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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle, Marseilles Style Deck, 3 Jan 2010
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This deck was created and published in Turin in 1983 by a painter called Giovanni Vacchetta with the title "I Naibi di Giovanni Vacchetta" It has been coloured and published by Lo Scarabeo in Turin in 2002.

I love this deck. Vacchetta has incorporated his own symbolism into this a Marseilles style deck with beautiful, soft and gentle major Arcana and Court cards and partially illustrated minor Arcana cards.

The minor arcana cards display the suit symbols according to the number of the card and are decorated in accordance with the keyword that is given to the card. For example, the 'Eight of Bastoni' (Wands) has the keyword 'Gathering' and features eight intertwined sticks decorated with purple and blue ribbons, a basket filled with fruit and corn with a shovel and fork propped against it.

The LWB gives the historical background of the deck and Major arcana meanings according to the Marseilles tradition and Vacchetta's interpretation of the card. For example. The Moon (Dream) "Vacchetta proposes the neoclassical icon of Artemis/Diana the hunter, preserving the crab used in Marseilles iconography while the dog is transformed into a hunting hound". The card sees a beautiful women, with revealed bosom and a soft purple dress set in front of a crescent moon and a crab set next to it. A lithe dog, ready for action strains at the leash held effortlessly by Diana.

The LWB discusses the meaning of the suits in some length but does not list the minor Arcana is its meanings. Its also offers some exercises and a spread called 'The Bridge'.

It is adaptable for those who like to stick to the Rider-Waite system and have a fairly good knowledge of it. It would be most suitable for those who are familiar with both the Marseilles and Rider-Waite symbolism. It also lends itself to a new system based on it own keyword meaning for each card.

This deck is one of my favourites, its a nice, simple deck which allows for examination into Vacchetta's symbolism and allows for uncluttered and intuitive reading.
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