Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Full Moon | Leo | February | King of Wands


As the moon trundles around its orbit, we find her passing through Leo for February's full moon tonight (3 February).

This means that we shall find ourselves acquainted with the energies of that most magnetic of the Tarot court personalities, the King of Wands.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Deck Review | Le Tarot Noir | Ternel & Hackiere

So, someone waved this deck in front of me on Facebook and, of course, I had to buy it.  I must learn some restraint.  But not right now ...



Monday, 26 January 2015

TADAAAAAAH! A new look!

What do you think of the new blogger header image?!

I am rather partial to the artwork of Caroline Blackler and I asked her to create an image for Tarot Thrones and what she came up with completely blew me away.

The blog's full Sunday title is:  This Game of Thrones, but I mostly refer to it as Tarot Thrones.  Clever Caroline used the full title of the blog to recreate the Iron Throne from THE Game of Thrones .... but it is built entirely of court card images!

Honestly, it is STUPENDOUS!  And it perfectly captures the whole blog ethos for me.  It's going to be used on EVERYTHING Tarot Thrones!


Take a good look at the various court card images that Caroline has used - which ones do you recognise?!

I'm still pootering about with the backgrounds and fonts and what not, but I couldn't wait a moment longer to share the main image with you!

So there you have it - Caroline Blackler is available for commissions and I hope that you can tell by the smile on my face as I type, that I am more than delighted with the end result!

You can check out Caroline's artwork and written work here:


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Sola Busca | Mantegna | Triumphs of Caesar

In an earlier post, Heroes Warriors and Worthies, we took a look at the naming of the Court Cards in French playing card decks and how these have been incorporated into Dame Fortune's Tarot Wheel.

Another deck that incorporates named court cards is the Sola Busca Tarot.

This deck originated in Italy during the late 15th Century and is quite different from other Tarocchi decks in that it is entirely populated by warriors (with exception of the Court Queens).  The Majors are all named.  The Fool remains Il Mato (the Fool) but all else are whirled into a vortex of classical names ....Nerone (Nero), Catulo (Cattulus), Catone (Cato... no, not the Pink Panther one) and so on.

The images in this deck are richly coloured and brooding in their mood.

This deck is very important indeed, in that it has clearly formed the basis for the Rider Waite Smith deck.


Look familiar? The Sola Busca's 10 of Swords.

As was the habit, the little Pages are not named - because in gaming decks there were only 3 court cards.

We have:

King of Swords - Alexandro M
Queen of Swords - Olimpia
Knight of Swords - Amone

King of Staves - L Evio Plauto R
Queen of Staves - Pallas
Knight of Staves - Apolino

King of Cups - Lucio Cecilio R
Queen of Cups - Polisena
Knight of Cups - Natanabo

King of Coins - R Filipio
Queen of Coins - Elena
Knight of Coins - Sarafino

The names have some affinity with the Heroes, Warriors and Worthies, as previously looked at here on m'blog.

This is where my blog goes a bit off piste and veers utterly away from further discussion of the Courts, because I was very struck by the style of the vibrancy of colours, the all-male procession and the scale of the 'booty' and the similarity to the canvases of Andrea Mantegna's Triumphs of Caesar which are housed at Hampton Court Palace in London.

The nine paintings depict Caesar's triumphant return from his campaign against the Gauls in a cavalcade of soldiers and booty.

In his book 'Lives of the Artists' Vasari says: 'The best thing Mantegna ever painted' and the enormous canvases became extremely famous throughout Europe.









The scale of the vases?  





The artfully arranged trophy 'Cups'?






Look at the stuck-on breasts of Pallas. Do you think they resemble the bare breasts of the captive above?  The cloudy skies? 


The only children depicted in the Triumph are captives.

What about this child in the 'Nerone' (Justice) card of the Sola Busca?




Perhaps the resemblances are pure fancy on my part, but if Mantegna's paintings were famous throughout Europe, why wouldn't a wealthy Italian Lord not want his own version?

It has been suggestested that the creation of the Tarot's Trumps IS based on Roman Triumph parades.  What if it was THIS one in particular, painted between 1484 - 1492?  The Sola Busca Tarot is estimated, by its Tarot historian champion, Giordano Berti, to be around 1490-91.

So the two dates dovetail together nicely.

What do you think? Is the link allllllll in my head?!




*** edit: since I'm not a huge fan of very lengthy blog posts, I'll just say here that I plan to write this up in greater detail and will work towards either showign a link or showing that there is no link.  And you will be able to have it as a pdf to read.  But it will take me a while, so don't hold your breath! :-D



Monday, 5 January 2015

Full Moon in Cancer | Queen of Cups

Gold backgrounds don't
scan very well!
The Full Moon takes place on 5 January 2015 and appears in Cancer. This means that our world of Tarot Court cards, the corresponding Card character is The Queen of Cups.

This character is caring, empathetic and often with a psychic streak a mile wide.