I came across Kerry and Lenormand Australia six months ago and since have been working with her beautiful Destiny is Brewing Lenormand Oracle deck and the companion book. You can see my Unboxing Video and full review of her creations here.
I am so happy to be sharing Kerry’s inspiration and work at Lenormand Australia with everyone.
I am an Australian and grew up near the beach in Hampton. I have always been involved with the other side since I was a very little girl. Ghosts and strange entitles inhabited our house. And I have always continued seeing and sensing the other side. I was able to predict ahead of time many things which I thought everyone did. My sister was the same. Throughout the years, my thirst for more knowledge about this strange world grew and of course I found others who shared my fascination. My biggest passion, strangely enough, is science, mainly, astronomy, cosmology, star gazing through telescopes and quantum physics. I love learning about the real universe. This may seem at odds with the other side but it fits, because I see the physical universe in multi-layers or components, all acting independently, yet simultaneously interacting with each other. My other passions are helping animals and the environment, but in my earlier years it was acting, writing plays and radio. I also run a monthly Lenormand social group for the fun of it.
My profession is teaching and doing readings in the craft of the Lenormand Oracle, Tarot and Numerology. I also do home schooling to a mentally disabled person part time.
Where did the inspiration to create this Lenormand deck and Destiny is Brewing book come from?
I think I wanted more information to the meanings of the Lenormand Oracle and realised there just wasn’t enough. I also wanted laid to rest all the misinformation and to set the records straight about the origin of the Lenormand Oracle, and that of course to the origin of all playing cards, including the Tarot. I wanted to get the correct answers instead of hearsay. I also had the idea that I wanted the Lenormand symbols displayed inside teacups to correlate to the original sources of the Lenormand images; as they were from coffee ground and tea leaf dregs found in teacups. And then I added another idea to mix in a bit of Australiana with the European symbols.
As I wasn’t a brilliant artist or anything, and I had all these images in my head, I asked my friend, Heather Strahan, who is a fine artist, if she would be interested in sharing a project with me. Fortunately, she said yes and away we went creating the ‘Destiny is Brewing’ cards.
It was harder than I expected. The history of the cards took the longest as the sequence of events and the dates were sometimes incorrect or misleading. It was mainly getting all the facts correct and cross checking them time and time again. Verifying the origin of the information and cross checking sources with other sources as well, to see which was correct. The fictional short story, ‘The Fortune Teller’ in the beginning of my book was easier, as I love to write creatively, but nonetheless, it had to be accurate and cross checked for facts as well, especially the period around the French Revolution in Paris.
What were the unexpected challenges creating this deck and book?
To convey my vision of how I saw the cards through my mind’s eye. But Heather, the artist was very open and creative herself, so we were both able to express what both of us could imagine, myself, through words and telling, and Heather through drawing and painting. Another challenge was the amount of time it took to gather all the information for the book, I think nearly four years in total. Editing I’d have to say was no mean feat either.
What is your favourite Lenormand Card? (of your deck or in general)
This is a hard question. In the ‘Destiny is Brewing’ deck, strangely enough, the Cuckoo Clock for all its intricate details, but within the 36 cards, I have far too many favourites, but I’ll choose the Bouquet. In a general deck, the Key for its significant meaning.
When I do readings for people, I start off with a brief Numerology breakdown for them, and then I do a general Tarot spread to get the lay of the land so to speak. Then I get down to the nitty gritty and I ask the Lenormand Oracle with specific questions, verifying with the Tarot layout and their Numerology chart.
Any advice for the writers and creators reading this?
Be prepared to give your project a lot of time and loads of patience. Most of all check and recheck the facts. My rule of thumb, if you don’t know the correct information and have no reliable source to back it up with, then leave it out or state that it needs further investigation. I find creating something always takes time, lots of imagination and images created in the mind’s eye first. I even write in my head long before I start typing it in words.
Any exciting projects in the creative pipeline?
I keep saying I must finish my science fiction novel that I started years ago. I’ve already written 35 chapters and it sits in a draw gathering dust. I would also like to start a blog site on my existing Lenormand Australia website, dedicated to the psychic world and the other side and a Lenormand Oracle challenge. I would like to do a more in-depth manual dedicated just to reading Lenormand Oracle spreads.
Rapid Fire Round!
Starsign? – Gemini
Favourite flavour of ice-cream? – Chocolate Chip
Do you have any pets? – Yes, a gorgeous Labradoodle called Cleo
What book are you currently reading? – Eight Steps to Happiness
Name a film you have seen more than 5 times? – Notting Hill, The Lake House
Who is your biggest inspiration? – My father as he was so creative and imaginative
What is your go-to crystal? – Rose Quartz
How can we follow you and your projects?
You could visit my website: www.LenormandAustralia.com or LenormandAustralia/facebook or to purchase the Destiny is Brewing book or cards, or both, visit my website or Amazon.com.