AT LAST, CARDS FOR GIRLS
By Trina Robbins
I've never paid much attention to collectable cards. Collecting and trading them
seemed like something boys did, and the dark images on most of the cards I'd seen
didn't attract me. But L. A. Leis' Fortune Teller Collectibles are a different story;
would you believe cards for those of us with X chromosomes? From the three teenage
girls on the back of each lavishly illustrated package, whose questions show they're
both romantic and smart ("Does he like me?" "Will I get an 'A'?"),
to the lovely sorceress on the front, to the background color, which might be considered
lavender, but looks a lot like hot pink to me, the packaging proudly and unashamedly
sings out "Girl!"
The Legend Cards work like a simplified tarot. Beneath the pictures on the front
of each card is a fortune for past, present and future. My fortune for the past on
Guinevere's card read, "You hurt someone who loves you by making a bad decision."
Oh nooo, I thought, that shoplifting binge when I was twelve - it broke my mom's
heart and it's returned to haunt me! But my future fortune on the Blodeuwedd card
gave some good advice: "Rethink your plan. There is a better way to achieve
your goals." So, like, forget about splurging on that mini from Betsey's; my
book proposal has as good a chance of acceptance if I dress from Goodwill. The thread
weaving all this together is the ageless Syrena, high priestess of the Mystic Temple
of the Flaming Sun, and protagonist of Fortune Teller cards. Syrena's own card tells
us that the lovely sorceress was "born to a gypsy maid who dies at her birth,"
and raised by the sage Mystophites, who by the way, is also a hunk. He passed on
his wisdom and power to her and together they founded the Mystic temple. The reverse
of each card features Syrena's adventures with the character whose picture is on
the front. The stories are positive and non violent, although there is the occasional
death. Warnid, the handsomely tragic centaur, represents sacrifice. He dies saving
the land from an evil magician, but his card advises us not to try this at home:
"You may be pushing yourself too hard. Relax, let things happen."
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