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Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals/Book and Cards Hardcover – Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Co; Har/Crds edition (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093968053X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939680535
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have owned this book and these cards for years. They are much easier to use than Tarot cards and the accompanying book teaches the reader about First Nations spiritual beliefs. Other people will beg you to do their reading - and if you can read you can easily do it.
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By Sarah Mariani on July 13 2010
Format: Hardcover
The cards are wonderful, The book is easy to follow. The store I purchased them from was great as well!
no complaints!
If you enjoy Tarot you will like these as well. It is not complicated (like tarot can be)
I love them!
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I love my purchase, will recommend to my sister...I use the cards daily, and also recommend these cards to my mother...thank you
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very interesting cards. recommand them.p
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139 of 145 people found the following review helpful
A pivotal deck for those who love animals. Aug. 6 2000
By seeker - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have so enjoyed this deck over the years. When I first recieved it, following the easy directions for use, I was able to determine my entire totom (all the animals that influence me). I found it to be amazingly accurate. The system allows the user to understand the symbolic meaning of the animals which appear to us, in dreams, in person, or I even count the ones on TV. Thier messages are always timely and useful. The cards are lovely, the book is complete, easy to use, with just wonderful stories that make it very easy to remember and use the system quickly. I love it. Thanks to the creators.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Medicine Cards: Discovery of Power through the Ways of Anima Jan. 8 2002
By Athena - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this set, I kept my cards a secret to myself for the first few weeks I had them, but the identification of the reading and the situtaion I was questioning was eerie - so I asked various people who visited if they would not mind having a "Go" with the cards, well now my friends, family and acquaintences beleive I am a Shaman Sacred Card reader, this may be so but I believe it is the book and card set that are the true hero, as long as the person giving the reading has respect for the essense of the set the truth will Out. A teriffic gift to give someone interested in the subject of Native American Wisdom, it is so much fun to see a friends face change into the "Oh my god how did you know that" look. All readings are positive (I don't mean polite I mean give positive guidance for good news or bad) but one would have to be dim not to understand the significance of every card reading. If I can make sense of the set anybody can - The cards are Beautiful and the book print size is big enough for my bad eyesight, for late night reading with a bedside lamp.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Powerful, Beautiful Cards and Book Sept. 24 2006
By Brook Wellington - Published on
Format: Hardcover
All of my friends who own this deck agree that the Medicine Cards are powerful and accurate. The stories are beautiful tales -- not overly descriptive and bogged down with tedious facts like a text book. They're spiritual stories that open up the reader to the universe and everything in God's creation through animals.

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.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Simply extraordinary Sept. 21 2000
By Sandi Tinker - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been using these cards for years with remarkable results. After trying Tarot, I Ching, and other divinatory practices, I always come back to the Medicine Cards. I'm always astounded by how profound and accurate the readings are. The animals always reveal to me what I'm ignoring or neglecting or give me added insight into situations. The thoughts expressed in the explanations (meanings) of the animals are beautiful and spiritually uplifting. The cards themselves are also beautiful. My whole experience with the cards and the text has been wonderful. I highly recommend them as an adjunct to any spiritual path, especially those that seek greater harmony with nature.
130 of 153 people found the following review helpful
A deck to be approached with great, great respect. Jan. 8 2001
By R. Byrd - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My first introduction to totemism was a group of pagans I hung around with in college. Some of them were really, really enthusiastic about this deck, but I only picked one up for myself within the last few years. I even did my senior thesis on the idea of personal, urban totemism. And even with all that, "Medicine Cards" scare the heck out of me.
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. There are 52 cards in the deck, plus 9 blanks so that you can fill it in with any animals that you think are missing. They're almost a little too large for me to shuffle them easily (and I've been told that I have large hands for my gender). The book's table of contents tells you what animals are included.
The artwork works inwards from a white boarder to a thinner red boarder that also bisects the interior design. The top half of the inside is sky-blue, and the bottom is an earth-tone green. In the middle is a Medicine Shield inside which is a picture of the featured animal spirit. Above, in the blue, along with the number of the card, is the aniamls name in a black script font.
The artwork is good. It's not cute, and it's not dazzlingly beautiful in a way that draws me, but I'm still impressed with this deck for all my nitpicky comments. If you think you're up for the challenge, I recommend "Medicine Cards."