Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand was obviously a French cartomancer – the art form and proficiency of fortune telling through the usage of a deck of cards – during one of the groundbreaking periods in France’s history. She also used tarot and palmistry among various other tools to learn her art, her solutions being sought by some of the most important folks of the time.
Early psychic skill – and the very first position of her of trouble!
Lenormand was raised by 2 parents who, through the sad loss of the own parents of her, weren’t the blood relatives of her. But, they looked after her and the siblings of her very well, sending them to school. Showing psychic abilities from the generation of 7 years, she predicted the downfall of Mother Superior at the school of her as well as who the successor of her will be. Despite coming Cartomanti Amore , it nevertheless landed a Lenormand in trouble.
At fourteen years of age, Lenormand was apprenticed to some milliners in Paris but quickly setup herself up as a bookseller and secretary, which was a front to her real line of work – that associated with a pro fortune teller.
As her small business grew, so did the fame of her. Lenormand was a smart young lady who realised early on which for her business to grow she needed to advertise herself – as well as develop the’ right’ clientele. Her list of noble and notable clients is extensive and also has Tsar Alexander of Russia, French influencers of the precious time for example Robespierre, Talleyrand and Princess de Lamballe, to name just 4.
Lenormand was imprisoned on several occasions but it was the very first stint in jail which usually brought her into contact with a lady that is going to alter her from a’ backstreet’ fortune teller, to a girl that was both admired, yet looked at with suspicion.
Approached by a woman in prison that had seen of her extraordinary gift, Lenormand soon found the female had an amazing future; predicting a dreadful misfortune, followed by re marriage to a male who would climb to the top, Lenormand discovered she was being the professional fortune teller and confidante to Josephine Bonaparte.
Fortune teller, spy or fraud?
Not every person agreed that Lenormand was endowed with psychic abilities, with Napoleon himself detesting the power that he felt she exercised over his vast. Nonetheless, in Lenormand defence, she was did not have fees of fraud levelled at her, as some of her contemporary’ psychics’ had.
She enjoyed an illustrious and long career at a period and in a nation that had been rife with unease, along with being a fortune teller, a practice which at the time was illegal. She retired directlyto the native village of her, happy and wealthy in life that is later.
Fortune tellers, psychics and mediums can find out a great deal from the conduct of Lenormand, specifically how she continued the practice of her in the face of criticism and opposition. After her death, a deck of tarot cards have been named in the honour of her, an accolade surely all mediums and psychics would aspire to?