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Re: Crowley's switch

Hm ... Action A: Somebody invented the Hebrew alphabet Action B: The Sepher Yetzirah connected (at least in one of its versions) the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet in a sequence to the zodiac signs Widder till Pisces, so that 9th l...

Re: Temperance

I brought up Cicero as a possible explanation for the puzzling to me late appearance of Temperance in the Tarot de Marseille sequence. I'm relatively clueless on chronology, but I thought the A & B sequences were earlier than the C, and they had temperance in the "reasonable" early spot close to lov...

Re: Temperance

What's with this fame obsession? First the world is fame, now temperance. The only card that ever got turned into fame was the judgment card in the Minchiate. Fame is treated as immortality in many classical sources, also the resurrection can be considered as God remembering us. So it makes sense to...

Re: Temperance

Good point about temperance with an hourglass. My speculation here is that the "time-temperance," (I guess with either an hourglass or clock) originates with the reformation and counter-reformation (1520 and later), which marks the passage from public time (a civic calender of festivals and parades,...

Re: Temperance

There is no real surprise that temperance would move from self control, propriety, and and staying in character (Cicero's De Officis) in the medieval and rennaissance period, to being the virtue of day-planners and busy schedules in the early modern (clock for dividing time into accurate small segme...

Re: Collection "How Petrarca became famous" (till 1450)

The precise odds of a set of changes being either due to noise or something systematic is a matter of hard logic; "taking as" is an act by you performed under uncertainty, a sort of gamble. So just like a gambler, you'll be more successful in your "takings as" if you know how to figure the odds. But...

Re: Collection "How Petrarca became famous" (till 1450)

But still we have this valley in the silk-dealers statistic ... The variance and time dependence of the readings (how much they go up and down year to year) is such that the valley 1445 to 47 is not statistically significant. The peak in the early 1450s followed by the decline in the late 50s does ...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

I interpret this to mean that in the 17th century, the meaning of the trump images was so commonplace that it did not inspire comment. Enigmas, hieroglyphics, the prophecies of Nostradamus, the hundreds of ways of divination, Cabala - all of that was interesting to him, but not this common deck of ...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

A quick update. I experimented holding about 18 to 20 cards from Flornoy's Noblet and Dodal reconstructions in dim light (in the belief that these would be fairly close to what period players would have seen). According to sources, prior to reversible and indexed cards in the 19th century, players a...

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