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Re: Cremonese Inquiries

I reckon the reason there is no Cabbala in the tarot trumps, or any sort of deep philosophical (or political) message is that this game appears to be a product of popular culture based around already established themes and structures. The game seems to be in the form of a triptych (just like the chu...

Re: occultem lapida

Well, I might remind you that Thoth was also a trickster; and his greatest prank of all was hiding his Book right in plain sight... =)) ...for those with eyes to see. Hopefully after we've gone through the labyrinth of letters and numbers, and had our eyes jarred open in order to see Thoth's realit...

Re: The Aristotelian Telescope

What is unique to Tesauro's test (as far as I know) is that he notes that during game the cosmograph is turned into a cosmogony. I think this observation tells us something of why the game was so fascinating. Yes. Also just having and holding printed images must have been exciting in those days (I ...

Re: The Aristotelian Telescope

The more of these commentaries that are contemporary to tarots pre-occult heyday that come to light, the more I come to the opinion that there simply was no standard consensus on the symbolic meaning of the suit emblems. For those looking for "the answer" to the riddle of the tarot this must be pure...

Re: Images from a Ferrarese prophetic manuscript (1450 ca)

My question isn't very sophisticated (to match my understanding). I just wondered, if there's one story line and it's Christian, why Jesus would appear as Star but with two other astronomical bodies "trumping" him in the sequence. "Her anticipatory or demonstrative role (forerunner, announcer ...) ...

Re: Images from a Ferrarese prophetic manuscript (1450 ca)

Two points about the Tarot de Marseille Star that seem to resonate with me are - a) The idea of the Dawn - the Morning Star - a quiet, beautiful indicator of the soon to rise Sun (or Son, in this case). b) The symbolism of the 'pouring out", as in the gift of Salvation, and the fulfillment of God's ...

Re: Images from a Ferrarese prophetic manuscript (1450 ca)

Thanks Michael, The Leber-Rouen Deck is fascinating. There does seem to be an influence from the Stella Maris motif. A couple of things that caught my eye on the Stella Matutina image above are: a) The cock in the tree resembles the Tarot de Marseille Star. b) The small star on the shoulder of Mary ...

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