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Madame Le Normand

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags tarot card meanings 1772 history cartomancy

Excerpt from E. S. Taylor's "The history of playing cards, with anecdotes of their use in conjuring, fortune-telling, and card-sharping":

The stormy period of the first Consulship of Napoleon and that of the Empire which followed it, was especially characterized by cartomantic practices in France. At this time, there lived in Paris a famous woman, whose renown as a prophetess will probably not soon pass away. This person was Mlle. Lenormand, whose influence with the empress Josephine, and even Napoleon himself, was said to be considerable.

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Arthur Edward Waite

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags rider waite smith golden dawn 1857 history

Before the Rider-Waite deck was published in 1911, there was no modern deck that featured pictures for each of the 78 cards in the deck. Most decks had illustrations only for the Major Arcana, while the rest of the cards featured simply a pattern of easily recognizable pips. Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) wanted to publish a complete, modern version of the tarot that featured pictures for each card in the deck, including the minor arcana.

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First Use of the Codex

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags xylography rome history 0100

Kodeks IV NagHammadi
Kodeks IV NagHammadi
100s CE, Rome: The codex format is used for the first time.
A codex is the very earliest form of book that we had that looks like a book. Before the invention of the codex, all knowledge was written in scrolls or on tablets, or the walls of monuments. This was the first time we could leaf through information in such a convenient manner.

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The Game of Leaves

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags chinese dice china history 0827 asian

The game was often referred to as "gold speckled leaves", which does make it sound quite a lot like early gold-leaf Tarot cards. Many scholars will tell you that playing cards were invented in 827 because they have conflated these two games. If there is any relationship between these games, which I doubt, it is this:

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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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