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Posts on French

Petit Etteilla

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags reviews etteilla 18th century french grimaud the hermetic tradition french suits

I think this deck would be more useful to me if I spoke French, because then the markings on the cards would make a great deal more sense to me. Even as it is, I find the deck charming. They're not kidding about the Petit part though. The deck is small in size, the cards are thin, and there are only 32 of them. More than half the box is taken up with the miniature paperback that comes inside the little box.

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Papus

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags history the hermetic tradition 19th century kabbalah spanish french 1865

Papus (1865-1916)
Papus (1865-1916)
Papus was a French doctor, hypnotist, and occultist, who founded the modern Martinist Order and helped to popularize occultism. He was born in Spain in 1865, but his family moved to Paris when he was four years old, and he received his education there. He wrote about the Tarot from a Kabbalistic perspective, and was an expert on the works of Éliphas Lévi.

Papus in a Martinist lodge
Papus in a Martinist lodge

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Antoine Court de Gébelin

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags egyptian egypt book of thoth thoth french 18th century history 1719

Antoine Court de Gebelin (c. 1719-1784)
Antoine Court de Gebelin (c. 1719-1784)
Antoine Court de Gébelin (c. 1719-1784) was a French pastor who initiated the rumor that the Tarot represented the remnants of the Book of Thoth, the wisdom of the ancient pharaohs. He was incorrect, but his theory gained widespread popularity and it has taken over two hundred years to truly dispense with his ideas. Even today, there are people who believe that the Tarot is the Book of Thoth.

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