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.
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Greetings! We are happy to present you with the February newsletter of 2019 in which we will offer to you our latest findings and inspiring topics.
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The Balbi Tarot was designed by Domenico Balbi in 1976 and published in 1978 by Heraclio Fournier in Spain.
From the accompanying instruction leaflet by Emilio Picciotto:
Domenico Balbi, a painter, designer and engraver, was born in Genoa in 1927 and passed away in 2005. After a study on the Art Academy of Genoa he moved to Paris where he continued his art studies and became interested in esoteric philosophy. Domenico Balbi took part in many art exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He also gave numerous conferences on the symbolism of the Cabala and the Tarot, that can be found on the design of his cards.
The Belline Oracle is a game conceived and drawn by EDMOND about 1845. The interpretation method and texts by the clairvoyant Belline.
The Belline Oracle is a well-known game of cartomancy. It was probably created in the midst 19th Century by a famous French clairvoyant named Edmond Billaudot who predicted the future of illustrious French figures as Alexandre Dumas, Napoléon III and Victor Hugo. He is said to have been a disciple of Madame Lenormand, and it is also said that she created the images on the cards. That though, seems highly unlikely regarding the fact how many different versions of the ‘Lenormand cards’ exist. Besides, a set of Lenormand cards consists of 36 cards while the Oracle Belline has 53. However, there are certain resemblances. The Oracle is complimentary to Astrology as well as to Tarot
Oswald Wirth was born on august 5, 1860 in Brienz, Switzerland. Around 1880 he went to Paris where he joined the army. After his military service, he worked both as an artist and accountant and got interested in the occult. He befriended the famous Italian artist and occultist Stanislas de Guaita. This friendship ultimately resulted in 1889 in the publication of the tarot deck Les 22 Arcanes du Tarot du Tarot dessinés a l’usage des initiés sur les indications de Stanislas de Guaita. (published by Georges Poirel). This was a limited edition of ca. 100 beautifully hand colored copies and is very rare. The exact quantity of this edition is somewhat unclear. It is interesting that another famous occultist from Fin de Siècle Paris, Papus, in the same period published (other)images of the cards of the major arcana of the tarot in his famous work Le Tarot des Bohémiens.
Papus is a pseudonym for Dr. Gérard Analect Vincent Encausse (GE), born on July 13, 1865 in Coruña (Spain) and deceased in 1916 in Paris on October 25 (Tubercolosis).
He was a significant French occultist and one of the founders of the French Theosophical Society (TS) that he parted from in 1890. Papus then founded another group, a sort of anti-TS, the ‘Groupe indépendant d’étude ésotériques’ based on pure esoteric values.
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