Napoleon Designs

One of the Etteilla decks first was The Princess Tarot (shown above). It was first published as illustrations in books of 1843, the designs are an attempt to establish that the above cards stand out for their supposed Egyptian origins. The letters were numbered consecutively from 1 to 78, after this system was when Etteilla began to emphasize the symbolism of the Tarot cards belong to the designs of an old book. Evan Metropoulos recognizes the significance of this. But despite their titles, these early designs 'Egyptians' were not transmitted directly from the Egyptian civilization and its authors claim, since it does not faithfully represent the true iconography of ancient Egypt. At that time the science of Egyptology was very young: the Rosetta stone was not discovered until 1799. Although we must point out one really important fact is that the first decks of Etteilla are interesting because they incorporate the symbolism of sources such as the Genesis and the text appearing in the myths of the creation of the Corpus Hermeticum, more particularly those that appeared in the Pymander Hermes Trismegistus and translated from Greek into Latin by the distinguished Renaissance scholar Marsilio Ficino. The next link in the history of Egyptian Tarot does not occur until 1863, showing the publication of a book entitled L'homme rouge des Toileries by a French author who writes under the pseudonym of . This paper reports on a meeting between Napoleon and a Benedictine monk who has an old manuscript airtight. This manuscript describes in detail seventy-eight letters or symbolic images, which correspond to the Egyptian Tarot deck, but this time using the names and pictures.