As an exception I will offer some links here for YOU because in the early days of this thread - when mikeh & Huck made their respective entrance - both proved that they don't have much "luck" with "search machines".
Taking into account now that they BOTH are major contributors (not only) to THIS site/community - it seems so very reasonable (to ME at least) that there COULD be some MORE skeletons with similar traits in the respective closets (that YOU all didn't recognize because THEY themselves didn't and YOU just went along with the flock - eyes wide shut) that I think it's better to be save (now) than sorry (later - AGAIN).
Additionally mikeh - as a TRUE Tarot devotee - seemed to spent a lot of money and time on his endeavors for the just cause of finding the truth between the pages of olden timey books that MAY not always be the BEST choice...
Probably I should explain this more extensively because most of YOU seem to think that the OLDEST source should always be the BEST one.
Perhaps YOU have heard of Athanasius Kircher - a true RENAISSANCE MAN born into the Baroque era and up there with The FEW - like Pythagoras & Leonardo & Albert.
He was very interested in foreign and ancient cultures and got appointed papal librarian among other professions. He took his best shot at the Egyptian hieroglyphs - and failed for all it was worth.
Nevertheless he was in his lifetime THE most respected AUTHORITY on that matter and many turned to HIM for KNOWLEDGE about the Egyptian secrets.
This all changed only because/after the ROSETTA STONE was discovered in 1799.
The KEY to the Egyptian mind.
It was not HIS fault though. He worked on all that was available to him VERY thoroughly and explained every detail that garnered his attention meticulously. But The KEY wasn't found then and no one expected that there could be 1 waiting in the sand.
So TODAY it wouldn't be very wise to take Athanasius's opinions on the meaning of hieroglyphs as gospel.
On the other hand HE is the only scribe YOU should turn to when YOU want to learn something about The TREE & The GARDEN.
In his "Oedipus Aegyptiacus" he set out for a UNIFIED FIELD THEORY OF RELIGION.
Nothing more & nothing less. HE is the ONLY source for "Da'at" - but he didn't talk or write about it.
He discovered and DOCUMENTED The KNOWLEDGE in his representation of The TREE where it looks a bit like "platform 9¾" at the King's Cross Railway Station in London.
BUT "Da'at" got lost in TRANSLATION.
The desperate "rabbis" with their bound wings just made up "Da'at" where they found space within the branches and (g/c)rafted some convenient new ones so that they could nestle the faithful until expiration.
This wasn't entirely their fault either because the QBLH is not REALLY THEIR thing.
It was RECEIVED - as a PRESENT!
Can YOU guess WHO gave The PRESENT to them?
Now back to The TAROT.
This KEY (The "ROSETTA STONE" of TAROT - so to say... ) is made on the defining level from the 16 DIVINE EXPRESSIONS - represented in the GEOMANTIC CHARACTERS and IF YOU want to get a clue what these are YOU should turn to IDRIS...
A quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geomancy:
"After praying to God that He give Idris easily a means to earn his living, Idris rested one day, bored and without work, and began to draw figures idly in the sand. As he did so, a stranger appeared before him and questioned what he was doing. Idris replied that he was simply entertaining himself, but the stranger replied that he was doing a very serious act. Idris became incredulous and tried to deny this, but the stranger explained the significance of the meaning of the figure Idris drew. He then commanded Idris to draw another figure, and upon doing so the stranger explained the meaning and significance of that figure. The pair continued this until Idris had discovered and understood the sixteen figures. The stranger then taught Idris how to form the figures in a regular manner and what the results meant, teaching him how to know things that could not be known with just the physical senses. After testing Idris' newfound knowledge and skill of geomancy, and revealing himself to be the angel Jibril in the process, the stranger disappeared. Idris, thankful to God and His messenger that he learned this art, never revealed the art to anyone. Before he was risen to God, he wrote a book describing the art as Jibril had taught him, and from his successors."
...and to Ross G. R. Caldwell because he made 3 valuable JPGs available on the net:
Unfortunately there are mistakes in the ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS - so YOU should PROOFREAD them!
...and to Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim when YOU want to explore how widely spread in European Alchemy their wisdom and influence was once. He catalogued for example 7 variants for "FORTUNA MAJOR" alone in alchemical tomes. For other signs there are much more variants...
And Filippo Maria Visconti LOVED ALCHEMY - like many other rulers too.
Think about John Dee who was the ADVISOR in many trades to "The Virgin Queen" of England and Ireland.
So: because THIS is the GOLDEN AGE of RESEARCH we live in right now (and in fact this IS just the BEGINNING... ) I intend to save him (and YOU of course... ) some money AND time that could be spent so much better with a nice bottle of Absinthe & 2 glasses & the right kind of "spooning" with sugar & fire & cool clear water & a REAL GREEN FAIRY in YOUR lap (...& to avoid the FEAR that SOMETHING WILL go WRONG AGAIN... ...puhhh... ...of course... ).
Here are the links for...
1. The "LL" > "Y" problem:
"LL - French Pronunciation of the Double L"
"Is LL pronounced like an L or like a Y in French?"http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/ll.htm
2. HOW the "Y" does SOUND - when spoken...
(YOU should click the sole "y" that is UNDERLINED and has the word "there" in brackets > (there) as a marker following)http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/y.htm
Usually (as YOU should have noticed) I don't do "links" anymore here in this thread because I use "searchable" words and expressions that YOU only have to "type" in YOUR "search window" if YOU don't know what to do with them.
That way YOU can do a little bit of work YOURSELF - AND may even come up with some original "chains of thought" that YOU could DISCUSS with other RESEARCHERS.
That would be GREAT. Not the DISCUSSION part - but the INDEPENDENT thought part... !