signify the Ace of Spades.  Lenormand cards correspond to certain playing cards & many who also practice the art of cartomancy appreciate playing card inserts on their Lenormand cards as it adds further dimension to their Lenormand readings.

The examples below are presented with the self-published edition of the card always on the left and the Schiffer edition of the card always on the right for comparative purposes.


The Ship

The Ship. Card # 3, playing card association 10S (10 of Spades). The Ship denotes travel, commerce, and trade. Movement from one place to another, usually over water, is indicated. On a more esoteric level The Ship can indicate astral travel.

The Sarcophagus (Coffin)

Traditionally entitled, "Coffin," of course the ancient Egyptians did not use coffins, they used sarcophagi (plural form of "sarcophagus").  For each card I focused on remaining true to Egyptian imagery, spiritual beliefs & architecture so here I have depicted a sarcophagus very loosely based upon the most famous sarcaphagus of all, that of King Tutankamun that I was fortunate enough to see in person at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois in 1976 or 1977.

Flowers (Bouquet)

  Traditionally depicted as a bouquet of flowers, for each image I strove to maintain loyalty to Egyptian art, iconography, as well as fauna indigenous to ancient Egypt. Therefore, my version of The Bouquet   for The Egyptian Lenormand is a bunch of stylized lotus flowers rendered in the artistic style of ancient Egypt.  The blue band at the base is a symbolic representation of water.  The lotus flower was considered by the ancient Egyptians to be the source of life & figures prominently in creation stories.


Crook & Flail (Whips/Broom/Rod)

Anyone who has seen the epic movie, "The 10 Commandments" or have visited a museum with Egyptian sarcophagi will recognize this symbol.  Carried by the Pharaoh as a symbol of his authority, the Crook depicts him as the shepherd of his people.  The Flail on the left was used to urge a horse or camel forward by hitting them on the rump with it & for shooing flies away. Ancient Egypt had a problem with fly infestations.  The Crook is the soft, caring side of the Pharaoh while the Flail is his harsh side should someone break his laws or threaten his people or borders of his country.


The Birds


Usually 2 birds are depicted on The Birds card.  Here, the birds are the god Horus (left) & the ka, or soul of the deceased pharoah (right).  They stand upon an altar of ankhs, the symbol of Life, Breath & Blessings, that is located bewteen two djed pillars, representing the god Osiris & stability.  The conversation takes place in the Duat, or Underworld, hence a daytime sky above & a nighttime sky below.  The ancient Egyptians believed the Duat was up in the sky.


The Child

Try as I might, I could not draw a child that looked like a child to save my life.  My then14-year-old daughter suggested I research ancient Egyptian children's toys & draw those instead.  What a great idea!  The horse and bird are push toys.  The object to the right that looks suspiciously like an Apollo space capsule is a top.  The doll is known as a paddle doll.  All toys were carved from wood & then brightly painted.  The Child card represents an actual child, innocence, new beginnings & a sense of adventure.


Sacred Cow (Bear) 

One of the traditional cards of the Lenormand is The Bear.  However, there were no bears in ancient Egypt.  The bear is not indigenous to northern Africa.  The Bear card means strength, power, business sense and/or prosperity, & it can represent an older female, such as a mother or mother figure, & female authority.  Who better to embody these qualities than the goddess, Hathor?  Here I depicted Her in her cow-aspect.  She is often depicted as a woman with the ears of a cow & She represents all the things the tradtional Bear Lenormand card also represents thus making Her a perfect choice for my version of The Bear card now called The Cow in The Egyptian Lenormand.

The Ibis (Stork)

The Ibis is a long-legged water bird, similar to a Stork, so it's a perfect Egyptian eqivalent. The Ibis is sacred to the god, Thoth, who was believed to have given humankind the Scienes & in particular, Mathematics. The Ibis in a reading indicates change and/or possible relocation. If next to the Child card it can indicate pregnancy.

The Dog

Naturally, Father Anubis (Anpu to the ancient Eygptians) had to be The Dog card, plus He insisted.  He is one of my guides.  He did not like 2 earlier versions of this card so I had to rework it with His guidance.  He's quite happy with this version as am I.  He stands in the courtyard of the Temple of Isis at Philae with his back to the temple & his arms crossed.  He is a protector & a guide.  The Dog card represents loyalty, friendship, guidance, & protection.


Just as mice nibble away at stores of grain these days, back in ancient Egypt mice were a major problem. This lead to the Egyptians being the first to domestic the cat, the natural predator of the mouse. Cats became venerated and were often entombed with nobility mummified and within their own sarcophagus (the Bristish Museum has a great collection on display), while mice were viewed as the pests that they proved to be. The Mice card in a reading represents little worries and anxieties that eat away at us. Sometimes The Mice card can indicate a loss or a theft.

The Heart

The Heart card pertains to matters of the heart (emotions) as well as cardiovascular health. Here in this image the ancient Egyptian symbol for "heart", a stylized vase, has a modern-day Valentine's Day-style heart on it. The ancient Egyptians believed that once deceased the soul traveled a perilous journey through the Duat, the Egpytian underworld. Once the soul succeededin reaching the Hall of Judgment before the god Osiris one's heart was weighed against the weight of goddess Ma'at's feather. If  your sins were too great and your heart weighed more than the goddess's feather, your heart was fed to a crocodile-like creature and you would be forever doomed to roam aimlessly in the Duat.

God/Goddess (Man/Woman)

The God card signfies a man in a reading and the Goddess card signifies a woman.

Pharaoh/Priestess (Man/Woman)

Alternative gender cards, the Pharoah signifies a man in a reading while the Priestess signifies a woman. It was common in ancient Egypt for high priestesses to be of noble birth. They were often the daughters of the Pharaoh or his sisters.  The top images are from the self-published 2013 edition and the bottom 2 images are from the Schiffer 2015 edition.

The Sun

The god Khepera, the sacred scarab beetle, was believed to push the sun across the sky every single day. Khepera was venerated as a god of success, good luck, and strength. The Sun card in Lenormand means major good luck (as opposed to The Clover card, which is small luck), great success, health, and vigor.


Djed Pillar (The Cross)

The Djed Pillar is a symbolic representation of the spinal column of the god, Osiris, who was cut up into 14 pieces by his brother Set who took the throne from Osiris.  The death of Her love caused Isis tremendous grief.  She wandered the world collecting the pieces of Her beloved & reassembled him.  Using the magic she had tricked the old god, Ra, into sharing with Her, Isis resurrected Osiris, but he then became a god of the dead.  The traditional Lenormand Cross card represents grief, burdens, various types of tribulations, & on the bright side it can be a card of spirituality.  The Djed Pillar embodies the strength and authority of Osiris, while also representing the tremendous grief & hardship that Isis experienced when Osiris was murdered, but also the magic she used when reassembling his body & resurrecting Him from the dead.  Hence, my version of The Cross also represents grief, hardship, tribulations, spirituality & magic.


I chose to completely redesign 5 card images for the 2015 Schiffer edition of The Egyptian Lenormand. The redesigned cards are: Desert Fox, Stars, Garden, Crossroads, and The Cat, which is an additional card to the traditional Lenormand system. The new versions can be seen in the Schiffer edition.

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Thank you to my husband & daughter for their love & support, my wonderful community of friends on Facebook, & also to Schiffer Books for helping me to make "The Egyptian Lenormand" a reality.  I appreciate the support of the people who have been kind enough to like the deck's Facebook Page, & everyone else who along the way told me, "you can do this!"  Special love & gratitude goes out to the mighty goddess, Hathor, who guided my hand every time I stressed over having to draw an animal or person for this deck. 

This deck is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Valentina Olga Perez Gutierrez, who always told me I had talent.  She believed in me 100% & always told me I could achieve whatever I desired.  She saw this deck in a vision on her deathbed, 5 years before it was even a thought for me.  She described small, brightly colored cards of various Egyptian images & told me, "that will be your first publication."

Mom, as always, you were right!  This deck is for you.

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