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Re: Origins of the Tarot

Hi Robert and all... After long delays, Origins of the Tarot is now at Random House warehouses and ships in a week or two. Re the thesis of the book...Sufi/Eastern Christian and Neoplatonic philosophy are a major part of the book. Sufi influences are covered by the third chapter, with Neoplatonic an...

Re: The ‘East’: Ferrara, Venice, Alexandria, and Constantinople

Venice was allegorized as Justice ( Justitia ) and Goddess Rome ( Dea Roma ) in the 15th century, the latter symbolizing the transfer of imperial power from Rome to Venice. Justice represented the highest value in a state where political power was defined in terms of law . The below picture is repre...

Re: The ‘East’: Ferrara, Venice, Alexandria, and Constantinople

If I understand correctly, it sounds like one of the things you are stating is that "Christian Symbolism" has roots too. That it did not drop into history as a closed system, but rather incorporated concepts from earlier mythology. And that by examining those roots, the "Christian Symbolism" of tar...

Re: The ‘East’: Ferrara, Venice, Alexandria, and Constantinople

For example, the notion that the Christian content is obvious is a pretty new -- and unpopular -- idea in the Tarot world, and most people who mention Christian content do it in the same way they mention theories of ancient Egyptian origins of playing cards, just to get it out of the way. The popul...

Re: The ‘East’: Ferrara, Venice, Alexandria, and Constantinople

Thanks RAH (and others) for the warm welcome here. Glad this otherwise mundane history may be of some interest. Some considerations regarding a few pieces of early tarot evidence involving Ferrara, Venice and Alexandria: • One of the literary sources attesting the earliest order of the triumphs addr...

Re: The ‘East’: Ferrara, Venice, Alexandria, and Constantinople

Well met, Lorredan...I didn't realize that the board had such a strong Kiwi contingent ;) Regarding the Christian nature of the triumphs...that is clearly obvious. I can't imagine arguments realistically denying that, given the presence of Emperor, Empress, Pope, Popess, Angel, and World and their e...

The ‘East’: Ferrara, Venice, Alexandria, and Constantinople

I am a newcomer to web-discussion regarding the tarot, and have not the time to dive into what appears to be a very extensive mix of topics over in the Aecletic forum. So I am going to start a few topics here (as free attention allots) and hope some newfound friends will enjoyably join with me in co...

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