McLoughlin's Lenormand c.1882: Mystic Cards of Fortune


*Attention* Lenormand cards will now be poker size 2 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches. My printer discontinued bridge size cards.

This deck is also available as a mini. Look under "Minis are Here."

The original version of this deck the Lenormand Museum dates at c.1850. In 2004 Bernd Mertz reproduced the original, I suspect that it was most likely black and white line drawings to which he added color.

At any rate, the New York Museum has a version that is very similar with almost all images lifted from the original 1850 deck that was published by the McLoughlin company of New York in 1882. It was entitled the "Mystic Cards of Fortune."

The cards that differ most notably are the Coffin, the Clouds and the Ship which in this version flies an American flag. This restored deck was all black and white line drawings and all the inserts were black. The only alteration that I have made to the faces of these cards was to change the color of hearts and diamonds to red. I also added a back design because the original was plain.

In case you have noticed, these cards closely resemble another deck, Madame Morrow's Fortune Cards. I investigated and found that there was a good reason why they resembled Madame Morrow's cards because fourteen years later, in 1896, McLoughlin also published Madame Morrow's Fortune Cards.

And an altered version. Oh! The horror! Well, there's a reason.
Ever get down and nothing seems to be going right? Just plain blue? And you just want to wallow in it for awhile? I was going through one of those periods. And none of the beautiful traditional cards helped.

So I did something I didn't think I would ever do. I changed one. I saw that the line drawings made it easy to read even with the reversed color. I gave it the blues, just like mine. This one is a white-on-blue version of the McLoughlin Mystic Cards of Fortune. The only other color is the red of the Hearts and Diamonds. Oh, and another thing I altered with this deck (and not the original, described above). For some reason the Queens were not identified with playing card designations. Odd. I put the appropriate playing card symbols on the Queens.

So when you find yourself in a blue mood, here's a Lenormand deck you can still read with.

I also made a mini so when you're sad on the road, you can take it along for company. (Look for it in "Minis are Here.") Here is a slide show of all the cards:…/…/Mystic%20Blues%20mini%206-15

Both decks are printed on premium card stock that feels wonderful in hand.

Be sure to check out the original Philippe Le Normand instruction sheet in the 'Info' column on the right side of the screen. Right click on the image and select "view image" so you can print it.


Delivery can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. Please be patient.

I use a different printer for ex-USA buyers because the international postage from the US-based printer is extremely high. For international buyers the tarot size cards come in a plain tuck box and Lenormand cards come in a clear plastic box because that printer doesn't offer reasonably priced custom printed boxes. The decks come with a title card you can affix to the boxes, if desired.


To keep down the shipping costs, I send the cards via regular mail. If you want upgraded service, contact me I can let you know what the additional charge will be. If the postal system in your country is questionable, you may want to invest in registered mail which is signed for each time it passes through someone's hands and almost guaranteed that your package will arrive safely.

I have had only 2 packages go missing, and I refunded the purchase price including shipping. Since it's not my fault when a package goes missing I WILL NOT take responsibility anymore, but I also don't want to raise shipping for everyone. The 2 places where the packages went missing were India and Brazil. UPDATE: I just had one go missing in Ukraine.

I only ship Registered Mail to Russia.