Back to the 80s Lenormand is a 36-card set, immersing itself in the vibrant aesthetics of 1980s Japanese-style comics and cartoons for girls. With a nostalgic nod to GameBoys, cassette tapes and Walkmans, each card portrays distinctive characters and scenes in a bright and colourful Japanese style.
In a novel touch, the set includes two additional cards featuring historical figures Lady Lenormandand Johann Hechtel . Hechtel's inclusion pays homage to his creation of "Das Spiel der Hoffnung" (The Game of Hope), a 36-card game from the late 18th century that unwittingly laid the foundation for what would become the Lenormand cards.
Back to the 80s Lenormand mirrors a broader trend of intertwining spirituality, pop culture and personal identity. Its success underscores the appeal of fusing mystical traditions with contemporary trends, reflecting the ongoing customization of spirituality in modern life. This trend is further explored in my article on Branded Tarot Decks and Modern Mystic Lifestyle.
Designed by Thai artist MeanMean and authored by Siam Oracle, the pack includes a booklet in Thai with interpretations for each card and instructions for spreads. Produced by Nimit Publishing and printed in Thailand.
Update: Contrasting Opinions on the Back to the 80s Lenormand
While the Back to the 80s Lenormand evokes nostalgic imagery and connects with the era's pop culture, it's worth noting that the reception to this deck is polarized.
A Mixed Reception:
Some enthusiasts have expressed appreciation for the fresh perspective the deck brings to the Lenormand tradition. However, certain imagery has also raised eyebrows. One critic, /u/sodascape on Reddit, pointed out that the depiction of "The Whip flogging a woman is pretty distasteful" and questioned some of the romantic imagery as being too heavy-handed. There's a sentiment that the artwork's one-sided emphasis on romantic relationships might miss the broader meanings of some cards. As /u/sodascape put it, "Less is more when it comes to Lenormand, but that's just my opinion."
Other views are more strongly critical. /u/enchanted_fishlegs critised the deck for being "unusable," citing specific concerns about the crowded images, inappropriate symbolism, and lack of alignment with traditional Lenormand meanings. From the complaint about the Rider card's swapping of a horse for a motorcycle to the Fish card not depicting a "big haul," /u/enchanted_fishlegs argued that the creator's choices reveal a lack of understanding of the Lenormand method, stating, "It would take all day to enumerate everything that's wrong with this deck. This thing is an utter dog's breakfast. Whoever made it never bothered to learn the method, and it shows."
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