Reading the Gipsy cards (Zigeuner) doesn’t need to be difficult or discouraging. One of the things you need to remember is that this deck is image based. You don’t have to shy away from reading these cards.
Of course it would make it easier if someone spelled out the meanings for you just so that you don’t have to use your own creative process. I really think that some people overcomplicate the reading process by bombarding so much information that one gets confused and gives up.
Keep it simple. Get to know your cards. How do you get to know the gipsy cards? They aren’t even numbered for easy reference. I have a b/w deck which is numbered that my Slovenian aunt sent me back in the early 1970′s although I think they are dated earlier than that.
Pick one card at random to study it. What feeling do you get from the scene on the cards? Do you feel happy, apprehensive, sad or neutral?
Let’s take the Widower card and study it. Here we see a gentleman dressed in black with his head slight bent standing in front of a monument. He doesn’t look like he is ready to leave yet and could be thinking about some experience he shared with the loved one he has lost. Looking at this card I can feel his grief. He is in the midst of it and hasn’t let go yet. But how long has he held on? The loyalty is obvious.
The Widower signifies all that which is associated with being a “widower”. When you read this card in a layout don’t expect a fast result to your question. Don’t expect someone to leave a relationship just because you are ready to move forward with them. He is still tied to the past memories. He would most likely feel guilty.
The widower male stands on the left side of the card facing to the right. He is nowhere near completing his visit or he would be partially turned. The Widower is paying his respects. He could have been coming to cemetery for years and years or this is his first time. What do you think? You can gain other information from the image if you meditate on it.
Does the Widower always represent a male? Yes, however, if you are asking a question which is not gender related the Widower suggests the situation is “stuck”.