Tarot News, May/June 2005
- New Book from Andrea Vitali and Terry Zanetti:
Il TAROCCHINO DI BOLOGNA - STORIA, ICONOGRAFIA, DIVINAZIONE
dal XV al XX secolo. With an introduction from Franco Cardini. PRESENTAZIONE: Venerd́ 13 maggio - ore 18
Oratorio di San Filippo Neri - Bologna.
Compare also the announcement of this Bolognese festival.
- New Playing Card from ca. 1490 in French Museum: the
Ship Card (from a Minchiate game ?).
- New Visconti/Sforza card at an auction in Paris.
- International entries for Tarot and playing card Museum: in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese
- Recently detected: "Tarot" is the title of a musical, wich did run in the year 1999 in Oberhausen/Germany in the Schilda-theatre.
In the story a female devil and a female magician play for the souls of two mortal lovers. See the
story and the
pictures of some scenes.
- Recently detected: A mystery-film of Roman Polanski, (based on a novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte) "the
Ninth Gate", is also from 1999. It uses some of the Tarot Motifs, which appear in a mysterious
book from the year 1667, which according to the plot was written by the devil himself.
Fool, Hermit, Hanging Man, Towers, the Lovers motif and the Lady with the beast with some reminescene to the Strength card of Harris/Crowley are recognizable "old" woodcut motifs.
All 9 figures of the book are shown at this internet-page: and
this internet-page (see below).
A first review, a second Review
and the film script.
- First Gate "Silence is golden."
A knight rides through a fortified town. With his finger on his lips, he counsels prudence or silence.
- Second Gate "Open that which is closed."
A hermit before a closed door. A lantern on he ground and two keys in his hand. Next to him, a sign that resembles the Hebrew letter Teth.
- Third Gate "Wasted breath keeps a secret."
A Vagrant, or a pilgrim, heads towards a bridge which spans a river. At each end, a fortified door bars access. On a cloud, a bowman aims in the direction of the road leading to the bridge.
- Fourth Gate " Chance is not the same for all."
A jester before a stone maze. The entrance is closed by a door. Three dice on the ground each reveal three of their faces, showing the numbers 1, 2, and 3.
- Fifth Gate "In Vain"
A miser, or a merchant, counts his gold pieces. Behind him, Death holds an hourglass in one hand and a fork in the other.
- Sixth Gate " I enrich myself with death"
A hanged man, similar to that of the Tarot, his hands behind his back, hung by one foot from the crenellation of the wall surrounding a castle, next to a closed postern gate. A hand clad in a gauntlet brandishes a burning sword from a loophole.
- Seventh Gate " The disciple outshines the master."
A king and a begger play chess on a chess board with white squares. The moon can be seen throught the window. Beneath this and next to a closed door, the dogs are fighting.
- Eighth Gate "Virtue is conquered"
Before the fortified walls of a town, a kneeling woman offers her nexk to the executioner. In the background, a wheel of fortune with three people on it-one at the summit, another climbing and another descending.
- Ninth Gate "I know now that shadows comefrom the light."
A seven headed dragon is ridden by a naked woman. She holds an open book and a half moon conceals her genitals. In the background, a castle is in flames, its door, as on the other eight plates, is closed.
- Some decks were added to the Tarot Museum, between them some treasures from 18th/19th century. Especially remarkable: A Besancon Tarot from ca. 1760 from the Goebl family.
- Besancon Tarot, ca 1760, Goebl (Bavaria)
- Sachsentarock, ca. 1778, Breitkopf - Leipziger Kartenfabrik
- Mythology Tarock, 1820, Hungary
- Mythology Tarock, 1825, Frankfurt
- Tarot of the Master (2002), remake of a deck of 1893, Lo Scarabeo
- Tarot Floral (modern), Lo Scarabeo
- Mythic Tarot, 1986 (1997 Chinese edition)
- Barbara Walker Tarot, 1986
- Hudes Tarot, 1995, USA
- Rock Art Tarot, 1996
- One World Tarot, 1999
- Votre Tarot, France 2000
- Tarot of the Sphinx, 2001, Lo Scarabeo
- Tarot of the Journey to the Orient (Marco Polo), 2002, Lo Scarabeo
- Celtic Tarot, Russia 2003
- Rocambol Tarot, Russia 2003
- New Century Tarot, 2003, USA
- Leonardo da Vinci Tarot, 2003 (Lo Scarabeo)
- Tarot Love, 2005, Russia
- Philosopher's Stone, 40 cards, AGMüller 1984
- Tao Oracle (Russian edition), 64 cards in I-Ching-mode (2002/2003)
- Antica Sibilla Italiana, 1996, reproduction of ca . 1860 (Lo Scarabeo), 32 cards
- Le Carte del Karma (33 cards, Indian Gods), 2002
- Goddesses of the new Light, New Zealand 2000, 27 cards
- Astro-Tarot (63 cards, 2002), Russia
- Kabbalah, 2004, AGMüller, 33 cards
- Coffee Fortunetelling, 2005, Russia, 23 cards
- "Healing with the Angels", USA 1999, 43 cards
- New Tarot history sites: A new, rather tasteful site started to exist with tarothistory.com. The site is young and there is not too much content, but the design is splendid and the commentaries have high quality. Trionfi.com is mentioned within the Links section:
"A site dedicated to the early history of Tarot Cards, with an emphasis on the courts of Milan and Ferrara. This site has many very talented historians working together to discover the origins of Tarot Cards. A note: Trionfi's content is sometimes influenced by the desire to present their interesting "5x14 theory" of the origin of Tarot, a highly controversial theory." We had to smile about "the highly controversial theory".
Another new site with a fine, small difference in name, tarot-history.com is the translation of the French site
of Jean-Claude Flornoy, Cartier-enlumineur, already in existence since 1999. It has its concentration on the Tarot de Marseille.
- Bonnie Cehovet has published her newsletter for June.
Composed by Huck Meyer