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Reading Lenormand Tarot
For Gypsies the whip not only representing domestic issues but the whip is the reminder of the time of slavery, when the master could punish the slave without any hindrance. The slave master used the rod to control the behavior of the slave to maximize their profits and to break the soul of the slave, to subdue what they called “stubborn pride”. So this card depicts a tool of punishment and an instrument to limit ones freedom and humanity, but not a weapon that would kill. It deals with pain and suffering, but there were no injuries as a bladed weapon (such as the Scythe, accept in rare cases when an 8 years old slave girl was killed from 200 lashes). This seems to tie into the traditional meanings of harshness and harsh words, with conflict and argument and obviously related to the concept of punishment that is the core purpose of the birchrod.