Here's the opening post on the subject from Aeclectic, it has lots of sources connecting Beth-el and House of God and Meteorites.
They were my words, so I don't mind placing them here.
I posted this in the thread on Tower, but thought I would start a new thread on it as I would really like feedback/insights/leads on it. Does the name "La Maison Dieu" refer to the circles in the sky found on the Tarot de Marseille and the Vieville? Is this card describing meteorites?
Fundamentally, it's a connection between the words Bethel and Baetyl.
Definition of "Bethel" from Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethel_(god)
So "Bethel" means "House of God" in Hebrew, seemingly translated as "Baetyl" and "Baitylos" or "Baitylus" or "Baitylia" or "Bætulia", and all indicate a type of magical stone.
From a page on the word Baetyl:http://www.livius.org/ba-bd/baetyl/baetyl.html
We're beginning to see a pattern here of stone(s) that are worshiped, containing the essence of God. Now another connection:
First line of definition for "Baetylus" on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baetylus
From Wikipedia for "Meteorite"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteorite
From a site about meteorites:http://www.haberer-meteorite.de/english/Culture%20and%20religion.htm
From the Theosophical Society's page:http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/ba-be.htm
Quote from a odd website here:http://www.quantavolution.org/vol_09/gods_fire_03.htm
If this is true, then we can bring "Thunderbolt" into the discussion as well.
From a site about prehistoric meteorites:http://www.jjkent.com/articles/China-prehistoric-meteorites.htm
A little more about Sanchuniathon of Berytus mentioned in my first Wikipedia quote above on "Bethel", from this website:http://phoenicia.org/theomythology.html
So I'm not sure what to make of all of this.. if anything.
Let's look at XVI from the Jacques Vieville and Jean Dodal tarots:
Is it possible that the name "La Maison Dieu" is a literal translation of "Bethel"?
If so, what is the Bethel being depicted? Is it perhaps a reference not to the actual tower itself, but a reference to meteorites?
And if meteorites, is it a reference to the large flaming object in the upper portion of the cards? Or is it to the circular objects along the side? Or Both?
And what of the "Animated Stones", are these just another name, or is there something extra-magical happening?
Is the image in the Vieville a picture of Jacob and his goats, and the Bethel shown as a way to signify Jacob?
And what of the tower? I can't find any connection between Bethel and a tower. So why show the tower at all?
Before starting this tread, I did a search to see if Bethel or Baetyl had been mentioned before.. I found this post earlier in the thread:http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?threadid=21550
I'm not sure what Marcel Picard says, so if anyone has any information on that I would appreciate learning about it.