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The figure calls for on special description. The face is rather dark, suggesting also courage, but somewhat lethargic in tendency. The bull’s head should be noted as a recurrent symbol on his throne. The sign of this suit is represented throughout as engraved or blazoned with the pentagram, typifying the correspondence of the four elements in human nature and that by which they may be governed.

Divinatory Meanings: Valor, realizing intelligence, business and normal intellectual aptitude, sometimes mathematical gifts and attainments of this kind – success in these paths.

Reversed: Vice, weakness, ugliness, perversity, corruption, peril.


The face suggests that of a dark woman, whose qualities might be summed up in the idea of greatness of soul. She has also the serious cast of intelligence – she contemplates her symbol and may see worlds therein.

Divinatory Meanings: Opulence, generosity, security, magnificence, liberty.

Reversed: Evil, fear, suspicion, suspense, mistrust.


He rides a slow, enduring, heavy horse, to which his own aspect corresponds.

Divinatory Meanings: Utility, serviceableness, interest, rectitude, responsibility.

Reversed: Inertia, idleness, repose of that kind, stagnation – also discouragement, carelessness.


A youthful figure, looking intently at the pentacle that hovers over his raised hands.

Divinatory Meanings: Application, study, scholarship, reflection. Another reading says news, messages and the bringer thereof – also rule, management.

Reversed: Prodigality, dissipation, liberality, luxury, unfavorable news.


A man and a woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a house and domain.

Divinatory Meanings: Gain, riches, family matters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family.

Reversed: Chance, fatality, loss, robbery, games of hazard; sometimes gift, dowry, pension.

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A woman, with a bird upon her wrist, stands amidst a great house.

Divinatory Meanings: Prudence, safety, success, accomplishment, certitude, discernment.

Reversed: Roguery, deception, voided project, bad faith.


An artist in stone at work.

Divinatory Meanings: Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and business.

Reversed: Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury.


A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right. One would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there.

Divinatory Meanings: These are exceedingly contradictory, in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter – but one reading gives altercation, quarrel, and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation.


One in the guise of a merchant weights money in a pair of scales and distributes it to the needy and distressed.

Divinatory Meanings: Present, gifts, gratification. another account says attention, vigilance, now is the accepted time, present prosperity, etc.

Reversed: Desire, cupidity, envy, jealousy, illusion.


Two mendicants in a snow storm pass a lighted casement.

Divinatory Meanings: It foretells material trouble above all, whether in the form illustrated, that is, destitution, or otherwise. For some cartomancists, it is a card of love and lovers – wife, husband, friend, mistress – also concordance, affinities. These alternatives cannot be harmonized.

Reversed: Disorder, chaos, ruin, discord, profligacy.


A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crow, clasps another with hands and arm; two pentacles are under his feet.

Divinatory Meanings: The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gifts, legacy, inheritance.

Reversed: Suspense, delay, opposition.

A young man in the act of dancing has a pentacle in either hand, and that endless cord which is like the number eight reversed joins them.

Divinatory Meanings: It is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its connection, which is the subject of the design. But it is read also as news and messages in writing, such as obstacles, agitation, trouble, embroilment.

Reversed: Enforced gaiety, simulated enjoyment, literal sense, handwriting, composition, letters of exchange.


A sculptor at his work in a monastery.

Divinatory Meanings: Trade, skilled labor. usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.

Reversed: Mediocrity in the work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness.

A hand issuing, as usual, from a cloud – holds up a pentacle.

Divinatory Meanings: Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy – also speedy intelligence, gold.

Reversed: The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence. Also great riches.

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