The Origin of Green Glyphs Lenormand
Green Glyphs was born in the winter of 2018 when I was going through another bout of physical pain and searching for solace in magical arts. I was immediately drawn to the storytelling aspects that come with reading Lenormand and the qualities it shares with Tarot.
These days there are more and more Lenormand decks out there, but not a lot that I have connected with. And knowing I love the challenge of creating a deck of magical cards, I jumped right in. The power of Lenormand lies in reading all 36 cards in a spread called a Grand Tableau. When I first started learning Lenormand this idea was daunting to me- 36 symbols is a lot to take in at once. So I set out to create a deck that could be read quickly by color, giving the beginning reader an early advantage.
All cards that have a strong presence of gold or yellow are positive cards
while cards that are predominantly orange are unfortunate.
With this key aspect added into the deck, it makes it much easier to see clusters of positive or unfortunate cards. You will pick up patterns and situations with much more ease than with a standard Lenormand deck.
Another thing I wanted from this deck is for it to be universal among all people. The hetero-assuming/hetero-normative white aspects that come included in most old Tarot and Lenormand decks is tired. So I added four cards to this deck that will allow you to swap out the Gentleman or the Lady for another Man or another Lady or a Person.
Lastly, I wanted to add my own system of symbols that can be used to simplify the 36 cards even more. These glyphs are meant to be used as tools to remember the 36 symbols and you will find one on each card, along with other secret sigils and glyphs scrawled throughout the deck.
When it was done I sprinkled it with a hefty dose of good magic and I called it Green Glyphs.
The deck itself is comprised of 40 high quality cards printed on 350gsm soft touch matte paper. The cards are standard playing card size (2.5 x 3.5 inches). These cards feel amazing to the touch and the matte finish gives them that timeless appearance that I love.
The special feature of the deck is The Green Glyphs Guide - An 80 page full color guide (measuring 4 x 6.5 inches) meant to offer a brief introduction for reading your Lenormand deck. It includes an introduction that answers some of your burning questions about Lenormand and 40 pages of card meanings and example combinations followed by a section that details how to read a Grand Tableau and instructions on how to play The Game of Hope a multiplayer game that uses all 36 cards as a board game!
The Box (measuring 4 x 7 x 1 inches) holds the deck and cards and is constructed with all paper cardstock. The interior has a paper 'tray' that holds the cards in place and the larger sized guide sits on top. The box closes with a magnetic flip top.
What Comes With Green Glyphs Lenormand?
Green Glyphs was funded on kickstarter from 9.17.19 - 10.17.19. The deck was funded by 1,018 amazing backers who helped bring the whole project to life. The project allowed Green Glyphs to grow into more of a universe than I could have imagined, making room for Green Glyphs Tarot, expected in 2021. Aspects of the Kickstarter are available through the James R. Eads Shop.