This Gypsy Tarot is beautifully illustrated 36 cards by KVIZ, no# 2489. The Gypsy card is made in Hungary. The card is almost identical to the Hungarian, also known as Zigeuner Card, with a few minor differences. For instance the Gypsy tarot is a bit larger then the Hungarian Gypsy Card. The images however almost identical, but the Gypsy card's image is a bit more detailed. When using this deck it is essential that you should concentrate less on the significance of the individual cards then on their relative positions the overall meaning suggested by their arrangement on the table.
Most images of the Gypsy Tarot remained the same from ancient times, because they are universal symbols, handed down from mythological sources. They become timeless symbols and therefore these images will always remain the same. Cards such as the card of “Fortune”, derived from the Greek mythology of Tyche from Greek: taiki meaning "luck"; Roman equivalent: Fortuna was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. What is less well known is that the name Tykhe (tarki in Greek) derived from the Sanskrit word 'tark' and 'tarkayati' meaning to think, to deliberate, ponder, try to discover one's mind, thus relating this card to Themis (Justice, balance) and Themis' advise to “Know Thyself” and “Nothing in Excess”. Hence, fortune is relating to the card of Thought, to the Sanskrit word Cintamani and Cintayati, to reflect, to think, which is referring to a fabulous gem, which suppose to yield its possessor all its wishes, enlightenment.
There are many type of Gypsy Cards and, whether Hungarian, Austrian or Italian are a system all on their own. Well, this is what the common belief system is among Tarot Readers. That is why Gypsy cards are not called Tarot Cards. What is the difference? Tarot cards like Rider Waite are numbered and usually consist of 78 cards. Whilst Gypsy cards are not numbered and don't have major and minor arcanas. What is Arcana? Arcana translating as 'secrets or mysteries', hidden, concealed secrets. The word is originated from Latin arcanus, from arcere ‘to shut up’, from arca ‘chest’. However, this word goes much further back than Latin, it's origin derived from Sanskrit language 'arcana' translating to worship, honor and it is also relating to the primordial Sun. The Tarot consist of the two groups of cards in a tarot pack: the twenty-two trumps (the major arcana ) and the fifty-six suit card. Trump again can be traced back to Sanskrit language, 'trmp' means dialogue with the universe. Major arcana are pictures that represent life, stages and experiences we all go through. It's meant to be the story of one's journey through life. Minor arcana cards describes the people, events, feelings and circumstances we encounter on our personal Journey. It represents events that are within the control of the individual and indicate how you do something. So far this covers the basic difference between Gypsy Card and Tarot Cards. However, Gypsy Cards although it is mostly unknown also contain major and minor arcanas and it has to be in sequence as it would be numbered. For example the number 1 card is the card of Sweetheart, followed by the card of Lover. They are considered as major arcana's as it is explaining stages of creation. Whilst minor arcana is anger, jealousy, desire, hope, etc. These are events within your control. Therefore the two cards are not so different after all. Personally I prefer the Gypsy Cards, because there are less images to memorize. I find it very convenient to have less cards to spread, yet each card holds meanings that makes up the 78 card reading, if you learn in depth what each card convey. But first, you have to learn the basics, so we offer books, which will help you to start reading Gypsy Cards.