Oswald Wirth Tarot Deck

[Le Bateleur] [ace de Coupe] Oswald Wirth was a well-known Swiss occultist and kabbalist (1860-1943). He drew his first version of the 22 major arcana cards in 1889, basing them on the Tarot of Marseilles and other decks of the time. These cards were used to illustrate Le Tarot des Bohemiens by Papus. Wirth redrew his cards shortly thereafter, but the revised deck was not published until 1926 along with a book on the cards called Le Tarot des imagiers du moyen-age in 1927. This book was translated into English in 1985 as The Tarot of the Magicians. The minor arcana cards are not the work of Wirth himself, but have been created to match his cards in style and spirit. The Oswald Wirth Tarot is brightly colored with a metallic sheen. The titles, suits and court card names are in French, but English correspondences are given in the short instruction booklet. Each major arcana card is assigned one of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. The card numbers are given in roman numerals.

Number of
Copyright Publisher Card Back Design
22 major/56 minor
2 3/4" x 5 1/4" 1975 U. S. Games [back design]
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Language of Card Titles: French

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): Suit Tokens

Also Included: instruction booklet, 2 blank cards

Major Arcana:
Le Fou, Le Bateleur, Le Papesse, L'Imperatrice, L'Empereur, Le Pape
L'Amoureux, Le Chariot, La Justice (card 8), L'Ermite, La Roue de Fortune
La Force (card 11), Le Pendu, La Mort, La Temperance, Le Diable
La Maison Dieu, Les Etoiles, La Lune, Le Soleil, Le Jugement, Le Monde

Suit Names: Batons (Wands), Coupes (Cups), Epees (Swords), Deniers (Pentacles)

Court Cards: Roi (King), Reine (Queen), Cavalier (Knight), Valet (Page)

Links to Other Sites:
Review - Wicce website
Review - Taetia Zysshe website


[Valet De Baton] [2 de Deniers] [Le Chariot]


Reference - The Encyclopedia of Tarot: Volume 1 by Stuart Kaplan, pg. 286 and Volume 3, pgs. 537, 540-546

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