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The Star Art and Meaning Court de Gebelin Trumps Deck

Designation

The Star

About the Deck

Court de Gebelin Trumps

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 eighteenth-century than they are Egyptian, and in any case they are basically a reproduction of the far older Marseilles pattern tarot deck, with some ideological changes to help him prove his own point.

Provenance

Court de Gebelin. France, 1781.

Tags

trumps-17, the-star

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The Star, Dog-Star, or Sirius, also called fantastically the Star of the Magi. Grouped about it are seven minor luminaries, and beneath it is a naked female figure, with her left knee upon the earth and her right foot upon the water. She is in the act of pouring fluids from two vessels. A bird is perched on a tree near her; for this a butterfly on a rose has been substituted in some later cards. So also the Star has been called that of Hope. This is one of the cards which Court de Gebelin describes as wholly Egyptian-that is to say, in his own reverie.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Hope, Expectation, Bright promises

Reversed

Hopes not fulfilled, Expectations disappointed or fulfilled in a minor degree.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Hope.

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