The First Book of Tarot & More!
We started e-mailing out a newsletter, which eventually was named the Tarocks Tribune. These newsletters were extensive from the beginning, so we decided to make them more accessibly by sharing them here. This is our ninth. To read them all, click on the Tribune category near the top of our blog page.
The continuation of the quest… or ‘about the history and the eventual origin of Tarot
Welcome to the second edition of the Tarocks Tribune!
Lifting the veil, a secret revealed - The recurring theme of the Tarocks Tribune, for now. We shared this with you in our first edition. In case you missed it, all our newsletters will find a home for continued perusal on our Tarocks website.
During our continuous research on the backgrounds and history of the tarot we meet with countless theories and articles that are confident in having found the ultimate answer to the origin of the tarot. As we wrote already several times, we simply cannot say which article proves to be the most authoritive or which theory is to be believed.
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.
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