The five stages of human life are represented by Etteilla’s Majors cards 13-17: Initiation into society (Card 13, 14), Rebellious Adolescent Youth (14), Adulthood (15), Mature (16), Death (17).

The pips of the suit of Coins correspond to the Sacred Seven planets, the lunar nodes, and Hermetic Lot of Fortune. The Ace of Coins is the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun, the Sun and the Moon. These cards are used in the Neo-Etteilla to depict Apollo, Loki and Inanna.

Etteilla’s cartomancy design journeys began with the creation of a 33-card divination card, known as the Petit Etteilla. The patent application to Etteilla for the printing of a 78-card tarot card deck, called the Book of Thoth, is approved in 1789. It is often referred to as “Grand Etteilla I” because it is available for sale in the same year.

An edition of Etteilla I, revised around 1826 with symbolic references to Freemasonry is published by Grimaud as the Grand Etteilla Tarot.

Card 2 included the card title Hiram’s Masonry. Card 3 was The Order of the Mopses (18th century secret society believed to have practiced black magic). Card 9 featured Solomon, Card 21 featured Rehoboam and Card 21 featured the Cup of Balthasar.

Titles were given to court cards in that edition. For example, The Monarch to The King of Wands; The Pope to The King of Cups; The Emperor to The King of Swords; and The Egyptian Sudan To The King of Coins. The Queen of Wands, The Queen of Cups and The Popess are The Queens. The Empress is the King of Swords. The Queen of Coins, is The Empress.

Simon Blocquel, a French printer, would publish a second version of the deck in 1838. It was called the Great Book of Thoth.

We refer to the third edition, which was published in 1865 and illustrated in a NeoGothic style is called “Grand Etteilla III.”

Before Etteilla III, there was an earlier version of the Etteilla, the Princess Tarot. It was published in 1843 and featured an overt Egyptian aesthetic mixed with Greco Roman iconography.

The Hermetic Order for the Golden Dawn was a prominent force in the rise of the Hermetic Order. Their approach to the Tarot set a new precedent. They overturned the Etteilla and, at the least for the English-speaking world.

Etteilla would in the 21st Century absolutely be offering livestream pick-a card readings to your twin flames and marketing online Tarot courses. He might even offer tarot certification. Is it not possible for him to launch crowdfunded campaigns to fund his tarot decks, which would be quite surprising?

18th-century Etteilla published a weekly publication through his New School of Magic. A 21st-century Etteilla would be emailing weekly newsletters that cover everything, from his opinion on current affairs to psychic predictions and self-congratulation on the accuracy of his previous predictions.

Etteilla was an avid occultist. He was a keen student of the Corpus Hermeticum. As someone notborn with silver spoon in his mouth he put a lot of effort into his education and professional development.

The Tarot Of Thoth-Hermes represents my 21st-century redrawing of Etteilla’s deck. It closely follows key design elements from Grand Etteillas I and II as well as the various iterations the IIIs. To update the deck for today’s reader, some of the card titles were renamed, and many keywords were reinterpreted.

A Little White Booklet will be included with the deck to help you quickly find out the divinatory meanings.

The Etteilla II will also be included in the package. This will include a larger trade paperback Etteilla Guidebook, which will help you to reconcile different French Etteilla card meanings.


I have completed 30 cards. I am currently writing the companion guidebook and the small white booklet entry by entry, as well as the card illustrations. [2022 Aug. 22]