The cards in the Enchanted deck are rooted in nursery rhymes and riddles. When this deck was created by Tony Meeuwissen it included a secret message with clues to where the golden key was hidden. It was a highly intriguing game which required letters of the alphabet to spell out some of the words to solve the puzzle. The first person to find it was awarded 10 G’s. S. Kavanagh of Essex was the tie breaker which I am guessing also won (unable to verify if this is a fact) the prize money.
According to the Introduction, “an artist from Germany (1806) had the ingenious idea of transforming the conventional pattern of the hearts, clubs and other pips into fanciful designs ……these were the first transformational cards …..”
Mr. Meeuwissen was a very gifted artist who received many “gold and silver” awards. Those of you that are Rolling Stones fans probably know he worked on the album sleeve called, “Their Satanic Majesties Request”. If you are curious about more information on this artist click the following link —–>CREATIVE REVIEW
The 1992 set comes with a 52 card (+jokers) deck and small 119 page hard cover book. It was part of my collection for nearly two decades never opened. I do remember I purchased it right around the same time as the Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards by Svetlana Touchkoff, 1991.
As I’ve said before I have so many decks that I don’t even know the extent of my collection. 🙂 The set was in immaculate new condition until a few minutes ago. I (shame on me) put a tiny rip in the book cover when I took off the shrink-wrap. I wanted to photograph the cards for this blog post so now they are no longer in a virginal state.
I realize the creator of the Enchanted Deck did not set out to design this deck for divination. The images tell me a story and they probably tell you a different story. It’s all good. It’s all fun and who doesn’t like to solve puzzles or explore the hidden secrets of nursery rhymes. 😆
The 7♠ reminds me of entrapment or one of those days when you just want to scream when nothing is going right. The Ace♠ hints at very potent dangers. The King ♣ is spectacular. It’s easy to see this King can be both the problem and the solution. The Ace♥ gives the impression someone is in awe of you.
I think I will feature the Enchanted Deck in another post using a short layout keeping in mind the verses located in the accompanying book.
Maybe we can solve a problem or two from a completely different cartomancy perspective.