Contrary to what one might think, this Tarot does not bear the name of its creator. It is Jules-Charles-Ernest Bilaudot (1829 - 1881), better known under the name of Edmont Billaudot who imagined and drew this game of divination around 1865 for his consultants some of whom were very famous, like Victor Hugo, Napoleon III or Alexandre Dumas.
This Tarot is largely inspired by the Tarot of Marseille but Billaudot also drew on religious symbolism, chivalrous or Kabbalistic, bringing together in one game a lot of symbols.
It was at the end of the 19th century that a Mr. Belline, clairvoyant profession, exhumed this game fallen into oblivion and perfected.
This Tarot is divided into astrological families.
Four cards have no planetary sign: the Blue Card, Destiny, The Star of the Man and the Star of the Woman.
The first family is marked by the Sun: Nativity, Success, Elevation, Honors, Thoughts - Friendships, Campaign - Health, Presents). A spread dominated by the solar family refers to aspirations, ambitions, and activities. These cards suggest a brightening, an opening, a support. The material is favored.
The second family is related to the moon: Betrayal or Cat, Departure, Inconstancy, Discovery, Water, Penates, Illness or Malaise. A draw dominated by this family refers to emotions, intuition, the unconscious, desires, sensitivity.
The third family is under the influence of Mercury: Change, Money, Intelligence, Theft - Loss or Detachment Card, Business, Traffic Card and News. A spread dominated by Mercury refers to exchanges, communication, movement, intellect and adaptability.
The fourth family is governed by Venus: Pleasures, Peace, Union, Family, Love, Table, Passions. The cards of this family favor pleasure, leisure, relaxation, harmony, comfort and well-being.
The fifth family is in relation with Mars: Evilness, Trials, Despotism, Enemies, Talks, Fire, Accident. The cards of this family refer to the action, the initiative, and the battles to overcome obstacles.
The sixth family is related to Jupiter: Support, Beauty, Heritage, Wisdom, Fame, Chance, Happiness. The cards of this family refer to fulfillment, satisfaction, optimism, expansion.
The seventh and last family is governed by Saturn: Infortune, Infertility, Fate, Grace, Ruin, Delay, and The Cloister. The cards of this family induce delays, mishaps. They promote procrastination, discipline, reflection, introspection. This group supports projects that require time, patience and wisdom.