1998 - GYPSY FORTUNE TELLING TAROT DECK - Raymond BUCKLAND - VERY SCARCE, OOP
GYPSY FORTUNE TELLING TAROT DECK — Ramund Buckland, 1998 Llewellyn Publications — Very Scarce Edition, Out-of-Print, Near Mint Tarot Cards
A rare and out-of-print edition of Gypsy Fortune Telling Card Deck from 1998, by Raymond Buckland. In overall near mint condition. This edition was published for a limited time before Buckland made changes to create a new deck, titling these later editions "Gypsy Fortune Telling Card KIT". This scarce copy includes: tarot card box, instruction booklet and tarot cards. The tarot card box, booklet and cards have no wear and are in near mint condition, save for the missing original plastic wrapper. The 78 cards are all present — they have not been used, and remain in their original card order. Please see below for more information on this lovely tarot card deck.
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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 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.