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13 Art and Meaning

Grand Etteilla Cartomancy Tarot Deck

About the Deck

Created by the famous seer Etteilla, this deck features the tarot card meanings right on the card, which was a new innovation at the time.

Provenance

Jean Baptiste Alliette. France, 1788.

Meaning of 13 from the Grand Etteilla Cartomancy Tarot Deck Deck

Upright

Marriage

Reversed

Love Affair

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The Lovers or Marriage. This symbol has undergone many variations, as might be expected from its subject. In the eighteenth century form, by which it first became known to the world of archaeological research, it is really a card of married life, shewing father and mother, with their child placed between them; and the pagan Cupid above, in the act of flying his shaft, is, of course, a misapplied emblem. The Cupid is of love beginning rather than of love in its fulness, guarding the fruit thereof. The card is said to have been entitled Simulacyum fidei, the symbol of conjugal faith, for which the rainbow as a sign of the covenant would have been a more appropriate concomitant. The figures are also held to have signified Truth, Honour and Love, but I suspect that this was, so to speak, the gloss of a commentator moralizing. It has these, but it has other and higher aspects.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Wise Dispositions, Proof, Trials Surmounted

Reversed

Unwise Plans, Failure when put to the test.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Love.

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