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The Arcanas Gallery

  • One way to impart the history of the Tarot is to see the cards. Here, in the Arcanas Gallery, you will find some decks that are considered as historical milestones and some others that are pure source of inspiration and beauty.
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Tarot of the Gypsies
By Doctor Papus

Papus' divinatory Tarot mirrors the 18th & 19th century French occultism and mysticism

Message from the Gallery

Tarot of the Gypsies by Dr. Papus

Papus considered the Tarot to be both a depository of ancient esoteric wisdom and a tool for divination.


Though he never had any historical proof, Papus claimed that the Tarot has its origin in ancient Egypt. Streaming down from the Marseille tradition, the major arcanas in Papus' deck are accompanied by symbols borrowed from diverse sources such as: astrology, numerology, cosmogony, theogony, etc...



As for all Tarot decks presented in the Arcanas Gallery, you can open several cards at once et move them around on your computer screen.

You can also see a Commented Version of this gallery where the arcanas are accompanied by their positive and negative attributes.
However, these few keywords do not reflect all the possible reading levels for each Arcana and they do not offer a synthesis of their interconnectedness either. These commentaries do not take into consideration the variations that exist between the Tarot decks presented in the Arcanas Gallery. Those variations can bring the interpreter into various directions and sometime they could be radically different.

The images of the Tarot within the Gallery are here as a source of visual inspiration and for your information. If you wish, you can find on this page links that will provide you with practical information regarding where to buy some of these Tarot decks.