Sadly I am remembering only a few of all the hidden meanings/ allegories that go with the Soprafino deck My memories come from the stories of my mother, when we looked at the cards and she reminisced about the stories Grandma Elizza had told her about certain cards and from what her niece – my “Aunty” told me.
Please keep in mind, that this is/ was the going interpretation my Granand readers like her used in HER time and with Her background as a Manoushe Gypsy reader between ~ ~ 1893 and the time she was interred in concentration camp Bergen Belsen.
Here are a few examples:
Il Matto, the Fool
Il Matto has only one shoe. He is a tender foot, a newbee just starting out. His right foot may get hurt if he puts it forward, so he has to walk left foot first = intuition first. His shoe is red, because it is a new path he is on and he walks into the red dawn of morning.
Matto’s sack is on his back because he wants to make a million (Reichs)marks and will have a million experiences while trying.
His dog has a yellow collar because it is his job to warn him away from danger……..
With only one shoe Matto will have to go find the cobbler to gamble him out of a new pair of shoes for his journey. Right now he has no money and so has to resort to trickery – which made him a favourite among the Gypsy readers. He was pennyless and fancy free and so much like them. Recently I heard someone say, that he was also a Kalo = a black (haired) one = true Gupsy
But now, back to our deck:
Il Matto sets out to find the cobbler/ shoe maker. Instead of tricking the cobbler,out of new shoes, he will apprentice with him and so learn to make the new shoes himself. = become sufficient and have a trade, with which he can make mark(s) = money anywhere on the road.
From then on it is “trick or trade” for him…….
So the next card of the deck shows us
Il Bagattel –and may be either Matto a little later in life, better dressed and with some wine – come into riches through his new trade – or his teacher of “tricks of the trade”, the cobbler himself. Was he / is he a former Fool?
The table he has there is not one of the “foldaway” tables vaudeville jugglers use, but is quite stable and permanent. There also is no “outdoorsy” background, suggesting that this takes place inside – but also, that, when learning a trade, background is not important, just your skill and the willingness to learn more.