I was but a small child when I first seen these cards on TV of all places on "Dark Shadows" in 1968. I felt they must be sinister and haunted. We've come a long way from those primative attitudes of the cards and thier meaning. I was afraid to buy them as I grew older. I believe it was in 1987 that I finally gathered up courage to pick up my second deck of cards. My first was the traditional Rider Waite.
With fear and curiosity, I glanced at each card. It is strange now that this "Marseilles" style deck was the only deck commecially available in the U.S. until 1971. The images seem to echo a time gone by; the minors are not illustrated, The color scheme is not very broad, yet to many this was the Tarot. All of the sinister associations came with it. Now, this attitude seems inane. Within 40 years, this simple pack of cards would be revised, augmented and loved by many as a tool for divination and wisdom. It is worth having for this reason alone to add to one's collection!