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.
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
Etteilla, The Wigmaker
Etteilla (1738-1791) born Alliette, was a barber by profession, who changed his name into Etteilla (spelled backwards, after the Hebrew tradition), when he became involved in occult thinking and, according to many, became a full-time fortuneteller.
Being a barber and a skillful wigmaker, he had little further education and not much experience with the philosophies of the more initiated. Nevertheless, he was gifted with a profound intuition (and a convincing fantasy). Contemporaries like Eliphas Levi, even believed that he came very near unveiling ‘The Real Secrets behind the Tarot’, but Levi also stated that his thoughts, when put into writing, were ‘obscure, wearisome, and in style even barbarous’.
Etteila was probably influenced by Comte Court de Gebelin (1728-1784), who led many occultists of those days to believe in the possible Egyptian roots of the Tarot.
Muchery, George. Le Tarot Astrologique
Le Tarot Astrologique was probably published in 1927 in Paris by B. P. Grimaud. The cards were created by George Muchery, an important French occultist (1892-1981), and designed by Henri Armengol, a French artist (1880-1939). Le Tarot Astrologique seeks to combine the elements of astromancy with tarot. The deck consists of 48 cards, 36 zodiacal sign cards, 9 star and planet cards, and one of each of the ascendants, the ascending node/the descending node, and part of fortune. Three cards in each sign of the zodiac have either no marked value, a value of 10 or 20. There are 39 cards with full-length figures and 9 cards are split images. Most cards have double ended card titles, astrological names, descriptions, and symbols of planets and aspects, square corners.
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.
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