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Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals Hardcover – Jul 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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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 ›
Medicine cards are great for INSIGHT. Ask them about a situation you are going through and they will explain to you what you are experiencing and/or learning about in that situation.
These cards are SO helpful, they can put you back in track, and always in very very positive way!
They can tell you, for example, to take things less seriously, or to stop lolling around and start doing what you really want to do, or to learn to put boundaries and to say no, without having to apologize!
Please give them a try! They will most definitely ease your mind, suggest the right direction, teach you about yourself, and ALWAYS in the most easy-going, funny and uplifting way!
Jaime is an amazing teacher! Her knowledge and understanding of spirituality and Native American teachings go far beyond what most minds can comprehend. If you have ever had the pleasure of actually speaking to her or hearing her teach, then you know I am right.
We are all more than the sum of our parts. Think body, mind and spirit! Jaime has an amazing spirit and is what she says she is and more. She is a giving(sometimes too much so) person who never hesitates to share her understanding of complex issues both through her writings and her own life experiences in many areas.
I think it is wise for people to be cautious, but never take a very few discordant views as fact for if you Google Jaime Sams, you will find far more positive viewpoints than negative and you can rest assured, these are from people who have benefited in some small or large way from her teachings & there are alot more of them than a few naysayers.
Reviews are helpful, but use your own judgement when reading anything and don't take one person's viewpoint for fact because we all have different tastes, likes dislikes and opinions.
I have great respect and love for Jaime Sams and if the subject of native spirituality interests you, I know Jaime is one of the best and most knowledgeable authors around.
1) assist people in determining their animal totem and
2) provide a means, another perspective, when dealing with life issues/questions.
Overall, this set is an invaluable resource and it is a must have for anyone interested in improving the quality of their journey, ... I was originally going list all the types of people who may benefit from David's information, but then realized that I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from it.
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I encountered a set of these cards, many years ago and used a dowsing technique to discover my two totem animals Right and Left, Somehow, I lost the deck, but remembered the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by W. F. Cocker
Bought this for the book. My therapist owned a copy & would sometimes use it in dream analysis. If you dream often about animals as I do, you may find the contents of the book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tiffany
I have used these cards a couple of times. A card always comes up that is so perfectly suited to me.Published 4 months ago by Tammy McLeod
I've wanted these cards for a long time. Thank you so much, they're so much more than I anticipated.Published 9 months ago by Amanda