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Tarot de Marseille Pierre Madenié 1709 (French Edition) (French) Hardcover – February 27, 2014
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Then.... I received the deck. As I lifted the box cover, I found the two 'numbered set' cards. After removing them, I gasped. The paper inner-wrap felt silky smooth and conveyed the authenticity of the gorgeous collector's deck! The card stock is heavy and the images are delicious in detail and color and are the most authentic looking and feeling reproductions I've ever owned. VERY HAPPY!
I've added a quick video of some cards, but you can see much better close ups at the creators' site: Tarot de Marseille Heritage.
ETA -- This review is of the first edition. A second edition with alterations will be available from Tarot de Marseille Heritage in November 2016.
I like this vagueness. It imparts an air of mystery, and it sets me pondering about the past, and the way Tarot cards would have been interpreted in the 1700s when the original was made (and the originals were made "...by Pierre Madenié, working near the cemetery of Notre Dame at Dijon, cardmaker for the Lord Duke, Governor of the Province of Burgundy.”) How would people living then have viewed these cards? For most of the major arcana, the main figure fills the cards; who were they? Who are they?
But more than that, I feel that the simplicity, right down to the use of just a few simple lines and a few simple colors, as well as the unknown objects and lack of too much specific detail, allows the user of the cards to enter into them more easily. When cards are cluttered with too much detail, too many symbols, too many graphics, sometimes it feels like the meanings are too specific and parts of them don't "apply," which makes the reading less satisfying. With this set, it feels like I can really see in them whatever my subconscious mind is guided to see in them. There is "room" for the individual here.
I also love the expressions on the faces. I THINK they were tinkered with a bit in this reprinted version, to avoid the fearsome countenances of the originals. But while the expressions on these cards is more benevolent overall, they are still ambiguous. Which again, I like.
I look forward to many hours pondering these cards, letting them, and the voices of the past, speak to me.
After two months with the first deck I bought another, which I'll keep sealed. I got #1059 and, a little coincidentally maybe, #1056.