Tarot Divination:
Three Parallel Traditions
Edited & Translated By
James W. Revak




WAITE: Valour, realizing intelligence, business and normal intellectual aptitude, sometimes mathematical gifts and attainments of this kind; success in these paths. Additional Meanings: A rather dark man, a merchant, master, professor.
Reversed: Vice, weakness, ugliness, perversity, corruption, peril. Additional Meanings: An old and vicious man.

MATHERS: A dark Man, Victory, Bravery, Courage, Success.
Reversed: An old and vicious Man, a dangerous Man, Doubt, Fear, Peril, Danger.

ETTEILLA: A Dark Man, Shopkeeper, Merchant, Banker, Stockbroker, Calculator, Speculator.—Physics, Mathematics, Science—Teacher [British: Master], Professor.
Reversed: Vice, Flaw, Weakness, Defective, Faulty Conformation, Misshapen
Nature.—Dissoluteness, Ugliness, Deformity.—Corruption.—Arrogance.


WAITE: Opulence, generosity, magnificence, security, liberty. Additional Meanings: Dark woman; presents from a rich relative; rich and happy marriage for a young man.
Reversed: Evil, suspicion, suspense, fear, mistrust. Additional Meanings: An illness.

MATHERS: A dark Woman, a generous Woman, Liberality, Greatness of Soul, Generosity.
Reversed: Certain Evil, a suspicious Woman, a Woman justly regarded with Suspicion, Doubt, Mistrust.

ETTEILLA: A Dark Woman, Opulence, Wealth, Prosperous, Luxury, Magnificence.—Self-Confidence, Reliability, Trust, Certainty, Affirmation.—Security, Boldness, Liberty, Candor.
Reversed: Untrustworthy, Doubtful, Unsure, Doubt, Indecision, Uncertainty.— Fear, Dread, Fright, Timidity, Apprehension, Wavering, Hesitation.—Undecided, Indecisive, Puzzled, A Person Held in Suspense.


Knight of Coings from Antichi Tarocchi LombardiWAITE: Utility, serviceableness, interest, responsibility, rectitude—all on the normal and external plane. Additional Meanings: An useful man; useful discoveries.
Reversed: Inertia, idleness, repose of that kind, stagnation; also placidity, discouragement, carelessness. Additional Meanings: A brave man out of employment.

MATHERS: A useful Man, Trustworthy, Wisdom, Economy, Order, Regulation.
Reversed: A brave Man, but out of Employment, Idle, Unemployed, Negligent.

ETTEILLA: Utility, Serviceable, Benefit, Gain, Profit, Interest.—Profitable, Interesting, Worthwhile, Important, Necessary, Obliging, Officious.
Reversed: Peace, Tranquility, Repose, Sleep, Apathy, Inertia, Stagnation, Inactivity, Idleness [Unemployment].—Leisure, Pass-times.—Recreation, Carefree, Nonchalance, Indolence, Laziness, Doing Nothing, Dullness, Discouragement, Exhaustion.

Illustration (above): Knight of Coins from Antichi Tarocchi Lombardi di Gumppenberg (c. 1810), republished by Lo Scarabeo.  Click the image for a larger one.


WAITE: Application, study, scholarship, reflection; another reading says news, messages and the bringer thereof; also rule, management. Additional Meanings: A dark youth; a young officer or soldier; a child.
Reversed: Prodigality, dissipation, liberality, luxury; unfavourable news. Additional Meanings: Sometimes degradation and sometimes pillage.

MATHERS: A dark Youth, Economy, Order, Rule, Management.
Reversed: Prodigality, Profusion, Waste, Dissipation.

ETTEILLA:  Dark Young Man, Study, Instruction, Diligence [Application], Meditation, Reflection.—Work, Occupation, Apprenticeship.—Scholar, Disciple, Student, Apprentice, Amateur, Pupil, Speculator, Negotiator.
Reversed: Profession, Superfluity, Magnanimity, Luxuriousness, Sumptuousness, Splendor, Abundance, Myriad.—Liberality, Kind Deed.—Generosity, Charity.—Crowd, Multitude.—Degradation, Wasting, Pillage, Dissipation.


Red indicates passages from Mathers or Waite which paralleled those of Etteilla, in the opinion of the editor

Green indicates passages from Waite which did not parallel those of Etteilla but did parallel those of Mathers, in the opinion of the editor.

For further details concerning the presentation and sources of this material, see the Introduction.


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