I’m jealous because submerina received a handcrafted Goddess Oracle deck from her friend Thalia Took so I’m going to review a deck that she doesn’t have! Muahahahaha!
The Under the Roses Lenormand was created by Kendra Hurteau and Katrina Hill. The name is taken from the phrase “under the roses” (sub rosa) something secret or confidential. The deck has thirty-six cards plus extra Lady and Gentleman cards (perfect for reading for same-sex couples or querents who might prefer a significator who isn’t white. The cards are the same size as a standard poker deck. The card borders consist of a black outline, a lighter section with the card name and keywords (see below) and a darker “tea-stained” section around the artwork itself. Each card’s number and suit symbol are placed unobtrusively in the upper corners. The backs have a rose on them. A few cards have been renamed: The Coffin is The Grave, The Flowers is The Bouquet, The Birds is The Owls, The Tower is The Clock Tower, The Heart is The Locket (which is heart-shaped), and The Book is The Journal. Besides the deck itself, the creators have included informational cards with instructions for three and five-card spreads as well as a bit of info on the deck itself and a brief word about the Grand Tableau, which uses the entire deck. The one downside is that there really isn’t a whole lot of “Lenormand 101” talk, so complete newbies might have to muddle through it or find a helpful book or website to get started. This is where something like a LWB would come in handy.
As for the art, it has a very “Victorian” feel to it (and, true to the deck’s name, roses are everywhere). It’s a very elegant style. You can view all the art here. To be honest, there isn’t really a card that I truly dislike, though the expression on the Child’s face is kind of creepy.
There isn’t much else I can say about this deck because I’m still learning how to read with it. Lenormand cards are much more straightforward and much less intuitive than traditional Tarot The keywords on each card apparently cover a variety of traditions, so if you have a particular set of meanings that you like to follow, you can do so. For those of you who don’t like to use keywords, the creators are now offering an edition without them, but if you do choose the one with them, the keywords are very small and don’t distract from the imagery.
In close, this is a very nice deck with charming visuals and helpful keywords for the Lenormand newbie. You can order the deck here.