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Endora Card Meanings

The Madame Endora's Fortune Cards are a wonderful new forecasting system inspired by the fantasized mystical fortuneteller surrounded by their dimly lit exotic trappings. The deck makes no pretenses that it should be used for any other purpose than blunt Fortune Telling (e.g., revealing how things stand at the momemt). The sumptuous imagery is designed to evoke a feeling of mysterious secrets, and even the decks name is a homage to both a television character with magical powers, and the biblical Medium of Endor. Authored by Christine Filipak (with Joseph Vargo), this fun general question card system draws wisdom from different myths, legends, folklore, and new-age concepts, and displays quite a bit of divinatory depth.

There are 48 Endora cards, which are unevenly divided into five similarity Sets; that are themselves divided amongst either an externally or internally manifesting Group. The Elements and The Realm of Fable sets belong to the group that represents outside influences being imposed upon the querent. The Bestiary and The Treasury sets belong to the group that represents divulgements and resouces that can be tapped. A card in The Royal Court set will normally belong to the External Group, because the protagonist is usually external. However if the protagonist is determined to be your inner voice, then the card obviously gets switched into the Internal Group.

Above each card image is the identifying name of the card. Below each card image is a keyword phrase describing the gist of the cards theme. Clicking on a cards image will bring forth the authoritative description of the card from the LWB.

People have created specialized languages because each is better suited at communicating specific types of information. Cartomancy systems also differ in their focus and presentation, so while most any deck will provide a hint about the answer, it is better when a deck is specifically selected based upon the type of question asked. Oracle cards often focus on soul-searching. Kipper cards are all about dating. Lenormand cards are terse observations. Tarot cards emphasize motivations. The Madame Endora's Fortune Cards identify the impacting environment, and personal resources that can be brought to bear (a traditional "fortune-telling" goal). The cards are always read upright, and as a bonus work amazingly well as a single card clarifying draw in supplement to another card systems reading.

EXTERNAL


The Elements

This set of 8 Elements cards represent an indifferent ever-present environmental energy that the querents quest has brought to the forefront.

~ Be mindful that The Elements were sub-grouped into four pairs of overt expressing celestial and prodding expressing elemental counterparts.










The Stars


Air


The Winds of Change


Fire


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Visionary Energies ♠


Idealistic Energies ♠


Disruptive Energies ♣


Assertive Energies ♣


















The Sun


Earth


The Moon


Water


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Perseverant Energies


Practical Energies


Illuminating Energies


Nurturing Energies










The Realm of Fable

This set of 10 Realm of Fable cards represent outside forces that are influencing the querent. They can guide, hinder, motivate, or otherwise affect the querents quest.










The Golem


The Greenman


Hindrance


Medusa


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Loyalist Forces


Natural Forces


Obstructing Forces


Envious Forces










The Satyr


Seduction


Serendipity


The Siren


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Hedonic Forces


Sensual Forces


Auspicious Forces


Alluring Forces











The Sphinx


The Spirit




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Testing Forces


Protecting Forces










NORMALLY EXTERNAL


The Royal Court

This set of 8 Royal Court cards will typically represent a manifestation of an External personality, but depending on the circumstances, could instead be an Internal presentation.
Usually they represent a known individual with the indicated inclination, of any age or gender, who is influencing the querent.
If not indicating another person, the card will represent a strong suggestion of a disposition that the querent themself should adopt, or an action that the querent should undertake.

~ Be mindful that The Court was sub-grouped into four pairs of frontally expressing and obliquely expressing advising|leading|principled|emotional counterparts.










The Wizard


The Seer


The King


The Queen


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Knowledgable Advisor ♠


Intuitive Advisor ♠


Fatherly Leader ♣


Motherly Leader ♣


















The Knight


The Maiden


The Minstrel


The Harlequin


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Gallantly Principled


Virtuously Principled


Romantically Emotional


Wistfully Emotional









INTERNAL


The Bestiary

This set of 10 Bestiary cards represent differing archetypes embodying unique behaviors. They are qualities and truths that the querent can incorporate for their quest.










The Black Cat


The Chimera


The Dragon


The Gryphon


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Cautious


Fanciful


Masterful


Dignified










The Raven


The Serpent


The Spider


The Unicorn


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Somber


Surreptitious


Patient


Virile











The Wolf


The Wyvern




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Selective


Forgiving











The Treasury

This set of 12 Treasury cards represent different symbolic artifacts imbued with unique properties. They are insightful bestowments that can assist the querent in their quest.










The Caduceus


The Chalice


The Dagger


The Gate


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Negotiation


Fulfillment


Treachery


Barrier










The Hand of Fate


The Heart


The Hourglass


The Key


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Intervention


Love


Urgency


Access










The Mystic Circle


The Oracle


The Shield


The Talisman


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Empowerment


Wisdom


Defense


Fortune











Spreads:

The Madame Endora's Fortune Cards are a card system, and is intended to be read using small Spreads (nine cards maximum). As with other predictive card systems, final shuffles should be overhand shuffles (blind-drawing methods are an acceptable alternative). In most cases the message being conveyed is the sentence written on the card. However each card reflects a unique keyword, and is part of both a Set, and the set a part of a Group, which all impart specific vibrations that should also be considered.
(click on an above card image to learn about the cards deeper meaning)

The apprehensively named Spreads from the original LWB are illustrated below:



~ This spread is essentially a status report. It reveals what is, or needs to be done, health wise in four major sectors of your life (2your physical health, 3your lovelife/friendship health, 5your spiritual health, and 6your financial/necessities health), along with indicating a specific issue in your life for which the cards are imparting a message.

The Seer's Fan

1 = The key issue this reading wants to address
2 = Status of your physicality
3 = Status of your sociability
4 = The key message this reading wants to impart
5 = Status of your spirituality
6 = Status of your prosperity



~ The following two predictive Spreads are similar. The first, which is often used as a "daily draw", uses 1 card to show just the future; while the second uses 4 cards to provide more detail as to both what the future might bring and what caused it to come forth.

The Oracle of the Dawning Day

Card = Quick preview as to what the near future potentially holds


The Oracle of the Four Seasons

Winter (1) = The influencing distant past
Autumn (2) = The influencing recent past
Summer (3) = The potential immediate future
Spring (4) = The potential distant future



~ The following two informative Spreads are related. The first uses 5 cards to give insights about the forces surrounding you; while the second uses 9 cards to do the same in more detail.
Note that the first Spread can be "built-out" to become the second Spread!

The Oracle of the Four Winds

You (1) = Your present situation
North (2) = The intangible realm
South (3) = The tangible realm
West (4) Influencing past realm
East (5) Potential future realm


The Oracle of the World

You (1) = Your present situation
North (2) = The intangible realm
South (3) = The tangible realm
West (4) Influencing past realm
East (5) Potential future realm
Northwest (6) = Past spiritual or romantic influence
Northeast (7) = Potential future spiritual or romantic encounter
Southwest (8) = Past health or financial influence
Southeast (9) = Potential future health or financial encounter



~ The LWB offers one final and unusual Spread called The Oracle of Kindred Spirits, which is intended to be read together by two individuals seeking answers. Although often used for relationship questions, any questions can be asked.

The Oracle of Kindred Spirits

In preparation, first the entire deck is blindly shuffled by both individuals (such as, for example, by overhand shuffling and then passing the deck for more shuffling). Next one person cuts the deck, and the other person chooses which of the two piles will be fanned out and used for the remainder of the reading.

To perform the reading, one person asks a question aloud, and then blindly draws a single card from the fan to reveal the answer. This answer should then be discussed together, with each person elucidating their perspective. Now the other person does the same, alternating back and forth for each question wanting to be asked. Questions do not have to be related, and should not be formulated until after any previous cards discussion. An individual can relinquish their turn, but no more than three questions can be asked by the same person.



Clarifications:

I have renamed "Love" as "The Heart", so that the naming convention better aligns with the other artifact cards in the set.


Some of the Madame Endora's Fortune Cards at first glance appear to have the same meaning. However there are subtle differences, as well as nuances inherited from their group/set.
Here are a few examples:

Hindrance presents an obstacle you can find a way around, whereas
The Gate is a locked barrier door that prevents all passage.

The Satyr and Seduction offer reasonably safe indulgences, whereas
The Siren always offers a risky one.

Serendipity is like being given a lucky break, whereas
The Talisman is like having the favor of the gods.

The Spirit is like your guardian angel, whereas
The Shield is like your personal armor.

The Wizard is knowledge imparted, and The Seer is intuition imparted, whereas
The Oracle is wisdom that must be sought.


Some themes are broad, so the deck author chose to split a few of these into masculinely/femininely (frontally/obliquely or overt/prodding) presenting concordant card pairs. I have visually indicated with playing card symbols which cards within a Set are a part of the same pair, as a visual reminder to be extra mindful of the keyword phrase when interpreting the cards meaning.


The decks author has also released a separate guidebook through Monolith Graphics that slightly expands upon the LWB included with the deck, entitled "Madame Endora's Book of Fortunes: A Guide to Mystical Wisdom Throughout the Ages". This web page only references the original "Little White Book" (LWB) included with the deck.