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The Buckland Romani Tarot
Deck & Book Set

by Raymond Buckley, art by Lissanne Lake

The Buckland Romani Tarot Deck & Book Set
Price: $34.95
Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.8 x 4.6 inches, or 70 x 116 mm.

Back of card: Divided into 4 rectangles, alternating blue & green. In the center, a red wheel with 16 spokes. May be inverted.

Book included: Yes, illustrated, 239 pages, 5.9 x 9 inches, or 15 x 23 cm. The book is priced at $14.95, but is not shown in the current Llewellyn catalog. If you need the book by itself, contact the publishers directly.

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide. Printed in the US.

Comments: From the back of the box we read that Raymond Buckland was brought up by English Romani Gypsies. There are, actually, quite a few Romani in England, a fact that might surprise you.

Buckland has written dozens of books on gypsies & witchcraft, this is his first tarot deck. Son of a full-blooded Romani, he is proud of his heritage, he makes liberal use of the Romani language in the book. The book includes English to Romani & Romani to English word lists.

Suits are:

Bolers - Wheels/Pentacles
Koros - Cups
Kosh - Wands
Chiv - Knives/Swords

Major arcana have only a small number on the bottom to identify them.

The back of the book says this:

Many books on the tarot are so obscure and complex that they end up discouraging everyone but the advanced practitioner. In contrast, here is a book that is written in simple language, that makes reading and studying the tarot a joy."

An occult rule states that when someone says he's being clear & direct, he is actually being obscure & difficult. So it is here. For each card in this deck, Buckland gives the traditional brief keywords & then follows this with his own, extensive "interpretations". He starts by accurately describing all the various details on the card & then poses a long series of questions to the reader. These questions are misleading by design.

With the great detail on each card, this is one of the most secretive decks I have ever seen. A lot of something is screaming out from this deck, but without a Romani background, we do not know what.

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