Creator(s): Frédéric Lionel
Date: 1980, 1982
Number of Cards: 22
Reference: Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. III, pp.329-332
Lionel was a prolific writer on philosophical and esoteric subjects. His cards were originally published in
1980 by the French publishing house
Editions du Rocher to accompany the book
Le Tarot Magique. In 1982, the German publisher Aurum issued the
cards with a German edition of Lionel 's book, entitled Das Spiel der Spiele: Tarot.
The Roman numerals in the upper left-hand corner represent the symbolic quality of the card, while Arabic numerals in the upper right-hand corner indicate the cards' representative stages along the path of initiation. Neither numbering system follows traditional tarot numbering.
Most of the cards have the conventional titles (exeptions are The Divine Mistress / The Master instead of High Priestess / Hierophant and Serenity replacing Strength).The artwork is abstract and geometrical, consisting of line drawings with some regions coloured with watercolour.
The images as a composition look like the sigils found in magical manuscripts. They are constructed from various elements. There are a number of Egyptian images, like the eye of Ra or the Ankh, also appearing are the Chinese Ying-Yang, astrological signs, constellations and planets.The design of each card represents an abstraction of the idea of each arcana.