A question about a Zigeuner Wahrsagekarten deck layout in the comments section from Contessa
I was curious – what would you take away from the marriage card being surrounded by both fortune and misfotrune?
I have the following:
It appears to me that the relationship in question will be over permanently, and that the lady involved needs to use wisdom so she can move on. I also found it interesting that the Widower comes before death – profound grief before the end perhaps?
Many thanks for any insight you’d be willing to share
Thank you for your question. Your analysis is in keeping with the principal meanings of these cards. I have found that the true legend Gipsy deck can describe situations in a way that cuts through the chase.
Sometimes the obvious is the correct interpretation.
The latter cards place MARRIAGE in jeopardy or so it seems. One must study the cards a little deeper because there could be two things going on within the 5 cards. It all depends on which card you are using as the focal point.
For example, if WIDOWER is used as the focus, it can describe a commitment or serious relationship (MARRIAGE) which had a wonderful beginning (FORTUNE) in the past. There could have been a major rift (MISFORTUNE) which eventually will end in a surrender (DEATH) only to begin anew.
These cards can also predict an accident (MISFORTUNE) to a person close to the WIDOWER. The MARRIAGE would represent the partner or other person.
When reading MARRIAGE to represent a relationship, then I tend to agree with some of your analysis. The WIDOWER would be the grieving stage after the collapse (MISFORTUNE) leading to the DEATH card which is the final stage. Within this final stage is the glimmer of re-birthing and often a relationship will change and go to another level but continue. This happens all the time in marriage type situations. When a separation does occur through breakdown of the relationship the DEATH card becomes like the ‘period’ at the end of a sentence.
If an old gypsy woman from Eastern Europe was reading these cards back in the mid 1950’s the DEATH card would mean the marriage is over and the person will be devastated. Those yesteryear card readers did not include much spiritual philosophy or alternate levels of meaning for these cards. Old fashioned fortune telling is quite dramatic.