Gipsy Tarot Tsigane

I consider this deck to be more a collectors deck than a reading deck. It can be read with, but the whimsical art style, bright colors and non-traditional symbols make it more an art deck than an everyday work horse. The art is different. The people depicted have narrow, triangular faces, dominated by large, heavily lashed eyes. The scenes are highly detailed and use bright, jewel-like colors. The Majors have scenes and the Minors are pips, but even the pips are highly detailed and extremely colorful.

The Majors have standard names and the name appears at the bottom of the card in English, French and German. The top of each Major has a bubble-like shape with five tassels on each side, which has scenery incorporated into it in some cases, but not in others. The significance of this bubble is not mentioned in the little booklet that comes with the deck. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles and the Court Cards are King, Queen, Knight and Page. Justice is eight and Strength is eleven. The cards number is on the bottom left and the corresponding Hebrew letter is on the bottom right.

The little booklet that comes with the deck provides some background information on the artist, and on the Gypsies. There are descriptions of the Major Arcana cards which discuss the symbolism to some extent. There are also divinatory interpretations, which are highly predictive in nature and in many cases non-traditional. The interpretations are sometimes attributed to Gypsy tradition. The Minors and Court Cards are not described, and individual interpretations are not provided. The four suits are described as the four castes in human society. We are told that they can also be described as the four elements of alchemy or the four humors. A short section on divination provides one simple 10 card spread and refers us to the full length book written for this deck.

I recommend this deck primarily for collectors. The eye-catching colors and stylized faces make the deck interesting to look at.

See the Gipsy Tarot Tsigane

Gipsy Tarot Tsigane
Available from US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St, Stamford CT, 06902, (800)544-2637, Fax (203) 353-8400

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