Thank you so much, Elena, for going to pick up the last Deste deck in Istanbul and then giving it away in a prize drawing to our Lenormand Study Group! ♥ I was the lucky winner of these beautiful Deste (fortune telling) cards by Mara Meimaridi, which have elements of Lenormand in it. The 65 card pack has traveled a long way from Turkey to Portland, OR! I'm really enjoying these obscure cards by Katina, the famous sibyl from Izmir. I had never heard of this deck before the giveaway so I'm just beginning to explore how to use the cards. My first thought was that I could use it for Lenormand readings since it has elements of it. I quickly found out that it was missing 4 essential Lenormand cards (Bear, Stork, Clover & Lily). The deck came with two blank cards so I could use those to help fill the missing symbols and use Opium for Lily and maybe another card for Stork. The more I explored the cards the more interested I was about learning the other non-Lenormand cards in the deck. Which, I must say, was a hard task indeed as I don't read Turkish nor Greek. (Greek is the language of the original edition...the PDF explaining the deck can be downloaded from Mara's website but it cannot be translated from Greek into English because of the embedded Font.)
I bumped into Chris, a Greek gentleman on youtube, last week who had 2 short videos about Katina's Deste. One video is a 13 card spread video response, the other a short video sharing some information on the Deste. I asked him some questions and he was most generous to make two more videos sharing his wisdom about the cards. One explaining the differences between the Greek and Turkish editions and one lengthy video (embedded below) showing ALL of the cards & describing their upright meanings, along with their reversed meanings, and additional advice about how to use the cards. An abundance of more information than I could ever hope for about these beautiful and mysterious cards. Thank you, Chris, I look forward to more videos about how you read with them. And thank you very much, Elena, for the offering!
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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