Saturday, November 5, 2022

TAROT














 

TAROT

I’ve only just learned, ‘cos it really didn’t interest me before, that there are TWO sets of tarot cards … usually called THE MAJOR ARCANA and THE MINOR ARCANA.  

If I understand it roughly, the Minor arcana were a standard pack of playing cards as used by Italians in the 1400s.  The Major arcana was an extra set “bolted-on” to make the game more interesting ... but the idea of using these cards for an occult purpose didn’t surface until 1781.

All humans are afflicted with uncertainty and anxiety to a greater or lesser degree, and it is only natural for us to seek clues about whatever FATE may hold “in store” for us.

It seems to me, tarot was developed by people willing to shroud themselves in a fortune-teller’s mantle of fake knowledge and fake wisdom, thus acquiring undeserved status amongst the ignorant and gullible who would have traditionally revered alchemists and necromancers and were content to acknowledge a traditional social hierarchy of dominance and subjection. 

In France, Tarot was made fashionable by this interesting man … Antoine Court de G├ębelin - Wikipedia

The false medievalism of the modern scheme satisfies the conservative impulses of those who feel adrift in our modern world.  But, of course, the vivid imagery of the cards combined with the accumulating sophistication of their designs and their invented meanings are irresistible to artists, and to anyone with even a slightly romantic or fatalistic view of life and death.

The Met Museum wrote a coherent intro to the tarot for an exhibition in 2016 …

https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/in-season/2016/tarot

The schemes below are borrowed from Wikipedia.  NB. There has been nothing like Wikipedia in the history of the World.  I’m always hard up but always send them money once a year.

 

THE MAJOR ARCANA … just twenty-two cards.









Major Arcana - Wikipedia

 


THE MINOR ARCANA … usually four “suits” of thirteen.

The “suits” are usually arranged in this kind of scheme 









https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_Arcana


DESIGNS FROM THE MAJOR ARCANA

The currently “conventional” scheme …

 














Some sub-sets from older schemes …
































THE VISCONTI-SFORZA cards at the MORGAN LIBRARY

Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards | The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions


























https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRGuIs89NqE



THE SOLA-BUSCA TAROT DECK

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sola_Busca_tarot



























A MODERN TAROT SCHEME … with some explanatory text

Psychic Tarot Card Meanings Significance (refinery29.com)















THE FOOL

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fool_(tarot_card)















































THE MAGICIAN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magician_(tarot_card)



















































THE HIGH PRIESTESS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Priestess



















































THE EMPRESS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Empress_(tarot_card)

















































THE EMPEROR

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor_(tarot_card)#:~:text=THE%20EMPEROR.,to%20enemies%2C%20obstruction%2C%20immaturity.

















































THE HEIROPHANT

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hierophant

















































THE LOVERS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lovers



















































THE CHARIOT  sometimes The Centurion, or Victory

The Chariot (tarot card) - Wikipedia
















































STRENGTH

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strength_(tarot_card)






































THE HERMIT

The Hermit (tarot card) - Wikipedia

















































WHEEL OF FORTUNE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_Fortune_(tarot_card)


















































JUSTICE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_(tarot_card)


















































THE HANGED MAN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hanged_Man_(tarot_card)
















DEATH

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_(tarot_card)