I have recieved today this beautiful deck as a gift from Austria. It's a deck by Piatnik, hope some of you have it too.
The picture is very special... as it is a 36cards deck. I'm not so sure how to read them. Could someone please advise me where to find some information on the meanings of each card or the kind of spread to use?
Normally there should a small booklet be inclosed.
Normally the Zigeunerkarten are used in a very Lenormand like way: you can either spread out all 36 cards in 4 rows of nine (and you start reading beginning from the significator card which is either the Lady or the Gentlemen or you can use any other spread you like.
It is a very easy to read deck.
There are a couple of layouts you could use. I think to get started using the keywords for each card helps considerably. My aunt sent me that deck many, many years ago -it is my favorite deck, I finding it truely mystical because it is really in the hands of the beholder to discover all the meanings.
As with all pictorial decks one must remember that there is more to the card's meaning than the picture as with the Tarot.
Picking 3 cards to start is plenty-it gives you more info and you can put into practice the art of cartomancy.
Just the words give the clue.
letter-a message arrives, can be a telephone call, an actual letter, these days MSN/Email etc.
house-your home, your apartment, wherever you live
sadness-causing you sadness, worry, etc.
You know by the 3rd card the message would be "negative" in some way because you wouldn't be sad about it if it was good news.
I'm sure other people can think of another dozen interpretations for those 3 cards I mentioned and we would all be right to some degree.
It is amazing how quickly you will catch on. Once the basics are learned you take it to the next level, combinations (cards modify each other's meanings)
When you become a bit more familiar with each card try using the block of 9 for starters.
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
You can get a lot of information with just these 9 cards.
Read 1, 2,3. 4, 5,6. 7,8,9. 1,4,7. 2,5,3. 3,6,9. 1,5,9 and 3,5,7.
You will notice that 1,2,3 and 2,5,3 have 2,3 in each trio. The 5 spot expands or gives you more information.
Have fun. Let me know if you have any other questions about core meanings, I would gladly share.