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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.

Commited to developing innovative new decks while preserving the rich tradition of Tarot, Lo Scarabeo continues to be a favorite among collectors and readers.

Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Cards and booklet edition (June 8, 2006)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0738709506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738709505
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.2 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pip" decks are those where the minor cards are NOT pictorially interpreted for you -- the Ten of Cups, for example, will remind you of a modern-day Ten of Hearts, with the addition of miscellaneous vines, fleurs de lis, etc. which act in combination with the pattern formed by the Cups, Wands, Swords, and Coins to suggest to yourself what you are thinking.

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?
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This is one of three Marseille tarot decks produced by Lo Scarabeo in Italy. This one is a recoloured version of the deck drawn by Claude Burdel in 1751. This makes it one of the oldest available Marseille decks, much older than the versions of Grimaud (1898) or Paul Marteau (1930), but not as old as the decks by Jean Noblet (1650) or Jean Dodal (1701-1713).

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.
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I have been fascinated by Marseille decks since I started collecting tarot decks some 20 years ago. This edition is perhaps the finest edition I have found. Lee Bursten has done a wonderful job with coloring them. Each suite is color coded, which makes it easy to sort. These images are wonderfully familiar, even to those who have never seen them before. This is the style of tarot that is used in Europe, especially France. They are difficult to use for a beginner, as the minors are not illustrated. The well trained reader can use traditional meanings from later esoteric decks. It is a stretch for a beginner. I must admit, I generally set these aside in the beginning.

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!
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Not your usual traditional deck which is generally Rider-Waite but a traditional deck nonetheless! Simple imagery and coloring make this a beautiful deck. The pip cards (numbered cards of the minor arcana) do not depict rich or full scenes as they consist only of the pips. Three of Cups is just that - a card pictured with three cups. It may cause difficulty for a beginner with learning on this deck since there is not much imagery to glean from when reading these cards using mainly intuition but it is still a very good deck to have in a collection.
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This deck is not recommended to accompany Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Way of the Tarot". Each card lacks key symbols that Jodorowsky's book refers to.
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By Niketa on January 25, 2011
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Nice Tarot especially because it is of the older version and is not subject to Kabala interpretations but truly hermetic. There are few mistakes in the positions and numbers of the cards but in my opinion intentionaly done by the old masters just to make understanding the cards more dificult. Mistakes has been later copied to the oder tarot decks so we are today very far from the real meanings.
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The images are well colored and true to the original tarrochi designs from the early 1400's that I've been able to check out. A very interesting study and absolutely critical to any serious cartomancer's library.

Regular cardstock on standard size tarot cards makes this a perfect deck for any kind of study or reference regarding the Marseille tarot!
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