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Mystery of the Tarot

In the Renaissance, there was tremendous intellectual activity, one of the results of which was the Tarot, the consequence of which is the filling of the Tarot with hermetic, gnostic or kabbalistic symbols, which already corresponds to esoteric ideas. Not surprisingly, then widespread astrology, Pythagorean philosophy, Neoplatonism and unorthodox Christian thought left their mark in the symbolism of the Tarot.

The Tarot symbols sent the Tarot researchers to the conclusion that the origin of the Tarot is associated with ancient cultures, such as the Egyptian or Babylonian, and that the Tarot is nothing more than a secret trace of the past. The Cour de Zheblen was one of the first explorers of the Tarot and in his book “The Primitive World”, published in 1781, advanced the claim that the Tarot is translated from the Ancient Egyptian – the King’s Way. There is an assumption that the maps studied by Kuro de Zheblen were created by him himself. To create the next after this deck involved a certain Count de Saint-Germain, who was in the same Masonic lodge with Kuro de Jebelen. And already in this deck the trump cards changed, which served as a hiding of the sacred meaning of the previous deck, compared with the Apocalypse of John the Theologian. And later the Freemason Paul Christian showed the hidden map of Saint Germain, which indicates the time of change in the next century. In connection with this, the Tarot deck was perceived as a mysterious occult system, and the Marseilles Tarot became an example of the creation of decks using occult research. Moreover, in the early versions of the Tarot there were no numbers, astrological symbols, Hebrew letters. The Visconti-Sforza Deck of 1428 is an example of the absence of these signs. In 1470 there is already an image of classical gods and astrological symbols in a deck of cards Montegna …