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Etteilla’s Book of Thoth

According to Etteilla, the Tarot was created by a group of seventeen Magi under the direct guidance of Hermes Trismegistus. He wrote in 1783, that he calculated that the Tarot was 3,953 years old. Originally called ‘The Book of Thoth’, … Continue reading

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The four cardinal directions of the evolution of Tarot

Since the mysterious appearance of the first known Tarot deck in the mid-fifteenth century in Northern Italy, we only speculate regarding its original purpose. It was meant to be an entertainment instrument, a deck of cards for game playing, or … Continue reading

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The RWS Seven of Cups decrypted

Pamela Colman Smith has put a lot of work into the details of the Seven of Cups. On the other hand, in addition to the interpretation of the card, based on Etteilla’s work, this is everything that Waite considered sufficient … Continue reading

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Studying the Three of Swords

Three of Swords Etteilla’s interpretation of the card. Upright: Distance, departure, absence, difference, deviation, dispersion, distant, faraway,

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The Tower – study session

The Tower Etteilla’s interpretation of the card. Upright: Loss of goods, accident, the collapse of convictions. Misery, wretchedness, distress, destitution, poverty, shortage, need, necessity, calamity, adversity, misfortune, trouble, torment, pain, affliction, annoyance, inconvenience, penalty,

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Staring at the Sun

Etteilla’s interpretation of the card. Upright: Englightenment, lightening, explanation. Clarity, glory, Heaven and Earth. Philosophical sulfur. Reversed: Fire. Heat, warmth, glow, flame, passion. Meteors, lightning. Internal, external and philosophical fire. S.L. MacGregor Mathers’ interpretation of the card as it was … Continue reading

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An alternative architecture of the Major Arcana

Learning is not a matter of memorising but understanding. Learning begins with unlearning. One should keep its mind and options open. When it comes to the Tarot deck, it is not about the cards separately but discovering the subtle connection … Continue reading

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The Fool and the Hermit

At a closer look, there are many similarities between two or sometimes three cards of the Major Arcana. There are hidden – esoteric -, underlying connections. One of these pairs can be

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Traditional Divinatory Tarot study and learning deck

TRADITIONAL DIVINATORY TAROT – Study and Learning Deck 78 + cover and bulk card deck, 330gsm superior quality smooth card stock. The cards feature upright and reversed meaning, astrological, numerological and kabbalistic attributions. 8-sided, accordion, printed mini-booklet with 5 card … Continue reading

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Another look at the Court Cards, part four

The fourth quadrant: Knight of Disks, Queen of Swords and Page of Cups.

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