Children of the Planets


The Children of the Planets have recently come up in another thread.

MystiqueMoonlight said:
"c. 1460 Florence, Italy.

The earliest known Italian examples of the Children of the
Planets prints "probably comes from Florence and dates from
around 1460-1463." These astrological works have been
presented as a kind of key to understanding the alleged
astrological content of Tarot. A somewhat modernized version
of such a block book is available online at

Also note:-

c.1470 P Ferrara, Italy.

Six replacement cards (Fortitude, Temperance, the Star, the
Moon, the Sun, and the World) for the Visconti-Sforza deck
were created. John Shephard considers this evidence of a
revisioning of the deck, changing the content from a
Petrarchian themed series of triumphs to a complex
astrological design based on the Children of the Planets. He
also considers the Mantegna series and the Tarot de Marseille
pattern to reflect this redesign.

I have also been impressed by a post by Huck and Ross in which they pointed out the Bagatella as a Child of the Moon in an ancient De Sphera illumination by Mattia De Predis.

I now found an excellent web page where more XV century images of the Children of the Seven Planets are displayed.
Since the Hanged Man and the Bagat are not common images, I find particularly relevant that they both can often be seen among the Children of the Planets (but I could not find an upside-down Pendu as a Child of Saturn).

There are medieval frescos in which sevenfold entities are represented: the seven plantes, the seven arts, the seven virtues, the seven ages of man: in a few cases this organization has produced a set of 21 images (for instance in Santa Maria Novella, in Florence, or in the Trinci Palace in Foligno).

A few of the Planets are obviously present in the majors, possibly all of them.
* Moon
* Sun
* Saturn (Hermit)
* Mars (Chariot?)
* Venus (Star / Lover / Visconti-Sforza Chariot?)
* Jupiter (Emperor or maybe Lightning/Tower?)
* Mercury (World, in the Bologna tarot)

Do you think that the planets and their children could have been important in the birth of Tarot?
Possibly, originally, as a set of 14 cards (7 planets and 7 children)?