TdM Ace of Cups with the Saint-Denis basilica

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The Ace of Cups is the representation of a medieval reliquary. These religious artefacts were fashionned to represent churches and were made of precious metals. Their function was to hold the sacred remains of deceased saints: teeth, bones, clothes and even sometimes parts of the torture instruments that gained them martyrdom.

So what we have here on this Tarot card is a cup with a reliquary on top. This reliquary is a stylised representation of the Saint-Denis basilica as it stood in abbot Suger’s time when he redesigned it. Instead of drawing doors here tough, he put locks, two visible, one other implied. It’s a way of telling us about the ciphers of the code… Of course, reliquaries always came with locks. They were opened at the demand of nobility.

The common folks also had access to the sacred bones, but only at a distance. The luckiest ones could touch the sacred remains trough the cloth hanging out of the reliquary. On this Ace, there are three pieces of cloth, in blue. That is consistent with what we know of the Saint-Denis main reliquary. Saint-Denis had three  patrons, Denis, Eleuthere and Rustique. And there are three ciphers to the code…


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À propos de Rom

Je me nomme Marc Olivier Rainville. Je suis connu sous le nom de Rom depuis mes débuts dans la Tarotsphère en 1998. Je suis Bachelier en Animation et recherche culturelle, mineure en Histoire de l’art, de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (Promotion 1982). Je m’intéresse à l’histoire du Tarot depuis 1985. J’ai eu la chance de bénéficier d’un concours de circonstances favorables qui m’a permis d’approfondir mes recherches sur le sujet. J’en livre le fruit ici.
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