It appears that Court de Gébelin had the essay by the Comte de Mellet in his possession Court de Gébelin’s essay is noteworthy for establishing the Tarot as a. Drawn by Court de Gebelin in attempt to show that the Tarot was Egyptian in origin, these cards represent the height of circular logic. They are far more. by Gerardo Lonardoni No Tarot scholar has ever been so often quoted and so little read as the Frenchman Antoine Court de Gébelin. He is unanimously.

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It was published in and we fail to appreciate how far back in time this was. As a reference point, it was during the American Revolution when the United States population was a dw of 1 percent of today’s population or roughly Jamaica’s current population.

Napoleon was twelve years old, James Watt patented the steam engine and Howard Carter would not be born for another 93 years.

He courr interested in the origins of language, writing, mathematics, religions, religious holidays, religious rituals, maps, science, and was a scholar of history written and unwritten. This was his lifelong endeavor.

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Even today, our scientific corut is quite low despite an overabundance of internet gadgets. If the Phoenicians circumnavigated the globe he wondered, how primitive could they be? No one cared gebelij know the sophistication of the past. He had unfettered access to works preserved by the powerful organizations.

He was the quintessential free thinker which is the primary reason he is so unanimously criticized. He raised fascinating and controversial issues that remain unanswered to this day. In his day, being inquisitive about ancient history was heresy punishable by death.

With the concurrent American Revolution and a French one in the making, would the world plunge into another dark age as it had when a revolution occurred in Alexandria? Would any knowledge from the ancient past be preserved for future generations? Identifying the origin of an artifact requires tremendous background information on a multitude of subjects.

His formation was perfectly suited for him to know a thing or two about ancient civilizations which in his day was far from common knowledge and rarely taught. It begins on page of volume viii and ends on page Another essay by an anonymous author follows his. It starts on page of the same volume.

It is by a different author and has a completely different quality. Even though he was quite familiar with Thot as he spelled it, could he believe the Tarot was the Book of Thoth and fail to recognize Thoth Hermes, Hermes Trismegistus as the Magician a generally accepted fact today as evidenced here in the first card of the deck?

For example, the word Fleuve is a large river, or more specifically a waterway flowing to a sea or an ocean. Translating Fleuve to stream significantly deteriorates xe allegory.

Holding two jars outflowing the Mississippi of the Nile for example gives this woman an entirely new dimension: She is an awesome benefactor of the celestial waters to a drought prone landscape.

She is occasionally rendered as “a washer woman on a knee” however, the original text does not use the word “washer” at all. An allegory fit for a Goddess is diminished to a mortal woman doing the wash obfuscating the otherwise obvious affiliation to an ancient Egyptian axiom. Who might be the issue of such a Goddess? None other than the Nile himself, the Savior.

Without her, the Nile would not be reborn each year and the Valley would be dominated by death and destruction. Recognizing her allegory is a huge clue to deciphering the allegories in the Tarot puzzle.

Taeot negatives, sarcasm and expressions cause translation errors. For example, “It’s raining cats and taarot could be translated literally at the risk making the author sound unhinged.

In such cases, gebelinn the nuance rather than a literal translation is more meaningful. French can gebepin spoken in run-on sentences and sentence fragments. These blanks and alternate words to ckurt the nuance have been inserted using square brackets []. He was not the first to suspect the Tarot’s ancient origin but published the oldest extant document.


The deck he described is not the one included in volume viii for the obvious discrepancies between the two. It would have been a simple matter to bind such pages into the book. However, his admonition of the harot manufacturers whether real or feigned for the entertainment of his censors may have made them df to help. The engravure’s poor craftsmanship hints these were made just in time for publication.

They are devoid of much of the very symbolism he describes and is readily apparent in the Jean Noblet Tarot for example. For example, he states the Fool is clearly recognizable from his marotte, which is a stick or staff with a face carved on it. The Fool tarrot in volume viii clearly has no tarott carved on any of his sticks. Yet, looking at the Jean Noblet Tarot, the marotte is clearly visible.

Adding a sanitized Tarot would also help to discredit his claims should anyone care to carry on his line of inquiry. Given his Freemason background, he probably honestly believed this card was Prudence. He avoided honestly discussing The Tower card, called it avarice and delved into the details of an elaborate and characteristically Greek tale.

Ironically, the Tower card, named God-House in French, was avarice. If the Tarot contained four Christian Cardinal virtues, a devil, and a lesson about avarice might it be worthy of publication albeit on a topic about an ancient Egyptian origin?

He did not explain why this card is quintessentially Egyptian. Instead, he described it as time—not a particularly Egyptian idea—and the four seasons. He must have known from his studies of the calendar, ancient Egyptians only had three seasons: Akhet floodingPeret planting and Shemu harvest and such creatures were taeot associated with them.

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We consider its origin, explain its allegories and demonstrate it is the source of modern playing cards, etc. If we intended to announce that there exists contemporarily a work of the ancient Egyptians, one of their books which escaped the flames which devoured their superb libraries and which contained their purest doctrine on interesting subjects, everyone will be, no doubt, compelled to know such a precious and extraordinary book.

If we added that this book was widely spread in a large part of Europe, that for several centuries it has been in the hands of everyone, the surprise would certainly be heightened. Would the surprise [shock] be compounded if we assured it was never suspected to be Egyptian, that we possessed it unknowingly, that no one had ever sought to decipher a sheet; that the fruit of exquisite wisdom is looked upon as an insignificant pile of extravagant trumps?

Would you not be inclined to believe we were toying with your credulity? It is unbelievably true; this Egyptian book, the last remains courr their superb libraries, exists in our time; it is even so commonplace that no scholar has bothered to notice it; no one before us has ever suspected ciurt prominent origin.

This book is composed of 77 sheets or compositions, practically 78, divided in 5 classes which each representing objects as disparate as they are d and instructive: Despite the expansive region where they are used, we are no more enlightened of the meaning of their bizarre figures: We do not know taroy nor when it was invented nor the motivation that might have assembled so many extraordinary figures, so little could be made sense of it, gebelim it offers in its entirety only an enigma no one ever attempted to resolve.

This game has been so overlooked that it never was evaluated by experts investigating the origin of [playing] cards: They proved [the French cards] as a modern invention and withdrew [from further investigation of decks like the Tarot]. Admittedly, we continually confuse the common usage of an invention in a country with its original invention: But this game’s form, disposition and arrangement and its trumps are so magnificently allegorical and these allegories are so congruent with the ancient Egypt’s civil, philosophical and religious doctrines that we can only identify this work as that of these wise people: We will expose the allegories represented in the diversified cards of this game.


The numerical formula by which it was coury. How it was transmitted down to us. Its relation with a Chinese Artifact. How it spawned the Spanish Cards. And the relationship of the latter farot French [playing] Cards. This Essay will be followed by a dissertation establishing how to apply the game [Tarot] to the art of divination: The Egyptian game [Tarot], on the other hand, is well suited for [divination] as it somehow represents the entire universe and the various matters affecting the human condition.

If this game which has always remained arcane for those who knew it, was suddenly unveiled before our ve, it was not the result of profound meditation nor a desire to make sense out of chaos. We never sought to decipher it a moment before [its revelation]. A few years ago, we were invited to meet a Lady friend, Madame la C. We found her playing this game with several others.

We played a game that you taroh do not know What game is it [you ask]? I had the occasion of seeing it in my youth but I had no idea It is a rhapsody of the most bizarre and extravagant trumps: It is time to rediscover the allegories [the Tarot] was destined to preserve and demonstrate the wisest people, even in gebeoin games, were entrenched in allegories and these scholars knew how to distil the most useful knowledge into a simple entertaining game.

We mentioned the game of Tarot has 77 cards, even an 78th, divided in trumps and 4 suits.

To enable our readers to follow, we engraved the trumps [and the ace of each suit in plate VIII]. Per the Spaniards, we call the ace of each suit Spadille [spades from the Spanish espadilla, espada sword], Baste [club], and Ponte [4th suit name is missing].

The XXII Trumps represent in general temporal and spiritual chiefs of society, gwbelin physical Chiefs of agriculture, Cardinal virtues, marriage, death, the resurrection or creation, games of fortune, the Sage and the Fooltime which consumes all, etc. Our initial understanding are the cards are just as much allegorical compositions relating to the entire aspect of life as [representing] its infinite combinations.

We will examine them one-by-one to decipher the allegory or the specific enigma represented in each. We cannot fail to recognize the Fool in this card, for the marotte 1 [scepter with jester face carved albeit missing in the diagram], for his hoqueton 1 [sleeveless, thigh length coat] garnished with shells and bells: The beautiful idea that Horace framed so well in gold, was not from him, it had not escaped the Egyptians: He only gives value to other cards precisely like our zero; indicating that nothing exists without folly.

We start with number I and follow up to XXI because [our] actual practice starts with the lowest number and rise from there; it appears however Egyptians started counting from the gebslin [number] and descended from there to the lowest. Similarly, they [played] the octave descending not ascending like gebellin. In the following dissertation, we follow the Egyptian practice and we draw on the largest part. Dd will then use here the two methods: At the head of gebepin the States [of life], he indicates that life gebein but a dream or a fleeting experience: Doesn’t Man belong between the Fool and the Bateleur?