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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492248991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492248996
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Yoav Ben-Dov studied Physics and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University, and holds a doctorate on the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics from Paris-13 University. He taught at Tel Aviv University and other institutions. He is the author of the first Tarot book in Hebrew (1981), and conducts Tarot workshops and readings. In 2011 Yoav Ben-Dov restored and published the CBD Tarot de Marseille. Website: www.cbdtarot.com.


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Tarot- the Open Reading is a guide to the Conver Ben-Dov Tarot de Marseilles: the deck is also available to purchase from [...] Since there are few books on the Tarot de Marseilles in the English language, this book is immensely valuable to the reader. Each card is illustrated and cross-referenced with impeccable formatting. The subtitle, The Open Reading, speaks to the secondary level of the book which frees the tarot reader from interpreting cards upon positions, but rather upon the internal resonance and the outer appearance of the cards themselves. The author is a student of Jodorwsky but this book is entirely free of his teacher's somewhat heavy Freudian and quirky opinions. It is very clearly written with a modesty of authorial presence that is rare in these days. By concentrating upon the cards themselves, Ben-Dov allows us to understand the cards on their own terms, enabling a possible interpretation of the pip cards in ways that can liberate the reader from reliance upon memorised meanings. I thoroughly recommend this book for its clarity and its ability to allow this ancient tarot to speak its wisdom so directly. Caitlin Matthews, [...]
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I haven't had much dealing with the Tarot de Marseille, and the main reason is that I think the majors and courts are, to be frank, extremely ugly. And yet, I find the pip cards gloriously beautiful, and so I keep finding myself drawn to the deck. I do love unillustrated minor cards (or 'pips only' cards, as I like to call them), and the TdM pips are wonderful, particularly the swords suit, with its amazing curving shapes,and the coins, with all those scrolling vines and leaves twining around the disks. If it weren't for those god-awful majors...

This is a review of both the CBD Tarot de Marseille (Yoav ben Dov, 2010) and the companion book, Tarot: The Open Reading (sold separately). The full title of the deck is 'CBD Tarot de Marseille: A faithful reproduction of the traditional Tarot based on the standard deck printed by Nicholas Conver 1760, restored and adapted by Yoav Ben Dov.' I just call it 'CBD Tarot', which is an acronym for 'Conver-Ben Dov'.

The Deck
Ben Dov says he didn't set out to create a tarot deck, but rather to write a book about tarot. During the course of writing the book, he realized during the process of copyright negotiations that he might as well create a deck himself. Using several Conver decks, he kept the original lines, including their bizarre anomalies, and selected shades of the original colours. If it was red in Conver, it's red in CBD, but of course Ben Dov had to choose the shade. He also made adjustment to faces to be more appealing to modern eyes. He commissioned an illustrator to draw the lines of the original by hand, then a digital graphic designer to correct line details and add titles and colour. He then tweaked the designs digitally himself, and there we have the CBD Tarot de Marseille.
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One of the very few books on the tarot of Marseille. This book gives you some nice hints on how to read the tarot intuitively and it is surprisingly nice. The author chose to use the tarot of Marseille in his book but his teachings are applicable to whatever deck you choose, they are by no means limited to the tarot de Marseille, in fact, he talks about the 2 main traditions of the tarot: The French and the English school. At the end of the book, the author gives you the traditional meanings attributed to the cards of the deck he chose to use in his book (TofM)
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An excellent book, to accompany his equally excellent deck. This book I will use as a reference, it is well laid out and easy to follow and understand. The only slight niggle is sometimes he see's things in the cards that are not there. For example he see's a short tail on one of the figures and assigns a meaning to it, but it seems to me just a line indicating a natural fold in an item of clothing, but its only a minor detail, by and large its an excellent book good for both beginners and more experienced readers.
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When this book appeared I hit the "buy" button so fast you couldn't have seen my hand move, I was practically jumping up and down with excitement. I already have his beautiful self-published deck and was very impressed with the "LWB" that came with it so I had a feeling this would be good, I am delighted to say that I was absolutely right in my assumption.

I have been waiting for a book like this for ages. It has really opened up the world of Marseilles tarots for me and I am finally managing to make sense of the cards. I love the way it is written, it feels like he is talking to you directly. The words just flow and he explains things really clearly. When I had finished reading it I went straight back to the beginning and started to read it again, Kindle in one hand, and his deck in the other, because I enjoyed it so much.

I feel it is also worth mentioning that this book has an excellent linked table of contents which is often missing in other Kindle books.

If a printed version did become available I would happily purchase that as well. Love this book. Fabulous!
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