Marie Lenormand (1772-1843) was a 19th century, Parisian fortune teller whose powers to tell the future were so profound that she was called the "The Sibyl of the Faubourg Saint-Germain." Her foretelling powers were carried out by using a deck of cards to do so (cartomancy).
She was born in Paris and her parents died when she was only five years old. After the death of her parents, she went to a convent where she was educated. She began being active very soon and her career as a fortune teller lasted for more than 40 years. Apart from predicting the future, she also wrote some works like Les oracles sibyllins ou la suite des souvenirs prophétiques (1817), Anniversaire de la mort de l’impératrice Josephine (1815) and Mémoire justificatif présenté par Mlle Le Normand (1821). However, this caused some controversies among the public. She even went to jail on some occasions.
Madam Lenormand was consulted by thousands of Europe's most influential and famous people. She was regularly visited by Josephine and predicted the rise and fall of Napoleon, as well as Josephine's divorce from Napoleon.
Madam Lenormand was so devoted to her art that she used a custom 36 card deck of her own design, and they were named the Petit Lenormand. Each card carries more than one meaning. In most spreads, the meaning of each card in a specific reading is directly related to its proximity to the card that represents the person the reading is for.