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Re: The Star

My method is not to figure out possible Catholic meanings from, for example, the Holy Scripture, but to find Catholic Art that shows similar iconography. What puzzles me is that I often find more examples from early Romanic art (when we are still one Church) or Orthodox Church art. I reckon for the...

Re: The Star

Maybe the engraver, designer, patron has Venus in Aquarius, Moon in Cancer and the Sun in Gemini !? I was thinking Ascendent in Aquarius (being the 'line' where morning begins), Moon in Cancer and Sun in Gemini. :) :ymdaydream: Easter thought - With the Star representing Advent (in some decks anywa...

Re: The Star

It certainly gives witness to some of the iconography of the Tarot de Marseille being known sometime around 1500, the fact that the Star is included and incredibly similar to the Tarot de Marseille is rather astonishing. I'm not convinced it is a man on the Cary Sheet Star. It might be, it might no...

Re: The Star

I hope it's OK to put this here, as it seems 'grounding'. Luke: 21.25 - 28, King James Bible 25. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26. Men's hearts failing them for fear, an...

Re: The Star

I think I was a little rude. Sorry Pen. Its is hard to argue on another language. I think other decks actually used some of the theories. I definitely saw cards with "Astronomer-Generic Stars", Aquarius, "Wise Man/ Star of Bethlehem", Venus etc. And I agree with Michael Hurst (by the way, great art...

Re: Moved from AT

I'm not too sure about a "beginners forum". Wouldn't an a locked "Orientation" thread in the Foyer with a few essential links (Taropedia, pre-Gebelin, etc.), a short list of required reading, and a nice disclaimer saying that anything presented as "history" will be rigorously examined as such be eno...

Re: The World

Do you know this book? (I am not sure if we have discussed it before... quite possibly). http://www.psyplexus.com/burton/ The Anatomy of Melancholy was written by Robert Burton, who was the vicar of the church just a few blocks from my house in the early 17th century. He seems an amazing man and pe...

Re: The World

The suit objects were also associated with the elements and temperaments. Somewhere on this forum are some quotes from 16th or 17th century authors giving various ways of doing it. Below I give a c. 1476 woodcut of one way (my source is Laurinda Dixon, Bosch p. 81. The association is clear for coin...

Re: The Popess

R.A. Hendley wrote This means the Whore of Babylon or Pope Joan could trump the True Pope in play. I just can't imagine it. Also, in some regional orders Mrs. Pope is not the lowest of the Papi. I think that in decks with four papi, or even two, they are not differentiated into Pope and Popess. So ...

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