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Re: Unstable Tables

Fantastic renditions, Pen! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/goldenweb/VievilleNobletConverEdited.jpg Like Debra, I see this as part of the art... and has as been mentioned already, the woodcarver shows many examples in which the perspective is rather wonky. In this case, it's not only the 'len...

Re: The Tower

Towers and high buildings (such as churches) were of course more commonly prone to lightning strikes. Personally I do not think that St Catherine was in any manner intended in the Tarot de Marseille depictions: there are too many differences and not sufficient correlations to the main elements. That...

Re: Wolf/Dog and The Moon

The pairing of wolf/light (lykos/lukos) and the interesting interplay of symbols that creates seems very in keeping with many of the divinatory meanings that have been developed for The Moon . I have little doubt that some of these deeper/archetypal meanings influenced the addition of the wolf/dog ...

Re: What the Catholics say

The Roman Catholic Church certainly has views with regards to some uses of tarot, but not against tarot per se . The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following: Divination and magic 2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consis...

Re: Origins of the Tarot

At the same time, we should be careful to not assume that just because the pips and court cards of tarot are based on the Mamluk cards that the trumps are in any manner derivative of the religious views of those who spread the Mamluk cards. The Mamluks cards have never expanded to include trumps, so...

Re: Crackpot theories

I suppose that this is the perfect thread in which to answer as to what I (currently) 'believe' to be the case. SO in a nutshell, here it is: The deck arose as an expanded deck with trumps added to the set; these trumps were painted at the whim of the designer, without coherent overall meaning, but ...

Re: Timaeus

Plato's three parts of the Soul (especially as described in the Phaedrus) and the Chariot are indeed a great fit - and I (along with others) have mentioned this on AT and other places over the years. With the World, though one can interpret the imagery in a manner that reflects a Platonic view of th...

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