Antoine Count de Gébelin

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Antoine Court de Gébelin AKA Antoine Court aka Antoine, Comte d' Gebelin

France 1719 – 1784

Comments: Tarot AKA "Tarraux" AKA Tar & Rho or "Royal Road"; Mesmerism, dies in a Mesmer electric / magnetic bath; Huguenot in Catholic France; supporter of the American Revolution; Freemason, lodge Les Amis Réunis, in 1771, and the lodge Les Neuf Sœurs with Franklin and Voltaire; dictionaries of etymology, a universal grammar, the origins of language; hypothesized about Egyptian religion before any translations were available, the Rosetta stone was not translated by Jean-François Champollion until 1822; misunderstood the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians; believed the Hanged Man should be right side up as Prudence; the Lord of Sirius" (aka The Dog Star); stimulating the pineal gland;Rosicrucian;


Teachers: Franz Anton Mesmer; Ben Franklin; Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin ; Martinez de Pasqually Jean-Baptiste Willermoz; Antoine Joseph Pernety; Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus aka Tertiiian; Averroes; Paracelsus; Benvenuto Cellini of Mannerism art; Justin Martyr; Lacrantius Cyprian; Clement of Alexandria; Athenagoras; Chrysdstom; Oecumenius; Titus Flavius Josephus of the Jews; Rabbi Philo Judaeus of Alexandria ; Origen; Macrobius; Saint Augustine; Plato; Pythagoras; Celsus; Psellus; Proclus; Porphyry; Iamblichus; Plotinus; Hermes Trismegistus; Heinrich Nollius, author of Theoria philosophiae Hermetica, 1617 ; Dornee(?); Dr Robert Fludd ; Rabbi Moses Maimonides;Jeanne Hervillier, witch; Pomponius Mela; Thomas Taylor; Celius Rhodeginus; Diodorus Siculus aka Diodorus of Sicily ; Lucretius; Lucian; Epicurus;


Students: Eliphas Levi; Papus ; The Comte de Mellet (associated Tarot's 21 trumps and the fool with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in 1781); "Etteilla" AKA Jean-Baptiste Alliette; Paul Foster Case; , Monsieur l'abbe Rive; Madam la C. d'H. AKA Madam Helvetius, widow of Claude-Adrien Helvetius the encyclopaedist; E. A. Wallis Budge; Samuel Sharpe; Thomas Young; Donald Tyson, modern scholar; Jean-Marie Lhôte; Ronald Decker ; Thierry DePaulis; Michael Dummett ; Georg von Welling; Antoine Fabre d'Olivet; Edward Bulwer-Lytton; Dr Walter John Kilner, who saw Auras scientifically; Thomas von Trattner ; Mozart;


Friends: Louis XVI; Ben Franklin; Houdon, the sculptor ;


Enemies: Voltaire, who he nevertheless initiated into the lodge Les Neuf Soeurs, 1778 ;

Organizations: Freemasonry, the lodge Les Amis Réunis, Paris, 1771 ; president of the Société Apollonienne, AKA the Musée de Paris; founding member of the Philalèthes; Elus Cohens;

Author: Histoire naturelle de la parole, ou Précis de l'Origine du Langage & de la Grammaire Universelle ("Natural History of Speech, or a Treatise on the Origins of Language and of Universal Grammar"), 1776; Le Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne ("The Primeval World, Analyzed and Compared to the Modern World"), volume viii, 1781 contains the 1st modern view of the Tarot; associated Gypsy Tarot with secrets of the Egyptians; Les Toulousaines ou lettres historiques et apologétiques en faveur de la religion réformé [The People of Toulouse or Historical and Apologetic Letters in Favor of the Protestant Religion], 1762;

Quotes: (about him) -

   “Ci-gît ce pauvre Gébelin,
   Qui parloit Grec, Hébreu, Latin;
   Admirez tous son héroisme:
   Il fut martyr du magnétisme.”
   “Here lies poor dear de Gébelin,
   He spoke Greek, Hebrew, even Latin;
   Delight in his hearty heroism:
   He died the martyr of magnetism”  anonymous

"Philosophic Procedures - By concentration in meditation upon a given subject, and by the effort of regular breathing, the inhalation and exhalation occupying the same space of time, the mind may be held so that it is not subject to other thought than that pertaining to the object or symbol of expression about which man desires knowledge";


On a more serious note, Alexander Pope wrote "The Rosicrucians are a people I must bring you acquainted with. The best account I know of them is in a French book call'd Le Comte de Gabalis, which both in its title and size is so like a Novel, that many of the Fair Sex have read it for one by mistake. According to these Gentlemen, the four Elements are inhabited by Spirits, which they call Sylphs, Gnomes, Nymphs, and Salamanders. The Gnomes or Dæmons of Earth delight in mischief; but the Sylphs whose habitation is in the Air, are the best-condition'd creatures imaginable. For they say, any mortals may enjoy the most intimate familiarities with these gentle Spirits, upon a condition very easy to all true Adepts, an inviolate preservation of Chastity." The Rape of the Lock, poem;



Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_Court_de_Gebelin; http://www.villarevak.org/bio/gebelin_1.html; http://autorbis.net/antoine-court-de-gebelin ; https://archive.org/details/cu31924028957467 read Comte de Gabalis