The Romany or Gypsy spread

Written by  on July 11, 2017 


Some clients have too many things on their plate, has various issues that they are dealing with and just can’t focus on a single question.
For these type of situations, I recommend the ‘Romany’ or “Gypsy spread’.
The Gypsy spread is an adaptation from a spread usually performed with plain playing cards, sometimes with the full deck of 52 cards, sometimes with 36 cards (the 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s are excluded).
With the Tarot deck, I recommend to use the entire deck of 78 cards, but you can take off the 22 cards of the Major Arcana and the 4 Kings and then you have an identical set as the 52 cards playing card deck.
It is also worth to mention that the interpretation of the Tarot cards and playing cards differ, but I recommend to use the interpretation familiar to you. Another important detail, if you want to try using playing cards, use a brand-new pack, ‘virgin’ deck, never use a deck which was already used for other (playing) purposes. If you use a simple playing card deck for divination, you should only use them exclusively for this purpose.

The spread is quite simple.
Shuffle and cut as you like, then the querent/client have to extract 21 cards.
You will lay out the cards in three rows of seven cards each.
The Romany spread consists of three rows of seven cards.
These three rows correspond to the past, present and future.
Row A represents present-time issues, respond to the question “what is going on right now?”
Row B represent the past. Cards 8, 9 and 10 represent the more distant past, while 12, 13 and 14 the more recent past.
Row C represent the future, how things will evolve in the next three weeks or three months (something you should establish with the querent/client before the reading).
Column 4 (IV), respectively cards 4, 11 and 18 from the central vertical column represent what the querent/client is really interested or concerned about, they represent the main focus of the querent/client. Card 4 represent he current situation, card 11 the root of her/his problem and card 18 the outcome according to the current curse of the events.

I have to mention that this is a slightly modified layout, an altered version of the original spread.
In the traditional spread, Row A is not in the middle, but it is the first upper line of cards. However, according to my perception of time in the Tarot spreads, I placed the present in the middle of the spread and past is the upper line, while future is down.

How to read.
Begin with the Column 4 (IV), then read the rows in order, A, B and C from left to right.
Also, you can analyse each column separately. The card from the Row A represents the current situation, the card from the Row B represents the origin of the issue, and the card from the Row C represent the future development of the issue in question.

Alternatively, you can use this spread to predict events in the next week (7 days).
In that case, you should perform the reading Sunday morning when the Sun is rising.
The card from the first column (I) represent Sunday, the card from the second column (II) represent Monday, the card from the third column (III) represent Tuesday and so on.
Just like in the previous example, for each day and issue the card from the Row A represents the current situation, the card from the Row B represents the origin (or the source) of the issue, and the card from the Row C represent the outcome.

(Excerpt from the book “The Unified Esoteric Tarot – General introduction and Guidebook” by Attila Blága. Full or partial use of this text for commercial or non-commercial distribution by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorised by the author.)

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