Vintage Divination Diving: A First Glance at Strega “Fortune-Telling” Cards

It’s colorful, it’s quirky, it’s funky, it’s a rare, vintage “fortune-telling” deck copyrighted 1967. Strega cards were produced by Strega Liqueur as an advertisement for their brand, as they held reputation for being a ‘witches liqueur,’ and are only in my possession due to — you guessed it — my great grandmother.

This is a set of 20 cards split into 4 suits — Moons, Castles, Pyramids, and Stars, featuring (as depicted), some really funky, definitively 60’s art and aesthetics. Within the suits are court cards: Warlock, Witch, Goblin, Wizard, Devil.

We have the same deal as my last tool I looked over — this is a “fortune telling” tool. I lack a guidebook for this deck, and I could attempt to make an association between a typical set of tarot court cards and this deck, but we have a clear disconnect between having four and five sets of court cards in that case.

I was able to find some of the instructions thanks to an etsy listing that provided a page of the given method, but I still lacked the meanings of each court card.

My other consideration was to make that association anyway: Warlock to Knight, Witch to Queen, Wizard to King, Goblin to Page, and then attempt to make sense of Devil on my own. It seemed like more of the outlier to me, although “Goblin” isn’t really what I think of when it comes to a Page anyhow.

In regards to the suits, it seemed like a natural association to me that Moon (blue) is akin to Cups and Castles (green) to Pentacles. Pyramids (yellow) and Stars (red) seemed a bit more unclear, but my guess was that Stars would be more similar to Wands as a literal fiery thing of energy, and also donning the color red.

The other thing I wanted to take into consideration is the element of “fortune telling” — typically such decks & tools will have a range of meaning without much care for sugarcoating, so my tarot associations, if even applicable, still had to come alongside some negative elements and events. After all, this was designed to predict outcomes and conditions, and not so much the touchy-feely things.

This was meant to be a simple introduction to this deck, as I have not exactly figured out how it is meant to function alongside how I actually want to use it, but I wanted to share the deck and my initial thoughts. I’ll likely struggle and grapple with them a bit later once I’m in the mental space to do so with the proper preparation and time; predictive tools aren’t something I like to mess with lightly, especially for the first time! In any case, this won’t be the first time you see a post with this deck.

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