Cards - Le Tarot Astrologique / The Astrological Tarot (Grimaud)

Le Tarot Astrologique / The Astrological Tarot. Grimaud, France. Bespoke divinatory deck, 48 single- and double-headed cards + booklet. Size: 75mm x 127mm.

Deck make-up:
Trumps / Major cards (planets): Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
Trumps / Major cards (extras): ascendant card, nodes card, fortune card.
Minor Cards (astrological 0°): Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
Minor Cards (astrological 10°): Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
Minor Cards (astrological 20°): Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.

A divinatory deck (not strictly tarot as such) created in 1927 by Frenchman Georges Muchery and drawn by a famous poster/magazine illustrator of the time, Henri Armengol (note the monogram on most of the cards). In this fusion of tarot and astrology, each sign of the zodiac is allocated 30° of the heavens in three stages – 0°,10° and 20°. Each of these ten degrees possesses different qualities.

Muchery wrote an accompanying book, The Astrological Tarot.

The pack is still widely available, usually in semi-professional print-on-demand editions of varying quality.

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Astrological cards (0°)

The 0° cards have conventional illustrations of the signs of the zodiac...

Astrological cards (10°)

...but the other two segments (10° and 20°) of each zodiac sign stray farther from conventionality. Aries here features Andromeda. Libra shows "a sage enamoured of Science". Sagittarius has Colossus.

Astrological cards (20°)

Taurus shows "seven light and ethereal spirits" who are "leaving this sorrowful earth for a higher sphere". Gemini shows Sirius (and his dog). My favourite card, though, is Pisces which here shows "a river which is slowly but surely leaving its bed, while destroying everything which it encounters".

Planet cards

Extras

The Ascendant card represents the consultant. The reversible "Noeud" card is for the nodes of the moon – ascending and descending. How you use all the cards is in Muchery's book.

Documents

Georges Muchery's book, circa 1927, about the pack.

Links to other full tarot and divinatory decks

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck (AGM-Urania)

Ancient Italian Tarot / Tarocchino Milanese (Lo Scarabeo)

Golden Dawn Magical Tarot (Llewellyn Books)

The Golden Dawn Tarot (U.S. Games Systems)

Grand Etteilla (Tarots Egyptiens / Egyptian gypsies tarot) (Grimaud)

Grand Jeu De Mlle Lenormand (Grimaud)

(Petit) Lenormand / "Blue Owl" Lenormand (AGM-Urania)

The Hermetic Tarot (U.S. Games Systems)

Tarot Hiéroglyphique Egyptien (unknown, France)

Learning Tarot Cards (Witchy Cauldron)

Minchiate Fiorentine (Baragioli)

Nouveau Jeu De La Main (Grimaud)

Tarots Parisiens / Oracles Planetaires / Sorcier du XIXe Siècle (Viuda de Bouchard-Huzard)

Tarot Of The Renaissance (Lo Scarabeo)

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (Rider)

RWS Panorama (Deckstiny)

Sola-Busca Tarot (privately commissioned deck)

Le Tarot Astrologique / The Astrological Tarot (Grimaud)

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