I wrote in this thread ...
Picos great work in 1486 became his "Oration on the dignity of man". In this Pico lets God speak to Adam ...Later added: In the year 1486, in which so much exiting things happened with Pico de Mirandola ....
Giovanni Pico de Mirandola was 23 years old. Matteo Maria Boiardo was (probably) 45 years old.
Giovanni had later a collection of 45 Love poems. Boiardo had later a playing card poem, which knew 22 trumps (or 21 trumps + 1 Fool). In both works the 4 Stoic passions appear, Amor, Speranza, Gelosia and Timor..
God speaks to Adam
http://www.andallthat.co.uk/uploads/2/3 ... of_man.pdf
"We have given you, Oh Adam; no visage proper to yourself, nor any endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgment and decision. The nature of all other creatures is defined and restricted within laws which We have laid down; you, by contrast, impeded by no such restrictions, may, by your own free will, to whose custody We have assigned you, trace for yourself the lineaments of your own nature. I have placed you at the very center of the world, so that from that vantage point you may with greater ease glance round about you on all that the world contains. We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer. It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine."
That seems to be the key scene of the text, which is not a very long text (67 pages with a maximum size of 1000 letters for each page makes roughly 65.000 letters in the translation). Adam is naturally the prototype of the man, who has a dignity.
ADAM in the Jewish Gematria (Aleph=1, Daleth=4, Mem=40) has the letter value 45. Which somehow is interpreted as 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 = 45 and the first 9 Sephiroth, which somehow are interpreted as Adam's body, as far I remember.
Eve (Chawa, He=5, Vau=6, Cheth=8) has the letter value 19 and if one puts Adam and Eve together (45+19), then one gets 64. Whatever reason this 19 might have had once ... :-) ... perhaps the 9 from Adam (remember the rib, from which Eve once was made) and the 10 of Malkuth, the 10th Sephira. If you've problems with the 64, you should read the I-Ching, the Sepher Yetzirah and http://trionfi.com/tarot/new-themes/sepher-yetzirah/
There a trivial math aspect between between 45 and 22and23, which is expressed usually as 45/2 = 22.5, which means, that it is possible to hide 2 independent rows with 22 elements inside one row of 45 elements. 3 very simple ways are possible:
1 (2 till 23) (24 till 45)
(1 till 22) 23 (24 till 45)
(1 till 22) (23 till 44) 45
.... naturally there are many other row partitions possible, but these three are the most simple. As I have analysed the poems of Pico already a little bit, I know, that (1 till 22) 23 (24 till 45) is that, what shall interests us and if you ask "Why?Why?Why?Why?Why?Why?", then I tell you, that the 45 sonnets totally have 23 "question marks" [= ?] and 6 of these 23 questions marks appear in Sonetto 23. There are 17 other questions marks distributed in the texts, but it's Sonetto 23, which has the most.
We should think about Minchiate. It has not 45 special cards, but only 41, which are distributed somehow in this way ....
1 till 15 ... numbered normal Trionfi cards
16 till 35 ... numbered unusual Trionfi cards
36-40 ... not numbered normal Trionfi cards
Fool ... not numbered
Well, an example, that not always a simple structure is taken creative minds. Simple would be 1till20 - Fool - 21till40 .
Looking at the structure (1 till 22) 23 (24 till 45), then one would would give the Fool position to Sonetto 23 Fools ask many questions.
Se Amor è alato come el è depincto,
perché in me fermo, lento, sede e giace?
Se gli è piciol fanciul, perché gli piace,
vincitor, stringer l’uom poi che l’ha vincto?
Se agli ochi porta un bianco velo avincto,
come sì certe manda le sue face,
per cui l’aflicto cor, che se disfece,
consumar vegio a morte e quasi extincto?
Se voler può, che fa del suo cavallo?
Se gli è signor, perché va scalzo e nudo?
Perché par dolce et è nel fin sì amaro?
Dimel, ti prego, o singular e raro
Francesco, onor de l’acidalio ludo
e primo e sol ne l’apollineo ballo.
6 question marks and the word "ludo" appears in this mysterious Sonetto 23. It's the only appearance of the word ludo in 45 sonnets. What about gioco? Appears twice, in Sonetto 31 and Sonetto 8. And what means this: 31-8 = 23? I means, that Sonetto 8 has the 8th place in the row 1till22 and Sonetto 31 has the 8th place in the row 24-45. Accidently? Probably not, just the intention of the poet.
Think about that, I need a pause.