Choose your card for the week of 4/13/08

Choose your card for the week from the Gypsy Lore Fortune Telling Cards—they’re not tarot cards, but I can’t resist.

When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. Let us know what card you chose. Post a comment!

I have a great interest in the 1920s and was quite excited when I first saw this deck online. I was fortunate to be able to get it on eBay. I wish I had more information about it. It doesn’t have a copyright date, and I haven’t found many references to it. If anyone knows anything about this deck, please let write in. In any case, it’s certainly reflects the conventional culture of its time.

Text around the edges of the cards:

Bachelor: Trust, but not blindly. A new acquaintance is trustworthy. An engagement will be broken because of you.

End: There is sunshine behind the clouds. Live your own life. Your troubles will soon disappear.

Worry: Worrying will not help. Do your best. A turn for the better. Inconsequential worries through relatives or friends.

Gossip: You have people near you who are not true to you. Do not talk too much—listen. Unpleasant event but temporary.

Argument: Beware the sorrow you will cause someone by what you are planning to do. Someone is tempting the one you have. A family counsel with you or about you.

Publicity: Resist coming temptations. Notoriety through jealousy. Slander or scandal—be careful.

5 Responses to “Choose your card for the week of 4/13/08”

  1. Cathy Says:

    The card titles are hard to overlook, so I ended up with END, as it is my last week at my current job.

    These kind of gypsy fortune telling cards are very popular in Germany, more than Tarot. I have Kipper-cards.
    Here is an explanation in English:
    And the deck — sorry, it’s in German:

    Another very popular deck in Germany are the Lenormand cards, there are lots of different decks for this one. For example here:
    Again, this is just a translation of the original, German site. I managed to find some Lenormand cards on Aeclectic Tarot:

  2. Kay Stopforth Says:

    This deck is so sweet and funny – I’m something of a 1920’s-phile too so it particularly appeals to me. It looks like something you could have great fun with!

    I chose “End” simply because I like the image of the woman looking at the star. Reminds me of staying true to one’s vision, or dreaming of a better future. The image – and the meaning – are reminiscent of the tarot Star.

    Susan – btw thanks so much for commenting on my blog 🙂

  3. Susan Gold Says:


    Thanks for all the great links! About a year ago, my friend showed me a German deck that she was given as a gift. I think it might have been the Kipper cards. I’ll have to forward those sites to her.


    Yes, that “End” card sure is a lot like the tarot Star. The title choice is interesting. “End” strikes me as negative. “Hope” seems more appropriate to the image and the captions, but perhaps that’s my own bias.

    Good to hear from you both!

  4. Susan Kleban Says:

    I have recently acquired a deck of Gypsy Lore Fortune Telling Cards.
    I have cards # 1-11 plain and underlined numbers (2 of each number).
    Cards 12-20 are only underlined numbered cards (1 of each number).
    I have 12 non-numbered cards, plus 2 instruction cards.
    That makes a total of 45 cards.
    Is this the whole set?
    Do you know why cards 12-20 do not have non-underlined numbers and do you have additional instructions on how to use these cards?
    Any info would be appreciated.

    • NaN Says:

      Susan – you have the whole deck. The direction cards should mention the purpose of the numbers; read on the last card placed, the underlined 1-20 indicates a number of weeks, the plain 1-11 a number of months, and the numberless cards an undescribed time for the resolution of the querant’s wish.

      The box indicates that there are 45 cards, which I believe includes the two direction cards, the querant card, and the wish card (which is supposed to indicate a favourable outlook, very favourable when placed horizontally as per the directions).

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