This magnificent Egyptian-style Tarot was conceived in 1926 by the French theosophist René Schwaller de Lubicz, but few historians know it.
The deck consists of 25 cards divided into 21 Arcana and 4 Witnesses + 2 Talismans.
Each card presents the divinatory meanings (straight and reverse) in four languages: Italian, French, English and Spanish.
The story of this Tarot and its creator is told in the companion booklet (90 full-color pages). A long chapter describes the divinatory meanings and reading methods.
Available in two different editions
DELUXE EDITION (size of the box: 200×130 mm x 50mm height)
986 numbered copies signed by Giordano Berti.
25 large cards (heavy cardboard, 75 x 155 mm) + 2 Talismans (Ankh and Udjat) + Certificate of Guarantee. Metallized gold bag. Handbook with history and instructions (90 full color pages). Very elegant casket lined with velvet.
ARTBOX EDITION (size of the box : 140 x 100mm x 45mm height)
986 numbered copies signed by Giordano Berti.
25 standard size cards (62 x 128 mm) + 2 Talismans (Ankh and Udjat) + Warranty Certificate. Metallized gold bag. Handbook with history and instructions (90 full color pages). Simple 2-parts box.
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About Schwaller de Lubicz
René “Aor” Schwaller de Lubicz, born in 1887 in Strasbourg, Alsace, was an alchemist, Egyptologist, neo-Pythagorean philosopher, theosophist, Hermeticist.
He was still young when he approached chemistry thanks to his pharmacist father. A series of practical experiences revealed to him the dual nature of reality, as well as the spiritual power of light, fire, water and every chemical substance.
In 1910 he went to Paris and became a student in Matisse’s atelier. Between 1913 and 1916 he attended the Theosophical Society and, in a more hidden way, participated to the French alchemical renaissance together with Fulcanelli and Jean de Champagne.
After the First World War, Schwaller founded the brotherhood of “Watchers” (Veillants) aimed at the spiritual rebirth of Europe.
In 1919, by virtue of his commitment to the independence of Lithuania, he inherited the surname “de Lubicz” from the Lithuanian aristocrat Oskar Wladislas de Lubicz Milosz (1877-1939,
In 1934, René and his wife Jean “Isha” Germain settled on the island of Mallorca, but two years later, when the Spanish Civil War broke out, a “revelation” led the couple to Egypt. Their enthusiasm for ancient Egyptian wisdom made them stop for 12 years in Luxor.
The long stay of studies in Egypt led Schwaller to formulate a revolutionary idea: the temple of Amon in Luxor would reflect, in its numerical forms and proportions, the human body. In this way the Temple would reveal, in the sum of its symbolic details, a real “Doctrine of the Anthropocosm”.
In 1949, while he was still in Egypt, Schwaller published a fundamental book on this subject: Le Temple de l’Homme (1949), which together with Verbe Nature (1952), published after his return to France, is considered his work essential.
René Schwaller de Lubicz died in 1961 in Plan-de-Grasse, near Nice. His wife, who was his “alchemic queen” and careful biographer, died the following year.
The Egyptian Tarot by Schwaller de Lubicz
This Tarot was conceived in 1926 by René Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where he founded, in 1923, the Suhalia scientific station, aimed at the preparation of medicines following alchemical procedures.
Regarding the Tarot, Schwaller was convinced that it was indeed a “game” of Egyptian origin, with which the priests predicted the future. Schwaller wrote: “The Tarot is a synthesis of theosophy and astrology. Its foundation is” divine wisdom. “
The deck designed by Schwaller consists of 25 cards that express the Paths of Knowledge and Wisdom revealed by the Master.
The images were drawn in black and white by his stepdaughter Lucie Lamy, perhaps in collaboration with the Italian painter Elmiro Celli. Many figures are taken directly from Egyptian paintings. This is the reason why Giordano Berti, curator of the present edition decided to bring the figures to their primitive beauty using as reference the fundamental treatise Panthéon égyptien (1823) by the great French Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion and other illustrative works.
To the 25 original cards, beautifully painted by Virginia Covoni, two Talismans (Ankh and Udjat) have been added, at the request of the editor of the divinatory texts, the Egyptologist Ada Pavan Russo. The two Talismans, with their prayers taken from sacred texts of the ancient Egyptians, have a symbolic protection role during divinatory reading.
Talismans Ankh and Udjat
Publisher : OM Edizioni, Italia, 2019.
Curator : Giordano Berti.
Drawings : Lucie Lamy and Elmiro Celli.
Colors : Virginia Covoni.
Graphics : ArtStudioLetizia
Limited edition : 986 numbered and signed copies.
Content: 25 color cards + 2 Talismans + Warranty Certificate with the number and signature of Giordano Berti.
Multilingual edition: keywords in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Booklet: 120 × 85 mm. 90 color pages.
Available in Italian, or in English (translation by Vic Berti), in Spanish (translation by Victoria Braojos Nieves).
90 pages, entirely in color, divided into three parts.
Part 1: Giordano Berti, historian of esotericism in art, introduces the understanding of the work.
Part 2: Professor Aaron Cheak, one of the greatest experts in the world of thought of Schwaller de Lubicz, narrates the adventurous life, the thought and the works of this esotericist.
Part 3: the Egyptologist Ada Pavan Russo explains in detail the content of the figures and their divinatory meanings.
Part 4: Ada Pavan Russo describes the ways to interrogate these cards.
The graphics of the cards and the packaging were designed by the art designer Letizia Rivetti, who came to realize this modern aesthetic synthesis after a long research on the decorative art of the ancient Egyptians.
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