The mythical Samiramay Tarot Deck
The Tarots are said to consist of 56 cards, called Minor Arcana, divided by suit: cups, money, swords, sticks and other 22 cards with particular representations called “Major Arcana”, “Lame”, or as in the case of the Visconti Tarots , “Triumphs”. 22 is not a random number: in Christian mysticism this is the number of human knowledge, of divine wisdom that descends on Man. With the introduction of the Triumphs, the Tarot stops being a mere playful game, and begins to become a more spiritual and religious tool.
Since its birth, the first Triumphs that have come down to us have transformed the card game into an ethical game: the symbols represented inspire relationships and suggestions that have great moral value. The Magician represents the young man who is at the beginning, novice, despite having all the tools he does not begin. He has the Emperor and the Empress as guides in the physical world and the Pope and the Popess as spiritual guides. Just as, in no particular order, every instinct must be balanced by virtues: caution by Temperance, the Chariot that represents the hunger for power, must be mitigated by the Justice to which we must all be accountable.
The Wheel of Fortune represents evolution, a continuous search for growth and change. The Hermit represents introspection, wisdom. The Hanged Man represents detachment, to see things in a new light, if we want from a different perspective. Hell, and therefore the Devil, are bound in the depths of the earth, our dark sides. The planets are represented by two stars: the Moon and the Sun. Above all and everything there is obviously God, the Fool.
The Fool’s card is a very special card: some argue that it is out of the World the Fool is considered a foreign element to the world of men. The Fool is a foolish sage, a free spirit, original and capable of disposing to any situation. What he wants is what the Universe wants.
All those who did not believe in God were crazy in those times. Some even claim that the word “Tarot” derives from the Fool’s card. The wind that led to madness, according to an ancient legend, was that of the Scirocco. Hence also the expression “siroccato”, to define the madmen. Vento Theroco, so called the Sirocco during the Renaissance. But on the origin of the name “Tarocco” we could write several essays, and many have already been written.
Samiramay Tarot Deck: esoteric images, hidden meanings, sacred symbols
The Major Arcana are the cards that contain the major secrets, or the most important, of the entire deck: each card contains an inexhaustible symbolism and lends itself to a whole life of reflections and insights. They can be considered stages on the path of life or knowledge; they are universal archetypes, unconscious ideas brought to consciousness only through specific images. In numerology, reading them allows you to get information about your life and personality, reading that takes place up to the date of birth.
They also refer to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, of which three are attributed to the “three active elements”, seven to the Planets (it must be remembered that the discovery of Uranus and Neptune is quite recent), and twelve to the signs of the Zodiac . The 22 arcana are marked with Roman numerals, from I to XXI, plus the twenty-second card, that of the Fool, which is without number, because it can be either zero or twenty-two.
A peculiarity: the 4, the 9 and the 19, which in the Roman numerals are respectively the IV, IX and the IXX, in the major arcana are reported in sequence: III, VIIII and XVIIII, this because the 22 arcana represent an evolution and therefore they always go on.