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Literary Witches: A 70-card Deck and Guidebook

  • $19.99

Taking liberties with the Tarot tradition, Literary Witches is a 70-card oracle deck featuring 30 prominent female writers from throughout history. This original game is based on the inventive book Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, which reimagines visionary women writers as witches…formidable powerful figures of creativity and empowerment.

Credible or kooky? Use this parlor game to seek enlightenment or simply as entertainment. Either way, you’ll learn about 30 significant female authors—mini-biographies of each are included in the booklet.  Each author is assigned several traits for the player to reflect on: Virginia Woolf (vision); Toni Morrison (power); Zora Neale Hurston (story); Agatha Christie (trickery); Angela Carter (identity); Mary Shelley (loss); Emily Dickinson (the soul).  A valuable feature: in addition to the well-known, the deck includes significant yet lesser known figures that will intrigue serious readers (Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eileen Chang, Leslie Marmon Silko, Octavia E. Butler, Audre Lorde, and many others—not to mention the iconic Anna Akhmatova).

In addition to the portrait cards, the deck features 40 symbol cards (wildflowers, wings, wall, lantern, pond, elixir, bees, and more), also to inspire contemplation.  A small guidebook helps interpret the cards based on your specific intentions, the writers’ dominant traits, and the symbols at play.

If you’re new to the idea of an oracle deck (or Tarot cards), here are the basics: An oracle deck is a more free-wheeling version of a traditional Tarot set, which has specific guidelines for the number of cards, suits, and rules. An oracle deck can have any number of cards, and the creator chooses the images and how the deck should be interpreted. 

There are two ways to play: Single-card, in which the player chooses one card and reflects on it throughout the day; and Three-card, in which the player chooses three cards, signifying (left to right), the past, present, and future. The authors suggest that this helps break out of routine ways of thinking.

Packaged in a sturdy flip-top presentation/storage box; 4.75” x 6.25”

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