Well, Elizza got the deck as a gift from a lady in Milan, for whom she read and did some “other services”
Aside from doing readings she was the shuhvani (traditional Gypsy healer)and it was her job to take care of the sick people and animals in the large circuses she and her family clan traveled with throughout Central Europe at the time.
But on days that all was well, she would open her bender wagon and would read “the Cards” for the public. Her clients were mostly women and their problems were mostly “men”
What they did when they were not home,
Did they have another lover?
How can I make him fall in love with me…
That kind of reading….
But Elizza also had other clients with – more delicate problems:
An unwanted pregnancy….
Gran had the herbs and pain killers and there was “an Angel maker” practicing in the next bender over…..
A lost virginity ?? 😉
That problem could be “fixed” with some fresh Chicken liver inserted…
You know where, you know when…
And no man was the wiser….
An amulet was needed:
– to get pregnant?
OK, Gran always had a nice selection and a niece would sow it into the nighty or christening gown or – you decide….
She would also take care of sick people from the general public. Describing that alone would need yet another blog…
But this one is about Tarot, the Soprafino to be precise:
It was not a new deck, and the lady, that gave it to her was a rich Tarot client….. ..so the story went…..
There were no notes with it, no “lwb” or anything.
Gran spoke several languages well enough to read cards in, but reading and writing was minimal…
Most other readers (of cards) used just regular playing cards for their readings,
so Elizza always could ask a little more for reading with this more elaborate deck.
All the Mayor Arcana cards and the Court cards had little stories that explained who the person on the card was, what they did and how that translates into divination.
These allegories were quite removed from what the original deck creator had the images intended to be and what one finds nowadays as “standard meanings” for the cards. But these meanings and stories were known among several people of our clan and a cousin of my mother told them to me, when I was small. The “numbers” (pips) all had meaning according to the suit and according to the secret meanings of the Gypsy numbers and number combinations.
I just wish I could remember them all 😦
However, I promised, that I would one day write down the few things I do remember.
Here is the right place to do that. :)Have a quick look at the cards of the magnificent repro of the deck by Il Meneghello: