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Here’s a close-up of the cards, taken while the painting was still in progress. Click the thumbnail for a full-size version.
If you’d like a closer look, here’s a link to the finished piece, with a zoom feature that you can use to see the cards in maximum detail.
- I think the bottom row shows the Moon, the Queen of Swords, the Lovers, and the Hanged Man reversed.
- The top row seems to be the Tower, Death, the Fool reversed, the Wheel of Fortune, the Devil, and the Four of Cups.
- I can also see the World and Justice lying on the table, but I don’t think they’re part of the spread.
Do you see the same cards? Take your best guess; I could be wrong. There are a few other cards on the table, too … Can you tell what they are?
Now here are some questions for us to contemplate, based on the image:
- Imagine that you’re actually at the scene. Are you the client, or is she reading for someone else?
- If she’s reading for someone else, who is her client? Can you picture that person, too?
- What question do you think she’s trying to answer?
- If you were the gypsy tarot reader, how would you interpret those cards?
- If you were her client, what would you expect her to say?
- She’s holding some coins in her hand. Someone has obviously “crossed her palm with silver.” But why is there a knife on the table?