Balthazar Blacke: DIVINE GYPSY MOTHER BOOK & CARDS
1st 2023 272pp Scarlet Imprint. Colour images, and multiple diagrams throughout. Fine purple cloth with Eye of Providence onlay, and gold & black blocking on front and spine, together with 38 cards (96x69mm) illustrated by Alexander Daniloff presented in a custom box covered in textured purple cloth with gold blocking. NEW.
Ltd. ed. 525 copies. Balthazar Blacke’s Divine Gypsy Mother is a reimagining of the nineteenth century fortune telling system popularly known as gypsy cards, which invoke the divining legacy of the Romani people. The book and cards showcase original artwork by renowned tarot artist Alexander Daniloff. These enchanting cards and book are sold as a set, and provide a highly practical and nuanced method of divination.
The symbolism of the cards has been updated to clarify meanings, drawing on the examples of hand-painted decks from the 1800s and the plethora of mass market versions, whilst staying true to the spirit of the original Gypsy cards.
Gypsy cards were originally sold without instructions, diviners relied on the titles of the cards and their images alone. Balthazar Blacke provides us with the key to understanding each individual card, their timing elements, astrological attribution and lessons. We are then provided with methods and spreads, from the quick and dirty, through Cross and Grand Cross variants to the full thirty-six card Grand Tableau.