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Originally Posted by Teheuti
Now put the cards in the following order
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
The middle row begins, ends and has as middle card the three virtues -
Strength - Justice - Temperance - holding, as it were, the vissisitudes of fate: time, fortune, punishment, death.

I like Justice in the center in that it expresses the Dantean vision in which Justice was also a central motif.
But Justice is at the onset of the three virtues - and in the Tarot the Virtues are back to front compared to the neoplatonic order

(Christian Neoplatonic order: Temperance-Strength-Justice- Wisdom; Tarot order: X-Justice-Strength-Temperance)

You can't use the RWS order when discussing the Renaissance or Marseille decks.

And neither of the organisations mentioned in this thread explain why the virtues are back to front. It is bothering me, this back-to-frontness.
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