A Jewish Hierophant

Aeclectic Tarot is featuring the Corto Maltese Tarot as the Tarot of the Week. This deck is based on Italian illustrator, Hugo Pratt’s comic book character, Corto Maltese.

I wasn’t familiar with the character Corto Maltese and found it interesting that The Hierophant card, shown on Aeclectic, depicted a Jewish scene. I googled Hugo Pratt and found an interesting article on Corto Maltese by Ivan Pintor. Here’s an excerpt that sheds light on the Jewish-themed Hierophant:

The story begins when a sailor from Cornwall disembarks in Gibraltar and meets a beautiful gypsy girl from Seville. And continues in the cove of Valeta. A house with an arcaded courtyard and wrought-iron grilles between St John Street and Kingsway, is the setting for the birth of their son on the morning of 10 July 1887. His father is said to have disappeared off the coast of Chile near Iquique, to have turned up in Adelaide after a shady brawl, or even to have been murdered on the Pearl River. His mother, however, took a house in the Juderia in Cordoba to bring up the little boy. He played on the banks of the Guadalquivir and was taught by Rabbi Ezra Toledano. One day, near the Mezquita, a friend of his mother’s walked up to him -by then he was in his early teens- to read his palm. Imagine his surprise when he found out that he had no fate line. The boy must have run to his house to look for the cut-throat razor that had belonged to his father. With it, he drew a line on the palm of his right hand. Shortly afterwards, Toledano took him to the Jewish school in Valeta. Corto Maltese -as he was known- surfaced five years later, in 1904, at the height of the Russo-Japanese War in Manchuria, accompanied by a young reporter called Jack London; at 26 he was rescued in the Pacific after being tied to a plank and thrown into the sea by a mutinous crew. After that, for the first quarter of this century, he wandered through more ports than any other adventurer.

3 Responses to “A Jewish Hierophant”

  1. Juna Berry Says:

    I’m gratified to see interest in Jewish themed Tarot. I am currently studying with Kohenet.org. I’m doing a project to develop a uniquely Jewish format for Tarot reading to aid in Jewish women’s spirituality. I’m very interested in any Jewish themed Tarot decks or oracle decks.

  2. Susan Gold Says:


    I’m intrigued! Please do let me know when your project is complete. I would love to hear more about it and would love to promote it on Tarot Table Talk.

    Thanks for writing,


  3. Jem Eisenberg Says:

    I’m a Tarot Reader and teacher of Tarot and would love a totally Jewish based Tarot Deck.

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