I love miniature decks especially when they are vintage or antique. The playing cards in the image have gold edges and are not much wider than a dice. It’s so much easier to do a full board Reading (or grand tableau). The deck is by Piatnik, Made in Austria. I’m not certain on the year of manufacture but judging from the backs of the cards I’d say the early 1960’s if not earlier. There is another deck in the box. It has red backs.
When reading 32 playing cards or the gipsy cards often I use the counting 7 method and then proceed reading the corners until all the cards are read.
In today’s post I will demonstrate the counting 7’s method and use some old gypsy card meanings which I’ve used for many decades. [I usually remove the card from the layout and set it in an area with enough space for all the ones I pull.] The reason I do this is because I can see the doubles better or read the courts if they come together. The meanings are very basic. All I need to do is put on some ethnic fortune telling clothing & I’m all set, lol.
Aren’t these cards adorable? One great thing about them is they take up very little space.
Ok, counting 7 from the first card in the top left hand corner. Ace♥ counting 7, R♦, A♠, 8♣, D♦, 9♣, 8♠, V♦, V♥, 10♥, R♠. R♥. There’s more but I’ll just read these 12 cards. A gypsy never reveals all her secrets. 🙂 Besides that many Cartomancers have passed down meanings from a grandmother, aunt, uncle or some relative.
R-King. D-Queen. V-Jack.
A♥ – The home. R♦ – Bad tempered fair-haired man. A♠ – Trouble. 8♣ – Confusing feelings. D♦ – Gossipy Fair Woman. 9♣ -Unexpected money. 8♠ – Illness. V♦ – Close relative. V♥ – Bachelor. 10♥ – Good fortune. R♠ – Ambitious dark-haired man. R♥ – Kind man.
There are a few more meanings but I want to keep this interpretation short and besides that, if I were in costume I’d be quite dramatic with an emphasized Eastern European accent.
I see 2 Jacks together suggesting there will be some good changes (two reds) in close relationships. These two cards could be brothers or buddies. There are 2 Kings side by side suggesting involvement with the law. The Red King is last so it will all be good.
There is a bad-tempered man in your home who is causing much trouble for you. Your feelings are very confused about this situation. A fair-haired woman you know will come into some unexpected money. One of your close relatives probably a brother or friend will take ill but everything will turn out good. There is good fortune in your future even though you will have some legal situation.
Wasn’t that fun? If I pair the corners I have 9♥ plus R♣. You wish will come true about an honest medium haired man. Next pair, V♣ plus D♦. A clever young man and gossipy fair-haired woman. This duo can be a mother and son. When two courts come together you read them with the next pair unless it fits the pair prior to that. You are telling a story so this process is much quicker than writing about it. The next pair is R♠ plus 7♣. There is an ambitious man who will return some money he borrowed. This King is probably connected to the mother and son.
With lots of practice this type of Reading is very entertaining and great to do at parties.