Gypsy Fortune Telling: Differences from Tarot to Gypsy Cards
Gypsy fortune telling has been part of the same sphere of influence as Tarot for hundreds of years. In the past couple of centuries, with the rising popularity of Tarot, spirituality and the occult, it has seen a particularly significant amount of attention. It is a more fluid and easily adjustable method of future reading, thanks to the ability to use most decks of cards – be they regular playing cards, Tarot or specially made Gypsy Fortune cards. However, if one wishes to adhere to the traditional practices of Gypsy fortune reading, they will generally stick with the Gypsy-specific style of cards.
Being able to divine the Gypsy fortune telling cards’ meanings can be rather difficult to someone who has only ever experienced regular Tarot.
The practices of Tarot reading can differ from the Gypsy form for several reasons. The most common system of Gypsy fortune telling cards is known as Lenormand, and differs in a few key ways from a standard Tarot deck and reading. For example, the Lenormand deck consists of only 36 cards as opposed to the standard 78 of the Tarot. The way in which these cards work together is different from Tarot as well. Tarot cards are usually read as part of a spread, but each card has its own meaning, as well as how this card’s meaning interacts with its position in the rest of the spread. In comparison, good old Gypsy fortune telling cards of the Lenormand style don’t have their own meaning in a sense that they can be read as standalone cards; rather, they must be read as part of the card grouping or “sentence”. One Lenormand card alone is not able to give any insight.
As you can see, there are a couple of significant differences between standard Tarot cards and Gypsy or Lenormand fortune telling cards. Have a browse through our selection of card decks to find the one most suited to your needs! Our free Gypsy fortune telling cards may just be what you need on your divination journey.