Soprafino La Papessa la Luce

This is one of my most cherished memories 🙂
The story about “Papessa la Luce” = the “female Pope  of Light” is also quite “controversial” because I always suspected, that this is not just a meaning “made up”among the Gypsy readers of my Gran’s time, but is based on historical facts and also, of how the deck creator and Gumpenberg press meant this image to be seen.
Because of this, I asked a few of my friends here, to help do some research on it. today now, I received some confirmation that I very well may be right with my assumptions 🙂

But, first here my memory of the story of “La Papessa de Luce”

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What I remember about “Papessa la Luce”
She was/ is the daughter of the Pope. She is very smart, but was married to a bad man. So the Pope cut the marriage linen and Lucia came back into the Pope’s palace. When he was out or at war, she was reigning in/ on his behalf. She sat on the golden throne of god and kept up the book of numbers, where all the many cardinals’ sins were written down. Therefore they did not dare to say anything.
She knows the secrets of the ??? (there was a special word for that ) 4 winds (elements) and all the plants and potions to be made from them…..and they are hidden in the pin she wears over her heart.
She has a list of everyone’s sin, but she will say nothing, if you do not anger her. If you do, she may mix a cup of poisonous wine for you.
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For me this card was the very one by which I was able to identify the deck, that I had last seen as a child of ~~8 as the one, that Gran had, and that also my mother’s niece read with and taught me, by telling these stories about the cards. When all the years later I looked through historical decks, it is the Papessa with the square pin over the heart and the book that has the lines of writing going vertical, like you would write numbers.
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Historically I personally am convinced that the story of her refers all the way back the Lucretia Borgia.
The “la Luce” or Lucia how she was called also points to that. She at one point sat on her father’s papal chair ( Pope Alexander VI ) and she also had a baby, Giovanni of whom nobody really knew, who the father was.
Reading through her story I even found a painting showing her as the Papessa:

Lucretia Borgia reigns in the Vatican in the absence of her father
There is lots and lots to read about her and I think she was a good female leader in northern Italy at her time.

More on Lucretia Borgia :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucrezia_Borgia

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