Design and Artwork
The Medieval Fortune Telling Cards by Lo Scarabeo are a captivating reproduction of a historical deck designed by Ludwig Burger. The deck features traditional German suits and is richly illustrated with lithographs depicting scenes of Medieval life. Each suit represents a different theme – Acorns (Clubs) symbolize warfare, Leaves (Spades) portray hunting, Hearts are associated with love, and Bells (Diamonds) reflect crafts, commerce, and industry.
Symbolism and Themes
The deck’s themes are deeply intertwined with aspects of Medieval society, offering a diverse range of meanings and interpretations. The imagery in each suit brings to life the essence of romance, hunting, trade, and war, providing a unique and historical perspective for fortune-telling.
Comprising 36 cards, the deck is numbered 2, and then 6-K, with Obers replacing the traditional Queens. The cards are slightly larger than standard playing cards, offering a comfortable handling experience. However, the instructions include interpretations that may not directly relate to the images, which could be a point of confusion for some users.
About the Deck
This deck was originally created as a part of a games collection for the German Crown-Prince Friedrich-Wilhelm and his wife Victoria. Its historical significance and artistic value make it a treasure for enthusiasts of cartomancy and history alike. Despite some concerns over the instructions and mistitling, the deck’s quality and thematic richness are well-appreciated by users.
- Historical and thematic design with traditional German suits.
- Rich lithographic illustrations depicting Medieval life.
- Unique representation of themes through suits: warfare, hunting, love, and trade.
- Quality card stock, though the choice of finish may vary from expectations.