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Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals Hardcover – July 30, 1999
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“Since the publication of the Navaho novel, Seven Arrows, over twenty years ago, I haven't seen anything so adventurous or beautifully executed as Medicine Cards...this handsome and inviting package has much to teach us all.” ―Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle
“A potent yet refreshingly simple divination tool that can help up reconnect to the sources of life's natural guidance...extraordinarily well crafted. This work is plentiful, overflowing with the richness of the Native American way of life.” ―Yoga Journal
About the Author
Jamie Sams is of Iroquois and Cherokee descent. She is a medicine teacher and author of numerous books, including Sacred Path Cards (HarperSanFrancisco, 1990.) David Carson is of Choctaw descent. They both live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Top Customer Reviews
Native Americans found their source and power through their deep connection with the land and animals of this continent; and Jamie Sams and David Carson have done an excellent job of sharing some of these stories with us.
For those who are "open" spiritually, you should find the readings very accurate. Whether you're a devoutly spiritual Christian, a Buddhist, or simply a spiritual being -- these cards can teach you about the world of the original North Americans.
Unless you believe that the only important totem animals are the ones that you can find on belt buckles (Eagle, Bear, Random Big Cat, etc.), there's no real Major Arcana/Minor Arcana distinction here. Every single card in this deck is big ju-ju. My first two readings kinda freaked me out, really. If archetypes, animal mythos and anthropomorphism are pretty much second-nature to you, just give up and get this deck. You will probably understand the cards without needing to check the book all that often.
Unless there was a slip-up at the publisher's, the standard deck does not come with a little reference pamphlet like most tarot decks do. It comes with a medium-sized hard back book (A nice treat, but not convenient for lugging around spontaneously -- this could be why they made the "Just for Today" deck) that explains each card, including an occasional story, and some spreads and an exercise to figure out which totem animals represent you in this spread. Two of three totems that I'd already figured out for myself showed up in the exercise, and the third was kinda iffy for me at that point anyway.
The cards are 5.5" by 3" and have an alarmingly boring back -- government blue with a single yellow lightening bolt. They're coated with something incredibly shiny, but aren't particularly slippery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sorry I didn't care for these cards. It was the card stock not the information on the cards.
I like a heavier card.
I just bought a copy for a close friend who is always having animal encounters and wondering if they have an significance in her life. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Anne Preciado Rich
A friend has these so I bought my own. I really like them and their meaning. It is great to have the book with them.Published 26 days ago by A. Stinton
love these cards as well...have had them for years now and love using them along with the sacred path cards....amazing togetherPublished 1 month ago by Frances Chisholm
I have probably bought this deck and book 3 or 4 times during my life. Sometimes for my grown kids to play with. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shari Steele
I have bought three of these in the past five years, one for me, one for my best friend, and one for my Mom. I love the stories and artwork! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Marie