Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards

Madame Endora's Fortune Cards

I’m not the greatest fan of oracle decks; they tempt me with their beautiful artwork, and then disappoint me with flat and sometimes shallow readings. 

But I love dark decks, so when I noticed Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards, I was immediately drawn to the atmospheric images of the cards and decided to give them a try.

The deck was designed by the creators of the Gothic Tarot, which already hints at the atmosphere of the deck – dark, moody, mysterious.

There is a nice feel to the card stock; it’s somehow grippy and therefore easy to shuffle.

The cards themselves measure a standard size of 12.50 cm x 7.50 cm.

Madame Endora's Fortune CardsThe artwork of the 48 cards blends fantasy, Egyptian and Celtic themes, and the style of the deck is described in the accompanying booklet as “incorporating mythical lore and old world concepts of the Tarot with New Age mysticism”.

This is just my style of artwork Smile

The colours of the card images are vibrant with lots of gold on a black background.

The title of the card is on top with a short explanation at the bottom, for example “The Gate – A barrier keeps you from your goal.”

This allows the beginner to start reading the cards immediately.

The deck is divided into five suits:

The Royal Court—representing people influencing your life or aspects of yourself

The Realm of Fable—various beings from ancient lore representing outside forces affecting your destiny

The Bestiary—creatures of legend representing valuable lessons and truths to be discovered

The Treasury—mystical tools and treasures symbolising aid and guidance in achieving your goals

The Elements—consisting of celestial bodies and the natural forces, which all surround and influence us on a daily basis

The mini booklet included provides brief explanations for each card and also suggests some specially created spreads for this deck, such as the Oracle of the Dawning Day and the Seer’s Fan.

The cards are meant to be read upright; there are no reversed meanings. However, there is definitely potential to introduce reversals for additional depth.

This deck proved a hit with my friends at Halloween. Most of the readings were accurate and to the point (surprise!).

Some of the cards suggest a link to dark magic, such as The Raven, The Hand of Fate and The Mystic Circle. My friends loved that one, especially on Halloween, but not sure how regular clients would take to it.

Unlike the traditional Tarot deck, Madame Endora’s Fortune cards are specifically designed for fortune-telling, with statements such as “darkness looms on the horizon” and “your luck will soon change”, but it’s certainly worth a try using them for more insightful readings offering advice and guidance.

Madame Endora's Fortune Cards

Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards, by Joseph Vargo & Christine Filipak, 48 cards with small instruction booklet

Published by Monolith Graphics 2003

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The Fairy Ring Oracle Review

fairy ring oracleEnter the enchanting world of the fairy folk.

Meet an illustrious group of magical creatures such as banshees, brownies, pixies and leprechauns.

Encounter famous figures such as Morgan Le Fey, Robin Goodfellow and Jack Frost.

They have been called the Little People or the fae in the Celtic lands.

Much loved for their ability to bestow great gifts to those who are favoured, they are also feared for wreaking household mayhem if angered.

With the Fairy Ring Oracle deck you can immerse yourself into this magical world and listen to the wisdom of the Little People.

I have gained much insight into the fairy world by using this deck; Anna Franklin and Paul Mason have put in much thought and effort to create a distinctive 60-card deck, which incorporates all the lovely fairy lore and legends.

The Fairy Ring has eight “fairy festival” cards: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasa, Herfest, Samhain, and Yule.

It also contains the four suits (“Courts”) – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – with thirteen cards each from Ace to Nine and the four court cards Lady, Knave, Queen and King.

The evocative artwork combines photographs with original illustrations via computer imaging in a truly effective way.

Each card is surrounded by a luscious border indicating the season of the suit and depicts a particular type of faery creature or, in some cases, a particular faery personality.

For example, the seven in the Spring Court is an Asrai (small water fairy) while the eight in the Winter Court is the Bogeyman.

The authors appear as characters in the deck. Anna Franklin is the Green Lady and the Lake Maiden while Paul Mason is King Finvarra.

The 248-page book contains a wealth of information including introductions to the fairies, card meanings – both upright and reversed – as well as suggestions for path working and meditation.

Having used this deck for over a year now, I must confess that I enjoy it a lot.

Rather than doing large and complicated spreads, I prefer one or two-card readings, simply answering the question: What do I need to pay attention to in my life right now? and the message of the fairies never disappoints!

fairy ring oracle cardIf you have an interest in faery lore and would like to learn more, then this oracle deck is for you.

The gateway to the Otherworld stands open for you to enter and receive the guidance of the Little People.

The Fairy Ring Oracle, written by Anna Franklin, illustrated by Paul Mason

60 cards and 248-page book

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