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An updated take on the traditional Lenormand system, Titania’s Fortune cards are fun to use. I am quite enchanted by this little deck that Titania Hardie has produced. The cards are somewhat retro, somewhat quirky and yet still based on a traditional system that has a lot to offer.
Note: This is a review of the edition with the pink cover that was published in 2019.
The design of this deck is quite nice. It consists of simple photographs of each object in the Lenormand system that are then cross processed to give interesting, and very saturated, color ways and an x-ray effect. The background colors in the cards are heavy on violets, pinks and blues that are almost neon looking. The backgrounds also feature a vignetting effect that gives a vintage feel. There is also a sepia-tinged gold tone in some of the cards that offsets these colors. I do feel some of the images are more successful than others, but this technique makes these cards very fun and modern looking.
The card backs are done in a soft pink with a reversible “T” design in gold lettering. I am a bit amused the backs are reversible, because Lenormand traditional does not use reversed cards at all. The cards also have a gold edging on both the front and back sides. This gold is not particularly metallic-looking and matches the imagery of some of the pictures.
Layout and Format
There are 36 cards in this deck. They are somewhat larger than poker cards but still not as large as many modern oracles. The cards themselves are on somewhat thin stock. They riffle shuffle well but feel a little “floppy” in the process. They are not quite matte but do not have a particularly glossy finish.
The cards are housed in a small tuck box. This tuck box is then wedged into a cubbyhole in a larger book/box combo. This is not my favorite set up, but I do appreciate that the tuck box fits neatly. I also like that the larger casing resembles a nicely bound hardcover book when on the shelf rather than a cardboard box. The cover is a pretty, soft pink with gold lettering and a gold cherry branch design that looks very nice.
The actual guidebook has a soft cover that is printed in a gold color, which is not actually metallic. The pages of the book are very slightly glossy and there are large, full-color images of each card. I am impressed by the quality of the printing but I do wish that the book was removable and not glued to the right side of the outer casing.
Though it is not marketed as such, this is effectively a Lenormand deck, and the cards match those traditional meanings. Unlike most Lenormand decks, however, these cards are not numbered. They also do not have playing card inserts. This may be a negative for some people, but I quite like the minimalist approach these cards take.
The LWB is quite well done for this deck. Coming in at 95 pages, it features several introductory chapters on laying out and reading the cards and a section on card meanings, including a chapter that gives a quick overview of each cards.
A happy surprise is that Hardie not only includes several very usable spreads but also give sample readings. I have found that studying sample readings is very useful for people new to Lenormand, and so I quite like her introduction sections in this little book.
The second part of the book has nice description of each card that also includes some combination meanings. I also found this to be a very pleasant surprise as it is not usual for LWBs to give more than the basic meaning of the individual card.
Of course, any one wanting to continue in learning Lenormand would be advised to get a full textbook and not rely solely on any deck’s LWB. This LWB, for instance mentions near-far reading techniques but does not go into any detail about it. The same is true for directionality and for secondary card meanings. Still, this is one of the most comprehensive LWBs I’ve seen packaged with a Lenormand deck. So, kudos to Hardie for that.
This is an excellent beginner deck as it is quite fun and upbeat. Lenormand is sometimes accused of being intimidating in its bluntness. However, this deck manages to make it more accessible for new readers. I quite like the deck, despite some of it’s flaws, and use it often.
Name: Titania’s Fortune Cards
Type: Traditional oracle
Card Number: 36
Card Size: 2.75 x 4.00 (6.9 x 10.16 cm)
Box: Rigid book
Author: Titania Hardie
Illustrator: Titania Hardie
Publisher: Quadrille, 2019