Correspondence Between The Primitive Italian Packs And

MODERN TAROT--

Mantegna. King Knight Knave

No. 8 of Mantegna

The Emperor 4

The Pope 5

Temperance 14

Strength 11

Justice 8

The Moon 18

The Sun 19 The Foolish Man The Star of the Tarot is the

(unnumbered) 17

Beggar Venus

X 34

37 41 44

series E

of Mantegna

Mantegna

The Chariot

Mars l0

The Hermit

Saturn

The Universe

Jupiter First cause

46 50

If, however, the existence of purely Egyptian symbols in these so-called Italian Tarots do not convince the reader, a few words on the transformation of the Tarot in the East, and in other countries of Europe besides Italy, will completely enlighten him on the subject.

In spite of Merlin's assertions, the Tarot represents the summary of the scientific knowledge of the ancients. This is unquestionably proved by Chatto's researches amongst Orientals on this subject.

In fact the Indians possess a game of chess, the Tchaturanga, p. 87

evidently derived from the Tarot, from the manner in which the men are arranged in four series.

Elephants, chariots, horses, foot-soldiers.

The Mussulmen of India also possess a pack of cards that is derived from the old symbols of the Tarot: the Gungeifu or Ghendgifeh.

This game is composed of eight series of twelve cards each, divided in this way--

HINDU TAROTS.

Superior Section or Bishbur:

Inferior Section or Kunbur:

Harps

Suns

Royal diplomas

Bales of Merchandise.

CHINESE TAROT.

An inexperienced eye might find some difficulty in recognizing the Tarot in these games, but the Chinese have given us an irrefutable argument in favour of our assertion, in the arrangement of their Tarot, which is represented by the figure on page 88.

We have placed the correspondences of the minor and major arcana, and of the four letters of the tetragrammaton, above this figure.

A description of this Chinese pack will be found in Court de Gébelin (Le Monde Primitif), and in the work of J. A. Vaillant.

With. regard to the foreign Tarots, we possess nearly all of them at the present time, and this induces us to name the various editions of the Tarot which we are now able to consult.

MINOR ARCANA.

MAJOR ARCANA.

yod

he

vau

he

1

15

29

43

57

71

12

16

3O

44

5B

72

3

17

31

45

59

73

4

1B

32

46

6O

74

5

19

33

47

61

75

ó

2O

34

4B

62

76

7

21

35

49

63

77

B

22

36

5O

64

9

23

37

51

65

1O

24

3B

52

66

11

25

39

53

67

12

26

40

54

68

13

27

41

55

69

14

28

42

49

56

MODERN TAROTS. The following. ire the most important of these modern Tarots-The Tarot of Etteila. The Italian Tarot. The Marseilles Tarot. The Tarot of Besançon. p. 89 The double-headed Tarot of Besançon. The Tarot of Watillaux. The German Tarot. The Tarot of Oswald Wirth.

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