This Tarot deck is true to the spirit of the ancient Tarot, and keeps much of the feeling of those early times.The series of Marseille cards are the decks that first caught the attention of French occultists, thus beginning Tarot's use as a divination tool. This deck represents a typical example of the iconography of the Tarot of Marseille. This edition's exact 'reproductions' differ slightly since the colours were brought back to their original splendour (without the damage which time has inflicted on the original cards), the background was cleaned up, and the images were carefully reset in a sharper design. The final effect is not an exact reproduction of the ancient deck but rather a reconstruction of how the ancient deck would have looked had it been printed today.
The name Tarot of Marseille does not indicate a single deck of cards but rather a series of iconographic models, which identify a type of Tarot deck. At the end of the l600's, this type of card deck spread all over Europe. Within one century, the iconography of Marseilles was the most widespread and well-known. When the esoteric world began to dedicate itself to Tarots and study them, it was faced with this type of Tarot whose icons were transformed and explained in light of divinatory practices.
Pack information: 78 Cards and booklet
Card dimensions: 70 x 120 mm
Author: Claude Burdel