By Helen Farley
The enigmatic and richly illustrative tarot deck finds a bunch of odd and iconic mages, equivalent to The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The Hanged guy and The idiot: over which loom the terrifying figures of loss of life and The satan. The 21 numbered cards of tarot have regularly exerted powerful fascination, manner 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 enable Die"; and from the satanic novels of Dennis Wheatley to the deck's adoption through New Age practitioners, the playing cards have nowa days develop into inseparably hooked up to the occult. they're now considered as arguably the key medium of prophesying and foretelling. but, because the writer exhibits, initially the tarot have been used as leisure cards by means of the Italian the Aristocracy within the Renaissance. It used to be 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 diverse ways that tarot has encouraged tradition. Tracing the altering styles of the deck's use, from online game to mysterious oracular machine, 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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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. The deities belonged to one or another of the suits even though they followed a strict order of one to sixteen. Elsewhere in the manuscript, Marziano stated that there were several gods of the same name.
The Mamlūks were rulers of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine from 1250 until 1517. 94 Mamlūk pages eventually were freed and served in the sultan’s citadel as bodyguards, equerries and pages in his élite core, the 95 NKƗV̜̜V̜DNL\DK. 96 The NKƗV̜̜V̜DNL\DK were a privileged assemblage who were raised and educated at the sultan’s court. 97 At formal occasions they displayed the specific objects belonging to their posts. 98 The NKƗV̜̜V̜DNL\DK were eventually freed by the sultan, granting them important military commands or prestigious appointments in outposts of Mamlūk territory.
188 Even in the most favourable of times, the Waldenses did not document their teachings; it is difficult to see why they would do so when they were threatened with persecution. It is unfeasible to divine a role for tarot in this scheme. Suggestions that were every bit as implausible as a Waldensian involvement with tarot were those that proposed that the tarot deck evolved from a pre-existing game. 191 In the absence of relevant documentation supporting the transition from board game to tarot card deck, an absence of evidence demonstrating a similarity in methods of play and a probable manner by which the game could have travelled from India to Europe, these theories must be discounted.
A Cultural History of Tarot: From Entertainment to Esotericism by Helen Farley