The Influence of Etteilla &
His School on Mathers & Waite
By James W. Revak
APPENDIX D HOW COMPARISONS BETWEEN DIVINATORY MEANINGS WERE MADE
Perhaps the best way to understand how the author classed DMs, is to present a few examples; therefore, let us compare DMs for the Four of Cups, which follow.
The School of Etteilla (Papus, 1909):
This card signifies, with regard to medicine of the mind [i.e. DOdoucets Science des signes, ou médecine de lesprit (Science of signs, or medicine of the mind)]: Weariness, Displeasure, Discontentment, Disgust, Aversion, Enmity, Hate, Horror, Anxiety, Mental Suffering, Mild Dejection, Vexation, Painful, Annoying, Unpleasant.Distressing, Troubling.
New Instruction, New Light.Sign, Indication, Conjecture.Omen,
Presage.Premonition, Prognostication, Prediction, Novelty. (p. 135).
Mathers (The Tarot, 1888/1993):
[Upright:] Ennui, Displeasure, Discontent, Dissatisfaction.
Reversed: Acquaintance, Conjecture, Sign, Presentiment. (p. 46).
Waite (PKT, 1910):
[Upright:] Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein. This is also a card of blended
Reversed: Novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations. [Additional Meanings:]
Presentiment. (p. 218)
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[Upright:] Contrarities. Reversed: Presentiment. (p. 290).
The author judged that of Mathers eight DMs, seven comprised strong matches and none comprised modest matches (see Table 15). He also judged that of Waites seventeen DMs, eight comprised strong matches and two comprised modest matches (see Table 16).
Table 15Comparisons of DMs of Mathers vs. Those of the School of Etteilla Mathers The School of Etteilla Strong Matches Ennui Weariness Displeasure Displeasure Discontent Discontentment Conjecture Conjecture Sign Sign Presentiment Premonition Modest Matches None
Table 16Comparisons of DMs of Waite vs. Those of the School of Etteilla Waite The School of Etteilla Strong Matches Weariness Weariness Disgust Disgust Aversion Aversion Vexations Vexation Novelty Novelty Presage Presage New Instruction New Instruction Presentiment Premonition Modest Matches Contrarities Vexation, Annoying, Troubling, etc. New Relations Novelty, New Light, etc.
Next, let us compare the subset of Waites DMs which match (strongly or modestly) those of the SE with those of Mathers. The author found that of the 10 qualifying DMs of Waite, two comprised strong matches; and two, modest matches (see Table 17).
Table 17Comparison of Selected DMs of Waite vs. Those of Mathers Waite Mathers Strong Matches Weariness Ennui Presentiment Presentiment Modest Matches Presage Sign, Presentiment Vexations Displeasure, Discontent, Dissatisfaction
These examples illustrate how the author made comparisons of DMs.
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