Tarocchi of Mantegna: Hermetic Image Magic
Part One: Hieroglyphic Image Magic
Part Two: Tarocchi of Mantegna
Weds April 19th & Thurs April 20th, 2023
Speaker: William Kiesel
Location: In-person & Online via Zoom
Recorded for absentees: Yes
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Older than any 78-card tarot deck, the Tarocchi of Mantegna is one of the earliest Italian decks which is comprised of 50 trumps, known in later decks as the Major Arcana. Over recent years, a few versions of this important deck have recreated the original 1465 century engravings.
Magicians of the Renaissance looked to the Egyptian Hieroglyphs to study the mysteries, and what they found was the technology of words and images used together, creating a powerful force for effective magic. They created their own form known as the hermetic emblem tradition.
In this 2-night event, William will illustrate the how visual and textual elements – having always been a part of western esotericism -became particularly sophisticated during the Renaissance interpretations of Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Important discoveries were made during these studies and their influence has continued into contemporary practice. In this visual presentation William will share how the techniques associated with the magic of images and text came together historically and how they may be employed to positive effect for anyone seeking to expand their horizons in their search for wisdom.
April 19 – Hermetic Arcana in the Emblem Tradition – Part One: Hieroglyphic Image Magic
April 20 – Hermetic Arcana in the Emblem Tradition – Part Two: Tarocchi of Mantegna
Consisting of fifty 15th-century Italian engravings the Tarocchi of Mantegna is populated by symbolic figures in the style of the Court and
Trump cards which were later developed into the Tarot as we know it today. In this session the symbolism of the five suits (The Spheres,
Virtues, Liberal Arts, The Muses and Human Conditions) of the Tarocchi are considered in light of Hermetic Image Magic.