Here, I report a brief explanation of each card, that I wrote with every detail in the first chapter of my book.
At the place of the Wands I have chosen to use Bricks, because they are symbols of the material life. The 14 cards of this suit depicts situations and persons who have had most importance in Dante’s life.
At the place of the Swords, symbol of war and death, I have put the Flames because they are related with the Hell’s punishment of the sinners. So, the 14 cards of Flames referring at the
Then, I have trasformed the Coins, symbols of exchange, with Clouds, wich represents passing situations, as the punishments in the
At the place of the Cups, wich symbolize the pleasures of body and soul, I have used the Lights, symbols of intellectual and spiritual perfection as we can read in Dante’s
Regard the Triumphs, or Major Arcana, I have preserved the traditional significances but, in the same time, I have adjust my “screenplay” with the words of
Convivio, a work that synthesize civil engagement, intellectual passions and spirituals ambitions of Dante Alighieri.
The reference of each card is resumed here.
WANDS: “Bricks” of Dante’s life
1 of Bricks = Dante bring the Comedy in his hands
2 of Bricks = The youth studies
3 of Bricks = Beatrix: the first love
4 of Bricks = The Love Court
5 of Bricks = The bad company
6 of Bricks = The wife: Gemma Donati
7 of Bricks = The great enemy: Corso Donati
8 of Bricks = The simoniac pope: Boniface VIII
9 of Bricks = A mysterious woman: Madame Stone
10 of Bricks = The great friend: Cino from Pistoia
Knave of Bricks = The last protector: Guido Novello from Polenta
Knight of Bricks = The maecenas: Cangrande della Scala
Queen of Bricks = The emperor’s wife: Margaret of Brabante
King of Bricks = The world’s king: Henry VII of Luxembourg
SWORDS: “Flames” of the Hell
1 of Flames = The Hell’s entrance (I,61)
2 of Flames = Charon take on board the damneds (III,84-85)
3 of Flames = The meeting with Virgil (IV,39).
4 of Flames = The hellish judge: Minos (V,25).
5 of Flames = The adulterer: Paul and Frances (V,103)
6 of Flames = The tremendous guardian: Cerberus (VI,16-18)
7 of Flames = The circle of suicides (XIII,37 sg.)
8 of Flames = Simoniacs and deviners (XIX, 52-87 e XX,114-120)
9 of Flames = Alichino and Barbariccia (XXII, 139)
10 of Flames = The circle of thiefs (XXIV e XXV).
Knave of Flames = Ulysses and Diomedes (XXVI,119-20)
Knight of Flames = Bertrand of Born (XXVIII, 134)
Queen of Flames = Mirra: the incestuous woman (XXX,37-41)
King of Flames = Lucifer (XXXIV,28 sg.)
COINS: Clouds of Purgatory
1 of Clouds = The celestial guide (II,22-49).
2 of Clouds = Manfred of Swabia (III,103-145)
3 of Clouds = The flowering valley (VI,58 sg.)
4 of Clouds = The Tempter drive out by Angels (VIII,94-106)
5 of Clouds = The 7 Purifications: Angel of 7 P ( (IX,112)
6 of Clouds = The haughties (XI,100).
7 of Clouds = The enviouses (XIII,109-154).
8 of Clouds = The irascibles (XVI,46-145).
9 of Clouds = The slothfuls (XVIII,97).
10 of Clouds = The stammering woman (XIX,1-31)
Knave of Clouds = The stingies and the too prodigals (XX,1 sg.)
Knight of Clouds = The keeper of Eden: Matelda (XXVIII, 1 sg.)
Queen of Clouds = The high heavenly guide: Beatrix (XXX,40-54)
King of Clouds = The giant and his concubine (XXXII,103-160)
CUPS: Lights of Paradise
1 of Lights = The Divine Glory (I,1-9).
2 of Lights = Heaven of the Moon: sister Piccarda and Constance of Altavilla (III,34-130)
3 of Lights = Heaven of Mercury: the emperor Giustiniano (VI,1-142).
4 of Lights = Heaven of Venus: Cunizza from Romano (IX,31-36).
5 of Lights = Heaven of Sun: the blessed souls (X,91-148)
6 of Lights = Heaven of Mars: Cacciaguida (XV,37 sg.)
7 of Lights = Heaven of Juppiter: the eagle of justice (XIX,1 sg.).
8 of Lights = Heaven of Saturn: Saint Pier Damiano (XXI,1 sg.)
9 of Lights = The fixed Stars: Jesus Christ (XXIII,19-43)
10 of Lights = The angelic choirs (XXIII,103-108)
Knave of Lights = The ancient father: Adam (XXVI,80-142)
Knight of Lights = Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (XXXI,1 sg.)
Queen of Lights = The Virgin Mary (XXXII,1 sg.).
King of Lights = The Eternal Light (XXXIII,121)
TRIUMPHS: Ideas from the Convivio
0 = State of Necessity (I,I sg.)
I = Capability of Intellect (IV,XXI)
II = Doubts of Philosophy (III,XI)
III = Desire of Knowledge (III,XIV)
IV = Ability of Governement (IV,I sg.)
V = Virtue of Hope (III,XIV e IV,XXI)
VI = Sentiment of Love (II,XV e III,XII)
VII = Sense of Direction (III,II)
VIII = Virtue of Justice (IV,IX ; IV,XVII ; IV,XXVII)
IX = Virtue of Prudence (IV,XVI)
X = Good or Bad Chance (IV,XI)
XI = Virtue of Fortitude (IV,XVII)
XII = Virtue of Charity (IV,XXI e XXIII-XXIV)
XIII = Softness of the Death (IV,XXVIII)
XIV = Virtue of Temperance (IV,XVII e XXII)
XV = Hierarchy of Power Angels (II,XIII ; II,IV-V)
XVI = Hierarchy of Virtues Angels (II,XIII)
XVII = Hierarchy of Throne Angels (II,V e XIII)
XVIII = Hierarchy of Superiors Angels (II,V e XIII)
XIX = Hierarchy of Dominations Angels (II,XIII)
XX = Hierarchy of Archangels (II,V e XIII)
XXI = Hierarchy of Principalities Angels (II,XIII)