The New Tarot of Marseilles – Major Arcana

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The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot of Marseilles, with illustrations and coloring authentic to the original, with explanatory guide to each card and method of consultation.

The Tarot of Marseilles dates from around 1751. It is one of the best known. The images reproduce those of the original tarot.

The Major Arcana form the group of 22 Tarot cards considered by readers to refer to matters of greatest effect or deepest significance. Each Major Arcana is a set of symbols that basically represents people and situations. These symbols are meant to facilitate self-knowledge, provide prognoses for the near future, and provide advice about the best attitude to adopt at any given time.

About Tarot of Marseilles

Claude Burdel’s 1971 Tarot de Marseille, also known by the French name Tarot de Marseille, is a classic card deck and one of the first and best known. It is the original deck from which all other tarot decks derive.

It is a deck of 78 cards, distributed in two groups: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

In recent years this type of deck has had rebirth, receiving the attention of several tarologists, with the release of restorations of old Tarots, in addition to embellishing them with new designs and colors.

The Marseilles tarot in particular is based on wood-engraved candles from the sec. XVIII. Magnificently crafted artistically and enriched with vivid colors, these engravings have been resurrected and offer a tarot with new brightness.

The Tarot deck of Marseille was probably designed in northern Italy in the 15th century and introduced in southern France when the French conquered Milan and Piedmont in 1499. The antecedents of the Tarot of Marseilles were then introduced in the south of France. This deck declined in Italy, but survived in France and Switzerland. The designs are medieval in character and may have received influence from the Gothic stained glass, according to their lines and colors. When the game was reintroduced in northern Italy, the pattern of cards recognized as “marseille” was introduced in the region.

There are some differences to the much-known tarot Rider Waite. Waite switched the numbers of two cards of the initial Major Arcana in the Marseille Tarot: Strength, often shown with XI, especially in the Marseille Tarot, in the Grimaud version is now designated as VIII; Justice, better known as VIII, is designated by Waite as XI.

The other difference from Marseille tarot is that the Minor Arcana are not illustrated as in Rider Waite. They present only the images of the Suits Pentacles, Swords, Cups and Wands. It makes this deck a little harder to decipher if you are not familiar with the meaning of the cards. It’s not very suitable for people who use vision in print more. For those who use intuition more, this tarot is phenomenal.

Deck: 22 cards

Book: 16 pages explaining the letters in Portuguese

Publisher: Allies of Art

Language: Portuguese

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Additional information

Weight60 g
Dimensions6.5 × 2 × 11.5 cm


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