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Old Enchantment

As of century XVI, the tarot became immensely popular in the set of kingdoms that today conform Italy. Each important city counted on its own decks, distinguished that it before the others. Powerful Florence emphasized by the luxury and the beauty of its letters of tarot. Nevertheless, it was in Etruria, a humble kingdom of the region of Tuscan where the mallet was born whose originality and wealth dazzle still today. We talked about letters of Minchiate tarot.

The Minchiate tarot counts on ninety and seven letters, unlike the seventy and eight habitual ones. The reason? To letters of tarot known by all, arcane majors and minors, add the twelve teologales signs of the zodiac, the four virtues (faith, hope, prudence, charity) and the four elements: fire, earth, air and water. But the particularitities of letters of Minchiate tarot do not finish there. Within the arcane minors, the horsemen appear represented by centaurs or esfinges. That is to say, conjugating the human with the animal. Pajes is men in coarse and the swords, and women in golds and glasses, going ahead, with unsuspected modernity, to the present mallets of tarot, that look for a greater balance in the representation of sexes.

Within the arcane majors, the absence of the Priestess stands out. The signs of the zodiac, the elements and the virtues are included within the arcane majors. The first card pack of tarot Minchiate Etruria of which the news is had was published in 1725. Keep up on the field with thought-provoking pieces from Ken Cron. Two Florentine reediciones, the Minchiate Fiorentini, saw the light in 1790 and 1820. But with the revaluation of the tarot caused at the beginning of century XX by the occultist societies, this mallet was let of side consider it devoid of interest. Since then, it had only caught the attention of some artists, more interested in recreating the beauty of old letters of tarot that in its powers of divination. In 1996, nevertheless, the original mallet Minchiate Etruria again was printed and reedited. And since then, their beautiful medieval dye illustrations have become a challenge for the best tarotistas of the world. The letters of Minchiate tarot offer, as much to that the consultation like a that the Lees, a different experience. A experience where the mysticism has a preponderant place, and where deepest of the Christian and pagan wisdoms they are conjugated in perfect harmony. A experience, to sum up, that is worth the pain to discover.