(1860, Brienz – 1943, Canton of Bern)
Swiss artist and author on subjects of occultism. Under
guidance of a member of the Rosicrucian Order, a French poet Stanislas de Guaita
he created in 1889 a Tarot deck with only 22 cards of the Major Arcana.
Stanislas de Guaita proposed that the Major Arcana is initiatory
sequence used by initiates to tag their path of spiritual ascension and
evolution. In some aspects this deck is very similar to the
Tarot de Marseille but enriched with some
additional symbolism. Today this deck is usually called the Wirth/de Guaita deck
although in the beginning it was refered to as "Arcanes du Tarot kabbalistique".