Le Tarot Astrologique

Imagine, if you will, a deck published by Grimaud sometime between the late 1800’s and 1917 or so, very roughly coinciding with the Belle Époque. Imagine the strange old art, the fantastic vibe.
Now imagine it’s not yet another Tarot, but an astrology deck. Yes, there are “Majors”: the planets, ascendant, nodes (split into ascendant and descendant) and Part of Fortune. The “Minors” are three cards for each sign – one for each decan.

And it’s an easily readable deck. I’m decidedly not an astrologer (and if I were to deep dive into that particular field, I’d do classical, not modern) but it doesn’t matter. I can approach this as a cartomancer with my smattering of astrological knowledge, and get a clear reading out of it.

The LWB is printed on extra cards, and it’s useful (in spite of such curiousities as “Synthetically, here is the meaning…”, lol.)

It’s an easy deck, but it’s so NOT new age, so NOT “What’s your sign, baby?” (EW.) It predates all that. It’s more elephant-at-the-Moulin-Rouge. A Having Fun In Paris kind of deck.

There are several spreads included in the instructions, but you’re really only limited by your imagination here. There cards can supplement any other system, or stand on their own.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to play around with these some more. 😀

Le Tarot Astrologique is available here https://thecartomancer.bigcartel.com/product/le-tarot-astrologique-c-1927-astrology-tarot

“About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.”
—Kurt Vonnegut

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    • Looking forward to seeing what you come up with…I think it would combine beautifully with playing cards or Sibilla! It’s a natural for timing, too (though I haven’t had it long enough to test the accuracy.)

  1. Hello, just a quicky note regarding this deck. Georges Muchery was born in 1892 and died in 1981. The deck was published in 1927 (according to the BNF -the National Library of France who owns and original copy of it and has files available for download). This means the deck is still under copyright and therefore the copyright passed on to his children or grand-children. I don’t know who owns the shop that sells it but just in case and if any useful, I must point out that his family is very touchy regarding this matter. Thanks for your informative post, it’s great to see people interested in it!

  2. Hello again, just to add something to my previous post. It’s possible that Grimaud bought the rights to Georges Muchery eventually dropped the game the deck let it go into the public domain (the BNF provides a license for commercial use of the online files). Muchery family released an edition of the deck in 1987 (éditions du Chariot the very same company Murchery created in 1927, now out of business) which makes me wonder who the actual copyright owner is. Sorry to be such a page of swords 😁

    • Thank you. I’ve forwarded your comments to the shop owner. Now we wait.
      I’ve always known her to be very conscientious about these matters, so I don’t expect this to be a copyright violation. But it’s best to be sure.

  3. The backs of the cards are from the original edition and the subsequent decks had different backs, with stars. Additionally, there is a tax stamp on the Part of Fortune card. While you can’t date a deck by the year shown on a tax stamp, it does imply that this edition predates the others.There have been at least two subsequent editions.

    And French copyright law protects a work for 70 years after the artist’s death.
    Muchery came up with the concept for the deck, but the art was done by Henri Armengol, a French artist who died in 1939, putting the art firmly in the Public Domain for the last ten years.

    Neither the Muchery family, the Armengols, nor their agents, nor Grimaud/France Cartes have attempted to contact the shop owner (and I would assume they would do so if they held the rights and were, as you say “very touchy regarding this matter.” )

    The deck appears to be legit.

    • Hi Andy

      Yes, I’ve seen your astrology posts, and I imagine that this deck would be inadequate at best. On the upside, though, it’s old enough that we’ve been spared Pluto, lol.

      • It is a beautiful deck, but I do struggle with astrological-themed cards. The Belline is the exception but you can more or less ignore its astrology.

        I’m pleased to see it available again. You should be able to get the English-book easily enough.

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