22 major cards and 56 minor cards. At this stage, we might wonder why there are 22 major ones, especially since the notion of 22 is far older. Greek geometers used to draw a circle using the fraction of 22/7 instead of Pi 3,14, and 22 is the number of letters of numeral alphabets, like Hebrew, Carthaginian, and Phoenician. You could conclude that the game of the Tarot is quite old… but it isn’t ! 22/7 is just a practical fraction to measure or build a circle. There is nothing mysterious about it. The architects of the Middle Ages built cathedrals by drawing out geometrical shapes like circles, squares, and triangles, making obvious use of Christic numbers stemmed from Greek and Jewish cultures. Hence it is normal to find Jewish, Greek and Christian concepts in the Tarot cards. It is not a reason to take the Tarot back to Methuselah…
In French Le Bateleur, “the mountebank” or the “sleight of hand artist”, is a practitioner of stage magic. The Italian tradition calls him Il Bagatto or Il Bagatello. The Mantegna Tarocchi image that would seem to correspond with the Magician is labeled Artixano, the Artisan; he is the second lowest in the series, outranking only the Beggar. Visually the 18th-century woodcuts reflect earlier iconic representations, and can be compared to the free artistic renditions in the 15th-century hand-painted tarots made for the Visconti and Sforza families. In the painted cards attributed to Bonifacio Bembo, the Magician appears to be playing with cups and balls.
The commentary on each figure forms a sort of treatise, a separate study to recall the singular contribution of each situations, often underestimated, sometimes even forgotten.
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- The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur Edward Waite, Samuel Weiser Inc., PO Box 612, York Beach ME 03910. ISBN 0-87728-218.
- A New Model of the Universe, P.D. Ouspensky, Vintage Books, a division of Random House ISBN 0-394-71524-1.
- Wisdom of the Tarot, Elizabeth Haich, Aurora Press, 205 Third Ave., #2A, New York NY 10013.