History of the Gypsy Tarot Spread

Written by Amber


The Roma Gypsy people are a nomadic culture which throughout history been mistreated and discriminated against. By tradition the Roma Gypsy people have been associated with fortune telling, magic and shamanism.

History of the Gypsy Tarot Spread

Tarot cards, which are often referred to as “the book of divination of the gypsies” are a deck of 78 cards with various pictures on them.

There are two words which are used in Gypsies for fortune telling traditions “dukkering” which is the modification of a Wallaco-Sclavonian word meaning something spiritual or ghostly.

And Bocht which is a Persian word meaning or connected to the Sanscrit bagya, which means fate.

Gypsy fortune telling traditions are much the same everywhere, gypsy women used normal playing cards Cartomancy to predict the fortune of the person they were dukkering.

Whether playing cards were initially intended for fortune telling or for games is still not known. What we do know though is by the 16th Century normal playing cards were being used for fortune telling and by the 18th Century were used in daily life.

History even suggests Napoleon to have consulted the cards on a regular basis.

It is believed that the Roma Gypsy people brought gypsy fortune telling traditions to Europe. Gypsies considered Tarot “the book of divination of the gypsies” as a book of realization and understanding which could be read by those who understood its mysterious symbolic language.

In this article History of the Gypsy Tarot Spread, we are going to look at the “Gypsy Tarot Spread” which uses 21 cards, which are laid out in vertical columns of three cards each, or three horizontal rows of seven cards each. The Gypsy Tarot Spread looks at present and future effects as well as possible and unseen aspects.


The spread is dealt right to left rather than left to right. The psychic tarot card reader will read the columns going down so for example 7 – 7 – 7 will be read first, and so on…

The first line is the past, second line is the present and the final line is the future, the timings of this spread will vary between readers.

Column 1: Self – present state

This column shows the present state and concerns that querent has, it also suggests thoughts and emotions for example: creative energy, confusion, ambition, and so on. This column will also show developing potential or stimuli this is typically found in the third card at the bottom of the column.

Column 2: The environment – present home life

This column represents ALL the close relationships in the querents life. It also depicts a general impression of the querents home, work and social life.

Column 3: Hopes, fears or the question

The psychic tarot reader can see in this column of the Gypsy Tarot Spread any obstacles that can hinder the querent it will also show the situation around the querent and the available help. The psychic tarot reader can also determine the achievement of dreams and fulfilment of hope?

Column 4: The querent’s expectations

This column shows the concerns that the querent has, also growth, any projects, the ideas in development, recognized factors, the querents expected Successes and any possible delays.

Column 5: Hidden factors what the querent is not expecting (the possible kick factor)

The psychic tarot reader will expect to see the possible hidden factors in this column. What surprises and unseen developments are either in play or are a possibility. In the Gypsy Tarot Spread this column shows Karma, destiny and fate.

Column 6: Immediate/close Future

Immediate future – weeks/months

Column 7: Long term future

What the querent can expect long term

This tarot spread can take quite a while to read, and therefore is rarely used in face to face readings. The advantage of this reading is its depth which makes it a very popular spread.

For more info on the History of the Gypsy Tarot Spread or to order your reading please visit me at http://www.online-tarot-readings-by-amber.info









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