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Raymond Buckland (1934-2017) was an authority on many magical and spiritual disciplines on which subjects he wrote as many books of which The Complete Book of Witchcraft is the most well-known as it is often recognized as the book that drew many into the Pagan World. However, the list of his publications on magic and related subjects is endless and his books played an important role in the development and acceptance of the unseen.
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Who was Cagliostro and why does this deck carry his name?
Alessandro Cagliostro, born in 1743 as Giuseppe Balsamo in Palermo (Sicily) was an adventurer much involved with the occult as it was practiced in the second half of the 18th century. Ultimately it cost him his life. He was sentenced to death in Rome in 1791 because he tried to establish a masonic lodge in the same city. The death sentence was changed by the pope into a life sentence and he finally died in the fortress of San Leo in 1795.
As to why his name is associated to these cards in not entirely clear, but the fact that the Italian artist Bruno Sigon was much inspired by Papus and Etteilla explains a lot.
This is quite a mysterious deck of cards since we could not find anything about the artist Jean Beauchard, whose name is often misspelled as ‘Bouchard’. According to the information on the box he is, or was (We don’t know if he is still alive.), a graphic designer, a painter and a writer. A jack of all hands. He is the creator of this beautiful set of cards that hold within them traditional symbolism and masonic symbolism.
The Dessuart Oracle was published by Grimaud (France Cartes) in 1986
However, it must be said that the images of the cards are truly dramatic. Without a lot of trouble one could create (predict) past, present and the future while going along with the strong images that leave absolutely no doubt about their meaning. One could follow the spreads offered, one could also forget about those and follow ones own pattern. The harsh and realistic eighties-style imagery does the rest… A magnificent deck of cards!
The cards were designed by Patrice Serres (Paris, 1946) who also worked for the well-known French magazine Charlie Hebdo (from ‘Je suis Charlie’…). The symbolism of the cards has been provided by Magus Dessuart, a Parisian clairvoyant about whom no background information could be found by us.
Click "Read More" below for an introduction of the accompanying booklet. Its contents offer a fairly complete description of the cards. In the images section you will also find photos from the booklet that include the author's 10 commandments of the fortune teller.
Collector's Note: The Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot deck is collated at the printing facilities of A. G. Muller & Cie, Switzerland, in the following sequence: 22 Major Arcana cards (The Fool, followed by 1 to 21) and 56 Minor Arcana cards (Pentacles, Wands Cups and Swords, King through Page and Ace through Ten). The cards shown on our website have been published in 1975. The cards are still cello-wrapped and have never been used. The box is in good condition, but shows a little wear and tear at the angles
The Minor Arcana cards represent occupations, social position and status.
Swords represent executives, upper class and aristocracy.
Wands represent peasantry and lower class.
Cups represent clergy and religious groups.
Coins represent merchants, tradesmen and business class.
Click "Read More" below for a detailed description of this fascinating Tarot deck created by the founder of MENSA.
Il Tarocco di Amerigo Folchi was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards of course, are designed by Americo Folchi. The designer gave the deck his own name since his intention was to create a set of cards with no references to anything since many decks of his hands refer to a specific theme. Amerigo Folchi wanted to design a deck that could only be assigned to him. In that, he succeeded.
Il Tarocco di Colombo was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards are designed by Americo Folchi who must have a thing for travelling as several of the decks designed by him show images of faraway places or mysterious places.
The beautifully designed cards of Il Tarocco di Colombo show images of the travels of Columbus. These images show the fear as well as the curiosity of the sailors of those days and the way Columbus sought to overcome the myths surrounding the New World, the barriers between man and the Ocean, the Atlantic abyss, almost monstrous in its boundlessness.
Il Tarocco del Mondo Nuovo was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards are designed by Americo Folchi and show the voyages to Americas by European seafarers and explorers. The cards of the major arcana feature different theme’s in regard to the ‘new findings’ the explorer’s way back then discovered during their adventurous voyages. So be prepared for wild native animals, weird pottery, and images of ancient (sea)maps.
Here’s another deck published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy). These cards were published in 1988.
The cards are designed by Americo Folchi and show quite realistic images inspired by Greek mythological themes. Anyone who read the Iliad or who has any (basic) knowledge of Greek mythology will recognize the images offered as well as their importance for Human Kind.
Alan’s Tarot Cards were published by Edizione Modiano, Trieste (Italy) in 1981. This edition to be distributed by U.S. Games Systems, Stamford, USA.
Why the deck is named after Alan, a pseudonym for Mauro Boldi, an astrologer and card reader from Milan is not entirely clear. It may be that he is or was (also unclear) a TV and radio personality during the days of the early eighties of the twentieth century. In any case, he probably compiled the accompanying booklet to the cards designed by Argio Orell (1884-1942), an Italian artist also from Trieste (Italy). The booklet offers fair descriptions of the cards as well as several inspiring spreads like for instance ‘The Snake Spread’.
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