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The Way of Cartouche

An oracle of ancient Egyptian magic, by Murry Hope & Martin Jones

The Way of Cartouche Deck & Book Set
Price: $27.95
Number of cards in deck: 25

Measurements: 3.35 x 5.7 inches; or 85 x 145 millimeters.

Back of card: Two identical columns of hieroglyphs, one up, one down, so the card can be inverted. On a parchment background.

Book included: Yes, 207 pages, 5.6 x 8.5 inches; or 14.3 x 21.5 cm. Titled, The Way of Cartouche, by Murry Hope.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press. Printed in the US.

Comments: This is the deluxe version of Cartouche Cards. In addition to a handsome & useful book, note the cards in this book/deck set are much larger than the $12 Cartouche cards. I found the book a useful introduction to Egyptian symbolism. It clearly explains each of the 25 cards, both upright and reversed. If you like this deck, this book/deck set is strongly recommended.

We've been contacted by the publisher, Jed Collard, concerning this deck. Here are his notes:

"I am the publisher of Cartouche cards and I just visited your website. I have a couple of comments: First, the Oracle was the brainchild of Murry Hope, one of England's foremost metaphysicians and authors. Martin Jones did the artwork for the cards, but Murry's name should receive top billing as the creator of the Oracle.

"Second, there actually is a major arcana. The first ten cards -- Osiris, Isis, Horus, Bast, Thoth, Nephthys, Hathor, Ptah, Anubis and Set -- were the major dieties of ancient Egypt, although their names and symbologies changed over the thousands of years they were worshipped, and in some dynasties were replaced by other dieties. These ten cards have hieroglyphics in the upper right hand corner encapsulate the power of these cards.

"The remaining fifteen cards are the minor arcana and they represent attributes, i.e., the Twins card symbolizes the twin lion gods, Shu and Tefnut, and represents polarity and partnerships; the Lotus card represents the opening power of the sun, tranquility, and the ebb and flow of life; the Buckle of Isis is a fertility symbol which represents abundance, but that a price must be paid for it. All of the symbols are authentic representations of ancient art and drawings, and the meanings of the cards correspond to the arcane sacred writings. Over 100,000 decks of Cartouche cards have been sold worldwide." (October 25, 1999)

We will add only one note, that the packaging is flimsy. What arrives on our shelves looks dog eared by the time it gets here. We do our best with shipping, but I'm afraid we can never quite get this to you perfectly crisp.

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