Just because the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards have the ability to “jump systems” doesn’t mean you should throw every cartomancy technique in your toolbox against the wall in an attempt to see what sticks, especially if you start second-guessing yourself on what aspect should be focused on.
What are you supposed to do if, for example, the “fortune” on the Gypsy Witch card you’ve pulled is positive while the playing card inset is negative? Should you factor in the Lenormand card interpretation? What if you pull one of the 17 Gypsy Witch cards that does not feature a Lenormand image?
You can see this could get confusing pretty quickly…
Here are some guidelines I’ve found useful in my own practice of using the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards:
- Which aspect of the focus card* jumps out at you first? The image? The “fortune”? The playing card inset? How does that relate to your question?
- How are the other cards in your draw modifying the focus card? What captures your attention? The images? The “fortunes”? The playing card insets? You should quickly discover a theme.
- Make your decisions as to what has priority and stick to them. This doesn’t mean you have to ignore other information that reveals itself to you, but if you find yourself second-guessing yourself, go with your first impressions.
*The focus card is the card you designate to represent the question/ issue/ situation/ circumstance/ theme/ problem, etc. in a reading. For example, in a three-card spread consisting of Problem-Solution-Advice, the focus card is the Problem. In a Lenormand Line of Five, decide in advance whether you will use the first, last or central card as the focus card.
Below is an example of how this could work, using the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards laid out in the Five Pointed Star with Significator tarot card spread:
Q: Please Provide Insights on Plan of Action:
The first thing I noticed was that three of the six cards drawn — including the focus card — were not traditional Lenormand cards. This suggested that reading the draw in typical Lenormand fashion might not do the trick. Furthermore, since I had chosen to use a positional tarot card spread, it made sense to me to examine the cards from a positional standpoint, starting with the Significator (focus) Card which describes the theme or subject of the reading.
10 Pig does not exist in a normal Lenormand deck. Since the card gave me no initial Lenormand point of reference, I looked to its “fortune” for possible clues on interpretation:
“the pig, whether near or far, is an omen of phenomenal luck and great abundance, high honors and all ambitions attained.”
While phenomenal luck and all ambitions attained sounded pretty good to me, I couldn’t help but notice that nasty little 3 of Spades with its extremely negative connotations should one be focused on reading the cards as playing cards. I decided to temporarily shelve my misgivings and proceeded to examine the remainder of the spread.
I quickly noted that two other cards, in addition to the Significator Card, were highly positive: 24 Hand in Hand in Position 2 (Mindsets, Beliefs, Expectations) and 34 Star in Position 4 (Answer, Solution, Advice). The remaining cards were neutral. Since there were no negative cards in the spread, the neutral cards could be considered neutral-positive. All in all, the spread struck me as positive, despite niggling concerns over the highly unfortunate 3 of Spades and 2 of Spades associated with the 10 Pig and 34 Star cards, respectively.
35 Tower in Position 1 (Basis, Reason, Cause) suggested high ambition or high expectations, and with 24 Hand in Hand in Position 2, I was experiencing belief in my own ability to accomplish my goal. (See my post here for more information on Gypsy Witch 24 Hand in Hand.)
16 Ship in Position 3 suggested trade or commerce could be an important factor in my endeavors. Because I tend to view the Ship card (whether Gypsy Witch or Lenormand) as “international trade” which to me suggests internet commerce, it seemed to me that my website and/or some other kind of online shopping outlet could be instrumental as I proceed with my plans.
34 Star in Position 4 (Answer, Solution, Advice) was fairly self-explanatory, being associated with hope, guidance from above and success. This extremely positive association exists in the Tarot and Lenormand Star cards as well as the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards.
The reading flowed fairly smoothly until I got to the final card, 36 Cat, in Position 5 (Probable Outcome). Once again, there is no Lenormand card point of reference, causing me to consider the “fortune” inscribed on the card:
“The cat indicates flattery; if near No. 6, foretells personal injury. Near 29 and 30, it denotes strife.”
Somehow, that “fortune” or “prophecy” didn’t ring true for this reading. And not for nothing, cards 6, 29 and 30 did not exist in the spread, giving more weight to my growing conclusion that the message for me in this particular card spread was not negative.
To the contrary, the card seemed to be focusing on independence, indifference to the “rules,” and relying on my own inner guidance. In essence, it seemed to transmit the idea that like a cat, I should pay less attention to what anyone else might have to say about my success or lack thereof (including the Gypsy Witch cards!) and go with my own inner guidance.
With three highly positive cards in key positions and no negative cards in the spread, the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards indicate excellent potential for success, which may be contingent on following my own inner guidance system.
I mentioned above that the highly positive card Gypsy Witch 10 Pig is associated with the highly negative playing card 3 of Spades (confusion, loss, misunderstandings, a worsening problem, interference, a blockage, etc.). I also noted that Gypsy Witch 34 Star, another highly positive card, is associated with the equally negative playing card 2 of Spades (separation, restriction, disagreements, incompatibility, resentment, etc.)
The spread discussion above is an excellent example of how indiscriminately mixing up divination systems (or “system jumping,” as the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards like to call it), can be a dicey way to go.
Take another look at the guidelines I offered near the top of this post.
When performing readings with the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards, pick your approach(es) and use your own discretion, keeping in mind that if you insist on applying everything you know about cartomancy from every single card system you have ever studied, you will surely wind up confusing yourself half to death (3 of Spades) and walking away (2 of Spades) from the spread, beating yourself up over your “inability” to read cards!
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