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3.0 out of 5 stars Will someone please change the cards?, 3 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Medicine Cards (Hardcover)
I received this set for Christmas. Great present and even better tool for self exploration. The book is first class, clear explanations of the symbolic meaning of each animal. Well written and wise without being patronising. But will someone do something about the cards. The quality of the card is poor, the backs of the cards are off putting, bright turquoise with a yellow lightening flash, not conducive to a meditative state of mind. The face of the cards are slightly better, the animals are well illustrated and detailed but only form a small portion of the card, the rest of the card depicts one of nine different sets of amulets, which imply that there is some significance in the association between these amulets and the animal. I have not yet found an explanation for this association and to be frank they do not add anything to the cards, they are probably a filler rather than anything else. I'm also not fond of the red line that frames the cards. It might have been nice to have colour better associated with the animals and the medicine wheel as a frame. Suggests a lack of visual sophistication or maybe these cards were an after thought. Shame... I would like to feel more comfortable using this deck.
Altogether, the book is first class but the cards are disappointing.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2013 13:43:04 BDT
I just received the cards and TOTALLY AGREE! The quality is Very poor indeed... Very thin cards that won't last, and cheaply produced pictures. I am soo disappointed. I am thinking of sending them back!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2013 15:55:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2013 16:05:50 GMT
Lyn says:
The comments about the Native American cards show that the user does not understand the meaning of the Native American Cards. The colour turquoise on the back of the cards has the meaning of healing. Native Americans use turquoise in their jewellery and this means powerful healing and protection. The colour red around the cards, means sacred. Always red is regarded as sacred by the peoples of North American and they wrap all sacred items in red cloth. The yellow lightening strike is again a very ancient, meaningful and sacred symbol as is each animal depicted on the cards. The medicine wheel is again very sacred. To truly understand how to use these cards one must either live with Native Americans, visit them and sit with the Elders and Wisdom Keepers of the Nations or study their ancient and very inspiring ways. No one else should touch your cards, they are for your use only - the meaning of these cards was given to me by a wonderful Cherokee Indian, I have my own set and I honour and treasure them. I hope this information helps someone understand a little more. As with many things, unfortunately the true meaning is lost or not known by many, and something like these cards can be, unfortunately, used in a meaningful way by the user, the user reading a book first then believing they know what they are doing,this does not mean it is the right way. but for these to be used correctly, I believe it is necessary to try and understand and want to understand the culture of Native Americans, I urge anyone who has a set of these cards to persevere with them, but try to understand the culture and true ways of the peoples of the nations. It is of great importance that everyone understands this - no picture, no symbol, no colour is used adlib by Native Americans. Everything has a meaning a meaning steeped in ancient tradition for their culture goes back to the beginning, it is inspiring, it is humbling and it is wonderful, as are the original peoples of North America.
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