‘Le Tarot des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris’ or ‘The Tarot of the Paris Firefighters’.
The Tarot des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris has been published by Editions Dussere, Paris, Fr.
It was an initiative of Charly Ripa, a veteran firefighter as a tribute to the commander of the brigade of Paris’s firefighters. We could not determine who compiled the images, nor could we discover it’s exact publication date, but judging from the images shown, it is reasonable to guess that the cards have been published somewhere between 1978-1985.
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Petit jeu de Madame Lenormand Geûens – Seaux
Lenormand cards are different than Tarotcards. While Tarot cards possess a variety of symbolism per card and the interpretation of the spread can be complex, Lenormand cards show just one symbol per card. Therefore, their interpretation is often said to be more confined. That may be so, but the clear representation of the symbols shown makes the afore said interpretation readily accessible and leaves no doubt what they mean. Over the years many have been published, mainly Belgium, France and Germany.
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.
It is often said that The Tarot of Marseilles belongs to the older tarot decks known by mankind. Although that might very well be true, the tarot deck that preceded it and from which it probably originates, is the Visconti Sforza tarot deck, originally designed for entertaining the Italian courts. From there it ‘travelled’, with the French troops, (after the French conquered Milano in 1499.), to Switzerland and France where it then became the most well-known tarot deck for the French speaking territories. And until today, still is.
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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