For this divination you will either need a full deck of Tarot cards or a full deck of playing cards. Shuffle the deck and
cut it once with your left hand (in Gypsy cartomancy cuts are always made with the left hand, to the left) and place the
pile to the left. Draw a card from the larger of the two piles and lay it face up. Draw the next two cards and lay them
below the first. Continue in this way, increasing each row of cards by one, until you have used all of the cards in that
pile. If you run out of cards and have an incomplete row, then use the smaller pile to finish it off.
Next, pick up the last card in each row (the one on the far right, including the single card in the top row). Sort the
cards you picked up by suit (disregard the Major Arcana if you are using a Tarot deck) to see which suit has the most
cards. If it is hearts or cups then good luck will be forthcoming; if it is spades or swords, bad luck is imminent.
Diamonds and pentacles signify good financial luck, and clubs and wands indicate a potential affair. If there are two
suits with the same amount of cards, and more than the others, then draw one card at a time from the remaining small pile
until you come to one of the cards of the two suits. Then pick up the cards from the left end of the pyramid's rows
(including the single card at the top) and combine them with the "winning" suit. Use this combination to conduct the
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This form of cartomancy only uses a partial deck of 32 cards. Remove the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s and Knights from your
Tarot deck to obtain the desired number. Or, if you are using a standard deck of playing cards,
just remove the 2s-6s.
This reading is a bit complex, but very effective for answering three questions.
While shuffling the deck, the querent should make three wishes. The reader then selects the top three cards from the deck
and lays them in a row, face down, from left to right. The reader then draws five cards and lays them out in a row
beneath the row of three, and finally, the reader draws seven cards and lays them out below the row of five, all face
The reader then flips over the cards in the first row and adds their values (Ace is one; Jack or Page is 11; Queen is 12;
King is 13). If one of the three cards is an Ace, the first wish is guaranteed to come true, regardless of the total.
The highest possible value is 39, the lowest either 7 or 8, depending on which deck you're using. Using that range
determine the likelihood that the querent's wish will be granted - the lower the number, the better.
Do the same with the next two rows, the only difference being that the third wish requires two Aces in its row to
guarantee its occurrence. In any row, a number of sevens and eights (the lowest value cards after the Aces) are very
good signs of success.
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This reading is used for a qucik sign of good luck for up to four people at one time. The reader deals one Ace to
each querent. The querents memorize which suit is theirs and then return their Ace to the deck. Next, each querent
takes turns shuffling the deck while concentrating on their wish.
After everyone has finished shuffling, the first querent deals 13 cards, face up, to themselves. Whoevers Ace appears
will have their wish granted. The Ace, or Aces, are then removed and the reamining cards are returned to the deck.
The querents then takes turns shuffling the deck, once again, while concentrating on their wish. The second querent
now deals out 13 cards, face up. Whoevers Ace appears during this round has a good chance of having their wish
fulfilled. Those Aces are then removed, the remaining cards returned to the deck, and, again, the querents take turns
shuffling the cards. If there are still Aces in the deck, the third querent then deals out 13 cards face up. Any Aces
that appear during this round reveal a possibility of success. A fourth deal is not permitted, nor is it necessary, for
any Aces that did not appear indicate that that person's wish will not be granted.
This form of divination can also be conducted with coins. This process is rooted in the ancient Chinese I-Ching which,
though traditionally done with yarrow sticks, can also be done using three coins. The reason for using only three coins
is that three is a magickal and mystical number. The coins used to be of silver or gold, today, however, any three
coins may be used so long as they are of the same size and denomination.
The querent holds the coins in between their hands and concentrates on their question or questions. The coins are then
passed to the reader who holds them for a few moments to absorb the energies. The coins are then thrown onto the table
and their relative positions are noted. The separation of the coins, their distances from one another, and the patterns
they make all have relevance (see Bean Toss for how to interpret these things. The other
thing that is taken into consideration in this type of reading is the number of heads and tails that are facing up. To
interpret the meaning of this, wherever the coins have fallen, they are regarded as being in a straight line, and read
from left to right. The eight possible combinations are:
HEAD TAIL TAIL
HEAD HEAD TAIL
HEAD HEAD HEAD
TAIL TAIL TAIL
TAIL TAIL HEAD
TAIL HEAD HEAD
HEAD TAIL HEAD
TAIL HEAD TAIL
Here too is a connection to the I-Ching, in that the combinations are similar to the eight trigrams; however, the Rom
interpret them differently.
HEAD TAIL TAIL: Possibly negative. Possibility of trickery. Be on your guard. Plan carefully. Bad investments.
Opportunities, if you choose carefully.
HEAD HEAD TAIL: Possibly positive. Potential for gain. Chance to invest. Possibility of love.
HEAD HEAD HEAD: Definitely positive. Joy and contentment. Wishes fulfilled. Enjoy yourself. Fertility.
TAIL TAIL TAIL: Definitely negative. Tragedy. Bad luck. Fraud. Scandal. Seduction.
TAIL TAIL HEAD: Possibly negative. Exercise caution. Possibility of bad news. Financial loss. Accusations.
TAIL HEAD HEAD: Possibly positive. A letter containing good news. Meeting with an old friend. Business success.
HEAD TAIL HEAD: Possibly positive. Meeting with a man that could be very fortunate. A new beginning; chance to
TAIL HEAD TAIL: Possibly negative. Meeting with a woman. Plan before acting. Temptation.
Combined with the meanings from the Bean Toss, this sort of reading can become much more complex and in-depth, but
this is a good way to conduct a quick reading.
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Reading the birthmarks on a child can tell much of their future. Both the location of the marks and their shape have
meaning. Large moles are more significant than smaller ones.
A round mole is fortunate; the more perfect the roundness, the greater the fortune. A pointed mole is unfortunate.
It is exceptionally so if it has two or more points. If the shape of the mole resembles a particular animal or
object, this too is interpreted. A mole that is large and bumpy is a sign of great potential. A hairy mole is
extremely negative. A light-colored mole is significantly more lucky than a darker one.
On the head, above the eyebrows: On the right - great intelligence; potential for fame and fortune. On the left -
extravagance and irresponsibility. In the center - honors, wealth and love.
Eyebrows: Right brow - happiness, perseverance, possibility of early marriage. Left brow - unhappy marriage unless
a lot of effort is put into it.
Eyelid: Thriftiness. On teh outer corners of the eyelid - honesty, reliability and forthrightness.
Cheek: A serious and studious person. Right cheek - happiness and good marriage. Left cheek - struggles and
problems throughout life.
Nose: Sexuality, good fortune and travel. A sincere friend.
Mouth: Sensuality and happiness.
Chin: Good luck, good fortune and prosperity. A loving disposition. Accepts responsibility.
Jaw: Poor health.
Ears: Left - recklessness. Right - bravery.
Throat: Ambitious, a rich marriage.
Neck: A hard life with many opportunities buy many setbacks. On the front of the neck - unexpected fortune late
Shoulders: A difficult life with much hard work. Right shoulder - discreet; a faithful marriage and business
Arms: Right - success. Left - money problems.
Hands: Right - natural ability. Left - ability to learn easily.
Chest: Rigth side - many changes of fortune throughout life, but ending in wealth and happiness. Left side -
distraction and attraction with barely enough wealth.
Ribs: Right side - cowardice and insensitivity. Left side - a slow developer and slow healer.
Abdomen: Laziness, greed, self indulgence, tendency to drink and eat to excess.
Back: Upper back - generous but inclined to arrogance. Lower back - sensous; a lover.
Hips: Stong, healthy children.
Buttocks: A good sense of humor and accepting of life, whether good or bad.
Thighs: Right thigh - happiness in marriage, wealth and good health. Left thigh - loss, loneliness and poverty,
Knees: Right knee - handles finances easily. Left knee - rash and frivolous.
Lower legs: Right calf - refined and a good sense of dress. Left calf - casual but elegant.
Ankles: Hard working and a good provider. On a man - a fearful and timorous nature. On a woman - willingness to
Feet: Right foot - love of travel. Left foot - fear of travel.
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(Divination by Pendulum)
While you can always buy a pendulum, gypsy shuvanis very often just use a ring from their finger or a pendant from
around their neck. To use a ring, they hang if from the end of either a red or green string - the pendant is just
used with the chain it is already on.
Themost popular technique is to hold the chain between the index finger and thumb, allowing the weight to hang free in the
top of a wine glass. If the pendulum strikes the glass once, it means "yes;" twice, means "no." You can also divine
whole word answers by counting one strike for A, two for B, etc. This can be a bit time consuming, which is why it is
usually only used for Yes/No responses. If reading for someone else, the ring or pendant that the reader uses should be
one that belongs to the querent.
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