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Universal Tarot of Marseille (English and Spanish Edition) Cards – June 8, 2006
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Lo Scarabeo's Tarot decks have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. With the best Italian and international artists, each Lo Scarabeo deck is an exceptional artistic value.
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Sound complicated? It's not, really; read on.
The Marseille Tarot is the Grand Daddy of 'em all -- designed and executed by an artist unknown 'way back in the 15th century for use as a card-game-playing deck, it is composed of basic, instantly-recognizable archetypal images. Some folks suspect these images were created to pass along knowledge forbidden by the church of that time in such way that even illiterate persons could tell at a glance what was being discussed. Not "occult" knowledge, that came later, after the early occultists found that the images in this deck corresponded with certain notions of their own and began adapting the cards to present their own unique visions of life.
The Rider tradition added pictures to the minors that are not, strictly speaking, archetypal; but which make the job of imparting a more-or-less complete philosophy rather easier -- WE will interpret those "pips" for you, thank you very much! The Crowley traditon maintains the "pip" idea. but here, too, the import of the number and suit is dramatized and dogmatized to support Crowley's own theories.
The Marseille has none of this. You turn up a Seven of Wands, well ... how does that strike you today? Do the vines seem to form brackets to indicate that the cards on either side have something to do with today's interpretation? Or are they just vines this time?Read more ›
If you want one of those older decks: Cartamundi have produced a recoloured version of the Dodal deck, but the recolouring is not very sympathetic - if you were going for an older deck, then the colouring would be important to you. In this case, you have to go to the hand-coloured works of Jean-Claude Flornoy.
This deck also appears under the ISBN 0738710415: Universal Tarot Marseille Kit.
Now comes this modern update that has a great LWB and very elegant backs. Now that tarot is becoming common place in America, this is the deck that can ease the reader back into this classic achetype. Marseille decks are not easy to find in the USA. This one belongs in every collectors library. The meanings were never associated to them until now. Yes, Mr. Bursten assigns them according to the modern esoteric tradition. That is good, since the original artist never left any meanings. In fact, they were just used as playing cards at the time. It wasnt until the following centuries that mystics started giving meanings to the cards. If you just have a passion for the tarot, then by all means, get a copy of this beauty!
Regular cardstock on standard size tarot cards makes this a perfect deck for any kind of study or reference regarding the Marseille tarot!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Lo Scarabeo Tarot of Marseille is great.
I love both its drawings and colors, they give another level to readings. Read more
Beautiful deck. And the LWB is one of the simplest to understand of any I have read.Published 11 months ago by RayeRayo
I'm not a big fan of this version of the marseille deck. It's cheap, and it's ok for getting to know the artwork if you're following jodorowsky's book... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cara Miller