Reading and Understanding the Marseille Tarot by Anna Maria Morsucci and Antonella Aloi is the first book that actually got me interested in this style of deck. I really love looking at the Majors laid out in the familiar three rows of seven. Morsucci and Aloi cover that but also discuss the less common two rows of ten.
You can read what they have to say below and find out more HERE.
In the Majora Arcana, other than the division by sevens, we can also find another division, composed of two sets of ten, where the Arcana are grouped according to the last letter of their number. Therefore, the High Priestess (II) and the Hanged Man (XII) are connected. Two Arcana are the exception:
Although this book is specifically written for use with a Marseille Tarot-style deck, I found a lot of useful information that can apply to any reading with any tarot deck.
Yoav includes a section on reading symbolic language in the cards. He includes categories that many of us have seen before, such as color and number, but he includes other categories that are less commonly discussed. I found the section of body parts particularly interesting.
Although I never had what I consider a formal method of interpreting body parts, I realized that I do casually think about body parts symbolically. For example, I usually notice if a character is wearing any sort of headpiece such as a crown
The Marseille Tarot Revealed
Marseille Tarots have a rich history, a unique artistic style, and layered symbolism. Yoav, (who sadly passed away last year) was a modern master of this tradition. In this book we have a record of his knowledge of not only the cards themselves but also about reading the cards. Whatever style of deck you use, you can probably pick up some surprising insights from Yoav’s work. Here he talks about the questions asked during a reading:
What is the Question?
Many Tarot books attach much importance to the explicit formulation of the question. It is as if the cards were somehow obliged to answer the exact wording of the query. But as I see it, even if
The Marseille Tarot is very popular in Europe and is now gaining popularity in the US. Some people think that Marseille style decks are harder to read because they do not have the visual cues that are found in traditional Rider-Waite-Smith style decks. This new Marseille deck features cats, which some people will say automatically makes it better. The cards also have little scenes worked into the pip cards, which are both charming and useful. Here are a few images from the Marseille Cat Tarot.
I think the Wheel is particularly clever:
Here are some of the pips: