The Renaissance Origins of Tarot

The Renaissance Origin of TarotThe Renaissance Origins of Tarot

by

Giovanni Pelosini

Translated by

Arnell Ando

A fascinating new eBook by accomplished Tarot historian Giovanni Pelosini, which I greatly enjoyed translating, while speculating on how deeply the seeds of Tarot were planted before blossoming beautifully during Renaissance Italy. This brief but enthralling synopsis on the origins of Tarot shares not only various influences that came together to create this amazing spiritual/psychological pastime & game but also how far back some influences can be traced and from how far away. Captivating stuff…

The mystery of the origins of Tarot is linked to its creators during the Italian Renaissance, who designed the cards for the artistic and cultural legacy of humanity, while also feeling inspired by the liberation of humankind’s spiritual nature. The Renaissance was an extraordinary moment of cultural syncretism and artistic freedom of thought. In the fifteenth century, alchemy, astrology and the ancient traditions of Hermeticism had an opportunity to come together in a unique iconographic, mnemonic system of educational experiences which became the Tarot deck, complete with twenty-two original Triumphs (Trump cards). After creating this deck, humanists, scientists and writers, driven by their passion for knowledge, gathered in academic settings, protected by the Lords of Florence, Ferrara, Bologna, Rimini, Milan, Mantua and other cities, while continuing a centuries-old tradition of spiritual initiation. This Renaissance offering to humanity was created not only for recreational purposes, or divination, but in order to reveal secrets of the Neo-Platonic philosophy founded on the apparent multiplicity and uniqueness of an ordered, holistic cosmos, enriched by free spirited creativity, which through the images of Tarot, could then soar above the illusory dualism that exists between mind and matter and move towards self-realization.

Arnell Ando

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