A Cultural History of Tarot: From Entertainment to by Helen Farley

By Helen Farley

The enigmatic and richly illustrative tarot deck finds a bunch of odd and iconic mages, corresponding to The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The Hanged guy and The idiot: over which loom the terrifying figures of dying and The satan. The 21 numbered cards of tarot have continually exerted robust fascination, means past their unique function, and the a number of resonances of the deck are ubiquitous. From T. S. Eliot and his "wicked pack of playing cards" in "The Waste Land" to the psychic divination of Solitaire in Ian Fleming's "Live and allow Die"; and from the satanic novels of Dennis Wheatley to the deck's adoption by way of New Age practitioners, the playing cards have nowa days turn into inseparably attached to the occult. they're now seen as arguably the major medium of prophesying and foretelling. but, because the writer exhibits, initially the tarot have been used as leisure cards through the Italian the Aristocracy within the Renaissance. It was once in simple terms a lot later, within the 18th and nineteenth centuries, that the deck turned linked to esotericism prior to evolving ultimately right into a diagnostic device for brain, physique and spirit. this is often the 1st e-book to discover the remarkably assorted ways that tarot has prompted tradition. Tracing the altering styles of the deck's use, from video game to mysterious oracular gadget, Helen Farley examines tarot's emergence in fifteenth century Milan and discusses its later institutions with astrology, kabbalah and the Age of Aquarius.

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Eolus Virginities 3. Pallas 7. Diana 11. Vesta 15. Daphnes Pleasures 4. Venus 8. Bacchus 12. Ceres 16. Cupido Table 2: The alignment of the ‘celestial princes and barons’ with the four orders. 41 Marziano explicitly mentioned just twenty-four cards but his comments about Birds ‘taking power’ implied the presence of RENAISSANCE ITALY AND THE EMERGENCE OF TAROT 37 other cards. He remarked that this power was direct for Eagles and Turtles and reversed for Phoenixes and Doves. e. e. a five was less valuable than a three).

41 Marziano explicitly mentioned just twenty-four cards but his comments about Birds ‘taking power’ implied the presence of RENAISSANCE ITALY AND THE EMERGENCE OF TAROT 37 other cards. He remarked that this power was direct for Eagles and Turtles and reversed for Phoenixes and Doves. e. e. a five was less valuable than a three). 42 If the Bird suits had a forward or backward order, there must have been several cards in each suit group, not just a single King. 43 In this unique deck, the deities were ranked higher than the orders of Birds and Kings, resembling the trumps of a traditional tarot deck.

112 It is therefore unlikely that they were the cards painted for Charles VI by Jacquemin Gringonneur in 1392. 114 An alternative theory of French derivation for the tarot trumps was propounded by an American scholar of English, Charlene Gates. Gates proposed in her doctoral dissertation, that the symbolism of the tarot trumps was derived from a common pool of medieval iconography which arose in southern France in the twelfth century. This symbolism could be seen in cathedral architecture, art, and literature.

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