Svetlana Alexandrovna Touchkoff’s Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards: An Innovative System for Discovering Your Path in Life Based on an Authentic Technique of Nighteenth-Century Russia. This book/card set is truly beautiful.
All twenty-five cards from the deck are used in a reading. The querent silently concentrates on a question as he shuffles the cards. The cards are laid out five at a time in a single row. Each card must remain in its original position, but cards are then rotated to connect two halves of one picture. Continue to lay out five cards one row at a time. Connect matching halves of pictures as you go along. After you have set out all the cards give the layout a final overview to make sure you have not overlooked any matches. There are four possible meanings for each picture depending on whatever position they are in when dealt. All the cards depicts four half images with 50 picture possibilities to surface in any reading. Each picture is numbered and has arrows pointing up, down, left, or right for easy reference in the companion book. Two pages are dedicated to each of the numbered pictures with descriptions and interpretations.
The book that comes with the set is very special. It is the means by which the author shares her family traditions and history with the reader as well as how to use the deck. The book is split into 3 sections. The first section covers how to use the cards and the book. This section includes chapters on the origins of the cards and the cultural tradition of gypsy fortune telling. The author also includes a chapter on her family history. The second section of the book contains all 50 illustrations and their meanings. There are 4 meanings to an illustration, ranging from most positive to least positive. The cards are designed so that pictures can be made in any one of four directions (in order from most to least positive).
This stunning Russian lacquer-style package of twenty-five full-color cards and accompanying book combines the beauty of Russian lacquer box art with the fun of an age-old system for revealing your path in life.
Vintage First Edition – 1991