Will I be successful? How many times shall I fall in love? Whom should I avoid? These and many more fundamental questions concerning life, love and chance are answered in this package. Based on an original Romany tradition, astrologer Julia Parker has translated the original questions and answers to suit today's lifestyles and preoccupations. All the user has to do is choose a question, pick a card and look up the answer that corresponds to the number and suit of the card.
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Julia Parker is the author of many astrology books including The Compleat Astrologer and Parker's Astrology, which have sold over 200,000 copies and 100,000 copies in the U.S. respectively. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
In the 1920s, legend has it, a Romany named "Gypsy Rickwood" published a fortune-telling manual based on ancient techniques. His or her (we no longer know if it was a man or a woman) wisdom is re-published in this book-and-card pack, which helps readers tell their own fortunes. First, a person looks up a question in the short book—what will my home be like? Will I travel extensively? What is my lucky time of year? Then, he or she picks a card and matches its number and symbol with the guidebook’s answers. The included deck of cards is not a tarot deck, but rather an ordinary playing deck with four suits and 52 cards. What’s striking is that some of the answers seem to be unexpectedly fun and tongue-in-cheek; in response to a query about potential wedding presents the questioner will receive answers that include a garrulous parrot, an umbrella that the questioner will promptly lose and "a number of useless trifles." Some may take this augury seriously; others may find it mildly amusing as a parlor game.
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