Ramses Tarot of Eternity Cards - tarot cards
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- Pack information: 78 cards & booklet
Card dimensions: 65 x 120 mms
- Giordano Berti
They say: This deck becomes part of the tradition of the "Egyptian-style" Tarot but
- confronts the task with a special kind of spirit. In most cases, in fact, the Minor Arcana of the old "Egyptian" Tarot are
- derived from the "Book of Thoth" by Etteilla and the Major Arcana come from "Les XXII Lames Hermetiques" by Pitois-
- Falconnier. Although the main French and Anglo-Saxon occultists, including famous leaders of the movement such as
- Papus, Mathers, and Crowley, did not create an explicitly Egyptian Tarot, they moved down the same road paved by
- Etteilla and Pitois and "dictated law" to the esoterists for nearly the entire twentieth century.
During the last two
- decades, however, various artists have devised their own new "Egypt-inspired" Tarot. Some have proposed an
- absolutely bizarre ancient Egypt which does not correspond to the historic reality. Others, directly inspired by the
- Egyptian culture, have copied, imitated, or modified sculptures, paintings, or drawings on papyrus. In most cases,
- however, works without soul were created, or rather, beyond their artistic value, the works do not have a coherent
- design. Naturally, this criticism is not to be extended to every new "Egyptian Tarot", some of which (very few, actually)
- possess both artistic and philosophical coherence.
The "Ramses - Tarot of Eternity" painted by Severino
- Baraldi, a master of historical illustration, belongs to this last category. This deck, which faithfully interprets my "story-
- board", concentrates on a well-defined era which begins with the accession to the throne of Sethi I (approx. 1304 B.C.)
- and ends with the sovereignty of Merenptah (1224 B.C.). Actually, the father and son of Ramses II open and close the
- series of the 22 Trionfi', or Major Arcana. At the beginning and at the end of this time span are the names of two
- characters who show up "outside of their time" given that they were supporters of a monotheistic religion which would
- have then changed the course of history; one was the heretical Pharaoh Amenophi IV, known better as Aken-Aton
- (who died around 1347 B.C.), and the other was the Egyptian Hebrew Moses (who died around 1265 B.C.). Apart from
- these two "outsiders", all of the 'Trionfi' refer to fundamental episodes of the very long existence of the "living god"
- User-Maat-Re Setep-en-Re ("Powerful is the truth of Ra, the Chosen One of Ra"), better known as Ramses II (1302-
- 1224 B.C.). The main wives of Ramses as well as his most famous children, enemies, battles, etc., were therefore
- translated into "Trionfi figures".
Following the same principle, the series of number cards and Court cards focus
- on the daily life of the era of the great Pharaoh by proposing a series of illustrations which are as faithful to the historical
- reality as possible. A perfectly coherent deck concerning history and style was created thanks to the illustrator's
- exceptional knowledge as well. But beyond this certainly important aspect, a deck was to be created which would
- contain the fundamental elements of the Tarot's esoterism. Special attention was therefore paid to the layout of each
- figure which often "invisibly" contains the symbolism which all lovers of the Tarot expect to find.
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