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Gypsy Fortune Telling Tarot Kit: Formerly Buckland's Complete Gypsy Fortune-Teller
     

Gypsy Fortune Telling Tarot Kit: Formerly Buckland's Complete Gypsy Fortune-Teller

by Raymond Buckland
 
Now you can tell fortunes just as the Gypsies have done for hundreds of years when you use Ray Buckland's Gypsy Fortune Telling Tarot Deck. The Gypsies have always been associated with the Tarot, and may even have been the group that introduced them to Europe over 600 years ago. Ray Buckland, famous for his works on Witchcraft, is from a Gypsy (Romani) family

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Now you can tell fortunes just as the Gypsies have done for hundreds of years when you use Ray Buckland's Gypsy Fortune Telling Tarot Deck. The Gypsies have always been associated with the Tarot, and may even have been the group that introduced them to Europe over 600 years ago. Ray Buckland, famous for his works on Witchcraft, is from a Gypsy (Romani) family and reveals the secrets of Gypsy fortune telling with this deck and forty-eight page booklet.

Although the traditional Tarot deck with its Major and Minor Arcana totalling seventy-eight cards was used by Gypsies, such decks were often hard to obtain. Thus, many Gypsies altered standard decks of playing cards to use for Tarot readings. This deck is based upon the one Ray Buckland's grandmother used.

The cards are the size of a deck of playing cards, so they are easier to carry than other decks. The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana are numbered starting with one and have images from Gypsy life, usually involving the vardo, or Gypsy wagon. The booklet not only gives the meaning of the symbols but also the way the cards should be interpreted.

The Minor Arcana cards look like a regular deck of playing cards, but the aces each have a different vardo on them and there are four face cards in each suit. The people on them are typical Gypsies. Again, the booklet explains the way to interpret the cards.

The booklet includes a full ten Tarot spreads that you can use, some published here for the first time.

If you are interested in Gypsies or the Tarot, you must have this deck.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567180916
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/08/1999
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.66(d)

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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.

Meet the Author

Raymond Buckland has been actively involved in metaphysics and the occult for fifty years and has writing about it for nearly thirty.

He is the author of more than sixty books, including such best-selling titles as Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, Gypsy Dream Dictionary, Practical Candleburning Rituals, and Witchcraft from the Inside. Ray has lectured and presented workshops across the United States, and has appeared on major television and radio shows nationally and internationally. He has also written screen plays, been a technical advisor for films, and appeared in films and videos.

Ray comes from an English Romany (Gypsy) family and presently resides, with his wife Tara, on a small farm in central Ohio. Beyond writing, Ray's other passion is homebuilt airplanes.

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