Tarot of Marseille Grand Trumps

Overview

A new Grand Trumps edition of an eminent and historic tarot!

The Tarot of Marseille, named after the royal French city where it was first produced, transports us to the fascinating origins of tarot. It is one of the standards, an inspiration and template for countless tarot created in the nineteenth century. This reproduction’s enhanced clarity and color breathe new life into the classical images, which date back to 1751. The Grand Trumps edition features the twenty-two major ...

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Overview

A new Grand Trumps edition of an eminent and historic tarot!

The Tarot of Marseille, named after the royal French city where it was first produced, transports us to the fascinating origins of tarot. It is one of the standards, an inspiration and template for countless tarot created in the nineteenth century. This reproduction’s enhanced clarity and color breathe new life into the classical images, which date back to 1751. The Grand Trumps edition features the twenty-two major arcana in a larger size (3 x 5.7 inches) that will add intensity and drama to your reading experience.

Boxed deck (3 x 5.7) includes 22 full-color cards and instruction booklet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738732411
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/8/2012
  • Sales rank: 1,016,416
  • Product dimensions: 3.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1987, Art Publisher Lo Scarabeo has published over 100 Tarot decks that have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. Only the best Italian and International artists are selected for our new decks, and the result is that Lo Scarabeo's decks are all recognizable as an exceptional artistic value.

Tradition
One of Lo Scarabeo's goals is the preservation of traditional Tarot decks.

Development
New decks and ideas are continually gathered from all over the world. This allows Lo Scarabeo to produce some of the most innovative decks available today.

Quality
Lo Scarabeo is committed to ever increasing quality and beauty of their products.

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

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Interviews & Essays

Summary:

This large-sized edition of the Marseille Grand Trumps is a perfect for insightful Majors-only readings, professional readers, and collectors.

In-depth Review:

The family of decks from the Marseille tradition pre-date the more commonly used Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. In the US, RWS decks are more common; however, in parts of Europe, the Marseille tradition is more often used.

About 40 years ago, Tarot seemed to burst in popularity. Not only were more people interested in learning Tarot, but people also started designing decks. Currently, the Tarot community seems to be moving in two distinct directions. Some people are peering into the future, experimenting, and seeing what Tarot can become (see for example, the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn and the Universal Transparent Tarot). Others are looking back toward Tarot’s ancient roots. In fact, more and more innovative teachers are re-examining decks of the Marseille tradition.

One particular focus of using Marseille cards is to use the Majors only. Because the Majors are only 22 cards, the spreads used with them tend to be smaller, usually only two or three cards.

This edition of Marseille Grand Trumps is particularly nice one, comprised of only the Major Arcana. The cards are larger than traditional cards (3.25” x 5.75”), which work well with smaller spreads. Also, this edition, with its larger, easy to see cards, is also useful if you are reading at a party or in darker environment such as a bar.

Besides being a nice edition, the little booklet has a rather wonderful three card spread. If you’ve been reading a while, you know there are tons of variations of three-card spreads and it is rare to find one that is really different and unique. The one in this booklet is surprisingly deep.

If you are interested in reading with the Majors only of a Marseille deck, this would be an excellent investment.

Deck Attributes

Name of deck: Tarot of Marseille Grand Trumps
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738732411
Brief biography of artist: This deck is based on the woodcuts made by Claude Burdel in 1751. They are popularly used as the source of many Marseille decks.
Name of accompanying booklet: Tarot of Marseille
Number of pages of booklet: 23, 4 in English
Available in a boxed kit?: No
Magical Uses: None
Reading Uses: General
Artistic Style: Woodcut
Tarot, Divination Deck, Other: Tarot major arcana
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Yes, except for the minor number change
Does it have extra cards? If yes, what are they?: No
Book suggestions for Tarot beginners and this deck: Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom

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