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Re: That Word Again...Tarot

If "tarocco" is related to "sirocco", there is a more plausible explanation than an appeal to a Chinese game that may or may not have existed at the time of Marco Polo. First, the game wasn't called "tarocco" early on, but "trionfi" (1440 Florence, 1442 Ferrara, 1450 Florence, etc.); "tarocco" doesn...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

Your relating the 2 of Swords to Alexander is interesting. I have analyzed the card as a a more general acknowledgement of the fear someone will feel venturing forth in a risky endeavor, in the face of opinions to the contrary (wasps?), or, alternatively, the change of the seasons (as birds heading ...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

These are all very convincing to me, Steve. Some excellent scholarship on your part. Keep it up. Then maybe we can discuss who the designer might have been. Poliziano was the most knowledgeable about Rome, I think. But perhaps these facts were more well known than that.

Re: Novice Question: Thoughts on Decker's "The Esoteric Tarot"?

My recommendation for basic readings on the pre-de Gebelin tarot, non-esoteric, would be the texts I have uploaded on the two Dummett threads in the section of this forum called "Library (East Wing)." These are of course rather old, but still fundamental. The main change is that some decks attribute...

Re: Collection Frame Stories

Bertrand wrote, Back to Christian's and his frame stories, the description of the 22 "arcana" (the term he was first to use for the cards according to Depaulis) found on the link you gave earlier is included in the narrative as the transcription of a "manuscript" written by an old man and given to a...

Re: Sola-Busca riddles

Well, yes, but that star-like object above the phoenix you posted doesn't fit, as I'm sure you know. Here the "star" (astrum, celestial body) isn't black, it's red, and of course is the sun https://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/ms24/f56r The sun is the only astronomical object I know of that the phoenix i...

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