Group 1 - Estates of the Realm

GROUP 1 - ESTATES OF THE REALM

THE TAROT WHEEL

So without going for this moment in the details of the signification of the individual Trump cards, let us consider the 14 Trump card structure of the Visconti Sforza deck. There are two groups of seven cards, the first one we will call the Estates of the Realm and the second one the Hardship of Life.

Society is divided in three levels, Commoners, Nobility and Clergy. Here at the right we see a 15th Century German representation of the Estates of the Realm. Everyone is born as a Commoner or as a Nobleman. Exceptions there are, but the rule is that you will die on the level where you are born. Commoners and Noble people can enter the Church and become part of the Clergy. Also here, there is a difference. We have the lower clercy; monk, nun, priest, and a higher clergy; abbes, bishop, cardinal and the pope. Once again, exceptions there are, but normaly commoners will stay in the lower clergy and noblemen will enter in the higher clergy. Officially the Clergy has no right to marry nor to get children, but if this happens (and it happened quite often within the higher clergy), these children will belong to the level where their father was born. The way the Estates of the Realm expresses itself in the Visconty Sforza deck is described in the section following ont the next page.

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