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Fate, Fortune, and Mysticism in the Peruvian Amazon: The Septrionic Order and the Naipes Cards is a wholly unique book about divination and the power we hold over our own future. Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Phd., is a medical anthropologist who, while studying in Peru, encounters a divination system similar to Tarot with centuries of history and a surprising record of accuracy. But its practitioners, members of the mysterious Septrionic Order do not just observe the future, they actively shape it. De Rios finds herself pulled into the world of the Naipes cards and the mysticism of the Septrionic Order – first as an observer and then as a practitioner. Part memoir, part introduction to the techniques of managing the future, Fate, Fortune, and Mysticism in the Peruvian Amazon is written with the scientific mind of an anthropologist and the spiritual heart of a shaman. A must read!