Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards – Instruction Manual
Posted by Cardseer on August 31, 2012
I received an email from a reader asking me if I know of the existence of an instruction manual for the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards. I did stumble on a small booklet many years ago that makes no specific mention of the GWFTCs, but the card meanings in the booklet are attributed to the Gypsies, and clearly correspond to the GWFTC symbolism.
The booklet is called Secrets of the Gypsies: How to Tell Fortunes with cards, by Wade Clayburn, and it was published in 1985 by Globe Communications Corp. It’s listed as “Globe Mini Mag© 629, and it was one of those mini-booklets that used to be displayed at the top of the magazine racks near the check-out counter in grocery stores. I have no idea if the booklet is still in print, but I did find inexpensive copies available at AbeBooks listed under the author’s name.
This booklet provides detailed meanings for each of the cards, and methods for shuffling, dealing and spreading the cards. There are additional chapters on advanced techniques which include:
- Numerical Values: What They Mean
- What Red and Black Signify
- Red Numbered Cards
- Black Numbered Cards
My main criticism of the booklet is that there are no sample readings presented. Also, there is no mention of the large card spread that is included in the tiny pamphlet that accompanies the deck.
I think this booklet can be helpful if you’re looking for a bit more information than is what is printed on each individual GWFT card, and what is available in the LWB that accompanies the deck. The information on the red and black numbered cards is intriguing, particularly if you’re interested in the older cartomancy traditions, as I am.
I particularly enjoyed reading about the out-dated superstitions associated with the playing cards. For example, the card reader is warned, ” to never look at the bottom card of the shuffled deck, either before or after the deal.” The book also suggests that “When you hold a black suit card, you may sometimes start to tremble. ” I’ve known clients to tremble when the Ace of Spades appears in a spread, but I believe that is a purely psychological manifestation, and not related to any vibrations coming from the card itself.
© 1985 by Globe Communications Corp.
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