Having been much encouraged by the Money Hungry Lettuce Lion
I am continuing my tentative explorations into the world of the Minchiat Fiorentine and its world and time.
A few facts first:
The Minchiate deck:.
Here we have an early sister to the Tarot:
But: Is the Minchiate a Tarot deck???
It has 40 trumps – and then the Fool and then the minors and courts…
There are 2 Emperors and all the Zodiac signs as well as the Elements and the Virtues….
There is no Empress, High Priestess or Hierophant or Pope
It used to be a game… waaaay back in 1466
It was called minchiate = meaning “nonsense” or “trifle.”
The word minchione in Italian has meaning “fool,” and minchionare means “to laugh at” someone. The intended meaning may be “The Game of the Fool”
I am the fool, that is playing it this week. and I am learning a lot on the way.
I am doing my daily draws with this deck and will “let you in” into what I think about what I see and also, what I learn along the way.
My head is swirrrzeling
|Meet the mayors:0 The Fool||14 The Devil||28 Capricorn|
|1 The Magician||15 The Tower||29 Sagittarius|
|2 The Grand Duke||16 Hope||30 Cancer|
|3 The Western Emperor||17 Prudence||31 Pisces|
|4 The Eastern Emperor||18 Faith||32 Aquarius|
|5 Love||19 Charity||33 Leo|
|6 Temperance||20 Fire||34 Taurus|
|7 Strength||21 Water||35 Gemini|
|8 Justice||22 Earth||36 The Star|
|9 The Wheel of Fortune||23 Air||37 The Moon|
|10 The Chariot||24 Libra||38 The Sun|
|11 Time||25 Virgo||39 The World|
|12 The Hanged Man||26 Scorpio||40 Fame|
|13 Death||27 Aries|
Images of the deck can be found here:
How the Minchiate game was played:
OK, time to have a look at the Fox in the Hen House:
After 2 days of “miniciiating” and comparing it to my very limited experiences with other early decks, I am reminded of the fact, that I will have to throw out of my head EVERYTHING I know and consider “traditional Tarot”
This deck comes from BEFORE there was any traditional Tarot.
I think we have to see these early decks in the mirror of THEIR TIME!
There is a LOT of study involved, to learn the allegories the cards hint at –
Each card will need study……
Then it will open up a fascinating world for us.
I personally am in my earliest baby steps when it comes to explore the early decks. Learning about Renaissance Italy and its culture and its players.