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  • Cards: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Pap/Crds edition (Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156718099X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567180992
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,363,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "...for so long the Gypsies have been associated with the Tarot; now at last, there is a Tarot deck that is actually tied into the Gypsies themselves." - Raymond Buckland, bestselling author of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft - over 4,700 UK copies sold"

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Raymond Buckland is one the leading authorities on witchcraft and the supernatural. He has been reading Tarot cards for forty years.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LoobyLue on 12 April 2001
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I have a more than a couple of books on the art of Tarot reading and I have to say I was very impressed from the outset with this book and deck of cards. The cards are based on an English-Gypsy theme (the author himself is a gypsy half-blood) and are beautifully illustrated by Lisanne Lake. You are first introduced to the cards by a brief outline of gypsy heritage which is to the point and an interesting read. This is followed by the explanations of each cards, as is the norm for most Tarot books however, unlike most of the other Tarot books I have read, Raymond Buckland believes that the most important thing when reading the cards is to get a sense of what you are seeing. He does not therefore spend page after page on long winded descriptions of the precise meanings of each card. He provides a brief synopsis of the "meaning" of each card but then encourages the reader to really look at each card, to see what other things stand out. He uses brief and simple language that is so easy to read, that you almost feel like you are reading a novel. He describes each card with such enthusiasm, it has definitely left me with the confidence to leave all my books behind and really concentrate on what the cards are saying, rather than being bogged down in narrative and worrying about having my normal book to hand so I can give a more "precise" reading. He imparts such an enthusiasm for the cards and the gypsy lifestyle that I find is lacking in many other Tarot and indeed a lot of other divination books.
I would heartily recommend this to anyone interested in the art of Tarot, be they a novice looking for a starting point or an expert looking for a down-to-earth, passionate perspective on tarot reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By U on 15 April 2012
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These cards are very good. But they are not a toy. Use them to help people and not to hurt. With great power comes great responsibility...
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These are beautiful tarot cards, even though I dont use them, the artwork is fantastic on them, and paints a real picture where you feel you have stepped back in time. worth buying as a collector or just to show off, really beautiful cards.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Fronteras on 30 Nov. 2001
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Although there is the assume link between Tarot and gypsies, there is little proof that they used Tarot cards for reading, most evidence points towards them using normal playing card decks. Raymond Buckland suggests that his family which is of Romany heritage had a set of Major Arcana cards but were very different to the standard Major Arcana cards that we know today.
Buckland has combined these heritages to come up with a very useful book at some 238 pages with information on the history and gypsy traditions along with well illustrated set of cards. The cards have an Edwardian feel to them and although well drawn, I felt would have suited better to an older period. A little too modern fro me. The book though is well constructed and a useful insight to the Romany life as well.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Be a Gypsy - or at least use appropriate cards... 14 April 2003
By Bruce Gray - Published on
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I don't own very many Tarot decks - I've never been interested in collecting them. I'm a lot more interested in using a deck that speaks to me - a deck that allows me to be a better reader for others.
I find the vibrant colors and highly evocative imagery of this deck to be one of the more interesting I've ever used. The basic images aren't that different from other decks that you won't know what the cards mean anymore, but they're different enough to allow you to gain a whole new insight on the Tarot by using this deck.
The four cards that are shown in the picture section give you a good idea of what some of the cards from this deck look like. I'm particularly fond of the secondary interpretations that one can divine from these cards. Are those Gypsy children getting a drink from the cups on the stairs of the Six of Cups or are they spiking a cup with a Gypsy love potion? It's up to the reader to decide - based on the cards around you in a reading.
The art is fantastic and reminds me a lot of the supposed Gypsy heritage of Tarot cards, although some people might be put off by that type of imagery. The colors and symbolism give me a great insight when using this deck to give readings to others.
The book is very informative and it's use of the images from the cards enhances it's value to potential users of this deck.
But it's not too overpowering for new Tarot readers either, and that's a big plus. This deck might work well at a carnival or renaissance fair if you want to give it an ideal flavor. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Tarot reading, especially if you are interested in Tarot readings for other people, and not just self discovery.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Simple, Effiecient and Full of Energy! 14 Aug. 2002
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After taking a very interesting tarot reading in downtown sau paulo, I was hooked this original method of divination. I started looking around for something that displays the tradition in itself and is also well designed to learn from and for quicker reading. Many books were on the subject, some kits which contain the decks too. However, most were designed in a way that only experienced tarot readers would be interested. I lost my desire after a while. Then, I came across the Buckland Romani Tarot kit. I was impressed by the cover art done by Lissane Lake so I bought it as a last chance pursuit. Three weeks later, I was literally being paid a visit by friends and relatives who were amazed by the degree of accuricy and speed of my previous readings. It took me two days to get the actual hand and with the amazing, thorough guide book that comes with this deck, I quickly became a Gypsy myself! This is an amazing kit, just looking at the deck itself i sense the power within. If you're interested in tarot and you want to be a part of this amazing art, buy this and only this!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
wonderful addition to have 16 Jan. 2001
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I recieved my deck a week ago and they are just beautiful. The subjects choosen for each card and colors in them speak so freely. The book is very informative in the traditions of the meanings for each card, yet reminds you to use the feeling from the card itself. I feel this is a very welcome addition to the world of the tarot readers.
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A Personal Favorite 3 Feb. 2005
By Mia - Published on
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I have only been reading tarot cards for about 10 years, but this deck is priceless to me. It was given to me by someone very close to me, and ironically, they share the same last name as the creator Raymond Buckland. I was amazed how accurate these cards were the first time I used them. I have read from a few tarot decks before, and this is the first deck that made me feel like the answers just flowed from the cards. The Romani Deck allows flexability and interpritation, where most seem to be set in a specific pattern of what the cards meant.

This deck is also so beautiful, that you almost feel like you're inside the pictures. My personal favorite is the 3 of Chivs. The amount of detail that Lissanne Lake has put into her artwork is truely breath-taking. Anyone can become a gypsy with this deck. It makes it so easy to understand why gypsies are believed to have magic in their soul. This is deffinately a deck that I will recomend to my friends, and someday pass down to my children.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent deck for those who want something a little different 7 Jan. 2006
By Sharpchick - Published on
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Being a great fan of borderless cards, the Romani deck was already destined to be a favorite in my tarot deck collection. The colors in the images run the gamut from bold primaries to soft and muted pastels and earth tones. Those who appreciate the symbolism of color in tarot will enjoy this deck for that characteristic. The same is true for the use of crystals and gemstones, although without the accompanying book, it would be difficult to determine which stones were which in the jewelry worn by female and male characters on the cards.

The addition of a brief description of the history of Romani gypsies and their way of life was a bonus for me - learning that Romani society was a matriarchal one also explained the use of a female figure for the Magician. There is further detail about Romani culture where appropriate in the discussion of individual cards. Buckland does not stick with the traditional names for the trumps - instead, they are labeled "one" to "twenty-one" with the Romani translation for each. (The back of the guidebook gives a brief Romani/English dictionary, with definitions of the words used in the text of the guidebook.) Court cards are Page, Knight, Queen and King.

Buckland has named the four suits in the Romani (gypsy) language. Koros are cups, koshes are wands, bolers are pentacles and chivs are swords. The elemental correspondences remain the same as in most Rider Waite Smith (RWS) clones, with koshes (wands) representing fire and chivs (swords) representing air. This deck was a refreshing departure for me from other RWS-like decks. In many of the cards, it is easy to apply traditional interpretations. However, there are few cards - most notably the Nine of Chivs - which have an interpretation all their own, and it is for the reader to determine. The text of Buckland's guidebook does not compel the tarot reader to accept a specific interpretation of any specific cards. He has the reader examine all the details of a card and interpret the one that really "pops" for the reader at the time of laying the spread. In fact, Buckland urges the reader to study this deck (and any other) intensively, reading as much about tarot card interpretations as possible, "[b]ut then, put the books away and go by your own feelings." This is a liberating admonition, particularly for intuitive readers, as it gives the reader permission to fully explore and interpret the meaning of a card once laid in a spread, relative to the Seeker and the card's position in the spread.

Notwithstanding some reviewers' comments about the quality of Lisanne Lake's art (if I were looking for a work of art, I would invest in art, not tarot cards), an excellent deck for those who are looking for a fresh perspective.
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