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Virtually every movie that shows a Gypsy camp has at least one scene involving a Tarot reading. Indeed, for hundreds of years the Gypsies have been associated with the Tarot. And yet, there has never been a published deck that was specifically used by Gypsies - until now.
You may be familiar with Raymond Buckland for his wonderful books on occult topics. Ray is a Gypsy, born into a Gypsy family. In the forty-eight page booklet that accompanies the seventy-eight cards of the Gypsy Fortune Telling Tarot Deck, Ray says that when Tarot decks couldn't be purchased, Gypsies would make their own.
I am very glad that Ray consented to have his family's personal deck published. It is unlike any other Tarot deck. The cards are the size of regular playing cards. The Major Arcana are numbered from one to twenty-two and each has a Gypsy scene, most often of a vardo or covered wagon. Since the images are symbolic and the cards are not named, the booklet describes the meaning of the design as well as how to interpret the cards in a reading.
The numbered cards of the Minor Arcana, like a deck of playing cards, have just the pips of the suit on them. The face cards are different from a regular deck. There are four per suit and they have faces of Gypsies on them. The booklet explains the meanings of each of these cards so you can use them for fortune telling. Also included are instructions for ten different spreads that you can use.
This unique deck is a must for people interested in Gypsies or the Tarot.