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Tarot of Marseille Grand Trumps
A product by Lo Scarabeo Tarot of Marseille Grand Trumps

By: Lo Scarabeo
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Deck - Large | 9780738732411
English | 3 x 6 IN
Pub Date: January 2012
Price: $15.95 US,  $18.50 CAN
$10.37 US,  $12.03 CAN On Sale!
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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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