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Probably the most famous such writer is Regula Elizabeth Fiechter, author of the Mystical Lenormand deck (Königsfurt-Urania, 2004), which incorporates power animals and astrological symbolism into the cards. You can see a video review I did of this deck here. She has also written "Mediales Kartenlegen" (Trans: Mediumistic Card-laying) (Königsfurt-Urania, 2012), giving in-depth suggestions on how to use the Mystical Lenormand to connect with spirit guides, and gives details about the power animals that appear in it. In addition, Fiechter has designed a system for deepening Lenormand readings using a pendulum and special cards: "Mystisches Pendeln" (Trans: Mystical Pendulum Use) (Königsfurt-Urania, 2010). She has been involved in two other Lenormand decks, the White Owl and the Quintessence Lenormand Set, as well as having written a beginner's Lenormand book: "Lenormand Ganz Einfach" (Trans: Lenormand Made Easy), which has been in print at least since 2003, with the most recent edition by Königsfurt-Urania, 2011.
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Bernd A. Mertz, while not specifically giving spiritual interpretations for the cards, still takes a more psychological and spiritual approach in his book “Wahrsagen mit Karten der Madame Lenormand” (Trans: Fortune-telling with Madame Lenormand’s Cards) ) (first published 1996 by Valken-Verlag, this edition republished by Südwest, 2004). As an example, he talks about how the Coffin card can be more to do with our thoughts about death, our existential worries, than about an actual physical death. In describing the Birds card, he mentions the Egyptian Goddess BA, and the shamanic belief in many cultures that our souls take on the form of birds after our physical death. He therefore associates the Birds with hidden wisdom...
Harald Jösten offers a more personal developmental approach to the spiritual in his book “Die Symbolwelt der Lenormand-Karten: Traditionelles Kartenlegen und Moderne Symboldeutung” (Trans: The Symbolic World of the Lenormand Cards: Traditional Card-laying and Modern Symbolic Interpretation) (Königsfurt-Urania, 2008). For example, at the end of the description of each card, which includes looking at symbolic/archetypal understandings of the main card element, he goes on to ask questions related to the card. The Tree, for instance, offers the questions: “What can I do for the health of my body and soul? Where are my roots? What do I need in order to grow?”
Iris Treppner, too, whose e-course is already available in English, and some of whose many books are now also being published in English, also looks at the spiritual in the cards. In her book “Die Sibylle der Salons” (The Sibyl of the Salons) (Heyne, 2004, to be released in English in 2013), offers flower essences for all the cards, as well as aphorisms or mottos. She also has a large section (44 pages) on astrological associations including zodiac signs, planets and houses. Some of her keywords include: spirituality for the Stars, sensitivity for the Moon, and destiny for the Cross.
Elsewhere on the Continent, we also find a more spiritual approach. In France there is Colette Silvestre and her “Le Petit Lenormand” (Gange, 2003), which includes an interpretation of the spiritual domain for all the cards. And looking further afield, Mario dos Ventos, in his “The Game of Destiny: Fortune Telling with Lenormand Cards” (Lulu, 2007) not only has a specific section on the mystical and spiritual meanings of the cards, but also describes working with gypsy spirits and using Macumba (a Brazilian spiritual path) to clean up the client’s destiny.
Taking a spiritual approach to these cards is nothing new, though the Celtic Lenormand is the first specifically pagan-themed deck to be created, as far as I am aware. Doing spiritual readings does not mean that we leave practicality at the door, it is simply another aspect of life that we may want the direct clarity of the Lenormand cards to help us explore!