Saturday, March 8, 2014

Strength Of Convictions

Daily Draw: Etteilla Tarot ~ Angel of the Apocalypse

Speaking of convictions, gotta love Etteilla. A French seed merchant, in 1770 he published his Book of Etteilla in reference to the original use of the cards (gaming). But he spelled his name backward rather than use his real name, Jean-Baptiste Alliette. No, Ebay wasn't the first place to have usernames. It is a long interesting story which also includes the clergyman Court de Gebelin who spun the great book of tales which included tarot coming out of Egypt. Etteilla followed with the cards, whose seeds founded tarot as we know it today. And people still argue about its origins.

But the point is, he didn't use his real name. Pretty shaky convictions...but there again we have hindsight aplenty. And the title of this card, Angel of the Apocalypse? Perhaps it came from a flagon of mead. "This card means you will receive good advice and your fits of bad temper will be restrained." I can only hope.

"when you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well." ~ Thomas Merton 1915-1968

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that the Etteilla was Jean-Baptiste's name backwards! Maybe he knew that saying about prophets getting no honor in their own land so he used a "pen name." Then he wouldn't have to hear, "Oh those cards are just a bunch of bunk that seed merchant came up with." :D

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