Divination Comparison – The Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Deck & the Playing Cards
I mentioned in my review of the Gypsy Witch that I don’t feel much of a connection to this deck, and that I don’t often use it. But the deck itself is special to me because it was among the items my grandmother left to me after she passed. I inherited her crystal ball, the deck of playing cards she was using before she died, several old occult and fortune-telling books from the 1930s and 1940s, a couple of old Tarot packs, and of course the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Deck.
Although I don’t resonate to the Gypsy Witch cards, I do have a tremendous amount of respect, and feel just a touch of awe, for this deck. In the early 1990s I met a woman at a Halloween party sponsored by the Sacred Light Centre in St Petersburg, Florida. I believe the woman’s name was Ann (unfortunately, I cannot remember her last name), and she used the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Deck in her professional work as a reader. I ran into this woman again at a psychic fair we both worked soon after. She was stationed at the table right next to me, and during a lull in client traffic, we exchanged mini readings.
I was extremely impressed by her Gypsy Witch reading. I’d have to say that it was one of the most insightful reading I’ve ever received. I suspect that the amazing reading had as much (if not more) to do with the woman’s talent and ability as a reader, than with the cards themselves, but the Gypsy Witch proved to be the perfect tool for accessing that reader’s talents. Prior to this experience, I had tucked my grandmother’s Gypsy Witch in my sock drawer, and forgotten about it. After that reading, I’ve played with the deck now and again over the years. Although I still don’t feel any personal connection to these cards, I haven’t completely given up on them.
I thought it might be interesting to focus on a question and pull three Gypsy Witch cards, focus on the same question and pull three playing cards, and then compare the readings.. But since the Gypsy Witch contain playing card images; it might be even more interesting to just interpret the three Gypsy Witch cards in two ways. First I’ll interpret the cards based on the symbolic image, and definition printed on each card. Then I’ll ignore the symbol, and read the three cards as ordinary playing cards. I’m curious to see whether the readings coincide or contradict since the symbolic correspondences seem a little screwy on the Gypsy Witch deck.
For this experiment, I removed the two jokers and shuffled the remaining 52 cards including both the male and female Consultant Cards while focusing on the following question:
Question: Will “R” become pregnant in the next 6 months?
Three cards drawn:
- No. 23 – Q♥ – The Ring
- No. 33 – 5♣ – The Clover
- No. 26 – 9♣ – The Park
Gypsy Witch Interpretation:
It makes sense for The Ring to fall in the first position representing the premise of the question. This card represents a circle, and symbolizes making a connection, or coming around full circle, and returning to the sources. In a general sense, we can read this card as representing “the circle of life.” More specifically, this card can represent a wedding ring, a symbol of marriage, union, contracts, and sexual congress–at least one of which is necessary for an affirmative answer to the question.
The Clover indicates good luck and good news. In the position of the answer to a yes/no question, this card doesn’t always mean “yes.” It indicates that the answer to the question is exactly as the querent hoped. If the querent was wishing for a negative response to the question, then this card could mean “no.” The answer to the question then is that the querent will have the answer she most desires.
The Park denotes social interactions and a peaceful environment. In the position of final outcome, this card indicates a positive conclusion. This card reinforces the the interpretation of the previous card that the querent will have the outcome she desires. The Park can specifically refer to a new love, and a new baby certainly fits that description well. If the querent desires the pregnancy, this card might also denote a baby shower, or other happy celebration or social get-together.
So do these cards predict a pregnancy within the next 6 months? I might be tempted to give a resounding “yes,” but what if the querent is hoping for a “no” response? These cards indicate good news and celebration, which would mean no pregnancy if that was her desire. So, I would say “yes” they most definitely predict a pregnancy in the next 6 months if that is what the querent desires. Otherwise, the good news is that she does not have to worry about a pregnancy within this time frame. Of course these card definitely predict a pregnancy, but perhaps not within the specified time frame.
Playing Card Interpretation:
When I interpret a 3-card fan in response to a “yes/no” question, the predominant color will usually answer the question. If two of the cards pulled are red, the answer is affirmative, but if two black cards appear, the answer is “no.”
The first thing that caught my attention when I looked at these cards was the two black clubs indicating the answer to the querent’s question is “no, there will not be a pregnancy in the next 6 months.” The card interpretations will provide more specific information regarding this response.
The Queen of Hearts can represent “motherhood,” so this card also makes sense as the premise to the question when interpreted as a playing card. This Queen can also be read as a significator to represent the querent and her role as “mother.” The Q♥ is followed by two Clubs indicating that progress would require effort.
The 5 of Clubs also indicates “good luck” in the traditional playing card interpretations. Specifically this is a card of action, and denotes actively pursuing a desired goal. As with the Gypsy Witch interpretation above, the outcome appears to be in the querents hands. The pregnancy doesn’t appear to happen as an unexpected occurrence, but through a concerted effort. This card confirms that the querent would have to “work” at having a baby (there is no possibility of an accidental pregnancy shown here). As an interesting side note, the 5♣ can symbolically represent the process of “labor” when delivering a child.
The 9 of Clubs is another “good luck” card, and as such it denotes a favorable outcome. Specifically, the 9♣ is a card of time and distance. In the sense of “time,” this card denotes a long duration, usually longer than one might hope or expect. Although this card denotes “achievement,” it is usually long range success through effort. In terms of the question, the 9♣ is also the journey card, and as such it could symbolize the journey of motherhood, or even the journey of the baby through the birth canal.
So, the two black cards reveal no pregnancy, and yet the individual cards predict a favorable outcome, and clearly foretell a pregnancy in this woman’s future. This happens sometimes when the answer to the question is “yes,” but not within the time restriction set by the question.
In summary, despite the variations in individual card meanings, both the Gypsy Witch and the playing cards agree that a pregnancy is clearly predicted although perhaps not within the 6 month time frame of this reading.
This reading turned out to be great news since the querent was hoping that she would not get pregnant right away. She had come off birth control recently due to health issues, and was not ready for a new addition to the family.
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